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  • Owl struck by SUV on Florida's Turnpike hides in grill for 150 miles

    02/14/2013 5:56:01 AM PST · by BerryDingle · 25 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | February 13, 2013 | LAWRENCE SULLIVAN
    Whenever birds fly in front of moving vehicles, usually the bird is the one that loses. But a great horned owl can teach other birds a thing about surviving those situations. Sonji Coney-Williams was driving Feb. 7 on Florida's Turnpike through Yeehaw Junction when she saw something fly in front of her SUV and heard a smack, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She continued driving for 150 miles to Plantation, not thinking about the incident, until the next day when someone told her she had a bird trapped in the grill of the sport utility vehicle....
  • Planned Changes to U.S. Crude Oil Pipeline Infrastructure Should Relieve Cushing Bottleneck (TWIP}

    02/14/2013 5:54:28 AM PST · by thackney
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 13, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Planned Changes to U.S. Crude Oil Pipeline Infrastructure Should Relieve Cushing Bottleneck Historically, Cushing, Oklahoma has served as the midcontinent hub for distribution of both crude oil imported to the U.S. Gulf Coast and West Texas crude oil production. Pipelines were constructed and configured to move crude oil north to Cushing, and then on to refineries throughout the Midwest. However, as crude oil production has grown in the U.S. midcontinent and Canada, the Cushing hub has become over-supplied. As a result, market participants increasingly have been looking to relieve bottlenecks at Cushing by reconfiguring and expanding pipeline infrastructure to move...
  • ...new pictures reveal ferocity of cabin shoot-out

    02/14/2013 5:47:48 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 84 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 14, 2013 | THOMAS DURANTE, MICHAEL ZENNIE and LYDIA WARREN
    The husband and wife who say they surprised Christopher Dorner in their home, hours before he was killed in a dramatic standoff, described their terror as he bound their hands and feet. Jim and Karen Reynolds say they came to the home just before noon on Tuesday to find the fugitive had been staying in an upstairs room. Mrs Reynolds said that Dorner seemed 'calm and methodical' when he approached them, but her first instinct when she saw him was to run away - and Dorner chased after her. She tried to run up the stairs but was quickly caught...
  • Members of Congress Demand Obama Administration Classify Ft. Hood Attack as an 'Act of Terrorism'

    02/14/2013 5:31:02 AM PST · by libstripper · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | NED BERKOWITZ
    In the wake of an ABC News story detailing claims by victims of the Fort Hood shooting that they have been neglected by the military and 'betrayed' by President Obama, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee has sent a letter to his fellow members of Congress demanding that the Obama administration classify the attack as a terrorist act and provide full benefits to the victims and their families. "It is time for the administration to recognize the Fort Hood shooting for what it is—an act of terrorism," wrote Rep. Michael McCaul, R.-Texas, in a letter cosigned by Rep....
  • Valentine wish: Repair the State of Our Unions

    02/14/2013 5:26:38 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | February 14, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    “First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes the baby in the baby carriage,” goes the rhyme. Unfortunately, in large swaths of American society, this rhyme is playing in reverse, with dire consequences for lower-income Americans. Given five decades of deteriorating marriage trends, it appears Americans concur with H.L. Mencken, who joked, “Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who'd want to live in an institution?” Since 1960, the percentage of married Americans plunged from 72 percent to 51 percent last year, a record low. Meanwhile, babies born to unwed mothers skyrocketed from 4 percent in 1960 to 41 percent in...
  • Shale Oil Production Could Hit 14M Barrels per Day by 2035

    02/14/2013 5:11:57 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 14, 2013 | Jon Mainwaring|
    Global shale oil production has the potential to reach up to 14 million barrels per day by 2035, or 12 percent of the world’s total oil supply, according to a new report from accountants PwC released Thursday. PwC’s report – 'Shale oil: the next energy revolution' – stated that the firm estimates the increase could reduce oil prices in 2035 to between 25 percent and 40 percent (or between $83 and $100 per barrel in real terms) relative to the current baseline EIA projection of $133 per barrel in 2035. The firm said that the potential emergence of shale oil...
  • Legislators tackle water use in Texas oil fields

