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  • With Amazon minting currency, Fed at risk

    02/13/2013 5:38:26 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Matthew Lynn
    The euro may well be on the road to a chaotic collapse, taking some of the world’s biggest banks with it. A currency war may break out between Japan, the U.S. and Europe. Printing money has run out of steam, but there is still little sign of the global economy returning to the kind of growth rates it saw before the credit crunch. But in the long term what they should perhaps be most worried about is losing their monopoly on issuing money. A new breed of virtual currencies are starting to emerge — and some of the giants of...
  • Sen. Burr: CIA Has ‘Flatly Refused’ to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents

    02/13/2013 5:32:27 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | By Terence P. Jeffrey | 2/13/13
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Burr made the assertion last week at the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to be director of the CIA. Brennan currently serves as the president's counterterrorism adviser. “Mr. Brennan, as you know, the committee's conducting a thorough inquiry into the...
  • We also deserved a vote, Mr. Obama, but we didn't get it from Harry Reid!

    02/13/2013 5:32:17 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Stockman, Broun answer the call to KILL ALL GUN CONTROL in the House Note to Barack Obama: Spare us the snide sarcasm and the dripping contempt. Obama's condescending state of the union speech shows, once again, why gun owners don't trust him. "They deserve a vote," hollered Obama, pointing to drooling anti-gun activists in the galleries. Well, so did we. Veterans deserved a vote on whether they would receive due process from a court of law before having their constitutional gun rights taken away. But, when Senator Chuck Schumer threatened to filibuster the DoD authorization bill in order to block...
  • Red Brain, Blue Brain: Republicans and Democrats Process Risk Differently, Research Finds

    02/13/2013 5:27:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 13, 2013 | NA
    A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Republican or Democrat changes how the brain functions. Dr. Darren Schreiber, a researcher in neuropolitics at the University of Exeter, has been working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California, San Diego on research that explores the differences in the way the brain...
  • Twitter Hoax Claims Body Fond In Burned Cabin Belonged To A Female, Not Christopher Dorner

    02/13/2013 5:12:40 PM PST · by mnehring · 10 replies
    The day after “killer cop” Christopher Dorner was presumably killed following a firefight in a rural California cabin, conspiracy theories have swept Twitter asserting that the charred body found in the burned cabin did not belong to Dorner, but to an unidentified female. A Twitter hoax quickly gained traction on Wednesday, stating that a burned body found in the remains of the cabin did not belong to Christopher Dorner, but rather to an unidentified female. The hoax quickly swept Twitter under the guise of a fake screengrab from CNN. In the fake image, CNN’s news ticker was edited to read...
  • Sheriff: Cabin not purposely burned in firefight

    02/13/2013 5:12:34 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 256 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 13, 7:47 PM EST | GREG RISLING and TAMI ABDOLLAH
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner. Clad in camouflage from head to toe and wearing a bulletproof vest packed with ammunition, the most wanted man in America over the last week was just a few feet away, having emerged from a grove of trees holding a large, assault-style rifle.
  • Students Told To Stop ‘USA!’ Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas (suspended from school)

    02/13/2013 5:12:02 PM PST · by drewh · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | February 13, 2013 4:04 P.M. | By Andrew Johnson
    Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game. While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said “the incident is far from over.” Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News Radio that “we need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.” Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman felt that the students’ actions might have had racist undertones since the schools have large Hispanic student populations. “We wanted to make sure...
  • Dorner’s Mom Spotted Drinking Wine, Eating Chips While Watching Standoff ( When will she sue? )

    02/13/2013 5:09:57 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 31 replies
    losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | Feb 13 2013 | CBS
    LA PALMA (CBSLA.com) — The mother of quadruple homicide suspect Christopher Dorner Tuesday was spotted at an Orange County Mexican restaurant watching the Big Bear standoff on television. COMPLETE COVERAGE: SoCal Manhunt CBS2/KCAL9’s Michele Gile said a woman matching Nancy Dorner’s description was with a female friend at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant in La Palma around 3:30 p.m. Gile said the 62-year-old woman was drinking a glass of white wine and eating chips and salsa as CBS2/KCAL9 covered the latest developments on the deadly shootout between Dorner and sheriff’s deputies. Gile, not knowing she was speaking to the suspect’s mom,...
  • Rubio: Rove’s Conservative Victory Project Is 'Fine'

