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  • Panetta Extends Some Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

    02/11/2013 11:10:03 AM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    KPBS ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Beth Ford Ross
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today he would extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of U.S military service members. Panetta's statement reads as follows: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense. “At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we...
  • Resurgence of revolt where Arab Spring began

    02/11/2013 10:29:06 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | February 7, 2013
    As dozens of riot police fired volleys of tear gas towards crowds of angry youths on Bourghiba Avenue this week, the scene was disturbingly reminiscent of what happened on this very avenue two years ago. Even the chanting was the same: "We want the downfall of the regime!" The target of the crowd's anger may be a different government, but many here feel their efforts in 2011, when they succeeded in removing Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, may have been for nought. Many outsiders, myself included, always believed the Tunisian "Jasmine" uprising had the best chance of succeeding, of building a...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

    02/11/2013 10:28:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | RACHEL DONADIO and ALAN COWELL
    Citing advanced years and infirmity, but showing characteristic tough-mindedness and unpredictability, Pope Benedict XVI shocked Roman Catholics on Monday by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries. Speaking in Latin to a small gathering of cardinals at the Vatican on Monday morning, Benedict said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise” of leading the world’s one billion Roman Catholics. The statement, soon translated into seven languages, ricocheted...
  • Obama: Job of debt reduction nearly done

    02/11/2013 10:28:02 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, February 11, 11:29 AM | By Lori Montgomery,
    One thing you won’t hear when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday: An ambitious new plan to rein in the debt. In recent days, the White House has pressed the message that, if policymakers can agree on a strategy for replacing across-the-board spending cuts set to hit next month, the president will pretty much have achieved his debt-reduction goals. “Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have come together and cut our deficit [over the next decade] by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of spending cuts and higher tax rates for the...
  • Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide

    02/11/2013 10:18:20 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | Associated Press
    The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production. The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, provided data to The Associated Press showing that 20 of the nation’s 211 ethanol plants have ceased production over the past year, including five in January. Most remain open, with workers spending time performing maintenance-type tasks. But ethanol production won’t likely resume until after 2013 corn is harvested in late August or September. Industry experts don’t expect a shortage — millions of barrels...
  • Mountain Dew introduces a breakfast drink

    02/11/2013 10:17:25 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 02/11/2013 | CANDICE CHOI
    NEW YORK (AP) — If you don't like coffee or tea, Mountain Dew has a new breakfast drink that might perk you up. PepsiCo Inc. is rolling out a new drink called Kickstart this month that has Mountain Dew flavor but is made with 5 percent juice and Vitamins B and C, along with an extra jolt of caffeine. The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., is hoping to boost sales by reaching Mountain Dew fans at a new time of day: morning.
  • President Obama: ‘Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009'

    02/11/2013 10:07:12 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 34 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years.
  • Ex-Florida GOP leader Jim Greer pleads guilty to grand theft

    02/11/2013 10:04:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Ousted Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer has decided to plead guilty to theft and money laundering before his trial could begin Monday. As part of a plea deal, Greer admitted guilt on four counts of grand theft and a count of third-degree money laundering. A fraud charge was dropped by the state. Greer, 50, of Oviedo, will be released on his own recognizance until sentencing on March 27. He could face 35 years in prison.
  • WTF. CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming? Guest, Bill Nye (Nye's expanded answer)

    02/11/2013 10:03:27 AM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    nye asteroid cnn global warming | "We want to bring in our science guy, Bill Nye, and talk about something else that's falling from the sky, and that is an asteroid," said Feyerick. "What's coming our way? Is this the effect of, perhaps, global warming? Or is this just some meteoric occasion?"
  • Video: Say, where are those ObamaCare premium price cuts?

