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  • Christopher Dorner Lives On As a Folk Hero (proof positive that liberalism is a mental disorder)

    02/14/2013 9:52:43 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://www.nymag.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Margaret Hartmann
    While most were relieved to learn that the bloody manhunt for Christopher Dorner had come to an end, for some it was the final step in the the fugitive ex-LAPD officer's martyrdom. During the manhunt, thousands of people rallied around Dorner, declaring him a crusader against police corruption, though he's accused of killing four people. On Tuesday night, a post on one of his biggest Facebook fan sites declared, "The spirit of Chris #Dorner will live on forever in our hearts, as an eternal flame - symbolic of the will to stand up in an attempt to eradicate those who...
  • EU: Eurozone recession hits Germany hard

    02/14/2013 9:32:20 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/14/2013 | Philip Aldrick
    Germany's economy collapsed by 0.6pc in the final three months of last year as the eurozone recession finally caught up with the currency bloc’s most powerful member. A sharp fall in exports from the region’s trading hub caused the larger-than-expected decline, as official figures showed that the eurozone as a whole slumped 0.6pc in the quarter, the worst performance in over three years. The currency area has contracted for three quarters running and by 0.5pc for the year as a whole. It is 1pc smaller than in September 2011. Economists had expected Germany to be hit by the bloc’s waning...
  • Obamacare Supporters Feel the Fear

    02/14/2013 9:13:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    American Interest ^ | 02/14/2013
    Obamacare supporters are unleashing a massive public relations campaign, turning to political networks and sports teams to help them sell the new law to a skeptical public. For the Affordable Care Act to succeed in expanding the ranks of the insured, many of the 30 million currently uninsured need to purchase an insurance plan in the new exchanges the law sets up. But advocates worry that it could be difficult to convince people to sign up for coverage. The WSJ reports: According to backers of the law, enrollment faces big obstacles as polls and focus groups suggest a majority...
  • Well, That Worked Out Well: 92% of Pakistanis Now Dislike America

    02/14/2013 8:53:23 AM PST · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Inestor's Daily ^ | Frb 12, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm
    After four years of Barack Obama's diplomatic 'leadership' and billions of dollars in attempted friendship aid, a new public opinion poll reveals that 92% of Pakistanis now disapprove of the United States. The results could have been worse. Not much. But a little. Fully four Pakistanis out of 100 do approve of the United States, President Obama and his policies. They, however, seem to keep kind of quiet about their views in that rowdy land. That's the lowest favorable rating Pakistan's citizens have ever given their ostensible North American ally. The new Gallup Poll, out this morning, reports that the...
  • Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms(90 Days to Turn in Weapons)

    02/14/2013 8:44:05 AM PST · by barmag25 · 141 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | February 14, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Missouri Democrats introduced an anti-gun bill which would turn law-abiding firearm owners into criminals. They will have 90 days to turn in their guns if the legislation is passed. Dana Loesch Radio reported on the new legislation being pushed by Missouri Democrats: Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution. Here’s part of the Democratic proposal in Missouri: 4. Any person who, prior to the effective...
  • N. Dakota Senate snuffs natural gas flaring bill

    02/14/2013 8:39:06 AM PST · by thackney · 21 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 14, 2013 | Associated Press
    The North Dakota Senate snuffed out a measure Wednesday aimed at curbing the oil industry’s practice of wasting natural gas as an unwanted byproduct of oil production. The bill, arguably the toughest to date against the oil industry in North Dakota, was defeated 34-13. Sen. Tim Mathern’s measure would have cut an exemption commonly used by oil companies claiming an economic hardship of connecting a well to a natural gas pipeline. Oil companies in North Dakota can flare natural gas for a year without paying taxes or royalties on it. After that, companies can request an extension because of the...
  • Obama Akin to Nixon, Bush, 'They're War Criminals,' Vents Cornel West (LBJ gets a pass)

