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  • Households On Foodstamps Rise To New Record

    02/11/2013 7:48:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/11/13 | Tyler Durden
    While hardly presented by the mainstream media with the same panache dedicated to the monthly ARIMA-X-12 seasonally-adjusted, climate-affected, goal-seek devised non-farm payroll data, the three month delayed Foodstamp number is according to many a far greater attestation to the "effectiveness" of the Obama administration to turn the economy around. And far greater it is: since his inauguration, the US has generated just 841,000 jobs through November 2012, a number is more than dwarfed by the 17.3 million new foodstamps and disability recipients added to the rolls in the past 4 years. And since the start of the depression in December...
  • Chehalis homeowner shoots, wounds intruder

    02/11/2013 7:36:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    king5.com ^ | 10 February, 2013 | NA
    CHEHALIS, Wash - A man who broke into an occupied home early Sunday in Chehalis was shot by the home's owner, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office says. Deputies arrived at the home shortly before 5 a.m. to find one man with a gunshot wound. Deputies say a 51-year-old man broke into the home where a 24-year-old man and his wife were sleeping. The owner called 911, then armed himself with a pistol while waiting for deputies to arrive. At one point, the suspect charged down a hallway toward the homeowner, who fired a shot, hitting the suspect. The two men...
  • IL:Woman Shoots Man Who Forced His Way Into Apartment, Attacked Sister

    02/11/2013 7:32:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    kplr11.com ^ | 10 February, 2013 | Andy Banker
    HIGHLAND, IL (KPLR)-Scary moments in Highland, IL Sunday morning after an alleged home invasion led to a shooting. It happened in the 2600 block of Eagle Way around 3:30am. Highland Police say a 33 year-old man was transported to a St. Louis hospital with multiple gunshot wounds after he allegedly forced his way into the apartment of two sisters, assaulting both of them. The sisters are identified as Donna Carlyle, 47, and Debbie Keeney, 55. Keeney had gone out for an overnight cigarette when the suspect forced his way in. She was struck. When the suspect began to choke Carlyle,...
  • TX:Deputies: Man shot, killed on apartment doorstep

    02/11/2013 7:28:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 9 February, 2013 | NA
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Harris County deputies say they are investigating a shooting death that occurred Friday at an apartment complex on Barker Cypress near Western Pass. A man was shot and killed on the doorstep of a third-floor apartment at 10 p.m. Friday night, said deputies. Deputies believe he was shot when he tried to force his way into the apartment. They said he knocked on the door, and when the people inside refused to open it, he may have pushed his way inside the apartment. Deputies believe this is when he was killed.
  • Reality Show Cast Member Who Died in Crash Was Special Forces Veteran

    02/11/2013 7:26:27 PM PST · by Selene · 17 replies
    NYT-MEDIA DECODER ^ | February 11, 2013 | BRIAN STELTER
    The reality television show cast member who died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Sunday was an Army Special Forces veteran who had served four tours of duty in Iraq, family members said Monday. The cast member, Michael Donatelli, 45, “was going to show off a lot of his military skills” on the show, which was in production for the Discovery Channel, said one of his nieces, Venessa Vega.
  • M5.1 - 24km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea (Probable Nuke Test)

    02/11/2013 7:26:05 PM PST · by Strategerist · 52 replies
    US Geological Survey ^ | February 11, 2012
    Event Time 2013-02-12 02:57:51 UTC 2013-02-12 11:57:51 UTC+09:00 at epicenter 2013-02-11 21:57:51 UTC-05:00 system time Location 41.299°N 129.081°E depth=1.0km (0.6mi) Nearby Cities 24km (15mi) ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea 34km (21mi) WNW of Hau-ri, North Korea 42km (26mi) NNW of Kilju, North Korea 51km (32mi) WSW of Hoemul-li, North Korea 378km (235mi) NE of Pyongyang, North Korea Related Links View location in Google Maps
  • PD: Homeowner shoots suspect ransacking west Phoenix home

