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  • Top Pentagon Brass Lay Out Details of Sequestration Nightmare

    02/12/2013 3:24:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 32 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 12 Feb 13 | Charles S. Clark
    With less than three weeks to go before automatic governmentwide budget cuts, the entire leadership team at the Pentagon on Tuesday implored the Senate Armed Services Committee to cancel sequestration and adjust the continuing resolution set to run out March 27. In an emotional hearing that prompted lawmakers to criticize their own and blast President Obama’s leadership, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and top civilian officials laid out details of the harm across-the-board budget cuts would inflict on the nation’s military readiness and long-term effectiveness. “Military readiness is in jeopardy due to the convergence of unprecedented budget...
  • Hospices Reveal Obamacare’s Impact

    02/12/2013 3:21:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 2/12/13 | Bob Moffit and Alyene Senger
    Two hospice care centers are struggling to make ends meet, and Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare are to blame. Hospices—health care facilities for the terminally ill—along with other Medicare providers are facing Medicare pay cuts. Of the $716 billion in payment reductions, hospice care was hit by a $17 billion payment cut from 2013 to 2022. Now, contrary to all of the misleading claims, this effect is already beginning. San Diego Hospice recently laid off 260 workers, closed a 24-bed hospital, and has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. San Diego Hospice’s financial condition is attributed mainly to reduced Medicare reimbursement,...
  • GOP vs. the generals all over again

    02/12/2013 3:19:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12 Feb 13 | Kevin Baron
    <p>The nation’s top military officers formed a solid front in the Senate on Tuesday and called on members of Congress to stop passing temporary spending measures and avert the automatic budget cut known as sequester.</p>
  • Hoyer: "The Country Has A Paying For Problem," Not A Spending Problem

    02/12/2013 3:16:01 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 26 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-12-2013
    (snip) REP. STENY HOYER (D-MD), HOUSE MINORITY WHIP: Does the country have a spending problem? The country has a paying for problem. We haven't paid for what we bought, we haven't paid for our tax cuts, we haven't paid for war.
  • Rubio gives Obama a 2nd Amendment gut check

    02/12/2013 3:15:41 PM PST · by tom h · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/17/2013 | John Hayward
    Senator Marco Rubio appeared on Fox News show to discuss gun control. Toward the end of the segment, he made a very aggressive statement about the Left’s view of the Second Amendment. “I think that the President is not a believer in the Second Amendment, although he states that he is,” said Rubio. ... If he doesn’t want it in the Constitution or he wants to reform the Second Amendment, then have the guts to admit that.” Rubio’s “gut check” illuminates several facets of the gun control debate... First and foremost, progressives never have the “guts” to explain their ultimate...
  • Australian suspected of Mossad links dies in Israeli jail

    02/12/2013 3:01:04 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 12 Feb 2013 | Trevor Bormann
    Evidence has been unearthed that strongly suggests Israel's infamous Prisoner X, who was jailed under extraordinary circumstances in 2010, was an Australian national from Melbourne. Investigations by the ABC's Foreign Correspondent program have revealed Ben Zygier, who used the name Ben Alon in Israel, was found hanged in a high-security cell at a prison near Tel Aviv in late 2010. His body was flown to Melbourne for burial a week later. The death goes part of the way to explain the existence in Israel of a so-called Prisoner X, widely speculated in local and international media as an inmate whose...
  • Barbour Goes to War with the Club for Growth [joins TokyoRove]

    02/12/2013 2:35:46 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/12/2013 | Robert Costa
    Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, one of the most influential players in the Republican party, is privately battling the Club for Growth. Last week, at a closed-door retreat in northern Virginia, Barbour told a large gathering of congressional staffers, including several leadership aides, that party officials should discourage donors from funding the high-profile conservative group. Insiders say Barbour’s comments came during a question-and-answer session at the Ripon Society’s annual symposium, which was held at Mount Vernon, the home of former president George Washington. Sources say Barbour was asked about the group’s growing influence, and then he urged the aides and...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, February-12-2013