    02/11/2013 10:01:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/11/13 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House on Sunday stepped up pressure on Republicans to adopt a short-term budget patch that would cancel the $85 billion in spending “sequesters” due on March 1, saying that government spending is still needed to prop up a stubbornly sluggish economy. Late last week, White House officials laid out a list of potential cuts they would have to make if the sequesters aren’t averted, saying they’d be forced to kick children out of the Head Start education program and cut federal loans to small businesses. The officials even warned that more American workers could die as a result...
  • Islamists Stealing Christian Children to Train as Suicide Bombers

    02/11/2013 9:45:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 2/11/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that 19 children, who were to be sold to fundamentalist Islamic boarding schools (madrassas), have been rescued. Traffickers lied to the children’s parents, saying they would take the children to Christian boarding schools in Dhaka, when in fact, they were intending to sell the children to various madrassas. Students from Dhaka University discovered the children and rescued them. This is not the first instance of Christian children being trafficked to madrassas, as upwards of 150 children have been rescued from similar situations since July 2012.
  • Authorities: Twin Peaks Middle School student suspected of threatening to shoot 23 students, teacher

    02/11/2013 9:17:43 AM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 25 replies
    10 News San Diego ^ | 02/10/2013
    POWAY, Calif. - A student at Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway is in custody, suspected of threatening a mass shooting at the school. According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, on Saturday morning, deputies from the Poway sheriff’s station learned about an email threat that had been sent to an administrator at Twin Peaks Middle School the night before. "The threat indicated that on Monday, Feb. 11, 23 students and a Twin Peaks Middle School teacher would be shot," said sheriff's Capt. Bill Donahue, who is with the Poway sheriff's substation. Surrounded by the superintendent of the Poway...
  • Pakistan Christian Women Abused, Girl Raped

    02/11/2013 8:19:43 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    BosNews Life Asia Service ^ | February 9, 2013
    Christian relief workers rushed to a volatile district in Pakistan's Punjab province Saturday, February 9, after security forces and Muslim hardliners allegedly abused Christian women and raped at least one Christian girl. "Yesterday some Muslims and some [undercover] police men raided Kaila Masih's house" in the town of Pattoki [where they] "beat and tortured Christian women ... It was the second such incident in Punjab's Kasur District within about two weeks, according to LEAD investigators. On January 25 a 15-year-old Christian girl, Fouzia Bibi, was raped by two influential Muslim men in the district's village of Roday
  • Predictable: Medicaid expansion will cause massive doctor shortage in CA

    02/11/2013 9:03:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/12/2013 | Rick Moran
    This was a no-brainer from the start of the debate over the Obamacare bill but Democrats refused to listen and the consequences are going to be awful. From LA Times: As the state moves to expand healthcare coverage to millions of Californians under President Obama's healthcare law, it faces a major obstacle: There aren't enough doctors to treat a crush of newly insured patients. Some lawmakers want to fill the gap by redefining who can provide healthcare. They are working on proposals that would allow physician assistants to treat more patients and nurse practitioners to set up independent practices. Pharmacists...
  • Just what Sweden needs…even MORE Somali Muslim ‘crimmigrants’

    02/11/2013 8:03:59 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Swedish Public Employment Service is in the initial phases of opening an office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to prepare Somali Muslims immigrating to Sweden in advance of their arrival, reports Swedish Radio news. That’s right, prepare the Somali parasites on how to avail themselves of Sweden’s overly generous welfare benefits for them and their large families which will increase substantially after they are settled into public housing funded by Swedish taxpayers
  • Rush Limbaugh Show M-F 12 NOON EST, WABC AM, February 11, 2013

    02/11/2013 8:51:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 89 replies
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  • NJ Attempts To Fast Track Anti Gun Legislation Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    02/11/2013 8:46:51 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 4 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Ammoland Staff
    New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- On Wednesday, February 13, 2013 the Law and Public Safety Committee of the New Jersey Assembly is planning on starting “fast track” movement of 23 gun control bills. The hearing will be in Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ starting at 10AM. These bills will have negative effects on the law abiding firearm owners of NJ. The New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) in conjunction with the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) have arranged for ten FREE buses to assist with transporting liberty minded citizens who want to defend...
  • Benedict: a conservative whose papacy was dogged by scandal