    02/11/2013 7:24:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    abc15.com ^ | 8 February, 2013 | MaryEllen Resendez
    PHOENIX - Police say a young man has died after he was shot by a homeowner Friday morning in west Phoenix. Phoenix police say the homeowner returned to his home to find four young males ransacking the house near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road. Police say the homeowner was fearing for his own safety so he grabbed a gun and fired it, hitting one of the suspects. The other three got away. Police say the male subject who was shot is 16-year-old Mario Barcenas. Police describe the three other suspects as young Hispanic men with short hair.
  • FBI: Calif. Man Hoped to Incite ‘Civil War’ by Framing ‘Anti-Government’ Right-Wing Groups

    02/11/2013 7:08:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8 February, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    Federal agents arrested 28-year-old California native Matthew Aaron Llaneza on Friday after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside a Bank of America in Oakland, according to the FBI. Llaneza, a Taliban sympathizer, plotted to blame the attack on right-wing, anti-government groups in a bid to incite a “civil war.” “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...
  • Tests in Mice Misled Researchers on 3 Diseases, Study Says

    02/11/2013 6:58:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | GINA KOLATA
    For decades, mice have been the species of choice in the study of human diseases. But now, researchers report stunning evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers — sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads, they say. The study does not mean that mice are useless models for all human diseases. But, its authors said, it does raise troubling questions about diseases like the ones in the study that involve the immune system, including cancer and... --snip-- “That started us thinking,”...
  • Anthem of every branch of U.S. Armed Forces

    02/11/2013 6:54:52 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | June 16, 2008 | Tigeranger
    Anthem of every branch of U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Iranian news site gives fighter jet Photoshop treatment (Fake F313)

    02/11/2013 6:47:09 PM PST · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Staff
    The photograph shows an Iranian fighter jet, the brand-new F-313, soaring high above snow-capped mountains. There’s just one problem – savvy Iranian Internet users quickly realised the photo of the jet was clearly one taken during the jet’s unveiling two weeks ago in Tehran, and superimposed onto a photo of Damavand mountain.
  • Kerry Had More Security on Trip to Arlington, Va., Than State Dept. Posted in Benghazi

    02/11/2013 6:43:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/11/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    A larger detail of security agents escorted Secretary of State John Kerry on a trip to Arlington, Va., last week, when he went to visit—of all places—the headquarters of the department’s security bureau, than the State Department posted to its compound in Benghazi, Libya, in the days leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. Kerry, as recorded by an official State Department publicity photograph, was "surrounded" in Arlington on Monday, Feb. 4, by at least four of the department’s Diplomatic Security (DS) agents. In the days leading up to the Benghazi attacks, the State Department
  • Obama Administration Defends Detention Power in Appeals Court Hearing

    02/11/2013 6:28:50 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Inside a federal courtroom packed to beyond capacity, lawyers for President Obama argued that their boss has the right to deploy the U.S. armed forces to apprehend and indefinitely detain American citizens that he alone suspects of somehow supporting groups threatening national security. Last Wednesday, judges of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard the government’s arguments in their appeal of an earlier ruling blocking the enforcement of this controversial provision of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012. Judge Katherine Forrest issued the now-stayed permanent injunction on September 12, 2012. The Obama administration filed an immediate appeal and the...
  • White House: All questions answered on Benghazi attack

    02/11/2013 6:27:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/11/13 | Dave Boyer
    The White House has heard enough about Benghazi. White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday blasted Senate Republicans for threatening to block Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel and John Brennan, nominated to head the CIA, in a quest for more information about what President Obama did on the night that terrorists killed four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Libya. “We have answered these questions,” Mr. Carney said. “The president found out about the attack in Benghazi in a meeting with his secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs from his national security adviser.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-11-13

    02/11/2013 6:00:44 PM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-11-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • See Gun Ban Advocates Stripped Of Camouflage & Subterfuge

    02/11/2013 5:59:20 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 11 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    North Carolina --(Ammoland.com)-Gun Rights Supporters: “The Great Gun Debate” I just won in Winston-Salem was a sobering experience, and I came away from it both worried and energized. I say “worried” because I saw more starkly than ever that what we face is not about semi-automatic firearms or even guns in general, but rather a full-on assault on individual liberty. Held in the ritzy “Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art” by WXII-TV, what GRNC volunteers found when we arrived was a cabal of limousine liberals, aging hippies, and hard-core “community organizers.” When WXII created the panel, producers did their best to...
  • Sources: White House to issue cybersecurity order Wednesday

    02/11/2013 5:55:56 PM PST · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/11/2013 | By Jennifer Martinez
    The White House is poised to release an executive order aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill. The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at a briefing Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy. The executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government. Observers are expecting the president to briefly mention the...
  • Is Dorner a drone target?