    02/12/2013 2:34:14 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 13 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
  • Newly identified natural protein blocks HIV, other deadly viruses

    02/12/2013 2:27:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | February 11, 2013 | NA
    A team of UCLA-led researchers has identified a protein with broad virus-fighting properties that potentially could be used as a weapon against deadly human pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Nipah and others designated "priority pathogens" for national biosecurity purposes by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. In a study published in the January issue of the journal Immunity, the researchers describe the novel antiviral property of the protein, cholesterol-25-hydroxylase (CH25H), an enzyme that converts cholesterol to an oxysterol called 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), which can permeate a cell's wall and block a virus from getting in....
  • Another Federal Government Takeover: Common Core Curriculum

    02/12/2013 2:17:16 PM PST · by kanooga · 6 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | James Bailey
    In recent years, the federal government has succeeded in expanding their control over health care, financial markets, the auto industry, the coal industry, and more. Now they have gained greater control over our nation’s public school systems with a program that one Georgia lawmaker calls “No Child Left Behind on steroids.”
  • HAGEL APPROVED AS PENTAGON CHIEF BY U.S. SENATE PANEL, CLEARS HURDLE TOWARD CONFIRMATION....

    02/12/2013 2:17:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/12/13 | Twitter
    HAGEL APPROVED AS PENTAGON CHIEF BY U.S. SENATE PANEL, CLEARS HURDLE TOWARD CONFIRMATION AS DEFENSE SECRETARY #BREAKING
  • 2 Deputies Shot In Standoff, Search For Christopher Dorner (Shootout over, Rambro dead?)

    02/12/2013 2:10:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 157 replies
    CBS LA ^ | 2/12/13 | CBS LA
    Two San Bernardino County SheriffÂ’s deputies have been shot while pursuing a carjacking and home-invasion suspect in the Angelus Oaks area of Big Bear. A law enforcement source confirms to the Associated Press that the assailant is triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner, who is said to be heavily armed in engaging in gunfire with authorities. Repeated gunshots could be heard on Glass Road west of 7 Oaks just after 1:30 p.m. and officials requested an armored vehicle to help remove several injured deputies from the scene. A SWAT team was also called in to set up a perimeter of the area....
  • Democrats bringing illegals to State of the Union

    02/12/2013 2:01:56 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 31 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 2-12-2013 | Laura Byrne
    February 12, 2013 Democrats bringing illegals to State of the Union by Laura Byrne Illegal immigrants are rumored to be at the top of the guest list for the State of the Union tonight. One illegal immigrant is even reportedly being escorted by the First Lady herself.In addition to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Michelle Obama has invited 20-year-old Alan Aleman, an illegal immigrant from Nevada who hasn’t been deported because he came to the United States before he was 16 and is therefore protected under the Obama administration’s new deportation rules.And so far, four other Democrats have revealed they are...
  • Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union

    02/12/2013 1:54:34 PM PST · by Arthurio · 35 replies
    (CNN) -- The former Army staff sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama Monday is declining the first lady's invitation to be her guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address. Clint Romesha, who was awarded the prestigious medal for uncommon valor in Afghanistan, told CNN that he has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, his wife Tammy -- with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday -- and their families.
  • Joe Scarborough to Wash Post: 'I don’t Expect to Be Cheering House Republicans Anytime Soon'

    02/12/2013 1:53:55 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 26 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 12, 2013 | Scott Whitlock
    The Washington Post's Greg Sargent on Tuesday seemed shocked that Joe Scarborough, who he paints as the voice of moderation, agrees more with Democrats on deficit issues than Republicans. On the subject of fiscal problems and the debt, the MSNBC host told Sargent, "I don’t expect to be cheering House Republicans anytime soon." The left-leaning Post writer asked if, on deficit issues, Scarborough's "views are indeed more in line with Dems than with Republicans." The cable host replied, "yes." He then went on to attack Barack Obama from the left: "I don’t see the Democrats focusing seriously on Entitlements or...
  • The Venezuelan Train Crash