    02/14/2013 5:08:00 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 13, 2013 | Jeannie Kever
    A climate scientist warned legislators Wednesday that Texas summers are likely to get longer and drier, setting the stage for a hearing on how oil and gas producers use water in a state that remains in varying stages of drought. “Freshwater is going to be more scarce,” Gerald North, professor of atmospheric science and oceanography at Texas A&M University, told members of the energy resources and natural resources committees, recommending they prepare for a future with more storms on the magnitude of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and more droughts similar to the one in 2011. Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, chairman...
  • Students taught oral-sex tricks (and more)

    02/14/2013 5:06:35 AM PST · by wesagain · 50 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    '"WARNING: The following story contains language that some readers may find offensive"'The University of Chicago is leaving little to the imagination with its Sex Week schedule, as it hosts a number of eye-opening events that it promises will go “far beyond typical sex education” with workshops including “Great Oral Sex with Tea Time and Sex Chats,” “Anal 101,” “The Perfect Vagina,” “Sex Ed for Kids” and a play titled “Genitalia the Musical.” According to the university’s official webpage, the oral-sex symposium will include discussion on “going down on men and women, techniques as well as individual differences and sexual health...
  • Pat Robertson Raises New Questions Regarding Chuck Hagel’s Nomination for Secretary of Defense

    02/14/2013 4:33:34 AM PST · by kanooga · 10 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | James Bailey
    The Senate is embroiled in another dog fight this week. For the first time in American history, it appears we will have a filibuster of a Presidential nominee for Secretary of Defense. The full Senate is expected to vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel this Friday. Democrats are claiming to have enough votes to confirm Hagel, but Republicans are planning to block the vote with a filibuster. The filibuster is being led by Republican Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma and is supported by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina along with other Republican senators. Republicans have raised serious...
  • U.S. stock futures sag ahead of jobless claims

    02/14/2013 4:22:55 AM PST · by John W · 9 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    MADRID (MarketWatch) — U.S. stock futures sagged in early trading on Thursday ahead of weekly jobless claims, which are expected to show a slight fall, as investors continue to question whether recent market gains are overdone. Sentiment was weighed by losses in Europe, where downbeat growth leaned on stocks, while even gains from Asia didn’t inspire. The only data point on the calendar is due for release at 8:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern time: The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits is expected to have eased, to 360,000 from 366,000 two weeks ago, according to economists polled by MarketWatch.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 14, 2013

    02/14/2013 2:49:57 AM PST · by sneakers · 14 replies
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  • Hillary WILL run in 2016, claims wealthy Greek donor (who says Bill told him)

    02/14/2013 2:43:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 2/13/13 | Leslie Larson
    A wealthy Democratic donor is fanning the flames of speculation that Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos says Bill Clinton has confirmed the presumed plan that the former Secretary of State will make a bid for the White House again. The millionaire told the Greek Reporter that Clinton's husband revealed his wife's political ambition, as the power couple gear up for a 2016 race. 'Hillary will be our next President and she will be a great one,' Mr Tsakopoulos told the Greek Reporter at a private gala event in California over the weekend. 'I talk...
  • Whole genome sequencing better at tracing TB outbreaks than standard test

    02/14/2013 2:26:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | February 13, 2013 | NA
    A new form of genetic testing of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis can provide better information on TB transmission and also trace TB outbreaks more accurately than the current standard test, according to a study from Germany published in this week's PLOS Medicine. A team of researchers led by Stefan Niemann from Forschungszentrum Borstel, Molecular Mycobacteriology, compared the results of the two types of tests on 86 M. tuberculosis isolates from a TB outbreak in the German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein between 1997 and 2010, in which 2301 people were diseased in the study period. They found that the...
  • How Common 'Cat Parasite' Gets Into Human Brain and Influences Human Behavior

    02/14/2013 1:19:40 AM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | NA
    Toxoplasma is a common 'cat parasite', and has previously been in the spotlight owing to its observed effect on risk-taking and other human behaviours. To some extent, it has also been associated with mental illness. A study led by researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden now demonstrates for the first time how the parasite enters the brain to influence its host. "We believe that this knowledge may be important for the further understanding of complex interactions in some major public health issues, that modern science still hasn't been able to explain fully," says Antonio Barragan, researcher at the Center for...
  • WHITE LIBERALS TELL BLACK LIES ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS... Ann Coulter