    02/14/2013 8:35:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 34 replies
    That's right -- not just Nixon ... Nixon and Bush. Can vilification from the left get much worse than that?
  • Letters reveal friendship between Presidents Clinton and Nixon

    02/14/2013 8:30:18 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 27 replies
    CBS ^ | February 14, 2013
    (CBS News) Just weeks after the 100th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's birth, a new exhibit at his presidential library is raising eyebrows. It contains newly declassified documents that reveal Nixon's correspondence with President Bill Clinton, and a surprisingly warm relationship between the two. The correspondence includes a personal, handwritten letter from Nixon congratulating Clinton on surviving a tough primary and general election to win the White House. That letter was the beginning of an unlikely union between the former Republican president and the newly elected Democratic chief executive.
  • Closed-door meetings on gun control criticized in Maryland

    02/14/2013 8:29:42 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Aaron C. Davis and Kate Havard
    When Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s controversial gun-control bill came up last week in the state Senate, lawmakers held an open hearing that drew more than 1,000 people and lasted more than eight hours. But so far, members of the House have considered the proposal in secret, with the speaker and other key lawmakers meeting with lobbyists, experts and state officials in a closed-door conference room that has been off-limits to the public. The 16 members of the group — dubbed the House Working Group on Gun Safety — were assembled by House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) to consider...
  • Trent Franks: ‘Astonishing’ that Obama Never Mentions the Muslim Brotherhood

    02/14/2013 8:28:30 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 2-13-2013 | Patrick Burke
    February 13, 2013 Trent Franks: ‘Astonishing’ that Obama Never Mentions the Muslim Brotherhood Patrick Burke (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) says “it’s astonishing” that President Obama never mentions the Muslim Brotherhood and its control of the Egyptian government. “He never mentions the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s astonishing. If there’s anything that has been a trend in this administration related to terrorism, it’s their unwillingness to call it for what it is,” Franks told CNSNews.com immediately following Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Franks also views the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat not only to the security of Israel...
  • Dorner sympathy goes mainstream: “Like watching ‘Django Unchained.’ It’s kind of exciting!”

    02/14/2013 8:26:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/14/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    A liberal critic of my comments on "The O'Reilly Factor" this week tweeted his displeasure with my assertion that factions of the "Left" and "some liberals" sympathized with Chris Dorner and even made him into a folk hero. He asked for examples. Here's one:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO It's hard to imagine how Marc Lamont Hill could have put this more appallingly. One member of the panel starts by rather sensibly bemoaning the waste of life, manpower, and ink in this chase. Hill responds: "There's no waste here, though. I mean, this has been an important public conversation that...
  • Buffett pulls off fresh blockbuster with $23 billion Heinz deal

    02/14/2013 8:23:15 AM PST · by South40 · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/14/2013 | Ben Berkowitz and Martinne Geller
    (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and private equity firm 3G Capital will buy ketchup and baby food maker H.J. Heinz Co for $23.2 billion in cash, a deal that combines 3G's ambitions in the food industry with Buffett's hunt for growth. Including debt assumption, Heinz valued the transaction, which it called the largest in its industry's history, at $28 billion. Berkshire and 3G will pay $72.50 per share, a 19 percent premium to the stock's previous all-time high.
  • Chavez undergoing "delicate" cancer treatment: Venezuela's vice president

    02/14/2013 8:23:05 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    Yahoo News, Canada ^ | February 14, 2013 | Daniel Wallis and Marianna Parraga
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is undergoing "complex" alternative treatments more than two months after having cancer surgery in Cuba, his vice president said on Wednesday. The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen in public since he went to Havana for the operation on December 11, his fourth surgery for cancer in 18 months. Vice President Nicolas Maduro did not give details of the alternative treatments the president was receiving. Chavez has never said what type of cancer he is suffering from, and critics accuse the government of excessive secrecy over his condition. "Today our commander is...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM, February 14,2013

    02/14/2013 8:22:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies
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  • Cable news replayed the clip of Rubio sipping water more than 200 times yesterday