    02/11/2013 8:32:29 AM PST · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 11, 2013 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Benedict was cheered by conservatives for trying to reaffirm traditional Catholic identity but liberals accused him of turning back the clock on reforms and hurting dialogue with Muslims, Jews and other Christians. The 85-year-old German-born pontiff announced on Monday he would step down at the end of the month because of the effects of old age meant he was unable to complete his ministry. It was a decision that stunned Church officials and Catholics around the world, but one that he had hinted at in the past.
  • Confirmed: Divisive president to deliver “aggressive” SOTU speech

    02/11/2013 8:23:44 AM PST · by Bratch · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 11, 2013 | Allahpundit
    This doesn’t mean it won’t be overlong, enervating, and instantly disposable like the last four were, just more peevish than usual. It’ll also be an occasion for O to “pivot to jobs” for the seventh or eighth time in his presidency, which I take it means 15-20 minutes about the middle class and the latest iteration of the Buffett Rule before he gets back to the stuff that really drives him, like banning assault weapons and creating an earned amnesty for illegals. Emboldened by electoral victory and convinced the GOP is unwilling to cut deals, Obama plans to use his...
  • If Only We Were Swedenizing: Scandinavia Reforms While America Stagnates

    02/11/2013 8:22:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/12/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    In President Barack ObamaÂ’s Election Night and inaugural speeches, he made it clear there would be no centrist pivot in his second term. Forward, 51 percent of my fellow Americans, to a more egalitarian, tolerant, and communal future! The presidentÂ’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday will likely flesh out that vision as it applies to the federal budget, income inequality, and the environment. The era of Big and Getting Bigger Government is here to stay, heÂ’ll surely admit. Higher taxes on the rich and business will be presented as a small price to pay for an expanded safety...
  • The Gun Grabber's Legislative (National) Bill Compendium

    02/11/2013 8:15:52 AM PST · by grobdriver · 8 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | 2/11/2013 | Various Legislators
    The gun grabber's legislative (National) bill compendium, updated (almost) daily: House Bills: H.R. 21: NRA Members' Gun Safety Act of 2013. Sponsor: Rep Moran, James P., Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations. H.R. 34: Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2013. Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L., Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations. H.R. 65: Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013 . Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila, Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations. H.R. 117: Handgun Licensing and...
  • Federal Agents Arrest Man After He Attempts to Bomb Bank in Oakland

    02/11/2013 8:10:16 AM PST · by Paladin2 · 8 replies
    FBI Website ^ | February 08, 2013 | FBI
    OAKLAND, CA—Federal agents arrested Matthew Aaron Llaneza, age 28, of San Jose, California, this morning after he allegedly attempted to detonate a vehicle-borne explosive device at a bank branch in Oakland. Llaneza’s arrest was the culmination of an undercover operation during which he was closely monitored by the FBI’s South Bay Joint Terrorism Task Force. Unbeknownst to Llaneza, the explosive device that he allegedly attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public. Llaneza was charged this morning by criminal complaint with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property...
  • Hagel confirmation votes to be held this week

    02/11/2013 8:06:15 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 11, 2013 | Major Garrett
    Levin and Reid continue to rely on assurances that GOP leaders will not stage a filibuster against Hagel. Most Republicans are expected to vote against Hagel's confirmation, but Democrats stand solidly with President Obama's nominee, meaning Hagel has enough votes to prevail on a simple majority vote. Levin and Reid also want to pressure Republicans who have threatened to place a "hold" on the Hagel nomination. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., threatened to do so on CBS' "Face the Nation"; the Armed Services Committee's top Republican, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said he's considering a filibuster on Fox News yesterday. Democrats and...
  • Ritz crackpot - CEO stays in luxe hotel while (JC) Penney flounders

    02/11/2013 8:05:55 AM PST · by abb · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 11, 2013 | James Covert
    JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson is mounting a radical overhaul of the flailing department-store chain — but that doesn’t mean he’s stuck at the office on nights and weekends. Over the past year, the former Apple exec only rarely spends a full work week at the retailer’s headquarters in Plano, Texas, sources told The Post. “He’s there four days a week, if that much,” according to one source close to the company. Commuting on a company jet from his home in Palo Alto, Calif., sources say Johnson stays during the week at Dallas’s swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel — a perk subsided by...
  • Brennan’s Evasions [Perjury?]

