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  • How will he pay for it? Fiscal realities put Obama agenda in question [Random Act of Journalism?]

    02/11/2013 4:29:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/11/13 | Tom Curry
    Less than one month into his second term, President Barack Obama looks to complete the outlines of an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. In his inaugural speech, the president telegraphed several initiatives he wants Congress to pursue and pass this year: gun control legislation, a bill to create a legalization process for many of the nation’s illegal immigrants, subsidiesfor renewable energy technologies and legislation to respond to climate change. Obama will likely return to those topics Tuesday night, but the White House has signaled that this speech will focusmore on the themes that dominated...
  • Enemy in the Wire! – Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha Medal of Honor Recipient

    02/11/2013 4:24:06 AM PST · by Doogle · 17 replies
    DODlive ^ | 2/08/13 | Glenn Selby
    Former Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was a section leader during the Oct. 3, 2009, attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan, one of the deadliest attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Eight American soldiers were killed and two dozen others wounded. This harrowing battle was marked by the heroism of many, including Romesha who fought to save his life and those of his fellow soldiers. On Monday, February 11, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha the Medal of Honor. In honor of his award, the Army has produced a three-part series highlighting Romesha from the...
  • Carnival cruise ship adrift off of Mexico after fire in engine room

    02/11/2013 3:57:42 AM PST · by Doogle · 34 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 02/11/13 | FOX
    <p>The Coast Guard says it is maintaining communication with a Carnival cruise ship that is adrift off of Mexico after a fire in an engine room.</p> <p>The Coast Guard said in a news release personnel aboard the Carnival Triumph extinguished the fire and no one was injured. The ship is now operating on emergency power about 150 miles off southern Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.</p>
  • Pope speaks on Creation, Original Sin at Wednesday audience [Five Days Ago]

    02/11/2013 3:32:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper
    Creation provides “the place in which to know God’s omnipotence and goodness,” Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience. Continuing a series of Wednesday talks on the Creed, the Pope dedicated his February 6 audience to the phrase identifying God as “Creator of heaven and earth.” He explained that God is “the source of all things, and the beauty of creation reveals the omnipotence of the loving Father.” Turning then to the account of Creation in the book of Genesis, the Pope said: “In the light of faith, human intelligence can find the key to understanding the world In...
  • Pelosi: "False Argument To Say We Have A Spending Problem"

    02/11/2013 3:14:30 AM PST · by sr4402 · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Feb. 11 2013 | Real Clear Politics
    Link on Real Clear Politics. No Spending Problem in Washington?
  • Pope Benedict XVI 'is to resign'

    02/11/2013 3:11:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 486 replies
    Pope Benedict XVI 'is to resign' Breaking news The Pope is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, reports from the Vatican say.
  • Reports: Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in running for Obama cabinet position (again)

    02/11/2013 3:09:43 AM PST · by equaviator · 12 replies
    http://www.mlive.com ^ | 1/7/13 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who burst onto the national stage in September with a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention, may soon be back in the spotlight. CNN and Politco report that Granholm is being considered for a cabinet post in the Obama administration. The president recently nominated Sen. John Kerry to serve as secretary of state, and word broke this weekend that he plans to address two looming vacancies by nominating former Sen. Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense and counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency. More vacancies may pop...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 11, 2013

    02/11/2013 3:03:20 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Trayvon Martin walk attracts large crowds [Racist Jamie Foxx Shows Up]

    02/11/2013 3:00:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    St. Augustine Record ^ | 2/10/13 | INA PAIVA CORDLE
    Saturday was a day of remembrance for Trayvon Martin, as about a thousand people —including actor Jamie Foxx —united with the late teen’s family to march, pray, listen to music and hear inspirational messages, while pressing for justice in his killing. The Trayvon Martin Foundation sponsored the “I am Trayvon Day of Remembrance Community Peace Walk,” to honor the unarmed, Miami Gardens teen fatally shot in Sanford on Feb. 26 of last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. “We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have the right to walk in peace without being...
  • Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes

    02/11/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | february 10, 2013 | JASON DEAREN
    Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment — and the wallet. What customers may not know is that there's a dirtier side. While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water....
  • Cantor: children of illegal immigrants should get U.S. citizenship

    02/11/2013 1:33:20 AM PST · by DangerZone · 98 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:04pm EST | Andy Sullivan
    A top U.S. Republican lawmaker said on Sunday he would support granting citizenship to children who are in the country illegally in a sign that conservatives who oppose immigration amnesty will be playing defense as Congress takes on immigration reform in the coming months. Representative Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Congress could make quick progress on immigration if lawmakers agreed to give citizenship to children - an idea he opposed when it came up for a vote in 2010 as the DREAM Act. "The best place to begin, I think, is with the...
  • Dorner morphing into an anti-hero?