    02/12/2013 1:41:06 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11 Feb 2012 | Editorial
    Economics: Venezuela has devalued its currency, joining Iran, Argentina and others whose wars on math brought the same result. Some call this a "restorative." It's not. It's what happens when big government hits a wall. Venezuela's monster 47% devaluation from 4.3 to 6.3 bolivars to the dollar, reportedly ordered by President Hugo Chavez from his hospital bed in Cuba, marks the reckoning for his regime's big-spending ways in Venezuela's low-growth economy. It was about as predictable as a crash from a runaway train, given his mad-lunatic war on economics — his lethal combination of welfare spending, destruction of the private...
  • Doctors Struggling to Fight 'Totally Drug-Resistant' Tuberculosis in South Africa

    02/12/2013 1:38:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | February 11, 2013 | JASON KOEBLER
    TB kills more people annually than any other infectious disease besides HIV In a patient's fight against tuberculosis—the bacterial lung disease that kills more people annually than any infectious disease besides HIV— doctors have more than 10 drugs from which to choose. Most of those didn't work for Uvistra Naidoo, a South African doctor who contracted the disease in his clinic. For those who contract the disease now, maybe none of them will. A new paper published earlier this week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal warns that the first cases of "totally drug-resistant"...
  • Anti-Birther Writes 50 Page Hit Piece about Lt. Mike Zullo's Investigation Into Obama's Past

    On November 9th, 2012 erstwhile Maricopa County Cold Case Posse (MCCCP)“Investigator” Mike Zullo signed a massively expanded and updated second “affidavit” concerning his alleged investigation intothe identity documents of President Barack Obama. I refer to it as an “alleged investigation” because there is very little investigative work to be found within the pages of the affidavit. To the extent it recounts lines of enquiry, they without exception all end in futility. To the extent it purports to recount “facts,” they are all recounted second hand, most of them ruthlessly plagiarized from the “work” of other birthers. To the extent that...
  • Dorner Found in Big Bear

    02/12/2013 1:22:46 PM PST · by LadyEleanor · 945 replies
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  • Olympic Arms to New York State – Take Your Business Elsewhere

    02/12/2013 1:19:47 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 87 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Olympia, WA --(Ammoland.com)- Olympic Arms is a staunch believer in and defender of the Constitution of the United States, and with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights that succinctly enumerates the security of our Divinely given Rights. One of those Rights is that to Keep and Bear Arms. Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though the passage of this...
  • In tea party response, Paul will urge GOP to embrace immigrants, cut spending

    02/12/2013 12:56:37 PM PST · by xzins · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | 12 Feb 13 | Mark Preston
    <p>Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul will call on his fellow Republicans to be more welcoming of immigrants Tuesday night in a speech where he will also sharply criticize President Barack Obama and his congressional colleagues for failing to reduce the nation's debt.</p>
  • Washington Post fooled by fake story of Sarah Palin joining Al-Jazeera

    02/12/2013 12:44:49 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 02/12/03 | Claudine Zap
    Another journalist fell prey to a fake story on a satirical website, and reported it as news. This time, a blogger for the Washington Post reported—wrongly—that Sarah Palin, the former Republican candidate for vice president who recently parted way with Fox News, had moved on to the Al-Jazeera network to reach millions of "devoutly religious people."
  • Dr. Ben Carson leaving Johns Hopkins surgery post

    02/12/2013 7:17:12 AM PST · by pgkdan · 79 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 02/12/13 | Thomas Lifson
    Be still, my heart. Dr Benjamin Carson is freeing up time and energy to pursue his passions in politics and education, retiring from surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Could world-renowned, up-from-the mean-streets of Detroit inspirational figure be the Man on a White Horse who could rescue America from the fiscal and social death spiral the progressives have foisted upon us? The Wall Street Journal said it first: "Ben Carson for President".
  • Boehner: Obama doesn't have 'the guts' to tackle deficit