    02/11/2013 7:56:31 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Stephen F. Hayes
    John Brennan is no Chuck Hagel. That much was clear from the confirmation hearings on Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA. Unlike Hagel, who stumbled and mumbled through his performance, Brennan demonstrated a deep knowledge of his brief and answered (or gamely parried) tough questions with great self-assurance and forcefulness. But several of Brennan’s answers before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence were problematic. Indeed, his three and a half hours of testimony raised important questions on two issues central to his nomination: the politicization of intelligence and the Obama administration’s approach to fighting radical Islam. Brennan will face additional...
  • The Dow at 14,000: not as good as gold (Do not be fooled by the DJIA hitting record highs)

    02/11/2013 7:41:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | 02/12/2013 | Seth Lipsky
    What an illuminating week for Wall Street — the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been bobbling just above and below the record high 14,000 mark, even as the country comes to grip with the reports that its economy has actually been slumping, with GDP shrinking 0.1 percent in the last quarter of 2012. The Obama administration is trying to put a bright face on things — but the rest of us feel like we’re smoking more now and enjoying it less. Well, guess what: While the Dow Jones Industrials have been edging past 14,000, the actual value of those stocks...
  • Gov. O’Malley says NRA is ‘drowning out’ support for gun control in Maryland

    02/11/2013 7:38:14 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Aaron C. Davis,
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley took a swipe at the National Rifle Association on Friday, publishing a blog post on O’Malley’s state Web site titled “The NRA: Drowning out Marylanders.” The governor’s move comes two days after gun-rights advocates swamped the first bill hearing on O’Malley’s proposed gun-control legislation in the wake of the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Over 700 people, the vast majority opposed to O’Malley’s plan, signed up to testify outside the Annapolis hearing room on Wednesday. Another 300 signed petitions against the bill at a rally outside the State House. O’Malley has proposed an assault-weapons ban...
  • Navy SEAL describes moment he shot bin Laden three times in head...

    02/11/2013 7:37:35 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 24 replies
    ukmail ^ | 2 11 13
    The Navy SEAL who claims he shot and killed Osama bin Laden in the famous raid which captured America's most wanted terrorist has spoken for the first time about the moment he shot the al Qaeda three times in the head and watched him take his last breath. The Team Six member - who is referred to as 'The Shooter' for the safety of his family - described in unforgettable detail the days leading up to the kill, the moment he shot bin Laden three times and the fallout from the raid. Once they were given their mission, the woman...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,February 11,2013

    02/11/2013 7:36:27 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 11, 2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • The Texas Growth Machine: The data show that the Lone Star State’s prosperity is no mirage.

    02/11/2013 7:24:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | 02/11/2013 | Wendell Cox
    The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also—pace critics like the New York Times’s Paul Krugman—created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth, as a close look at employment data shows. The first thing to...
  • Pope Benedict to Resign for Health Reasons

    02/11/2013 6:51:21 AM PST · by traumer · 87 replies
    <p>Pope Benedict XVI is to resign from the head of the Catholic Church on February 28, the Vatican confirmed in a statement on Monday, after he said he no longer had the strength to fulfill his duties adequately.</p> <p>A Vatican press conference started at 11.40 a.m. London time. A Vatican spokesman said the decision "took us by surprise".</p>
  • SEAL Who Killed bin Laden Jobless,Offered No Security

