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  • Fake stealth plane: Iran photoshops super jet, jet still can't fly

    02/14/2013 6:53:22 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 60 replies
    UPI ^ | February 14, 2013 | GABRIELLE LEVY
    In what appears to be an attempt to convince the world that it's ready to play with the big boys when it comes to military prowess, Iran unveiled the Qaher-313, a "super jet" with "state-of-the-art" technologies and "radar-evading" capabilities. The only problem? It's totally, completely, fake. And now it comes with a fake photoshopped background, too.
  • Charles Blow Cheered By Obama's Vision Of 'Expansive Government'

    02/14/2013 6:51:17 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, conservatives know that liberals want ever-bigger government. But the left is normally shy about its ambitions. Witness President Obama's laughable claim in this week's State of the Union: "It is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth." So there's something bracing about a liberal boldly, baldly, embracing bigger government. In his New York Times column of today entitled "The Real Obama", Charles Blow clearly sees through the president's misleading rhetoric. Blow knows what Obama is really after—and celebrates it: "Is this the real Barack Obama? I hope so....
  • 20 State Attys & Others File Briefs Supporting SAF Appeal of NY’s ‘Justifiable Need’ Rule

    02/14/2013 6:51:03 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- Twenty state attorneys general have filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Second Amendment Foundation’s petition for a Writ of Certiorari in a case challenging New York’s gun permitting statute, along with several other interested parties that have filed their own briefs. The case is known as Kachalsky v. Cacace and was argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. SAF is represented by attorney Alan Gura, who won both the Heller and McDonald Second Amendment cases before the Supreme Court. “We are delighted at the support being shown by attorneys...
  • Time for Washington to dump offensive Redskins nickname

    02/14/2013 6:46:07 AM PST · by Zakeet · 106 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | February 13, 2013 | Mike Freeman
    It's a new day with Washington's professional football team. The franchise finally has a quarterback, management that knows what it's doing and an owner who stays the hell out of the way. Mostly. The optimism around the team hasn't been this high since Joe Gibbs won his first Super Bowl. Everything is moving forward. The flowers are blooming, the future is bright and the team still has a racist nickname. Oh, wait. As the franchise clearly takes a turn for the better and is now run by grownups, rejoining the big boys of the NFL, now would be the perfect...
  • Obama to Vacation in West Palm Beach

    02/14/2013 6:46:10 AM PST · by upchuck · 43 replies
    Washington Dossier ^ | Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Keith Koffler
    Taxpayers will be sending President Obama on his second vacation of the year when he departs Friday aboard Air Force One for a Presidents’ Day Weekend excursion to West Palm Beach, Florida. Without apparent irony, Obama has decided to jet to a well-trod stomping ground of the rich just days after presenting himself to the nation in his State of the Union speech as the guardian of the middle class. Obama presumably will head directly to some fabulous golf course, having not been able to play in recent weeks because of the cold weather in Washington. While Obama may pay...
  • Back To Court – Mark O’Mara Returns to Judge Nelson Today 4pm Hearing

    02/14/2013 6:45:13 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 8 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 14, 2013 | Sundance
    Today George Zimmerman’s legal team will head back to court to argue motions before Judge Nelson. The specifics of this motion are to request a delay in the Immunity Hearing scheduled for April 26th. Recently O’Mara shared, through the GZ Defense website, numerous challenges from the prosecution discovery releases including blank tapes/CD’s from CCTV footage used by the State of Florida in their investigation. Additionally, Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, is refusing to be deposed as a witness despite his prior assertions that he and his team had discovered specific evidence against George Zimmerman. There are multiple issues with the...
  • GOP Rep. Amash: Effort to blame Obama for sequester cuts 'disingenuous'

    02/14/2013 6:36:46 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 13 | Justin Sink
    Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said Wednesday he was unimpressed by efforts from fellow House Republicans to lay blame for the sequester on President Obama, calling the moves "disingenuous." "I think it's a mistake on the part of Republicans to try to pin the sequester on Obama," Amash told Buzzfeed. "It's totally disingenuous. The debt ceiling deal in 2011 was agreed to by Republicans and Democrats, and regardless of who came up with the sequester, they all voted for it. So, you can't vote for something and, with a straight face, go blame the other guy for its existence in law."...
  • New York City Mayor Bloomberg to announce he wants to ban Styrofoam