    02/11/2013 5:43:49 PM PST · by Repeat Offender · 22 replies
    The Lookout via Yahoo News ^ | 11 Feb 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Are police using drones in the manhunt for Christopher Dorner? According to a report by a British newspaper, they are. On Sunday, the Express quoted a "senior police source" who said the "thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him—on the ground, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack." Dorner, the 33-year-old former naval and LAPD officer turned triple-murder suspect, has been at the center of a massive manhunt stretching from the San Bernadino Mountains—where his burned-out pickup truck was found last week—to the Mexican border. In a manifesto posted online earlier...
  • Obama Called Cayman Island Investments 'The Biggest Tax Scam on Record' (2008 video)

    02/11/2013 5:31:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama called Cayman Island investments "the biggest tax scam on record." Now, in 2013, President Obama has nominated Jack Lew, who had $56,000 in Cayman Island investments, to be the next secretary of Treasury. Here's Obama making the claim in 2008:
  • Stop the Confirmation of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

    02/11/2013 5:26:48 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 February 2013 | Christian Gomez
    Stop the Confirmation of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of DefenseClick here: https://www.votervoice.net/JBS/Campaigns/30628/Respond Confirming Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense may harm U.S. defense considering his record, words of praise from the Communist Party, and ties to far-left progressive organizations. Chuck Hagel a Committed Internationalist The New American 11 February 2013 The confirmation vote for Republican former senator of Nebraska Chuck Hagel (shown) to replace outgoing Leon Panetta as secretary of defense was postponed by another week after Hagel failed to meet the expectations of his former Republican colleagues during last week's Senate confirmation hearings. Even more troubling than Sen. Hagel's...
  • Officer: If IDF enters Lebanon, we'll have lasting quiet

    02/11/2013 5:25:02 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 7 Feb 2013 | Yoav Zitun
    The Nahal Brigade is preparing for its deployment along the northern border – currently, one of the most tense borders – where it will be faced with a disintegrating Syria, and a Hizbullah that growing stronger. The commander of the green unit, Colonel Yehuda Fuchs, said it is clear that if the IDF takes action against these threats, his soldiers will be on the front line. "We are psychologically ready for battle in Lebanon," he said.
  • Pennsylvania's Casey shows his TRUE colors

    02/11/2013 5:23:33 PM PST · by Renegade · 21 replies
    Legislative Letter reply | 2/11/13 | Bob Casey
    Thank you for taking the time to contact me about recent proposals related to guns. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue. As you know, on December 14, 2012, an individual in Newtown, Connecticut forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on teachers and staff in the building. In total, the perpetrator murdered 20 students between the ages of six and seven years old, as well as six adults, many of whom heroically sought to stop the shooter and save the lives of children. Like many Americans, I was deeply affected by the scope and...
  • Meet the man who shot Bin Laden (Is this how America treats her heroes?)

    02/11/2013 5:22:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/12/2013 | AllahPundit
    I want to call this the feelgood story of the day but it’s the opposite. There are feelgood moments --- Bin Laden ends up with a few extra postmortem bullet holes, and don't miss the conversation the SEALs have on their way to the first briefing about the mission --- but ultimately it's the tale of a hero abandoned. No pension(!), no health care(!!), family troubles, little help transitioning to the private sector, and eternal worry about reprisals from jihadis. Everyone wishes they could have been the one to pull the trigger on Osama; see how you feel about that...
  • A Second former LAPD officer releases a manifesto

    02/11/2013 5:17:05 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 39 replies
    FreekOutNation ^ | February 11, 2013 | Anomaly
    Christopher Dorner is creating quite a firestorm of attention directed toward the Los Angles Police Department, and now his efforts have doubled in another manifesto created by former LAPD Officer Joe Jones.In its entirety, it reads: “My Former LAPD Officer Joe Jones MANIFESTO… I know most of you who personally who me are in disbelief of the partial story I will tell today. A story that has been suppressed for about 18 years, But lives strong everyday of my life. I without hesitation would like to send my condolences to the Victims who were lost and their families during this...
  • Biden: We’re counting on ‘legitimate media’ for successful gun control effort