    02/10/2013 10:33:12 PM PST · by chessplayer · 89 replies
    I have, at times, been accused of being somewhat naive when it comes to modern culture, both by family members and readers alike. Perhaps you’re all on to something there, because I certainly never saw this coming. As the search continues for alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner, there is an emerging theme – at least on the West Coast – that perhaps Dorner is some sort of Robin Hood, standing up for the little guy and taking it to the corrupt LA police force. "Support Growing For Former L.A. Officer Accused Of Killing Spree Dorner lost his job with the...
  • Lawmaker: Cyberattacks against US getting worse

    02/10/2013 10:32:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2013 2:12 PM EST
    The U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down financial services or destroy information that companies need for daily operations, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Rep. Mike Rogers says 95 percent of private sector networks are vulnerable and most have already been hit. … Rogers tells CBS’ Face the Nation that the U.S. government has, essentially “set up lawn chairs, told the burglars where the silver is … and opened the case of beer and watched them do it.” …
  • Israeli troops detain AP photographer

    02/10/2013 10:27:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2013 4:10 PM EST | Josef Federman
    Israeli troops detained an Associated Press photographer during West Bank unrest over the weekend, handcuffing him and forcing him to sit on the ground without food or water or access to a bathroom for roughly five hours, according to eyewitness accounts. The photographer, Nasser Shiyoukhi, was released without charge after Saturday's incident. Footage of the incident shows Shiyoukhi, 46, snapping pictures a short distance from Israeli security forces who were scuffling with a protester in the town of Yatta. Protesters had erected a small tent camp on what they say is Palestinian land occupied by Israelis. …
  • Obama to Renew Drive for Cuts in Nuclear Arms (ours)

    02/10/2013 9:28:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2013 | DAVID E. SANGER
    President Obama will use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to reinvigorate one of his signature national security objectives — drastically reducing nuclear arsenals around the world — after securing agreement in recent months with the United States military that the American nuclear force can be cut in size by roughly a third. -snip But Mr. Obama, according to an official who was involved in the deliberations, “believes that we can make pretty radical reductions — and save a lot of money — without compromising American security in the second term. And the Joint Chiefs have signed off...
  • NJ Shotgun Ban! Ammo Ban! Magazine Grabs! – Gun Owners Mobilize Now!

    02/10/2013 8:24:45 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 19 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 2/10/13 | Ammoland.com
    Published on Sunday, February 10, 2013 UPCOMING ASSEMBLY BILLS, BAN POPULAR SHOTGUNS, MOST RIFLE AMMUNITION, REDUCE MAGAZINE, CAPACITY TO TEN ROUNDS, AND MORE…Trenton, NJ —(Ammoland.com)- Keep flooding legislators with calls, faxes, and emails And then come pack the Committee hearing room on Wednesday! This is the worst threat to NJ gun rights in history Your efforts matter most right now! Buses to Trenton on Wednesday are being planned, But you must register immediately so Arrangements can be finalized. As reported in our last alert, the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hold hearings on a...
  • Chris Christie's waistline, Marco Rubio's hairline, and our raging obsession with superficiality

    02/10/2013 7:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Week ^ | 02/10/2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    I t's time to talk about the way our politicians look. Maybe such superficialities shouldn't matter. But fact is, they do. In the modern era, it's pretty clear that when it comes to the White House, we don't elect bald men, short men, men with beards, men with glasses, or (since Taft) fat men. This is unfair, but it's also reality. And it's something to consider when we examine potential 2016 contenders. Let's start with Chris Christie, who has been in the news this week for his weight. It all started when a doctor publicly expressed fears that Christie, whom...
  • Perry Swoops Down From Texas on California Business, and Jerry Brown Is Not Impressed

