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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...