    02/11/2013 5:16:19 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Biden: We’re counting on ‘legitimate media’ for successful gun control effort February 11, 2013 | 1:46 pm During a press conference on gun safety in Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden said that any reports that suggest that he was trying to take weapons away from gun owners was a “bunch of malarkey.” "I know that's a word that you've never heard before, although it's now in the dictionary," Biden boasted. Biden said that it was important for the media to dissuade the American public from the idea that the Obama administration was prepared to do something unconstitutional on guns. “To...
  • Grenade attack at U.S. Consulate in Mexico

    02/11/2013 4:54:41 PM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | FEb. 8, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Thursday, the Dallas News reported: Three grenades exploded Thursday evening in Nuevo Laredo, just feet from the U.S. Consulate office, sources in the Mexican border city said. No injuries were reported, but the explosions rattled the neighborhood, as locals scurried for cover amid a firefight between what’s believed to be members of the Zetas criminal group and their former allies, the Gulf cartel, which is making a push to reclaim the territory. The two groups appear to be battling, leaving a trail of killings and burned houses. In recent days, sources said, seven people have been killed — three...
  • Many African-Americans Concerned About Obama’s Focus on Immigrant Rights

    02/11/2013 4:15:30 PM PST · by kristinn · 91 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Monday, February 11, 2013 | William Douglas and Franco Ordonez
    No sooner did President Barack Obama and a group of senators separately outline proposals to revamp the nation’s immigration system than the phone lines on several African-American-oriented talk radio shows heated up with callers blasting the plans. “Amnesty,” complained Frankie from Maryland recently on the nationally syndicated “Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton.” A political payback to Hispanic voters that does little or nothing for African-Americans, reasoned Sam from Milwaukee on Wisconsin’s 1290 WMCS AM’s “Earl Ingram Show.” SNIP Still, Ingram says many of his listeners see Obama’s attempt to push forward on immigration as a reminder of what the...
  • Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit Holder Privacy Advances to Final Vote

    02/11/2013 4:03:13 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Ammo land Staff
    Virginia - -(Ammoland.com)- The House of Delegates advanced Senate Bill 1335 today and the bill will be on the calendar for a final vote tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12 2013. NRA sent a legislative alert last Friday asking members to contact their Delegates and ask them to support this important legislation. Please continue to contact your legislator as the opposition is pulling out all the stops to continue making the personal information of concealed handgun permit holders (CHPs) public information. As originally introduced, SB1335 would have only protected the privacy of CHP holders who had a protective order that is in...
  • To be Happy, We Must Admit Women and Men Aren't 'Equal'

    02/11/2013 3:59:52 PM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 11,2013 | Susan Venkner
    Norman Vincent Peale, author of "The Power of Positive Thinking," once wrote these words: “Change your thoughts, and you change your world.” His statement is highlighted at the beginning of my new book, "How to Choose a Husband and Make Peace with Marriage." Its premise is that if women want to be successful in love, they should reject the cultural script they’ve been sold and adopt a whole new view of men and marriage. As products of divorce, the modern generation has few role models for lasting love. That alone is a problem. But young women have an added burden:...
  • Apple CEO (1%er) to sit with Michelle Obama during State of the Union

    02/11/2013 3:39:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/11/13 | Chris O'Brien
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night. It marks the second year in a row the invitation has been extended to the Apple family. Last year, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, joined Michelle Obama in the coveted spot. During an appearance on CNBC, White House economic advisor Gene Sperling confirmed Cook's participation. "Apple is a great American company, and it stands for our sense of innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, and risk taking and I think that's quite an appropriate person to be...
  • Biden on Philly visit decries ´Sandy Hook-plus´ of daily shootings

    02/11/2013 3:14:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 2/11/13 | Michael Matza
    Accumulated gun violence in America produces "a Sandy Hook-plus" of deaths every day, Vice President Biden said Monday following a meeting with regional law enforcement and elected officials in Philadelphia. He was referring to the 26 children and teachers killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Monday´s breaking news about a fatal shooting at a courthouse in Wilmington in Biden´s home state of Delaware only underscored "the urgency" of the need for "common sense" restrictions on gun sales, he said. The vice president said there is "zero conflict" between White House proposals
  • Police Raid San Bernardino Apartment After Dorner Call