    02/13/2013 5:05:25 PM PST · by Lady4Liberty · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Katrina Trinko
    In an interview this morning, Marco Rubio — hardly the establishment favorite in his own Senate race — defended Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, which has angered many tea partiers. Noting that Rove had helped him during a crucial time in his Senate race, Rubio said that both the Tea Party and the Conservative Victory Project “have a place in American politics.”
  • Marco Rubio Takes Drink of Water, Disqualifies Himself For The Presidency In The Eyes of Liberals

    02/13/2013 4:57:41 PM PST · by drewh · 46 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/13/13
    February 13, 2013 RUSH: This is Ann, Littleton, Colorado. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Hey, I'm one of those that didn't listen last night or didn't watch, and so I'm just glad to learn all this that I'm learning. But I did watch Marco Rubio and I wondered if you were as offended as I was when he took a sip of water. RUSH: Offended? CALLER: Well, that's what they're all saying this morning. RUSH: Again, just tell you the truth: I'm watching Rubio, and I have had dry mouth before, and I knew he had...
  • House GOP blames DOD on sequester

    02/13/2013 4:51:19 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Carlo Munoz
    Tension among Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee boiled over on Wednesday, as panel members blamed Pentagon leaders for playing a role in the looming fiscal crisis facing the Defense Department under sequestration. During Wednesday's hearing, committee Republican Reps. Randy Forbes (Va.) and Rob Bishop (Utah) slammed DOD for its refusal to plan for the massive, across-the-board cuts tied to the White House's sequestration plan. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and the heads of the service branches appeared before the panel, to again plead their...
  • Assault Weapon Ban--Congressional Record (Fraternal Order of Police Supports Assault Weapons Ban)

    02/13/2013 2:30:41 PM PST · by ModelBreaker · 27 replies
    Congressional Record ^ | September 13, 2004 | Cong. Jackson Lee
    "The assault weapon ban is supported by virtually every major law enforcement organization . . . as well as organizations including . . . The Fraternal Order of Police."
  • Ralph Nader pans Obama call for higher minimum wage as ‘too little, too late’ (Barf)

    02/13/2013 4:45:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel Strauss
    Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader panned President Obama's call to raise the minimum wage as "too little, too late." The president in his Tuesday State of the Union address pressed economic policies he said would aid the middle class, including a call to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $9. Nader, in an interview with The Hill on Wednesday, criticized Obama for failing to address the issue in his first term and said the president had already abandoned middle-class families. He noted that Obama, after his 2008 presidential victory, had called for raising...
  • House GOP prepares stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown

    02/13/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Erik Wasson
    House appropriators are finalizing a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown after March 27, and the bill could see a vote before the end of February. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he is crafting a continuing resolution at the current level of spending, thereby separating the issue of a government shutdown from the question of how to deal with automatic sequestration cuts. The stopgap spending bill would be set at the current level of $1.043 trillion for the entire fiscal year that began Oct. 1. It would specify that the $85 billion sequestration is...
  • CNN Absurdly Asks If Rubio's Sip of Water Was 'Career-Ender'

    02/13/2013 4:25:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 87 replies
    <> On Wednesday's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer absurdly wondered if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pausing his State of the Union response for a drink of water would "break" his career. The CNN chyron flashed "Career-ender?" "So can a drink of water make or break a political career?" Blitzer asked. "A U.S. Senator, possible presidential candidate. We're going to find out, whether he likes it or not." [Video below the break. Audio here.]
  • Sorry Mr. President, Manufacturing Will Not Save Us

    02/13/2013 4:18:12 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Atlantic Cities ^ | 2-13-2013 | Richard Florida
    Sorry Mr. President, Manufacturing Will Not Save Us Richard Florida Feburary 13, 2013 In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama said: "Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing." He added: After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in...
  • Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship

