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  • Benghazi Attack Was Retaliation For Brennan’s Secret Al-Qaeda War

    02/14/2013 5:24:39 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | February 14, 2013 | Kris Zane
    Obama with his “we can’t wait for Congress to act” ... there is one man who wields more power than Obama: CIA appointee John Brennan. ... recently discovered that Brennan, running something akin to a fiefdom with his drone assassination program, has the power to decide who lives and who dies and doesn’t have to provide evidence to any entity that the “target” presents any threat to America—even if they are an American—even if the American is living in the United States ... the United States, leading up to the 2011 Libyan civil war had been flooding Libya with literally...
  • Former San Diego mayor (party unknown) acknowledges using charity for gambling, losing $1 billion

    Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor acknowledged in federal court Thursday that she took $2 million from her late husband's charitable foundation to pay for her addiction to video poker — and lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade. O’Connor, the mayor of California’s second largest city from 1986 to 1992, pleaded not guilty to money laundering as part of a deal with prosecutors that will defer the charges for two years as she attempts to repay the debt. An attorney for O’Connor, Eugene Iredale, told reporters outside the courthouse that his client had severe health problems,...
  • Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job

    02/14/2013 5:20:58 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 13 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers' jobs. "I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded." The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress. With lawmakers nowhere near a deal to avert those cuts, federal agencies are bracing...
  • Ex-girlfriend: Dorner was stressed out, bottled up

    02/14/2013 5:18:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 2/14/13 | Joe Sterling
    CNN) -- An ex-girlfriend of slain murder suspect Christopher Dorner said the former L.A. policeman worked in a pressure cooker and she was afraid he would target her after she heard he was the object of a manhunt. "It was very scary, and, you know, I made a decision to speak out because if anything had happened to me, I'd want my family to at least have an idea about maybe who it was," Arianna Williams told CNN on Thursday. ~~SNIP~~ "He would come over to my house and sometimes there would be firearms laying around. I just attribute that...
  • Time For Firearms Manufacturers to Draw the Line

    02/14/2013 5:00:34 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Sean Sorrentino
    Raleigh, NC --(Ammoland.com)- How much is your profit margin worth? Lenin famously said that “capitalists will sell us the rope we use to hang them.” Should firearms manufacturers sell guns to the police who will enforce gun control laws? Should they sell arms to the states that do not respect the rights of their residents? LaRue got the ball rolling. Olympic Arms came out strong. EFI appears to have added New York to the list they already maintained of locations they simply wouldn’t support. Templar Custom has joined in. And York Arms not only joined, they cancelled actual New York...
  • Rahm Emanuel Toying With 2016 Presidential Run, Sources Say

    02/14/2013 4:59:35 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2/14/13 | Lloyd Grove
    Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel might make a go for 2016, two well-connected Democrats tell Lloyd Grove—as long as Hillary doesn’t. And the potty-mouthed Chicago mayor could win.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is said by well-connected Democrats to be considering with the idea of running for president if Hillary Clinton opts out of the 2016 race. It’s unclear who raised the subject—Emanuel or the donors—and the mayor’s press secretary didn’t offer any clarity on who said what to whom. However, Tarah Cooper sent a photo of Emanuel's scrawl on yellow legal paper vowing "not ever" to run for "for...
  • York Arms Cancels All Its New York Police Orders

    02/14/2013 4:54:27 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 38 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Buxton, ME --(Ammoland.com)- Based on the recent legislation in New York, we are prohibited from selling rifles and receivers to residents of New York. We have chosen to extend that prohibition to all governmental agencies associated with or located within New York. As a result we have halted sales of rifles, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, and silencers to New York governmental agencies. For “civilian” customers residing in New York: At your choice, we will: •Complete your order and ship to a dealer of your choice outside of NY. •Refund your payment in full. •Hold your items...
  • Carnival Triumph Tow Rope Breaks, Prolongs Passengers’ Misery

    02/14/2013 4:33:20 PM PST · by SMGFan · 57 replies
    The passengers of the Carnival Triumph (probably) never imagined that they’d get to extend their trip by several days. They certainly didn’t picture themselves living like 19th-century steerage passengers, if 19th-century steerage passengers had cans of Pringles and defecated in plastic bags. The cruise ship, as you may recall, had an engine room fire on Sunday, stranding the ship in the Gulf of Mexico with minimal power, sanitation, and access to hot food. If the passengers of the Triumph needed anything, it was for their return to shore to be delayed even further. Naturally, earlier this afternoon the rope attaching...
  • Van Jones: Rubio Is ‘Dangerous’ to Democrats