    02/11/2013 2:51:46 PM PST · by Colorado Doug · 49 replies
    http://ktla.com ^ | 02/11/2013 | Sarah Welch
    SAN BERNARDINO (KTLA) — Police evacuated an apartment complex in San Bernardino early Sunday after a report that fugitive Christopher Dorner was hiding there. Tenants awoke to a swarm of armed cops circling Eureka Manor in San Bernardino. It all happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday at 1525 E. Eureka Street. The raid was captured on cell phone video obtained exclusively by KTLA. SWAT officers stormed a corner apartment as helicopters flew overhead. As a precaution, police ordered residents out through back windows. The Dorner sighting turned out to be a false alarm — prompted by an apparent prank call....
  • States and Cities Step Up and Resist Drone Surveillance

    02/11/2013 2:51:13 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    the New American ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    We live in a country where the president has assumed the power to kill American citizens without due process and the Justice Department produces memos supporting the legality of it. Fortunately, we also live in a country where concerned citizens and their local lawmakers are waking up and defending civil liberties and the Constitution that protects them. For example, on February 4 the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed a measure declaring the use of drones in the United States to be “a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people. The resolution (passed by a vote...
  • Menendez Backed Donor on Port Security Plan

    02/11/2013 2:48:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/10/13 | ERIC LIPTON, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company — run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his — to do the work. **SNIP** But the questions about the port security contract are potentially more troubling for Mr. Menendez, who is already facing questions over his fitness for the Foreign Relations Committee chairmanship, because the contract involved a foreign policy concern: curbing the flow of cocaine to the United...
  • Undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to attend State of Union

    02/11/2013 2:40:20 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 56 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Karoun Demirjian
    WASHINGTON — Every year, a hand-picked set of special guests sits with the first lady as the president delivers the State of the Union address. This year, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected a young, undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to be in one of their seats of honor.
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, February-11-2013

    02/11/2013 2:35:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 40 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • After bludgeoning Romney, Dems oddly silent on Jack Lew’s Cayman Islands investments

    02/11/2013 2:30:44 PM PST · by what's up · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Guy Benson
    There are myriad reasons for conservatives to oppose Jack Lew’s nomination for Treasury Secretary. The fact that Lew recently held a substantial, and entirely legal, investment based in the Cayman Islands is not one of them. But shouldn’t liberals be livid? Last year, the Obama campaign and its surrogates furiously accused Mitt Romney of “betting against America” through his financial portfolio, which included foreign holdings — including some in the Cayman Islands. This ad painting the Republican nominee as an unpatriotic hypocrite was memorably unsparing in its demagoguery:
  • Krugman: Corporations "Making So Much Money They Don't Know What To Do With It"

    02/11/2013 2:24:50 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-10-2013
    ...... "..... there is a global savings glut and a lot of it is corporations are saving. It's a lot of retained earnings just sitting there. Not quite sure why except that maybe they're making so much money they don't know what to do with it," economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said on ... MSNBC's weekend show "Up with Chris Hayes."
  • Felons for Gun Control

    02/11/2013 2:08:30 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/11/13 | William A Levinson
    Convicted Felons for Gun Control Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, advocated a ban on all semiautomatic firearms along with a prohibitive gun owner registration fee. Blagojevich also promoted a ban on so-called "pocket rockets," or easily concealable high-caliber handguns. With regard to the latter, many states' concealed carry laws require the firearm to remain exactly that: concealed. Even if it is not illegal to expose or "flash" the weapon, it is generally poor judgment to advertise the fact that you have a weapon. When one deals with liars like...
  • Israel on Alert Israel appears to be readying for conflict with Lebanon

    02/11/2013 1:54:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    Senior Israeli officials have indicated that the Jewish state is gearing up for a major “war with Lebanon,” according to sources close to the Israeli government. The Israeli military has reportedly deployed missile defense systems to the northern part of the country, which sits near Lebanon, and has ordered all civilian aircraft to evacuate Haifa airport, the Jewish state’s northernmost air hub. Senior Israeli officials have warned of an impending conflict in closed-door meetings in Washington, D.C., sources said. The “world needs to be prepared for the next war with Lebanon,” a senior military adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
  • Wheels coming off... ObamaCare policies will cost more, cover far fewer than promised