    02/14/2013 6:32:46 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 14, 2013
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has fought against smoking, big sugary drinks and salty food during his tenure, is setting his sights on a new foe: Styrofoam. Bloomberg plans to use part of his Thursday State of the City address to push for a ban on Styrofoam food packaging. He also will call for initiatives that would increase the number of parking spaces for electric cars and begin recycling more plastics and food waste "One product that is virtually impossible to recycle and never bio-degrades is Styrofoam ... something that we know is environmentally destructive and that may...
  • Obama's State Of The Union Was Well Designed To Gull The Gullible

    02/14/2013 6:28:43 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 14 February 2013 | Mark Hendrickson
    There is good news and bad news: The good news is that President Obama is consistent; the bad news is that he is consistently wrong. Once again—as he has before—he filled his State of the Union address with rhetoric designed to gull the gullible by saying things that sound compassionate and wise and reasonable to those who don’t bother to pause and reflect on what he said. Clearly bent on breaking the 2011 sequester agreement that would cut federal spending, the president warned that “These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts … would slow our recovery, and … are a really bad...
  • Police in Christopher Dorner standoff launched incendiary tear gas into cabin

    02/14/2013 6:21:43 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 671 replies
    NY Post ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | CHUCK BENNETT and DAVID K. LI
    <p>Murderous ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner wanted to go out in a blaze of glory — and the sheriff’s deputies who surrounded his California mountain hideout provided the flames.</p> <p>The San Bernardino County cops torched the wooden cabin with highly flammable “incendiary tear gas” as Dorner took refuge Tuesday, apparently burning him to a crisp.</p>
  • Jobless claims drop exceeds expectations

    02/14/2013 6:19:25 AM PST · by John W · 42 replies
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a continued steady improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 2,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had expected claims to fall to 360,000. A Labor Department analyst said claims for Illinois and snowstorm-hit Connecticut had been estimated. Nevertheless, because most claims are filed online, the blizzard that slammed...
  • Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius charged with murder after . . .

    02/14/2013 6:16:05 AM PST · by Hoodat · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 February 2013 | Martin Robinson, Simon Tomlinson and Dan Newling
    South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar. Gunfire was heard inside his Pretoria mansion at 4am this morning and it is believed his partner may have been killed after a Valentine's Day surprise went tragically wrong. The dead woman is Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who had been dating the 26-year-old for two months. She was shot in the head, the chest and the arm, police have said, and Pistorius will appear...
  • Nugent: GOP 'Has Lost Their Scrotum,' Democrats 'Ruthless'

    02/14/2013 5:30:31 AM PST · by Arcy · 30 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 2/13/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Nugent said Republicans are too focused on being polite and looking pretty than on winning the fight. “They got to quit adjusting their ties and be more forceful,” Nugent said. “Did you see me fix Piers Morgan? That should be shown at every Republican gathering and say ‘this is how you do that.’ You don’t back off, you don’t acquiesce, you don’t stop your statement to allow him to attack you further. You escalate.” Nugent said Republicans don’t seem to have that street fighter mentality necessary to win. “It’s almost like Mr. Rogers with Lawrence Welk music,” he said. “That...
  • The Decline of America [VDH]

    02/14/2013 6:01:19 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/14/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    History shows that the destruction of affluent societies is often self-induced. Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline? Hundreds of reasons have been adduced for the fall of Rome and the end of the Old Regime in 18th-century France. Reasons run from inflation and excessive spending to resource depletion and enemy invasion, when historians attempt to understand the sudden collapse of the Mycenaeans, the Aztecs, and, apparently, the modern Greeks. In literature from Catullus to Edward Gibbon, wealth and leisure — and who gets the most of both — more often than poverty and exhaustion, cause civilization to implode. One...
  • 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...