    02/14/2013 12:49:54 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 13 Feb 2013 | Ann Coulter
    Liberals ignored my book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama throughout the fall. Now that I'm safely home from my book tour, they feel free to jabber on about their make-believe history of the civil rights movement with abandon. In the hackiest of all hacky articles, Sam Tanenhaus, the man responsible for ruining The New York Times Book Review, has written a cover story in The New Republic, titled: "Original Sin: Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people." MSNBC has been howling this cliche for a decade -- or, as MSNBC's...
  • Russia Touts New Submarine

    02/14/2013 12:36:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 13/02/2013
    Russia Touts New Submarine MOSCOW, February 13 (RIA Novosti) - Foreign customers have shown high interest in Russia’s advanced Amur-1650 class submarine, state-run arms dealer Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday. “Of the nine countries that are planning to modernize or develop their submarine fleets…three have already chosen the Amur-1650 project,” Rosoboronexport’s director Anatoly Isaikin said. He did not name the countries in question. The ongoing work on air-independent (closed cycle) propulsion systems for the submarine should further fuel the customers’ interest, he added. The Amur 1650 is one of several participants in a tender by the Indian Navy for six submarines...
  • In a Rare Move, S. Korean Military Releases Video Footage of Cruise Missiles to Public

    02/14/2013 12:24:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Arirang News ^ | FEB 14, 2013 | Kim Han-ul
    In a Rare Move, S. Korean Military Releases Video Footage of Cruise Missiles to Public Cruise missiles are launched from warships and submarines in the video clip released by the Defense Ministry, hitting targets on land. Although Defense Ministry officials refrained from releasing specific details on the missiles' range, they did say it has the capacity to strike any target in North Korea, no matter where in the South the missile is fired from, which means it probably has a range of more than 1-thousand kilometers. This is not the first time the Defense Ministry has confirmed the deployment of...
  • Oscar Pistorius Arrested after Killing Girlfriend [V-DAY SHOCKER]

    02/14/2013 12:20:01 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    IndiaTimes ^ | February 14, 2013 | AFP
    Johannesburg: South Africa's Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has been arrested after shooting dead his girlfriend having mistaken her for an intruder, media reported today. According to the Beeld newspaper, Pistorius was arrested early Thursday following the shooting. Police could not immediately confirm the report. The athlete know as the "Blade Runner" made history in 2012 when he became the first amputee to compete in the Olympics. He won gold in the 4x400m relay at the Paralympic Games. He had both legs amputated below the knee before he was aged one, because of a congenital condition, and runs on carbon...
  • Exposure of alleged agent could have ‘dramatic implications’ for Mossad

    02/13/2013 10:31:19 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 13 Februrary 2013 | By Times of Israel staff
    The exposure in the Australian media this week of alleged former Mossad agent Ben Zygier, who reportedly committed suicide in Ramle’s Ayalon Prison two years ago, could have very dramatic repercussions for ongoing Mossad operations, Israeli media reported on Wednesday night. Assuming the information is accurate, the impact of the exposure of the alleged agent and his movements on behalf of Israeli intelligence in Iran, Syria and Lebanon, will have “very significant” consequences for ongoing work, Channel 10 news said. In countries such as Iran and Syria, the authorities would now be checking through their records, working out when Zygier...
  • Miami 'super dad' dies protecting daughter, 11, during home invasion

    02/13/2013 9:40:02 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 55 replies
    foxnews.com/ ^ | Feb 13 2013 | Fox News
    Police say two heavily armed men fatally shot a homeowner as he tried to protect his daughter during a home invasion. The incident happened late Tuesday night in Miami. The father, identified as Maurice Harris, 36, got into a struggle with the suspects when they tried to gain entry into his 11-year-old daughter's bedroom, police told FoxNews.com. The father was fatally shot in the struggle. There were no other reports of injuries. The suspects were described as black males. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/13/miami-dad-dies-protecting-daughter-11-during-home-invasion/?test=latestnews#ixzz2KqfsUgRu
  • Plan for homeless raises concerns with state and IHS

    02/13/2013 9:29:19 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | February 10, 2013 | Mark Carpenter
    Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Accorrding to the 2012 Point-in-Time Count, there are nearly 6,300 homeless across the state. A proposed house bill would establish a program that helps those not from Hawaii return to their home state and reconnect with their family. State Representative Rida Cabanilla is proposing House Bill 533, which establishes the 'Return-to-Home' program and is seeking $100,000 in appropriations to fund the endeavor. "It's (the program) only for select individuals that can really benefit from the program, meaning they have support services, they want to go home, but they can't go home," Cabanilla said. "That sort of stuff."...
  • Boeing looking at interim 787 fixes: WSJ

