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  • Stem cells in Texas: Cowboy culture

    02/14/2013 4:01:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Nature News ^ | 13 February 2013 | David Cyranoski
    By offering unproven therapies, a Texas biotechnology firm has sparked a bitter debate about how stem cells should be regulated. Ann McFarlane is losing faith. In the first half of 2012, the Houston resident received four infusions of adult stem cells grown from her own fat. McFarlane has multiple sclerosis (MS), and had heard that others with the inflammatory disease had experienced improvements in mobility and balance after treatment. The infusions — which have cost her about US$32,000 so far — didn't help, but she knew that there were no guarantees. It is McFarlane's experience with Celltex Therapeutics, the company...
  • Who is Mentally Ill?

    02/14/2013 4:00:25 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 23 replies
    The Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | February 8, 2013 | Wendy McElroy
    The current push toward gun control is being presented in a particularly dangerous and dishonest manner. It is being framed in terms of mental health and packaged in a way that almost guarantees victory for the advocates of control. The debating point proffered is, “How do we keep guns away from the mentally ill?” Thus far, President Obama’s answer has been vague and administrative enough to avoid the need for Congressional approval. (snip) State-controlled psychiatry is a terrifying weapon, especially when it is used to determine who has rights. Every individual should be able to be eccentric, different, and even...
  • Violence Against Christians Causes Tens of Thousands to Flee Amid Syrian Civil War

    02/14/2013 3:58:38 PM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 14, 2013
    Violence against Syria’s centuries-old Christian community from the government as well as Islamic radicals in the rebellion of the Syrian civil war is driving thousands of those Christians from their homes, with many fleeing to their ancient homeland in neighboring Turkey, the New York Times reported. Syriac Christians make up one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. First established by the Jesus’s Apostle St. Peter in Antioch, the Church uses the world’s oldest liturgy—the Liturgy of St. James—and many adherents still speak Aramaic, the ancient Semitic language that was believed to be spoken by Jesus and his followers....
  • Obama says his is ‘most transparent administration' ever (Blatant lie)

    02/14/2013 3:57:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    President Obama on Thursday hailed his administration for its transparency. “This is the most transparent administration in history,” Obama said during a Google Plus “Fireside” Hangout. “I can document that this is the case,” he continued. “Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to see.” The president said this holds true even on the issue of Benghazi, a controversy which he said was “driven by campaign” year politics and one that Congressional Republicans were clinging to even though...
  • Dorner, Folk Hero of the Left

    02/14/2013 3:55:28 PM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 14, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Dorner, Folk Hero of the LeftPosted By Matthew Vadum On February 14, 2013 @ 7:54 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 30 Comments Nobody loves cop killers more than left-wingers do.The grotesque outpouring of love for cop killer Chris Dorner, an ex-cop now presumed dead in a fiery shootout at Big Bear Lake, California, should make all sane Americans fear for the future of their country.Dorner is suspected of killing at least one police officer and two others. He allegedly gunned down 28-year-old Monica Quan and her husband-to-be 27-year-old Keith Lawrence outside their home. Quan’s...
  • A Way for Your Voice to be Heard (Illinois Gun Owners - Game On!)

    02/14/2013 3:37:47 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 9 replies
    IllinoisCarry ^ | 2-13-2013 | Molly B.
    A Way for Your Voice to be Heard at Speaker Madigan's Public Hearings on Proposed Right to Carry and Other Gun Issues. Public Invited to Speak and/or File Witness Slips Speaker Mike Madigan has called for two public hearings for Illinois residents to voice their support or opposition to proposed Right to Carry legislation. This is an opportunity to speak out against a Chicago-style carry law and in support of a fair and reasonable law. It is also an opportunity to speak against firearm and magazine bans and other firearm related issues. Please plan to attend one of these meetings...
  • Fox News adds Scott Brown to join Dennis Kucinich – Will Mitt Romney be next?

    02/14/2013 3:37:20 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Ed Farnan
    Where do failed politicians go after they’ve been rejected by their electorate? It seems Fox News is their new destination. To help ratings, Fox has been shifting the face of its commentators steadily more to the left in order to keep it more “fair and balanced.” Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, lost his gerrymandered district in Ohio and had to try a stab at a re-gerrymandered constituency that would never elect him. The far left, camera whore/congressman, was said to have his eye on a new congress gig representing Washington state, but his magic carpetbagger ride was interrupted by lagging poll...
  • Bangor newspaper's record requests cause uproar among gun owners

    02/14/2013 3:34:30 PM PST · by armymarinemom · 15 replies
    Morning Sentinal ^ | 2/14/2013 | Michael Shepherd
    Link only.
  • Food Fight Turns Into Melee At Mpls. South High

    02/14/2013 3:31:05 PM PST · by BBell · 24 replies
    minnesota.cbslocal.com ^ | February 14, 2013
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A number of police cars responded to Minneapolis South High School Thursday after an alleged food fight escalated into a melee involving 200 to 300 students. The school posted a note on its website stating the high school was placed on a precautionary code yellow lockdown due to “a food fight that escalated into a physical fight.”Sgt. William Palmer, of the Minneapolis Police Department, said no weapons were involved in the incidents. However, four people were taken to the hospital following the melee. Those taken to the hospital were a school staff member, who was hit in...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 14, 2013

    02/14/2013 2:57:18 PM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 14, 2013 | Mark 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
  • Few transportation fuels surpass the energy densities of gasoline and diesel