    02/14/2013 8:14:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/14/2013 | AllahPundit
    Say thanks to Jeff Poor and the Daily Caller for enduring the Ludovico-ish process needed to tally these numbers. The "200 times" figure comes with an asterisk: Turns out Rachel Maddow alone accounted for more than half the replays by putting the clip of Rubio reaching for the water on a loop, tucked into a corner of the screen, for 13 minutes while she and Steve Kornacki were hashing out the particulars of his speech. (Seeing is believing.) Jon Stewart once chided her and MSNBC for beating the "teabagger" joke into the ground, but in hindsight he should be glad...
  • Elder: Dorner - Another Angry Fatherless Black Man With a Gun

    02/14/2013 8:14:36 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.gopusa.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Larry Elder
    My new book, "Dear Father, Dear Son," talks about the No. 1 social problem in America -- children growing up without fathers. In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote "The Negro Family: A Case for National Action." At the time, 25 percent of blacks were born outside of wedlock, a number that the future Democratic senator from New York said was catastrophic to the black community.
  • Chuck Hagel blocked: Still short of 60 votes

    02/14/2013 8:09:50 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Chuck Hagel blocked: Still short of 60 votes By: Tim Mak and Manu Raju February 14, 2013 10:35 AM EST Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that Republicans have informed him that they plan to block Chuck Hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of Defense over demands for more information from the White House. Reid suggested that Democrats do not have 60 votes at this time to overcome Republican objections, leaving the nomination in limbo ahead of next week's Senate recess. Complicating the situation still further was Reid’s announcement that the current holder of the job, Leon Panetta,...
  • Obama to push universal preschool proposal

    02/14/2013 8:04:17 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Obama to push universal preschool proposal By Rachel Rose Hartman, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 1 hr 28 mins ago Two days after his State of the Union pledge to guarantee high quality preschool for every 4-year-old in the U.S., President Barack Obama takes his pitch on the road on Thursday to an Atlanta suburb where he will deliver a speech on the issue at a local recreation center. Obama cast his preschool plan as a way to bring low-income and minority children up to speed with higher-income children—a move he says would save taxpayer money and give those...
  • Dem lawmaker tweets college co-ed, then deletes messages

    02/14/2013 8:03:04 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 23 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. Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/282881-dem-lawmaker-tweets-college-co-ed-then-deletes-messages#ixzz2KtD4dNn3 Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Sen. [Rand] Paul threatens hold on CIA pick [John Brennan] over use of drones

    02/14/2013 8:00:10 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    USA TODAY via GOP USA ^ | 2/14/2013 | Susan Page
    Sen. Rand Paul told USA Today Wednesday that he is prepared to put a "hold" on John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA and to filibuster it if necessary until the administration responds to his questions about the use of drones in the United States. The Kentucky Republican said he would do "whatever it takes" to block Brennan's confirmation until he directly answers whether American citizens legally can be killed by drone strikes within U.S. borders. ...
  • The Taxpayer's Share (There's been a rash of Americans who have been renouncing citizenship)

    02/14/2013 7:53:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/14/2013 | Jon N. Hall
    Taxes have been in the news of late even more than usual, and not only in America. France's new socialist president has proposed a 75 percent top tax rate, causing the investor class to seek sunnier tax climes than dreary old Gaul. Actor Gerard Depardieu took up residence in Belgium, while former French President Sarkozy plans to move to jolly old England. Citizens of the United States, however, can't just absquatulate to some foreign country to avoid taxes. You see, the U.S. is the only major nation that taxes its non-resident citizens on income they earn abroad (see chart). Consequently,...
  • Canadians require special permit to drive in Florida