    02/13/2013 9:20:08 PM PST · by rawhide · 35 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 2-13-13 | (Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)
    Two test flights of Boeing Co's (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner have not revealed the cause of the battery malfunctions that grounded the jets, leaving it to focus on low-tech interim fixes, the Wall Street Journal said, citing government and industry officials. More test flights are planned, including efforts to assess potential fixes, although no significant new clues emerged to help pinpoint the cause of the problem, the Journal said. Boeing is now considering putting the lithium ion batteries in a sturdier container to stop heat, flames and toxic chemicals from escaping if the power packs overheat, the newspaper said. People familiar...
  • CNN Slides Ever Lower

    02/13/2013 9:09:22 PM PST · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    There isn’t much left of the CNN brand, but there is still a little room to sink deeper–and today, CNN did. Compare and contrast: CNN’s panel is excited about Chris Dorner. They can understand why lots of people think he is a “superhero.” They think his deeds were “exciting,” like a “Denzel Washington movie,” and agree that Dorner shed valuable light on the critical issue of police brutality. Their panel is more or less a Chris Dorner fan club, with one lonely exception who thinks the most salient fact is that he was a murderer:
  • Taliban take a hard line on Viagra

    02/13/2013 9:05:29 PM PST · by haffast · 24 replies
    DW ^ | 2-12-2013 | Shamil Shams
    Shopkeepers in the Karkhano market in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar told the media on Monday, February 11, that the Taliban had warned them not to sell "Viagra-style" male potency drugs or otherwise be prepared to "face the consequences." "Selling sex drugs, vulgar films and obscene movies are against Shariah law," read the pamphlets distributed by the Islamist group Tehrik-e-Taliban in Khyber. "All those involved in this business are warned to quit this occupation and start a lawful business," news agency AFP quoted the warning as saying.snip But there are also religious scholars, such as Muhammad Rafiq Khalil, who...
  • Republicans and “so-called” conservatives are at it again.

    02/13/2013 8:28:04 PM PST · by wouldilie · 23 replies
    http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/ ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:02
    Beaufort, N.C. Jan. 17, 2013 TO THE EDITOR: Republicans and “so-called” conservatives are at it again. They are claiming that the Constitution gives people the right to have guns without the permission of the government. If that were true, then how could New York and Chicago have laws against it?
  • Forced Do Not Resuscitate Orders Coming to Texas?

    02/13/2013 8:25:19 PM PST · by penelopesire · 58 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/13/13 12:23 PM | Life News
    Forced Do Not Resuscitate Orders Coming to Texas? by Wesley J. Smith | Austin, TX | LifeNews.com | 2/13/13 12:23 PM Good grief! The state with the worst futile care law in the nation now has legislation pending that would enable doctors to place DNR (do not resuscitate) orders on a patients chart without notice or permission–even if the patient is competent! From the text of S.B. 303: Sec.A166.012. STATEMENT RELATING TO DO-NOT-RESUSCITATE ORDERS. (c) Before placing a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order in a patient ’s medical record, the physician or the facility ’s personnel shall make a reasonably diligent effort...
  • Once among FBI’s most wanted,60s activist Angela Davis now has fans (spoke to Charlotte students)

    02/13/2013 8:21:06 PM PST · by bigtoona · 24 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/13/13 | Mark Price
    Civil rights activist Angela Davis has courted controversy all her life – including a stint on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list – but there was a definite sense of admiration when she spoke Wednesday at Charlotte’s Booth Playhouse. The intent of Davis’ lecture, organized by the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture, was to give a select group of Mecklenburg County middle and high school students a chance to hear about the impact activists can have on the world when they get organized. But a few dozen adults managed to slip in, too, and for...
  • Gruesome double murder, men decapitated

    02/13/2013 8:14:13 PM PST · by LSUfan · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Jeff Pegues
    There's a gruesome double murder mystery in New Jersey. Police say who did it's not a mystery because someone is under arrest but the mystery is why the accused killer cut of two men's heads and hands. The victims are reportedly from Jersey City, but their remains were found buried in a town southwest of Philadelphia. On the streets of Jersey City along Bergen Avenue, to the naked eye it's not obvious. But to members of the close knit Coptic Orthodox church the pain is real. "It's a shock, something like this doesn't happen to people like that," a resident...
  • Trump: I Love the Tea Party, They Love Me