    02/10/2013 7:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/10/2013 | ROSS RAMSEY
    What could be more fun than a throwdown between Governor Goodhair and Governor Moonbeam? Rick Perry is on a four-day “business recruitment trip” to California, escalating his raids on Jerry Brown’s economy and getting enough attention to, maybe, get some businesses to think about moving. With new taxes that were imposed by California and Congress at the end of 2012, Californians — including decision-making executives — are among those who pay the highest taxes in the country. Mr. Perry recently spent a pittance — $24,000 for a radio advertisement in a state like California has a smaller audience than a...
  • Some teachers at odds with CSCOPE (Texas, very scary stuff)

    02/10/2013 7:43:33 PM PST · by BobL · 51 replies
    Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) ^ | Dec. 16th, 2012 | Ann Work
    Stan Hartzler has been a math teacher for a long time. The 40-year teacher has written textbooks, taught college math, and given hundreds of presentations on how to teach his subject. So when he was hired in August 2012 to launch a robust attack on Luling Independent School District's failing math scores, he brought a solid understanding of what his students needed. But Hartzler would soon become a casualty in a growing state controversy when, shortly after his hire, his superintendent adopted a new teaching system called CSCOPE. It organized each day's classroom topics — minute to minute — and...
  • Deportation's forgotten children

    02/10/2013 7:25:57 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard
    As Congress looks toward meaningful immigration reform, we must take care not to neglect one of the most heartbreaking problems within the current, broken system: what happens to children when their parents or guardians are deported. Currently, according to the Applied Research Center's report "Shattered Families," at least 5,000 children of immigrants live in U.S. foster care because their parents were detained or deported. If the current trends hold, the center estimates, 15,000 more children over the next five years will be ripped away from their mothers and fathers as a result of federal immigration enforcement actions. In the wake...
  • Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues

    02/10/2013 7:16:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/10/13 | Zachary A. Goldfarb
    President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues. **SNIP** The administration declined to provide details on timing of the possible actions; one White House official said the moves to boost housing, retrofit buildings, offer same-sex protections or issue new environmental rules were not imminent. Obama may touch on some...
  • State of the Union to Feature Victims of Gun Violence

    02/10/2013 7:07:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/08/13 | John Parkinson
    **SNIP** Langevin, who is serving in his seventh term, has invited one of his constituents, Jim Tyrell, to attend the address. Tyrell’s sister, Debbie, was murdered in 2004 during a robbery at a convenience store she owned in Providence, R.I. Langevin is the first quadriplegic to serve in the House. As a 16-year-old, he was injured while working with the Warwick Police Department in a Boy Scout Explorer program when an officer handling a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol thought the chamber was empty, and pulled the trigger. A bullet bounced off a metal locker, striking Langevin in the neck and severing...
  • McCain urges Obama to resolve sequestration

    02/10/2013 6:58:52 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 10 Feb 13 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Sen. John McCain, a top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is calling on President Barack Obama to provide leadership to end the standoff over sequestration and the looming budget cuts for the Pentagon. "What I would like to see is the president call the [party] leaders over to the White House and say, 'Look, we've got to solve this problem,'" McCain said on "Fox News Sunday." "All he does is go out and make speeches." Tens of billions of dollars of spending cuts under sequestration will kick in on March 1 unless Obama and Congress act to prevent...
  • Needed: A Conservative Counter-Culture

    02/10/2013 6:37:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | February 10, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The entertainment industry is too big and powerful, but that will change. What will not change is that the nation is losing its values. The last election has brought on essays bemoaning the conservative disconnect from popular culture and the need to somehow reconnect with it. The means of this reconnection are hardly ever stated, though there is the implication that conservatives would need to “evolve” on certain social issues in the hopes that its economic viewpoint will be taken seriously by a population whose social way of life doom it to be dependent on government support. As plans go,...
  • Is China Mobilizing For A War With Japan?

    02/10/2013 6:36:14 PM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    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...
  • Mel Reynolds Defends Jesse Jackson Jr.

    02/10/2013 6:28:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 2/09/13 | John Cody
    **SNIP** One in the pack running for Jackson’s vacated house seat is one who’s been there before, former congressman Mel Reynolds. “At a time when we are living in the killing fields of Chicago, our federal government seems obsessed with the Jackson,” said Reynolds. Reynolds points to stories that include Jackson’s wife Sandi who’s also resigned her elective seat as alderman. “Do they really now want to put both parents of small children in jail or is their strategy to get Sandi Jackson to flip on her husband so they can put even more pressure on that family?” said Reynolds.
  • The Shariah Threat to America