    02/14/2013 4:32:26 PM PST · by Drew68 · 37 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 13 Feb 2013 | Cyrus Afzali
    Sen. Marco Rubio’s delivery of the GOP response to the State of the Union shows he’s a force the Democrats must reckon with, says former White House advisor Van Jones. The Florida Republican poses a “dangerous” political threat to Democrats because of his keen ability to emotionally connect with voters, Jones said.
  • Obama asked to settle couple's baby-name dispute

    02/14/2013 4:29:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    "I'm going to leave this up to you guys," he said, explaining that if the couple decided against his choice, the girl would forever think the president of the United States didn't like her name. "Tell Eleanor or Alice not to forget to be awesome." ~~SNIP~~ "If it’s a boy and you want to name it Barack," he said, "that’s fine."
  • Egypt floods Gaza tunnels, cut Palestinian lifeline

    02/14/2013 4:26:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/13/2013
    Up to 200 smuggling tunnels shut since Egyptian President Morsi took office; some 30% of all goods reach Gaza through tunnels. Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years. Reuters reporters saw one tunnel being used to bring in cement and gravel suddenly fill with water on...
  • Muslim woman: Jews don't rape us, unlike Arabs

    02/14/2013 4:24:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 2-13-13
    An Arab Muslim mother from northern Israel who is aspiring to a life in politics called out fellow Arab women on Tuesday for failing to differentiate between the Jews and Arabs with whom they are in conflict. Commenting on a Facebook event page protesting the sexual harassment and torture of female activists in Egypt, Anet Haskia (who was interviewed in the latest issue of Israel Today) said Palestinian women should take a close look and realize how humane their Jewish "enemies" really are. To the Palestinian women who commented on that event page, and apparently tried to draw Israel into...
  • No homework on Wiccan, Pagan holidays at University of Missouri?

    02/14/2013 4:16:00 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 14, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Students at University of Missouri don't need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah. The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” -- designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule homework and exams -- lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit much. [Snip]...
  • College probes ejection of Jewish students-Threat of Justice Dept. Investigation

    02/14/2013 4:09:09 PM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    College probes ejection of Jewish students Brooklyn college launches investigation after students claim security removed them from pro-Palestinian BDS event. NEW YORK -Brooklyn College launched a probe into allegations that Jewish students were wrongly ejected from an event hosted by the school in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Karen Gould, the college's president, on Wednesday ordered officials to conduct a "thorough independent review" of allegations that four members of the Jewish student group Hillel were told to leave the gathering organized by a pro-Palestinian group on campus last week. The college's political science faculty was an official...
  • Woo hoo!! Now less than $21k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XXI]

    02/14/2013 4:04:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 530 replies
    Making progress!! Still lagging a bit behind the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done within the next three weeks!! We can do this!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it and think it's a worthwhile endeavor to support. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the defense Liberty. Free Republic stands for God and...
  • Syrian Child Wields Dagger, Sings Al-Qaeda Song And Vows To Slaughter Shi'ites

    02/14/2013 4:04:31 PM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 2-14-13
    Following are excerpts from a video-clip featuring a Syrian child singing a song of praise for Osama Bin Laden. The clip was posted on the Internet on February 9, 2013. Syrian child: "Allah is what we strive for, and He is our goal. "Our Sheik Jolani has raised the banner. "Our Sheik Jolani has raised the banner. "Our Emir Mullah [Omar] did not renounce his religion. "All the soldiers have pledged their souls to Allah. "All the soldiers have pledged their souls to Allah. "Our leader is Bin Laden, the Americans’ worst nightmare, "With the power of faith, and our...
  • Union Leader: ‘ICE Crumbling from Within’ Because Obama Won't Let Agents Arrest Illegals

    02/14/2013 4:03:15 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 13, 2013 | Penny Starr
    CNSNews.com) – The men and women charged with enforcing federal immigration law are being prohibited from doing so by the Obama administration, according to Chris Crane, president of the union that represents officers and agents employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “I think most Americans assume that ICE agents and officers are empowered by the government to enforce the law,” Crane said on Wednesday at Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on immigration reform. “Nothing could be further from the truth. “With 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S., ICE agents are now prohibited from arresting...
  • CNN to Cover Floating Sewer Arrival Live (On now - Triumph being pulled into Mobile, Alabama)

    02/14/2013 4:02:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/14/13 | The Maha
    RUSH: Now, the poor Carnival Cruise Line. They've got the cruise ship out there that's lost all power. Apparently it is a floating sewer. It's a floating pigsty. I'm sorry, I just can't help it. The media is focusing on this ship. They've actually been focused on it for the last three days as it has been drifting aimlessly out there in the Gulf of Mexico. But now it's got a tow. They're towing the thing and it's heading to Alabama. CNN is gonna anchor the arrival of the sewer, the floating sewer live tonight. Erin Burnett at seven o'clock...
  • 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...