    02/11/2013 6:23:31 AM PST · by kristinn · 47 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, February 11, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    The Navy SEAL Team Six "shooter" who put two rounds into Osama bin Laden's forehead May 2, 2011, is jobless, struggling to pay basic bills and has been offered no protection from the retaliation he anticipates from al Qaeda, according to his first interview. Only described as "the shooter" by Esquire, he also charges that the SEAL who recently wrote a book about the raid, celebrated in the new movie Zero Dark Thirty, wrongly took credit for killing the 9/11 mastermind. The shooter said that the other SEAL simply shot the corpse of bin Laden in the chest. The long...
  • Suspect in Botched Shooting Bought Gun Legally Despite Mental Illness (south carolina)

    02/11/2013 6:18:34 AM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    ny times ^ | february 8, 2013 | KIM SEVERSON and ROBBIE BROWN
    The gentle pace of life on the campus of Ashley Hall, South Carolina’s only all-girls preparatory school, appeared to be back on Friday. Parents lined up in the shade of the live oaks to pick up their children. A luncheon for alumnae of the school, which was founded in 1909, went on as planned. Still, police officers patrolled the iron fence that surrounds the school and teachers remained on edge, trying to grasp how a woman with a public history of mental illness had managed to buy a gun a week earlier and amazed that the gun, when pointed at...
  • National Security Leaders to Congress: 'Stop Sequestration Now'

    02/11/2013 6:14:38 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Daniel Halper
    In a letter to congressional leaders organized by the Foreign Policy Initiative, national security leaders says, "stop sequestration now." The letter is signed by former senators Norm Coleman and Joe Lieberman, former defense secretary Bob Gates, Bill Kristol, and many others. "Sequestration will result in unacceptable risk for U.S. national security. It will degrade our ability to defend our allies, deter aggression, and promote and protect American economic interests. It will erode the credibility of our treaty commitments abroad. It will be a self-inflicted wound to American strength and leadership in the world," reads the letter. Here's the full text:...
  • Shots Fired Inside Wilmington Courthouse; Several Injured (Delaware)

    02/11/2013 6:02:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 60 replies
    WPVI ^ | Monday, February, 11, 2013
    There are reports of several injuries after gunfire erupted inside the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas in Wilmington, Delaware Monday morning. The shooting happened just after 8:00 a.m. at the court house, located at 500 N King Street.
  • Man Dies As Cop Hands Him Traffic Ticket

    02/11/2013 5:55:48 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    Israel National News (Arutz-7) ^ | 10FEB2013 | David Lev
    The death of a resident of the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Ata is being investigated, after he keeled over and suffered an apparent heart attack – as police handed him a traffic ticket. The 64-year-old man died on the spot Saturday evening. His funeral was set for Monday. The man suffered the attack as he was speaking to a female traffic police officer, who stopped him for an alleged driving offense. The policewoman said that the man had shown no signs of panic, nor had he indicated that he had any health problems. The two talked as she wrote...
  • Pope Benedict will be missed. But, contrary to prophecies of doom, the Catholic..

    02/11/2013 5:52:20 AM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Are we headed towards an apocalypse? First an asteroid comes close to the Earth, then the British start eating horse and now … the Pope resigns. Resigning is something that Popes very rarely do. That last time it was done voluntarily was by Celestine V in 1294; Gregory XII stepped down under political pressure in 1415. By contrast, John Paul II remained in his position regardless of his declining health – a testament to the man’s extraordinary will power.
  • WHY DO THEY NEED SO MANY BULLETS?

    02/11/2013 5:50:34 AM PST · by shortstop · 47 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 02/11/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    Why is the government disarming us at the same time it is arming itself? Not wanting to sound paranoid, or like a conspiracy theorist, I think it is nonetheless fair to ask: What foe is the federal government arming itself against? And should the American people be concerned about a federal government that takes away their guns while simultaneously stockpiling hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition for its own domestic security use? As the president and Democratic politicians do their best to geld the Second Amendment, which was intended to protect the people against government oppression, the government they...
  • BBC backs down on climate change: Forced to delete David Attenborough's 'alarmist' warming

    02/11/2013 5:48:37 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    The BBC has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown over climate change claims made in Sir David Attenborough's groundbreaking Africa series. In the last episode of the series, entitled 'Future', Sir David discussed the challenges facing the region. Speaking over footage of Mount Kilimanjaro, Sir David made the assertion that 'some parts of the continent have become 3.5C hotter in the past 20 years'.
  • We’re All Nazis Now?