    02/12/2013 12:32:15 PM PST · by what's up · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Bret Baier
    House Speaker John Boehner, in advance of President Obama's State of the Union address, said Tuesday that he doesn't think the president "has the guts" to seriously address the country's debt and deficit. The speaker aired his concerns during a breakfast outside his office on Capitol Hill with anchors and reporters covering Obama's address Tuesday night. He said he's pessimistic about the odds the president will tackle the country's long-term spending problem, which he sees as the biggest threat to America's future. "I don't think he has the guts to do it. He doesn't have the courage to take on...
  • Food Stamp Rolls in America Now Surpass the Population of Spain

    02/12/2013 12:31:48 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | february 11, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Since taking office in 2009, food stamp rolls under President Barack Obama have risen to more than 47 million people in America, exceeding the population of Spain. “Now is the time to act boldly and wisely – to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity,” said Obama during his first joint session address to Congress on Feb. 24, 2009. Since then, the number of participants enrolled in food stamps, known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), has risen substantially. When Obama entered office in January 2009 there were 31,939,110 Americans receiving food...
  • The 'usual drill'? Susan Rice comment on NK nuclear test belies severity of development

    02/12/2013 12:21:07 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 34 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/12/13 | FoxNews.com/AP
    As a nuclear North Korea proves once again that it’s improving its technology and moving close to marrying a small nuclear device with a more powerful rocket, the United States’ initial reaction Tuesday was a big ho-hum. Asked Tuesday morning whether she expects a strong condemnation from the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said: “We’ll do the usual drill.” It was a surprising response to an international incident that was largely seen as a threat to the U.S. and one that prompted the U.N. Security Council to call an emergency meeting of world representatives.
  • Senate Committee Votes to Confirm Hagel

    02/12/2013 12:09:30 PM PST · by xzins · 93 replies
    NBC ^ | 12 Feb 13 | NBC
    See Video of Levin Statement at: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/50784625#50784625
  • ***I've Never Seen Bob Beckel As Scared Of Anyone: Dr. Carson***

    02/12/2013 12:05:25 PM PST · by The Wizard · 77 replies
    Stardate: 1302.12
    As everyone here knows, the earth moved a bit after the speech of Dr. Carson...EVERYONE knows it.....when you see Bob Beckel in tirade night after night....you know someone is truly scared...... Dr. Ben caught the world off guard, and got the world's attention....... I was also, like EVERYONE, Very happy and comforted by Bill Whittle's recent speeches... Now keep the ball rolling......
  • Google: The Democrat’s Private Intelligence Agency

    02/12/2013 11:53:39 AM PST · by xzins · 41 replies
    Red State ^ | February 12th, 2013 | Ben Howe
    Last week, Neil Stevens raised the alarm about Google selling out conservatives on policy issues. He’s right, but a number of conservatives and Republicans think there is an even bigger problem for GOP. Remember that enormous, sophisticated data operation the Obama campaign had? The one that gave them massive daily data on public opinion trends in almost every segment of potential voters. It’s almost as if Democrats had access to some sort of huge database of real time information about what the public was reading or writing online. The kind of breathtakingly large, real-time data that could be used for...
  • Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies from heart attack

    02/12/2013 11:51:00 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 64 replies
    http://m.lvsun.com/ ^ | February 11 2013 | Paul Takahashi
    The second unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas has died from an apparent heart attack. John Alleman suffered a heart attack last week as he waited at the bus stop in front of the restaurant, located inside the Neonopolis at Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. Alleman was taken off life support shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, said restaurant owner Jon Basso. He was 52. "He lived a very full life,"
  • Indiana, Pa., veteran dies in helicopter crash

