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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
    CBS ^ | 02/12/2013
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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...