    02/14/2013 2:31:01 PM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Energy density and the cost, weight, and size of onboard energy storage are important characteristics of fuels for transportation. Fuels that require large, heavy, or expensive storage can reduce the space available to convey people and freight, weigh down a vehicle (making it operate less efficiently), or make it too costly to operate, even after taking account of cheaper fuels. Compared to gasoline and diesel, other options may have more energy per unit weight, but none have more energy per unit volume. On an equivalent energy basis, motor gasoline (which contains up to 10% ethanol) was estimated to account for...
  • Obama's Big State Of The Union Lie

    02/14/2013 2:26:07 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://news.investors.com ^ | february 13, 2013
    'Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs," the president claimed Tuesday. This ranks as one of the biggest State of the Union whoppers ever told. In fact, not only are health-care costs climbing, but employers are also shifting those costs onto the very "middle-class" families Obama spent much of his speech championing. Since ObamaCare was enacted, family health-insurance premiums on average have soared $3,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The president promised the law would slash premiums by an average of $2,500 per family. That means he's broken his word by $5,500....
  • California police chief: The idea that a gun is a defensive weapon is a ‘myth’

    02/14/2013 2:15:06 PM PST · by Zakeet · 88 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 14, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    California Police Chief Ken James insisted earlier this month that the idea of a gun as a “defensive weapon” was a “myth.” Speaking at a news conference about gun control with California lawmakers, James explained that he was concerned with the amount of weapons owned by American citizens. “One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon,” James said. “That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon.” James is the Police Chief of Emeryville, California and the Police Chief Association’s Firearms Committee Chairman. “A gun is an...
  • Republicans Derail Hagel, 40-58 [Filibuster Holds]

    02/14/2013 2:13:03 PM PST · by Bryan · 58 replies
    PolicyMic.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Michael Luciano
    On Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a cloture resolution on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as secretary of defense, with 58 in favor and 40 against ending debate on the matter, with one senator voting "present." A 60-vote majority is required to end debate before the nomination can proceed to a simple majority vote, and it appears the Senate is going to come up short. Hagel's nomination was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week in a 14-11 party line vote. Although Hagel came under fire for remarks he made about Israel...
  • President Obama Participates in a Fireside Hangout on Google

    02/14/2013 2:11:32 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/14/12 | Whitehouse
    Going on live now.
  • Belafonte blasts 'white America' for black gun crimes!

    02/14/2013 1:42:21 PM PST · by wesagain · 75 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Michael Thompson
    WASHINGTON – Harry Belafonte, entertainer, long-time left-wing activist and admirer of Third World dictators, inserted himself into the national debate on gun control when he claimed “white Americans” who agitate for gun rights are ignoring the black “river of blood that washes the streets of our nation.” The actor was on hand to be honored at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards when he asserted in his acceptance speech that the “group most devastated by America’s obsession with the gun is African Americans.” “Although making comparisons can be dangerous, there are times when they must be noted,” he said. ‘America has...
  • Texas: Jerry Patterson Supports Statewide Property Tax

    02/14/2013 1:41:38 PM PST · by Sic Parvis Magna · 72 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | February 14, 2013 | Elena Schneide
    Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a declared candidate for the 2014 lieutenant governor's race, did not rule out supporting a statewide property tax to benefit public education funding, and he said that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has lost his "ability to sell" the issues. Patterson, who made his comments Thursday during a TribLive conversation, said a statewide property tax, rather than local property taxes, “might be the answer” to the financing inequities in different counties. Such a move would require that a constitutional prohibition against that tax to be repealed.
  • Bypassing the Politicians on Gun Control

    02/14/2013 1:40:47 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Robert Eugene Simmons Jr.
    As we watch the lawmakers scramble to make new laws to restrict our ability to defend ourselves and our families, it becomes clear that there are few politicians representing the people or the Constitution in this manner. Despite abundantly clear Second Amendment's restrictions, the politicians seem to not care. The politicians have learned from recent history that any controversy over their current actions will blow over and be replaced by the latest pop scandal in the press by election time. Furthermore, they know that litigation against their illegal laws will take years and perhaps even decades. To bolster their point...
  • GAO: Defense Dept. Lowered Standards for Afghan Forces to Justify Withdrawal

    02/14/2013 1:32:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | William Bigelow
    During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, Barack Obama boasted that he and NATO are planning to leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014 and leave the security of the country to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). There’s one problem: the ANSF isn’t ready. The ANSF was supposed to meet determined standards of effectiveness before the U.S. would withdraw its forces, but now the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is admitting that those standards were lowered so that coalition forces could get out. The desired ranking for the ANSF was previously “independent,” which meant they could function alone. Those...
  • Indiana Guardsman Gunned Down While Shielding 2-Year-Old Son

    02/14/2013 1:28:10 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | February 13, 2013
    Home from Afghanistan for just five months, 25-year-old Indiana National Guardsman Willie Cook was gunned down while shielding his two-year-old son. CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov reports its another case of mistaken identity, with no one in custody. Two-year-old Antoine Cook uses a toy cell phone to talk to his father. It’s all he has. “And to know that your 2 year old has to pretend to talk to his dad,” said Laquana Norwood. On February 2, Cook, was shot and killed while in a car near his grandmother’s East Chicago house where he was taking Antoine for a visit. The...