    02/13/2013 7:55:35 PM PST · by tsowellfan · 97 replies
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has nothing but praise for the tea party. “I am a Republican, but I believe strongly in the tea party — and I love the people of the tea party,” Trump told WPTV-News Channel 5 on Thursday during the Palm Beach County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. “I love many of the things they represent — and you know what? They love me...
  • Illinois Sheriffs' Association Gun Control Resolution

    02/13/2013 7:22:47 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 5 replies
    Illinois Sheriffs' Association ^ | 2/11/2013 | Illinois Sheriffs' Association
    Springfield, IL. – The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association at their Winter Training Conference adopted the attached resolution which mirrors the National Sheriffs’ Association Resolution passed at their Mid-Winter Conference in Washington, D.C. Seventy-three Sheriffs were in attendance at the Illinois Conference held in Springfield. The Sheriffs also voted unanimously not to support the proposed legislation House Bill 132 that bans certain weapons. Sheriffs from across the state of Illinois believe that it is their responsibility and duty to uphold the Constitution including the Second Amendment. Rational law abiding citizens are not the cause of random acts of horrific violence in our...
  • Obama 2003 Flashback: Vowed US Military Response To North Korea Nuke Threat

    02/13/2013 7:20:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/13/13 | staff
    Then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama on Chicago Public Television in November of 2003
  • Thai military kills 19 militants who attacked base

    02/13/2013 7:18:38 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | AP
    Pattani, Thailand: Thai soldiers fending off a major assault on a military base in the country's violence-plagued south killed 19 insurgents, authorities said Wednesday. The death toll was believed to be the biggest inflicted on the Muslim guerrillas since more than 100 died in a single day nearly a decade ago. About 50 militants wearing military-like uniforms raided a marine corps base in Bacho district in Narathiwat province late Tuesday night, Col Pramote Promin said. [...] An Islamic insurgency erupted in 2004 in Thailand's three southernmost provinces, a Muslim-majority region in the Buddhist-dominated country. In April of that year, guerrillas...
  • WH COS Doesn't Know Why ObamaCare Doesn't Apply To WH

    02/13/2013 7:14:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/13/13 | goprapidresponse
    Jack Lew, White House Chief of Staff doesn't know why ObamaCared doesn't apply to the WH staff (February 13, 2013).
  • Time, Meredith Explore Magazine-Spinoff Deal

    02/13/2013 7:01:00 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 13, 2013 | KEACH HAGEY and JOHN JANNARONE
    Time Warner Inc. TWX +0.67% is in talks to divest most of its Time Inc. magazine group in a deal with Meredith Corp., MDP -0.13% said people familiar with the situation, potentially ending its long reign as the biggest U.S. magazine publisher. Under the proposal being discussed, Time Warner would retain its flagship newsweekly Time, along with Sports Illustrated and Fortune. But the rest of its magazines, including People, InStyle and Real Simple, would end up combined with Meredith's titles, which include Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle, whose readers are mainly women. The proposal calls for both companies...
  • There she is: Miss America pageant set to return to Atlantic City

    02/13/2013 6:58:35 PM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    There she is, Miss America — back in Atlantic City. The Miss America pageant is returning to Atlantic City, the place it was created, after leaving for Las Vegas seven years ago. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and pageant officials will make the formal announcement at Boardwalk Hall Thursday, the governor’s office confirmed last night. "It does involve the return of an old New Jersey tradition," said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie. The pageant was founded in 1921 to extend the Jersey Shore resort town’s summer season into September and remained there for the next 84 years. After...
  • Orthodox rabbi seeks Israeli religious revolution

    02/13/2013 6:44:43 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/13/2013 | DANIEL ESTRIN
    When Rabbi David Stav launched his official campaign last month to wrest control of Israel's top religious institution from its longtime hardline leadership, it was a long shot. >>SNIP<< Stav, a 53-year-old father of nine, heads a private network of modern Orthodox rabbis that is virtually an alternative organization to Israel's state-sanctioned rabbinical bureaucracy. It seeks to put a friendly face on Jewish traditions for secular Israeli Jews alienated by the ultra-Orthodox functionaries that regulate religious services. The organization, called Tzohar, has gained popularity among secular Israelis with its program that sends rabbis free of charge to officiate at weddings....
  • Miss. Houses passes bill for guns in schools