    02/14/2013 7:41:12 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 86 replies
    CP24 ^ | February 14, 2013 | Chris Kitching
    Canadians now require an international driving permit in addition to their provincial licences while driving in Florida after a state law quietly went into effect on New Year’s Day. With March break just weeks away, CAA is alerting motorists about the change as it lobbies Florida state lawmakers to exclude Canadians from the rule, which applies to all non-U.S. residents. It is estimated that millions of Canadians visit Florida each year. Florida passed the law so that its law-enforcement officials would not encounter driver’s licence documents in languages they could not read, according to CAA. Despite its position on the...
  • For Our Children’s Parents (Think our debt affects just our children? It is a nightmare right now)

    02/14/2013 7:39:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/14/2013 | Deroy Murdock
    Fiscal conservatives unwittingly sabotage themselves by warning that the $16.5 trillion national debt will impoverish America’s children and deliver unborn grandkids directly into Chinese slavery. While these dire predictions may come true, calling America’s massive indebtedness a challenge for future generations triggers relaxation about an immediate priority: curtailing federal spending and borrowing. By defending “the children,” budget hawks let big spenders invoke Scarlett O’Hara to justify their profligacy, at least until the tykes mature. “Cut the budget later,” spendthrifts propose. “Tomorrow is another day.” Unfortunately, annual deficits and the accumulated national debt are harming American adults right now. Uncle Sam...
  • Politician moves to make vulgar Photoshopping illegal

    02/14/2013 7:36:50 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 50 replies
    Sometimes people don't appreciate flattery. They are so engrossed in their own grossly skewed view of the world that their sense of humor flies into the night like a married lover late home for dinner. How else can one explain the quite bizarre intentions of Georgia state Rep. Earnest Smith? He clearly sees a vast importance in being Earnest. He clearly believes that his constituents are so drawn to his Earnestness that anything that deviates it from absolute Earnestness deserves the full metal force of the law. Which is why he wants to make lewd, coarse, filthy Photoshopping illegal and...
  • From His Very First State of the Union Utterance, President Obama Got It Wrong

    02/14/2013 7:35:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/14/2013 | Roger Pilon
    From his very first state-of-the-union utterance last night, associating himself with President Kennedy, President Obama got it wrong, and it was mostly downhill from there: “51 years ago,” he began, “John F. Kennedy declared to this chamber that ‘the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress.’” Great alliteration; bad constitutionalism. Yes, in a very narrow sense the Constitution makes the political branches partners for progress. But it also, most definitely, makes the branches, and those with authority within them, rivals for power. Indeed, throughout the Federalist Papers we learn how the Constitution pits power against power...
  • The Dangerous Partnership Between Big Business and Government

    02/14/2013 7:20:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/14/2013 | Tom Borelli
    President Obama's greatest strategic accomplishment during his first term was his recruitment of big business to join the existing collection of special interest groups within the Democratic Party. The national impact of Obama's collusion with big business can't be overlooked. Big business helped deliver his biggest political achievement, ObamaCare, and it recently contributed to his victories with the fiscal cliff negotiations and the temporary extension of the debt ceiling. The addition of huge corporate lobbying infrastructures to the existing left-wing coalition of unions, environmental activists, minority and feminist interest groups will fundamentally transform the special interest lobbying force in Washington....
  • 'Blade Runner' Pistorius charged with murder after girlfriend shot to death in home

    02/14/2013 7:01:04 AM PST · by South40 · 15 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | February 14, 2013
    Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee athlete who became famous as the 'Blade Runner' when he competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside his South African home. Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.
  • Templar Custom Announces New York State Sales Policy

    02/14/2013 6:55:13 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 18 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Apex, North Carolina --(Ammoland.com)- New York State has recently passed the NY SAFE Act, which prohibits law-abiding New York citizens from purchasing and using many of the most common rifles, handguns, and shotguns in the United States, along with most standard magazines made for these firearms. The law, rammed through the New York legislature in roughly 30 hours before the legislators themselves or the general public could respond, is a blatant violation of the New York State Constitution. A plain, common-sense reading of the recent Heller decision also shows that the NY SAFE Act is also a blatant and purposefully...
  • 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...
  • 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...