    02/11/2013 5:28:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 11, 2013 | Bosch Fawstin
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - We’re All Nazis Now?Posted By Bosch Fawstin On February 11, 2013 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments If you’ve never been called a Nazi by a leftist, then you’re not trying hard enough, or you’re a leftist. This past week, world-class America-hater Noam ‘the gnome’ Chomsky & legendary imbecile Tony Bennett cried “Nazi” about America. Chomsky was on state-run Iranian television -Iran being the greatest state sponsor of jihad terrorism on earth- telling their headscarf-wearing Muslim female ‘reporter’ that America is a terrorist state and that “We’re just like the Nazis”....
  • German environment minister: no fracking for shale gas in Germany any time soon

    02/11/2013 5:16:58 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 11, 2013 | Associated Press
    Germany's environment minister says he doesn't expect the extraction of natural gas by "fracking" will start any time soon in Europe's biggest economy. Shale gas is located underground across Europe, but environmental concerns over extracting it are widespread. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," frees natural gas from shale by injecting a well with chemically treated water and sand.
  • Kootenay {Canada} coal mines draw the ire of U.S. environmental agency

    02/11/2013 5:14:19 AM PST · by thackney · 17 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2013 | PETER O'NEIL
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made a veiled threat to take Canada to the International Joint Commission in a dispute over plans to expand coal production in the Elk River Valley of southeastern B.C., near the Montana border. The threat was made in a letter that outlines concerns about the potential for pollution running down B.C.'s Elk and Fording rivers into two bodies of water shared by B.C. and Montana — Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenay (Kootenai) River. The letter was sent to Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent in December by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. She told Kent she...
  • In-state oil fields don't all meet standard {California}

    02/11/2013 5:11:59 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    San Fransisco Chronicle ^ | February 10, 2013 | David R. Baker
    Environmentalists often call oil from Canada's tar sands the dirtiest fuel on Earth, because the complex process of extracting it spews huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. But by that standard, some of the crude oil pumped in California is just as dirty. In a few cases, it's even worse. Several California oil fields produce just as much carbon dioxide per barrel of oil as the tar sands do, state data show. A handful of fields yield even more. All of them are fields that have been pumped for years and now need injections of steam to squeeze...
  • How Roberts Was Blackmailed To Support ObamaCare

    02/11/2013 5:05:53 AM PST · by libstripper · 69 replies
    libertycaucus.net ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | Trip, Jr.
    Many of us have questioned what caused Roberts to switch his vote on ObamaCare at the last minute, as reported by CBS, and doing so, so late that the Conservative Justices were forced to rewrite their majority opinion to be minority dissent. These facts may answer that question. In 2000 Justice Roberts and his wife Jane adopted two children. Initially it was apparent that the adoptions were "from a Latin American country", but over time it has become apparent that the adopted children were not Latin American, but were Irish. Why this matters will become evident. In 2005 the NY...
  • Wildcatter bets big on Eagle Ford’s fringe

    02/11/2013 4:48:35 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 10, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    FRIO COUNTY, Texas — Harvey Howell arrives first to the field where he hopes to turn $1.3 million into a whole lot more money. As he paces the orangey sand where he’s looking for oil, the only sounds are birdsong, the soft rush of a cool winter wind and the buzz of insects. “Nothing much happening,” Howell says. Which is the first problem. There’s supposed to be water in a drilling pit, but it’s dry. There’s supposed to be a drilling rig, but it’s still on the road. Besides Howell’s Toyota Forerunner, the only vehicle on site is a trash...
  • 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?