    02/13/2013 3:41:14 PM PST · by posterchild · 38 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Tue Feb 12, 2013 | David Mcfadden
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he's one of its newest citizens. Without leaving his home in the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian man recently received a brand new Dominican passport after sending a roughly $100,000 contribution to the tropical nation half a world away. "At the start I was a little worried that it might be a fraud, but the process turned out to be quite smooth and simple. Now, I am a Dominican," said Mezawi, who like many Palestinians...
  • Al Jazeera Hires Lobbying Firm to Bolster Image on Capitol Hill

    02/13/2013 3:27:55 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 2/13/2013, 2:20 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Al Jazeera America has hired a lobbying firm to advocate for the broadcasting company on Capitol Hill, according to reports. The media company Al Jazeera America Holdings, which recently bought Al Gore’s cable news station Current TV, has hired the DLA Piper law firm to conduct “informational communications regarding client's cable television channel,” Politico reported. The global law firm, which has 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, has reportedly been educating lawmakers about the company’s plans to be based in New York City and open bureaus across the...
  • Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

    02/13/2013 1:14:39 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 36 replies
    Boston.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.
  • Dorner manhunt: Maids surprised suspect in cabin, escaped, called cops

    02/13/2013 3:09:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    The discovery of a man who police believe to be Christopher Dorner began when two maids ran into him Tuesday morning as they arrived to clean a vacant cabin in the Big Bear area near where the fugitive ex-cop’s car was set ablaze last week.The two maids entered a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive, close to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resort, and surprised a man who they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The man tied up the maids, and then took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin, authorities...
  • Carbon Tax bill coming Thursday to Senate

    02/13/2013 2:59:03 PM PST · by lbryce · 24 replies
    wattupwiththat ^ | February 12,2013 | AnthonyWatts
    Senators Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer will outline the legislation on Thursday morning. They are even going to let that wacky 350.org activist Bill McKibben speak. Sheesh. Billed as “major” and “comprehensive” legislation, it will have a carbon tax. Here is the statement from Sanders’ office (bold mine): Sanders, Boxer to Introduce Major Climate Change Legislation February 12, 2013 WASHINGTON, Feb 12 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will hold a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 14 to announce comprehensive legislation on climate change. Boxer is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders...
  • America's moral dilemmas exposed in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    02/13/2013 2:55:28 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Spero News ^ | February 12, 2013 | Brendan Malone
    America's moral dilemmas exposed in 'Zero Dark Thirty' What is the true price of the War on Terror? Tuesday, February 12, 2013 By Brendan Malone The new Kathryn Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty, which explores the manhunt and eventual assassination of Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan in 2011, has been criticised in some quarters as a piece of unthinking American triumphalism that seeks to justify torture and other violence. I don't understand these criticisms. I suggest that the exact opposite is true, in that this movie unflinchingly exposes the reality of what the hunt for bin Laden,...
  • Bored at the State of the Union (Who can blame them?)

    02/13/2013 2:50:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 13, 2013
    Caught on camera: President Obama's State of the Union address definitely had some dramatic moments — when he talked about the victims of gun violence, for example. But during the 6,400-word-long speech, there were times when some notable audience members had trouble paying attention.
  • Hawaii marijuana bill goes up in smoke

    02/13/2013 2:43:58 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 48 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | February 12, 2013 | Anita Hofschneider, Associated Press
    Honolulu (AP) - A bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii has died in the state House. House judiciary committee Chairman Karl Rhoads said Tuesday that he decided to kill the bill after learning from House leadership that the initiative does not have enough votes to pass the House. Key lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House supported the measure, including the speaker and the majority leader.
  • Print and fire: 3D printing could muzzle new gun laws

    02/13/2013 2:36:05 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 13 2013 | Fox News
    Gun owners who can't buy high capacity ammo magazines because of new laws have another option: Print them. Gun control measures passed or proposed in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre have targeted magazines that can feed 30 rounds or more into the firing chambers of AR-15s and other semi-automatic guns. New York has banned magazines holding more than seven rounds, and a federal bill proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds. But the laws are at least one step behind technology. Using 3D printers and schematics available on the Internet,...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, February-13-2013

    02/13/2013 2:34:04 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 33 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
  • Fort Hood Hero Says Obama 'Betrayed' Her, Other Victims

    02/13/2013 2:31:07 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 9 replies
    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 broadcast 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." There was no...
  • Movie About Lt. Col. Terry Lakin's Battle To Get Obama's Birth Certificate Released In The Works