    02/12/2013 11:44:26 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 2 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 02-12-2013 | Alex Zimmerman
    An Indiana, Pa., man was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles while working on a military-themed reality show for the Discovery Channel. Michael Donatelli, 45, was one of three people, including the pilot, who were killed in the crash, according to Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Jason Brandenburg. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. The crash occurred about 3:45 a.m. on the Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton, north of Los Angeles. Officials at the ranch declined to comment. Mr. Donatelli served four tours of duty in Iraq, worked as a Washington, D.C.,...
  • Senate Committee to Debate Hagel Nomination (C-SPAN3 Live link 2:45PM EST)

    02/12/2013 11:42:29 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 5 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 2-12-2013 | staff
    Senate Committee to Debate Hagel Nomination WASHINGTON, DC Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chair of the Senate Armed Services Cmte., plans to hold a vote on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel at today's hearing. Committee Republicans have expressed concerns over the former Nebraska senator's nomination. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he would put a hold Hagel unless the White House provides more information on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. In addition, a group of Republican senators sent Chairman Levin a letter, demanding that Hagel turn over more information about his finances and funding...
  • Two University of Maryland students dead in apparent murder-suicide shooting off-campus

    02/12/2013 11:40:48 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 12, 2013
    (CBS/AP) COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Police say a University of Maryland student shot two roommates, one fatally, in an off-campus residence and then killed himself. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. Tuesday in College Park in Prince George's County. Police did not release the names of any of the students involved in the shooting, but all three were male. Police say one of the men set a fire in the basement of the home early Tuesday, and when his housemates confronted him he shot them. The injured student is expected to survive.
  • Ballistic over Benghazi: Graham and Inhofe Take on the White House

    02/12/2013 11:33:59 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Heritage Foundation/Foundry ^ | 2-12-2013 | Helle Dale
    February 12, 2013 Ballistic over Benghazi: Graham and Inhofe Take on the White House by Helle Dale Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) issued blunt warnings to the White House on Sunday: Give us real answers on Benghazi, or the nominations for Secretary of Defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency will be on hold. Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) has nonetheless scheduled the Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel for this afternoon, with the full Senate voting potentially tomorrow if all goes according to Levin’s plan. Which it may not. Whether Hagel will make it...
  • Terror alert declared in Jerusalem

    02/12/2013 11:31:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2/13/13 | Stuart Winer
    Security forces declared a state of increased readiness on Tuesday evening in Jerusalem in response to intelligence received by the Shin Bet security service indicating the possibility of a terror attack in the city. Magen David Adom ambulance service declared a “Level C” alert, the second-highest level of readiness. Local firefighters were also on standby. A police helicopter was patrolling the skies above the capital, and other units were deployed. There were also roadblocks at entrances to the city, and vehicles leaving nearby Arab villages were being checked. The fear was of a terror attack, possibly by a suicide bomber,...
  • GOP Silent As Obama Kills Defense Of Marriage Act

    02/12/2013 11:29:54 AM PST · by xzins · 23 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 2/12/13 | CHQ Staff
    Last week we noted that President Barack Obama has become America’s lawbreaker-in-Chief and few actions exemplify Obama’s propensity for ignoring the will of the people as expressed by the laws Congress passes than his recent executive orders and actions on same sex marriage and federal benefits for same sex couples. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) blocks the federal government from extending spousal benefits to same sex couples. However, on Monday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expanded a list of benefits to the same sex spouses of service members as well as to the unmarried partners of homosexual service members....
  • Grossman officially announces gubernetorial campaign (NJ GOP Primary challenge to Christie!)