    02/10/2013 6:22:32 PM PST · by wesagain · 15 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Feb 10, 2013 | Fred Grandy
    There is a great deal of misinformation circulating with regard to shariah and the threat it poses to America and western civilization. Some misinformed observers and members of the Muslim Brotherhood liken concerns over shariah to prejudice and bigotry, but the facts say otherwise. Terrorism experts in the law enforcement, military and intelligence communities have cited shariah as the jihadists’ enemy threat doctrine in an intensive study called “Shariah: The Threat to America,” a scholarly, 352-page book based on authoritative sources of shariah, or Islamic law. While shariah does include “prayer and fasting” and “worship” as Thomas cites, it is...
  • 'Second Amendment Appreciation Day' held at AZ capitol

    02/10/2013 6:09:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    myfoxphoenix.com ^ | 8 February, 2013 | Marc Martinez
    PHOENIX - Opponents of gun control rallied at the State Capitol Friday morning for "Second Amendment Appreciation Day," and came heavily-armed. They said they were trying to send a message to state leaders and even to the President -- the message being, "keep your hands off my guns." About 100 people gathered for what they called a peaceful protest. It's part of a nationwide event, rallying in support of their second amendment right to bear arms. They said they wanted state leaders to hear that they don't want any changes to existing gun control laws, adding that they fear the...
  • Hagel Went to Five Colleges, Was ´D´ Student; Media Oblivious

    02/10/2013 6:09:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/10/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    Remember when the mainstream media mocked a politician who had to attend five colleges to graduate, whose academic record was less than outstanding, and whose subsequent success was proof of nothing? Remember how that was supposed to be a threat to national security, the economy, and so much else? That was so 2008, so Sarah Palin. It turns out that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who is now awaiting confirmation as Secretary of Defense, attended five colleges and was a "D" student. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam,
  • Intruder shot breaking into home

    02/10/2013 6:08:02 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    WRCB TV ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Kimberly Barbour
    EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) - An intruder is shot while climbing through the window of an East Ridge home. He was allegedly threatening to kill someone inside. It happened around 4:30 a.m. Saturday in East Ridge. Police tell us the suspect, 34-year-old George Miles of Rossville, is the ex-boyfriend of one of the people living in the home. They say the break in and shooting was the result of a conflict that had brewing since Friday evening. Paramedic gloves, a broken window and an accused intruder in the hospital is the aftermath of a scene that unfolded at a Greenbriar...
  • Ex-LAPD cop 'called shooting victim's father to taunt him about her death'

    02/10/2013 5:49:52 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/13 | Daily Mail
    Christopher Dorner allegedly called Randall Quan after killing his daughter Monica and told him he should have 'protected her better'. Quan, a former LAPD captain, represented Dorner at the review board where he was stripped of his badge.
  • Chehalis [Washington] Homeowner Shoots Intruder

    02/10/2013 5:49:02 PM PST · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 10 February 2013
    The suspect charged down a hallway toward the homeowner, who fired a shot. Brad Reynolds, a retired cop, runs the Neighborhood Watch. "I think it proves the point that we need guns," he said. "I am armed. I am always armed."
  • Significant storm damage in Hattiesburg, Miss.

    02/10/2013 5:27:39 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 52 replies
    WDAM.com ^ | February 10, 2013
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - An apparent tornado passed through the heart of Hattiesburg on Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that caused injuries and significant damage. Forrest County Fire Coordinator Chip Brown said there is major damage in Hattiesburg and to the northeast in Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. He couldn't confirm injuries.
  • Durbin: Menendez should keep gavel despite ethics scandal

    02/10/2013 5:18:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/10/13 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said on Sunday embattled Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) should keep his chairmanship of the Foreign Relations Committee despite an investigation into his dealings with a top donor. "Sen. Menendez has given us an assurance that there is no substance to these charges," the Democratic senator from Illinois said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's being looked at by the Ethics Committee. Of course, I can't comment beyond that." The Senate Ethics Committee is looking into Menendez's interaction with Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye surgeon who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Menendez and...
  • Gun Talk Radio 2/10/13

    02/10/2013 5:07:27 PM PST · by mylife · 103 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 2/10/13 | Tom Gresham
    Training and Teachers - This Week on Gun Talk Radio Mandeville, LA – It’s training, concealed carry, teachers, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. Trainer Rob Pincus calls in from Lakeville, Minnesota with a report about the Gander Mountain Concealed Carry and Firearms Expo on Saturday, February 9th. For more on Pincus, visit http://www.icetraining.us/. Teacher Kimberly Jackson recently wrote an article titled “Children Deserve to be Defended”. She visits Gun Talk to discuss her article, and her thoughts on safety in schools. To read...
  • State of the Union 2013: On climate, which Obama will show up Tuesday night?