    For Immediate Release 2/13/2013 There is substantial interest in creating a film adaptation of the Terry Lakin Story, "OFFICER'S OATH." This is a poignant, heroic story that must not be forgotten, or falsely relegated to the "conspiracy theory" chapter in the annals of our national history. Terry knowingly sacrificed his military career, endured a court-martial, and ultimately spent nearly half a year in Leavenworth Prison simply for standing up for the Constitution he pledged to uphold and defend. His story is detailed in the book "An Officer's Oath," which is recommended reading for anybody who reveres this country and the...
  • The War on Drugs is Immoral and Ineffective

    02/13/2013 2:23:16 PM PST · by honestabe010 · 70 replies
    Times Square Gossip ^ | February 13, 2013 | Brian Woodward
    Despite increased efforts, manpower, and resources, the war on drugs has been a resounding failure. W.C. fields once quipped, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Not only does the government continue to fail in its crusade against drugs, it continues to perpetrate a policy of immense immorality. It has been over forty years since President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs. What do we have to show for it? The United States has wasted over one trillion dollars, caused incarceration rates to exceed that of...
  • FBI Raids Wrong Hanover Home For Child Porn

    02/13/2013 2:15:18 PM PST · by Arthurio · 26 replies
    WRIC ^ | 2-8
    HANOVER, VA –The FBI raided a Hanover County home in search of child porn, only to discover they'd raided the wrong house. Federal investigators targeted the Mechanicsville home after discovering child porn was being downloaded to computers using the homeowner's internet service, according to federal court documents. But after raiding the home in November and subsequently launching a full investigation, court documents show agents discovered the computers with the downloaded child porn didn't belong to the couple, but a neighbor. David Edward Sleezer, of J David Lane, was arrested and charged with five counts of receiving and distributing child porn....
  • Woman Still Searching For Answers After Wrong House Bust

    02/13/2013 2:13:01 PM PST · by Arthurio · 19 replies
    KUTV ^ | 2/6
    (KUTV) Four months ago, Salt Lake City Police mistakenly raided the house of a senior citizen looking for drugs. The Police Chief apologized, but now, the woman is still waiting for an explanation on how the mistake could happen. Salt Lake Police busted through the front door of the home on October 3 looking for an alleged drug dealer, but instead, they found a 76-year-old woman. Officials say the woman was in her nightgown, making sweets for a church function the following Sunday, when police kicked in her door and held her at gunpoint.
  • Yaalon: Hizbullah Armed, Waiting

    02/13/2013 2:07:20 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Despite the relative quiet in northern Israel in recent years, the threat posed by Hizbullah remains, Minister Yaalon said Wednesday evening. Yaalon spoke at a memorial for the 73 soldiers killed in a helicopter crash over Kibbutz Dafna 16 years ago. “The 73 fallen sons embody the complexity of our lives here,” Yaalon said, “and our struggle, which, sadly, is not yet over.” “We are a people that loves peace,” he continued. “That is how we raise our sons and daughters.” Addressing bereaved families at the event, he said, “That is how you raised your children who fell while on...
  • CNN PANEL: DORNER'S ALLEGED MURDER SPREE 'EXCITING,' LIKE 'DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIE'

    02/13/2013 1:57:33 PM PST · by navysealdad · 46 replies
    Panelists MC Lyte, Jack Moore, Editor of BuzzFeed Sports, Lauren Ashburn, Editor-in-chief at The Daily Download, and Mark Lamont Hill joined Brooke Baldwin on CNN today to talk about the social media support for alleged quadruple killer Christopher Dorner. Ashburn was the only one on the panel who had a problem with the alleged cop killer being celebrated saying that he crossed a line when he began killing people to get his revenge for his alleged grievences. The rest of the panel concluded that Dorner "had a point" and that the unfolding story was theatric. Hill said that the saga...
  • Russian foreign minister won’t return Kerry’s call