    02/11/2013 1:22:11 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 153 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2013 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    The Affordable Care Act is looking less and less affordable. Start with the IRS’s new estimate for what the cheapest family plan will cost by 2016: $20,000 a year to cover two adults and three kids. And that will only cover 60 percent of medical bills, so add hefty out-of-pocket costs, too. The next surprise is for parents who thought their kids would be covered by an employer. Sloppy wording in the law left that unclear until last week, when the IRS ruled that kids won’t be covered. Starting in 2014, the law will require employers with 50 or more...
  • Obama Lawn Sign Battle Rips Apart Community, Bankrupts Homeowner's Association

    02/11/2013 12:50:46 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/11/13 | Myles Collier
    A confrontation over a political sign and a community's Home Owners Association has occupied four years and nearly half a million dollars in legal fees.
  • Boy Scouts Must Reconcile Gay Issue

    02/11/2013 12:44:49 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/11/2013 | Michael Reagan
    The bosses of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) surprised everyone this week by postponing their decision on whether to allow gay leaders and gay scouts to join their ranks. If the BSA's long-standing ban on gays is lifted by national officials in May, the choice to admit gays may be left to local Boy Scout chapters — as it should be.
  • Inhofe to ‘Postpone’ Hagel Vote

    02/11/2013 12:27:08 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-11-2013 | Robert Costa
    February 11, 2013 2:47 PM Inhofe to ‘Postpone’ Hagel Vote By Robert Costa Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, tells National Review Online that he will “postpone” the nomination of Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense. “I’ll do that for as long as it takes,” he says, firmly. “I’m going to make sure there is a 60-vote margin.” “Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but it’s going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor,” Inhofe says. “We’re going to need as much time as...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $22k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XIX]

    02/11/2013 12:23:36 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 343 replies
    <p>Still lagging a bit off the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done within the next three weeks!!</p>
  • The bizarre stories of the four other popes to have resigned in the last 1,000 years

    02/11/2013 12:13:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/12/2013 | Max Fisher
    On Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. That’s not just tradition — it’s dogma. The Washington Post’s Debbi Wilgoren cited a theological expert in explaining, “Most modern popes have felt that resignation is unacceptable except in cases of an incurable or debilitating disease — that paternity, in the words of Paul IV, cannot be resigned.” But Benedict XVI’s resignation is even more curious when compared to the handful of others who have left the powerful office willingly. In the past 1000 years, only four other popes have resigned. Here are...
  • Sources: Obama to issue cybersecurity order on Wednesday

    02/11/2013 12:04:12 PM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/13 | Jennifer Martinez
    The White House is poised to release a cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill. The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at an event Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy. The White House began crafting the executive order after Congress failed to pass cybersecurity legislation last year. Officials said the threat facing the United States was too great for the administration to ignore.
  • Ted Nugent to be guest at State of the Union

    02/11/2013 12:01:31 PM PST · by GVnana · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/11/2013 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday's State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor's gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter.</p> <p>"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," Mr. Stockman said in a statement announcing the choice. "After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."</p>
  • Gun Control and the Constitution

    02/11/2013 11:44:24 AM PST · by IndePundit · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2013, 5:01 p.m. ET | David Rivkin & Andrew Grossman
    Could there be a better illustration of the cultural divide over firearms than the White House photograph of our skeet-shooting president? Clay pigeons are launched into the air, but the president's smoking shotgun is level with the ground. This is not a man who is comfortable around guns. And that goes a long way toward explaining his gun-control agenda. Lack of informed presidential leadership aside, there is a gulf between those Americans who view guns as invaluable tools for self-defense, both against private wrongdoers and a potentially tyrannical government, and those who regard that concept as hopelessly archaic and even...
  • EU To Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Products

    02/11/2013 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 11, 2013 – 02:43 PM | Christoph Schult
    Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian territories often deceptively give their products a “Made in Israel” label. The European Union wants to move soon to end the practice and appears to be set on a collision course with the country. … The international community has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over these areas, and the Geneva Convention outlaws the establishment of settlements within occupied territories. Nevertheless, successive Israeli governments have allowed colonies to be built up within them and, today, some 650,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. …