    02/10/2013 4:56:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/09/13 | ANDREW RESTUCCIA
    President Barack Obama’s annual addresses to Congress offer a glimpse at a leader whose rhetoric on energy and the environment has changed dramatically over the past four years — from his calls to pass sweeping climate legislation in 2009 to a full-throated embrace of natural gas last year. The speeches also matched the ebbs and flows in Obama’s political fortunes. Four years ago, as a popular president with Democratic House and Senate majorities, Obama told Congress that his greenhouse gas proposals would “transform our economy, protect our security and save our planet from the ravages of climate change.” But in...
  • Advanced age of gun rights opponents consistent with demographic shift

    02/10/2013 4:26:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    D.C. Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 February, 2013 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Ever notice something about the leading political opponents of gun rights? Hint: They are really, really old. Examples: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D - CA), 79. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D - DC), 75. Vice President Joe Biden (D), 70. Mayor Mike Bloomberg (R - NYC), 70. Representative Jim Moran (D - Alexandria), 67. These political activists have been pushing their anti-gun rights agenda before most Americans were born. But over the last century, American’s views on gun rights have dramatically changed. "Historically, large majorities of Americans favoured [British English] stronger gun laws, way back to the 1930s," said Robert Spitzer,...
  • Manhunt for ex-soldier who shot police chief's daughter and killed policeman (SEND IN THE DRONES)

    02/10/2013 4:20:08 PM PST · by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard · 129 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | 2/10/2013 | Mike Parker
    Police plan to use spy drones in the hunt for a Rambo-style ex-soldier and policeman who has murdered three people and vowed to kill again. They believe burly, heavily-armed Christopher Dorner is holed-up in the wilderness of California’s snow-capped San Bernardino mountains 80 miles east of Los Angeles. The burnt-out shell of his pick-up truck was discovered in the nearby resort of Big Bear, where residents and tourists have been warned to stay indoors as the search continues. Yesterday, as a task force of 125 officers, some riding Snowcats in the rugged terrain, continued their search, it was revealed that...
  • Obama Administration Touts 38 Million Acre Lease Sale, But It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

    02/10/2013 4:13:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/10/13 | Steve Maley
    This week the Department of the Interior grandly announced plans for its March oil and gas lease sale in the Central Gulf of Mexico, off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The announcement might have been more fitting for Groundhog Day. DOI: 38 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico Up for Grabs To follow through with President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to expand domestic energy production, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the upcoming Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 227 will offer 38.6 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development. … “The...
  • Obama Breaks 3:1 Cuts-to-Taxes Promise

    02/10/2013 4:04:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/10/13 | John Sexton
    Can the President possibly believe that the Grand Bargain he proposed less than two years ago is somehow a raw deal? He is acting as if that's the case. Progressives are once again claiming the problem in deficit negotiations is intransigent Republicans. But looking back at the outlines of the deal the President himself proposed, it's Democrats who are not negotiating in good faith. This is true in at least two important ways. First, the President is not abiding by the balanced approach of spending cuts to taxes he identified. In April 2011 the President published his Framework for Shared...
  • Fed’s Holdings of U.S. Gov't Debt Hit Record $1,696,691,000,000; Up 257% Under Obama

    02/10/2013 3:18:59 PM PST · by TwelveOfTwenty · 19 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    As of the end of November, according to the U.S. Treasury, entities in Mainland China owned about $1,170,100,000,000 in U.S. government debt, making China the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt.
  • Friedrich Moser: “There’s a democratic deficit in the EU”

    02/10/2013 3:17:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    PressEurop ^ | 8 February 2013 | Gian Paolo Accardo
    The Brussels Business, to be broadcasted on Arte on 12 February, explores the shadowy universe of the powerful lobby groups at work behind the scenes of the European Union institutions, revealing their opaque and crucial influence on decisions that affect the daily lives of Europe’s citizens. The film’s co-director, Friedrich Moser, tells Presseurop how the idea of making a movie on such a touchy subject came to him, how he managed to persuade the lobbyists to take part, and his ideas on the EU and its future. …(T)here is a democratic deficit compared to the member states. Firstly because, in...
  • Senators seek back room deal on firearm background checks (Manchin and Coburn are turncoat traitors)