    02/13/2013 6:37:37 PM PST · by Islander7 · 8 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | The Associated Press
    The Mississippi House passed a bill Wednesday that would allow school boards to arm teachers with concealed weapons. House Bill 958 would let boards create policies authorizing employees, including cafeteria workers and janitors, carry concealed weapons on campus. A previous version of the bill limited the number of employees with weapons at each school, but the bill passed provides no limit.
  • ZOA chief: US Jews shied away from Hagel row

    02/13/2013 6:36:36 PM PST · by haffast · 10 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/13/2013 19:11 | SAM SOKO
    American Jews are “frightened of making an issue seem more important to Jews than others,” Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein said on Tuesday. snip The ZOA, which is a member of the Conference of Presidents, was founded in 1897 and is what Klein calls “the oldest pro-Israel [organization] in the United States.” Discussing his lobbying effort in Washington aimed at blocking the confirmation of secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel, Klein said the ZOA was, aside from the Republican Jewish Coalition, a partisan group, “the only major Jewish group to publicly oppose Hagel and [John O.] Brennan.” US...
  • GOP prevents vote on Hagel as Defense secretary

    02/13/2013 6:25:40 PM PST · by haffast · 9 replies
    L A Times ^ | February 13, 2013, 5:37 p.m | Michael A. Memoli
    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans refused to allow a vote Wednesday on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department, staging the first filibuster against a president's choice to head the Pentagon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the move "a shame" as he announced on the Senate floor that he was unable to reach an agreement with the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee to avoid such a delay. Reid filed a motion to end the filibuster and said he expected to vote on it Friday. snip Democrats believe they have the votes to confirm Hagel....
  • Jack Lew: I had no idea my money was even in the Cayman Islands

    02/13/2013 6:21:12 PM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    I point this out, not because I think that Lew’s erstwhile Cayman Island holdings in and of themselves should be a discrediting factor in his nomination to replace Tim Geithner as head of the Treasury Department; again, if politicians are looking for someone or something to blame for wealthy people looking to save more of their own money by moving it to offshore accounts, then maybe they should start with our ridiculously uncompetitive and bulky tax code. Quite blaming the symptoms, people, and try blaming the disease instead. I point this out, because of the spectacular showcase it provides into...
  • Remember Your Oath To Protect The Constitution, Mr. President

    02/13/2013 6:18:19 PM PST · by billflax · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/13/2013 | Bill Flax
    Mr. President, perhaps amidst the merriment surrounding the inaugural festivities you misremembered your oath. Sir, you solemnly swore “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” But these few weeks hence, your State of the Union speech essentially disavowed America’s cherished founding charter. Many left-leaning pundits applaud your “bold” vision to radically redefine America. President Obama, you are understandably emboldened by re-election, but you were not made king. Regardless of whether you agree with constitutional precepts, you’re still legally bound; still compelled by the sacred oath you swore. Perhaps while lecturing college students on Constitutional Law you read it. What authorization...
  • Administration Will Spend $1.8 Billion to Build 20-Mile Railroad on 30-Mile-Wide Island (Oahu)

    02/13/2013 6:04:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 13, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that $1.55 billion in new federal tax dollars will be allocated for the first-ever Hawaiian Transit Rail system on the island of Oahu, which will serve downtown Honolulu, at a total federal and state cost of $5.1 billion.The train circuit will be 20 miles long, with 21 stops on an island that is 30 miles wide. … An additional $4 million has been obligated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the “stimulus”), and $209.9 million is coming from other sources within the DOT. Both the $1.55 billion and the $209.9 million are proposed...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-13-13

    02/13/2013 5:57:20 PM PST · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-13-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Paul to Hold Brennan Nomination (wants more info on drone use)

    02/13/2013 5:41:24 PM PST · by drewh · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 13, 2013 - 11:52 GMT
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) just announced that he’ll be placing a hold on the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director until he receives answers to his questions about the administration’s use of drones. “I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share,” Paul said. “These issues must be discussed...
  • 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.