    02/13/2013 1:44:44 PM PST · by xtinct · 45 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/13/2013 | Josh Rogin
    Secretary of State John Kerry called all the foreign ministers of countries that deal with North Korea following Monday's nuclear test and all but one of them picked up the phone -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Kerry made his first remarks about the new nuclear test, which the North Koreans warned the State Department about in advance. "With respect to the DPRK, President Obama made it crystal clear last night and previously in all comments, as have other countries, that North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program are a threat now to the United...
  • CHRIS STEVENS WAS NOT EVEN REMEMBERED (IN OBAMA SOTU ADDRESS)

    02/13/2013 1:44:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    Breitbart/Big Peace ^ | 2-12-2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    February 12, 2013 CHRIS STEVENS WAS NOT EVEN REMEMBERED Joel B. Pollak In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama failed to mention the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans who died on Sep. 11, 2012 in the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. He mentioned the victims of the massacre in Newtown, CT in December, and invited the families of victims of other violent gun crimes to watch from the gallery. But the Benghazi victims' families were not present at all. Instead of offering even the slightest word of tribute for the...
  • Russian foreign minister won’t return Kerry’s call (but he served in Vietnam!)

    02/13/2013 1:42:15 PM PST · by llevrok · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/13/2013 | Josh Rogin
    (snip) At Wednesday's State Department press briefing, outgoing Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland denied that Kerry was frantically trying to reach Lavrov. (The Cable has confirmed that Nuland will soon be replaced at the podium by White House Deputy Press Secretary Jen Psaki.) "There's been nothing frantic about it. He reached out to Foreign Minister Lavrov yesterday, made it clear again today that he's ready to talk whenever Foreign Minister Lavrov can find the time," Nuland said. On Tuesday, Nuland said that Kerry had called Lavrov early in the morning and was hoping to connect with him by the end of that...
  • WH COS Unable To Answer Basic Benghazi Questions

    02/13/2013 1:30:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | goprapidresponse
    Jack Lew, the White House Chief of Staff can't answer basic questions about the attack on Benghazi (February 13, 2013).
  • Armed Detroit candy store owner fatally shoots attempted robber

    02/13/2013 1:17:26 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 29 replies
    Mlive ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Gus Burns
    About 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, a suspected armed robber entered Leddy's Candy Store at15928 Grand River and demanded cash from the 54-year-old owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed firearm. He produced his weapon and fatally shot the intruder, who was about 40 years old, according to Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens. Leddy's Candy Store sells retail and wholesale confections. The owner of the store told Local 4 the business, which has operated since 1926, has been robbed several times in the past few months. The shooter was taken into police custody for questioning. Stephens could not confirm if he...
  • DICK CHENEY on SEAN HANNITY RADIO ---right now!!

    02/13/2013 1:16:03 PM PST · by dennisw · 3 replies
    now!!!
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  • Cardinal says scandals may have influenced resignation

    02/13/2013 1:15:27 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Rome -- Repeatedly over the last three days, media agencies have asked me to comment on the following question: Did Benedict XVI really resign just because he's old and tired, or was it really because of the sexual abuse crisis, the Vatileaks mess, and the various other meltdowns that have occurred on his watch? My answer has been that it's not an either/or. Benedict may not have quit "because of" the pedophilia scandals or any other specific controversy, but it's hard to believe they didn't play a role, at least as background. One can certainly take Benedict at his word...
  • *Obama renominates contentious labor board picks

    02/13/2013 12:35:50 PM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    In a provocative move, President Obama Wednesday re-nominated two controversial Democratic candidates to the National Labor Relations Board just weeks after a federal court invalided their recess appointments to the posts. Mr. Obama again nominated Sharon Block, a former Democratic Labor Department official, and Richard Griffin, a Democratic union lawyer, to serve on the NLRB
  • Unconventional Oil, Natural Gas is the 'Sweet Spot' for US

    02/13/2013 12:30:07 PM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 13, 2013 | Robin Dupre|
    Unconventional oil and gas activity is already revolutionizing America's energy future and bringing enormous benefits to its economy, Director of Consulting Energy and Natural Resources at IHS Jerry Eumont said. Net petroleum imports have fallen from 60 percent of total consumption in 2005 to 42 percent in October 2012. The recent surge in unconventional oil and gas and its effect in the United States was the topic of discussion at the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Houston Chapter luncheon Tuesday. U.S. oil production, which has risen 25 percent since 2008, reached about 8.5 million barrels per day in 2012, Eumont said....
  • Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

    02/13/2013 12:10:27 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-10-13 | Ryan Gallagher
    Exclusive: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites. A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an "extreme-scale analytics" system created by Raytheon, the world's fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients. But...
  • Dem lawmaker tweets college co-ed, then deletes messages

    02/13/2013 12:02:20 PM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    Rep. Steve Cohen repeatedly tweeted, and then deleted, messages to a woman on Twitter who his office is calling “the daughter of a longtime friend” and who has the same name as a Texas State University blonde bombshell featured in a college co-ed calendar
  • FAA Official: No Armed Drones In U.S.