    02/12/2013 11:15:40 AM PST · by 07Jack · 18 replies
    The Press of Atlantic City ^ | 2/12/13 | Derek Harper
    ATLANTIC CITY – Somers Point attorney Seth Grossman formally announced his campaign for governor today, saying Gov. Chris Christie has been wrongly perceived as conservative. “He’s been running New Jersey like a Newark ward leader,” Grossman said. Grossman, who seeks the Republican nomination, said he wants to challenge the Republican establishment by running conservative candidates across the state. He announced his candidacy with about a half-dozen supporters at a barren lot off of Rhode Island Avenue, about a block from Revel casino. Grossman has opposed the tax incentives that allowed Revel to finish construction, and has said that city residents...
  • Leach to propose bill legalizing marijuana

    02/12/2013 10:54:09 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 38 replies
    The Delaware County [PA] Daily Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | DANIELLE LYNCH
    State Sen. Daylin, D-17, of Upper Merion, discussed why he believes it would be beneficial to legalize marijuana during a news conference in Harrisburg Monday afternoon. Leach said his bill would legalize marijuana for all purposes — both medicinal and recreational. Leach said people would have to be 21 years old to use marijuana. In addition, he said it would continue to be illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. People would not be allowed to smoke marijuana in restaurants. Leach said people would be able to purchase marijuana in state stores. He said people would...
  • What the Guardian didn’t mention about their Palestinian ‘prisoner of the day’

    02/12/2013 10:51:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    CIF Watch ^ | 2/13/13 | staff
    While we often post in response to Israel related news stories and commentary at the Guardian and ‘Comment is Free’ which are biased, misleading or inaccurate in some manner, often a Guardian ‘photo of the day’ can similarly serve as a vehicle for propaganda due to the emotive strength of the image, along with a paucity of relevant context. The following was included in the Feb. 11th edition of the Guardian’s ‘Best Photos of the Day’. Here’s the Guardian caption: Palestinian women hold pictures of prisoners jailed in Israel during a rally calling for their release in the West Bank...
  • Fort Hood Hero Says Obama 'Betrayed' Her, Other Victims

    02/12/2013 10:26:56 AM PST · by xzins · 56 replies
    ABC ^ | 12 Feb 13 | NED BERKOWITZ and BRIAN ROSS
    Three years after the White House arranged a hero's welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of. "Betrayed is a good word," former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline." "Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of," she said. "In fact they've been neglected."...
  • Foul conditions aboard stranded Carnival cruise ship Triumph: sewage running down the walls

    02/12/2013 10:26:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 101 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/12/13 | ERIK ORTIZ AND DAVID KNOWLES
    -snip- "I mean, it's horrible. There's no running water. There's no power. They are having to use the restroom in buckets and bags." "It's like a bunch of savages on there," he added. "If you get on the blogs, they're saying that people are fighting over food and stuff." Toby Barlow told CNN that his wife, Ann, a passenger on the ship, texted that the plumbing failed and people were defecating in bags and urinating in showers. She also told him there's "sewage running down the walls and floors," he said.
  • The Real State Of The Union Is Bleak

    02/12/2013 10:16:00 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI - Kunstler.com ^ | 2-12-2013 | James Kunster
    The Real State Of The Union Is Bleak James Kunstler, Kunstler.comFebruary 12, 2013, 8:56 AMThe fog of chatter about Federal Reserve money-printing shenanigans, currency wars, fiscal intransigence, exchange rates, and alphabetized rescue operations conceals the central reality of the historical moment: that all industrial economies now face epic contraction, even rip-roaring China in its absurd and spectacular bid to become the latest drive-in utopia. The so-called advanced nations of the world are all sliding toward something less than they wish to be, and the so-called developing nations will backslide further into poverty and anarchy where development will never happen. The...
  • The Atlantic Council’s Sanctions-Busting Backers... Corporations that have evaded Iran sanctions

    02/12/2013 10:14:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/13/13 | Alana Goodman
    Multiple foreign corporations that have bypassed or attempted to bypass United States and European Union sanctions against Iran are funding the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank chaired by defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. One council sponsor, Italian oil company Eni, has vehemently defended its trade with Iran, saying it was “proud” of its cooperation with the regime. “Given the existence of foreign pressures, implementation of most projects in Iran is challenging and complicated,” Eni’s Executive Vice President Guido Michelotti told reporters during a 2011 visit to Iran. “Yet, we have always been interested in cooperation with the Iranian side...
  • Fraud and abuse grow after subsidized telephone program expands (Obama phones)