    02/10/2013 2:31:28 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 61 replies
    http://www.gopusa.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan quartet of senators, including two National Rifle Association members and two with "F" ratings from the potent firearms lobby, are quietly trying to find a compromise on expanding the requirement for gun-sale background checks. A deal, given a good chance by several participants and lobbyists, could add formidable political momentum to one of the key elements of President Barack Obama's gun control plan. Currently, background checks are required only for sales by the nation's 55,000 federally licensed gun dealers, but not for gun show, person-to-person sales or other private transactions.
  • China trade now bigger than US

    02/10/2013 2:28:32 PM PST · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | february 10, 2013 | Garry White
    China has leapfrogged the US to become the world’s biggest trading nation, bringing an end to the US’s post-war dominance of global commerce. The total value of US exports and imports in 2012 was $3.82 trillion (£2.4 trillion), the US Commerce Department has revealed. China’s customs administration has already announced that the country’s total trade last year was worth $3.87 trillion. “It is remarkable that an economy that is only a fraction of the size of the US economy has a larger trading volume,” Nicholas Lardy, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, told Bloomberg....
  • Pelosi says deficit takes time to reduce (blames Hussein)

    02/10/2013 2:18:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/10/13
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Democratic leader in the U.S. House said the nation's budget deficit stems from past emergencies and will take time to whittle down. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on "Fox News Sunday" the freewheeling spending by Washington in recent years addressed the economic stimulus of the Obama administration coupled with big-ticket items from the Bush years, including the Medicare drug benefit, tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "It isn't as much you had a spending problem as it was priorities, and that is what the budget is, setting priorities," said Pelosi.
  • The secret war behind Benghazi (lot's of good info)

    02/10/2013 2:14:36 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | 2/10/2013 | KYLE SMITH
    Obama gave his chief counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, who is now the nominee to be the next leader of the CIA, a blank check. Brennan could do just about whatever he needed to do in North Africa and the Mideast, contend Murphy and Webb. Brennan chose to conduct a dangerous classified war without looping in Stevens, who paid with his life for his ignorance, according to the book. The Joint Special Operations Command, which Brennan controls, is a collection of special forces outside of the regular military command originally formed as a hostage-rescue team. But in the middle of last...
  • Ambush at Hilton Hollow

    02/10/2013 7:12:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Russ Vaughn
    February 9, 2013 Ambush at Hilton Hollow Russ Vaughn Wow! The commander-in-chief of the most powerful military force the world has ever seen walked right into an ambush with no cover, no concealment, and no security at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. Forced to sit at the dais and suck it up while a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Benjamin Carson, debunked the concept of Obamacare as well as pointing out the president's seeming indifference to the national debt, Obama did his best to smile but he simply could not suppress that droned-out...
  • Politico’s Credibility Problem

    02/10/2013 1:13:46 PM PST · by Bratch · 16 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | February 10 2013 | Stacy Drake
    Last week, Politico’s Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen sat down to talk about the recent changes over at Fox News. As anyone could guess, these two individuals used the topic of the day to trash Governor Palin and others they decided to lump into the narrative.Posted on Politico’s website under the video of the two talking, they wrote (emphasis): Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created. Interesting choice of words but when you’re getting ready to marginalize someone, “creature” is a good way to start. They go on (emphasis): Both were damaged badly...
  • GOP hopes for better ties with Hispanics, blacks

    02/10/2013 1:07:55 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | CHARLES BABINGTON | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's problems with minority voters have preoccupied strategists since November, and it's possible those difficulties will persist or worsen. But an opening for marked improvements in GOP-minority relations may be at hand, or at least close by.Republican leaders would have to make some timely decisions and get a few breaks, which campaign consultants don't rule out.The party desperately needs to draw more support from Latinos, a fast-growing sector that gave President Barack Obama 71 percent of its vote last fall. Two big opportunities now present themselves.If Republican lawmakers allow far-reaching immigration changes to become law,...
  • George W, Bush Takes the Art World by Storm

    02/10/2013 1:03:09 PM PST · by Marcus · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb. 10, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    The art world has been set ablaze about the advent of a stunning new talent in the medium of painting. Thanks to some hacked emails, the first works by a certain former president named George W. Bush have been revealed for all to admire.