    02/13/2013 11:59:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | February 13, 2013 | Bem Wolfgang
    MCLEAN, Va. — A top official with the Federal Aviation Administration reassured the public on Wednesday that, despite the fear and paranoia of some, no armed drones will be permitted to fly in U.S. airspace. “We currently have rules in the books that deal with releasing anything from an aircraft, period. Those rules are in place and that would prohibit weapons from being installed on a civil aircraft,” said Jim Williams, head of the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, in an address to the drone industry’s leading trade group meeting this week in Northern Virginia.
  • Sarah Palin: #SOTUGottaBKiddingMe

    02/13/2013 11:46:41 AM PST · by onyx · 72 replies
    Sarah Palin Face Book ^ | February 13, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    If you missed President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, you didn’t miss much – especially if you watched any of his past four State of the Union addresses. We heard the same recycled rhetoric, and we heard his Orwellian declaration that the cornucopia of new federal programs he proposed, as well as his intention to eradicate world poverty, wouldn’t “increase our deficit by a single dime.” Of course, he glossed over the inconvenient facts. He boasted about job creation, but didn’t mention that real unemployment is higher today than when he took office. He touted all...
  • Dorner manhunt: Charred human remains found in burned cabin

    02/13/2013 11:39:10 AM PST · by libstripper · 283 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Andrew Blankstein & others
    Charred human remains have been found in the burned cabin where police believe fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner was holed up after trading gunfire with law enforcement, authorities said. If the body is identified to be Dorner’s, the standoff would end a weeklong manhunt for the ex-LAPD officer and Navy Reserve lieutenant who is believed to be responsible for a string of revenge-fueled shootings following his firing by the Los Angeles Police Department several years ago. Four people have died, allegedly at Dorner’s hands.
  • United Nations Removes Saudi Official Who is Al Qaeda Financier From Sanctions List

    02/13/2013 11:34:07 AM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 13 Feb 12 | Unknown
    The involvement of wealthy Saudis and Saudi charities in funding Al Qaeda and other Jihadist terrorist organizations has been extensively documented for years, including by the US Treasury Department. One such individual is Soliman al-Buthe, who is currently a Saudi government official and previously started a charity here in the United States in Oregon that has been tied to Al Qaeda. This week, the UN has decided to remove al-Buthe from its Al Qaeda sanctions list. This no doubt comes due to pressure from Saudi Arabia and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The OIC is a 57-member nation bloc...
  • Ron Paul Reacts to State of the Union Address

    02/13/2013 11:26:32 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 20 replies
    Stossel on FBN via Youtube ^ | 2/12/2013 | Eduardo89rp
    Former presidential candidate Ron Paul reacted to President Obama's SOTU address with John Stossel on Fox Business Network. Paul said in the speech, "certainly we didn't get any answers tonight" to the key issues facing the nation. "Everything on the surface looks like it's welfare-ism and warfare-ism. But I think underneath there's a smoldering desire that is growing by leaps and bounds that saying that a lot of people in this country have had enough of it..."
  • The price of Keystone (pipeline) may be a (Canadian) carbon tax

    02/13/2013 11:22:59 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Terence Corcoran
    Tax could provide cover for approval of oil sands pipelineHello Canada! Are you ready — ready for a new national tax on carbon that will ding pocketbooks across the country? My bet is that a new carbon tax is coming, made almost inevitable by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s full-bore push to secure Washington’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.For early clues on the carbon tax/Keystone trade-off, tune in Tuesday night to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. As the president speaks, he will be alert to the chorus of Hollywood stars, environmental activists, editorial writers and industry leaders...