    02/12/2013 10:07:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | By Luke Rosiak -
    Fraud and abuse grow after subsidized telephone program expands A federal program subsidizing phones for the poor increased from 6.8 million to 18 million recipients from 2008 — the year it was expanded to include cell phones — to May 2012. And fraud and abuse from the expansion have been far more extensive than expected, to the extent that tougher enforcement of long-existing rules is projected to bring in enough money to finance the expansion of the program to provide low-income users with free Internet service, according to the Federal Communications Commission report released last week. Up to 15 percent...
  • Supreme showdown in Tehran

    02/12/2013 10:04:52 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | February 4, 2013 | Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar
    Four months before the next presidential election, Iran's conservative establishment is facing a security threat: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Four years ago, a controversial election that reinstated President Ahmadinejad brought millions of Iranians into a face-to-face confrontation with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Now, it is Ahmadinejad who is coming face-to-face with the very man who lifted him out of obscurity and granted him worldwide fame and unparalleled support against all pillars of the Islamic Republic. During an unprecedented debate at the parliament, which ended in mayhem and the dismissal of the labor minister, Ahmadinejad played a video that implicated the powerful...
  • Father charged in fatal shooting after Texas wreck (shot man who ran over his sons)

    02/12/2013 10:04:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 73 replies
    Charter ^ | nday, February 11, 2013 7:40 PM EST | JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press
    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting at a crash scene of a suspected drunken driver who authorities say plowed into his sons as they helped push their family's broken-down pickup truck along a dark, narrow, rural road. David Barajas, 31, and his sons, 12-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb, were about 50 yards from their Houston-area home when a car crashed into them. David Jr. died at the scene, while Caleb died later at a hospital. Neighbors said they heard gunshots minutes after the Dec. 7 crash near Alvin, about 30...
  • Mother and Baby Killed By Notorious Maryland Abortionist

    02/12/2013 9:54:55 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Christian News ^ | Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | Heather Clark
    Germantown, Maryland – A young mother and her baby both died last week at the hands of a notorious abortionist who has licenses in several states across the country. Reports state that 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli of New Rochelle, New York died on Thursday following complications from a botched abortion. Morbelli was 33 weeks pregnant with a baby girl that had been named Madison Leigh. According to sidewalk counselors outside of abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Maryland, Morbelli had traveled to the abortion facility the previous weekend for a late-term abortion. It is believed that the woman...
  • Democratic House chairwoman Wasserman Schultz caught in deception with reporters

    02/12/2013 9:47:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | february 10, 2012 | susan ferrechio
    Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted a bit of deception Monday in an effort to criticize GOP rising star Marco Rubio ahead of his State of the Union rebuttal Tuesday night. But on this occasion, the press wasn't falling for it. In a conference call Monday, Wasserman Schultz enlisted the help of Annette Capella, described by party officials as a "Medicare recipient from Florida," to warn of the "extreme budget priorities," they believe Rubio is likely to outline in his televised response to President Obama's address. -snip The truth was uncovered when the call was opened up to...
  • 65.4 Million Guns Bought Since Obama Took Office, 91% More Than Bush's First-Term Total

    02/12/2013 9:02:40 AM PST · by illiac · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/12/13 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    There have been 65,376,373 background checks completed for Americans purchasing firearms since February of 2009, the first full month of Barack Obama's presidency. According to data compiled by the FBI, the number of Americans purchasing guns has skyrocketed since Obama was elected. In 2009, there were 13,984,953 background checks for Americans buying firearms. If we subtract the 1,212,860 checks completed in the month of January, the total checks for the year under Obama were 12,772,090. For 2010, background checks totaled 14,320,489. In 2011, checks were 16,336,732, and in 2012, 19,463,832. Background checks for the month of January 2013 were 2,483,230....
  • California oil fields don’t all meet state carbon standard

    02/12/2013 8:59:08 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 12, 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...