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  • Obama: 'The Problem Is ... I’m Not the Emperor of the United States'

    02/15/2013 11:25:12 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 79 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 15, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    Obama: 'The Problem Is ... I’m Not the Emperor of the United States' Daniel Halper February 15, 2013 1:42 PM In a Google hangout last evening, President Barack Obama explained that his problem is that he's "not the emperor of the United States": "This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency," said Obama. "The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."
  • Obama to Detail ‘Promise Zone’ Program to Aid Distressed Areas

    02/15/2013 11:20:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/15/13 | Jackie Calmes
    CHICAGO — At a high school near his own neighborhood here, President Obama on Friday will provide new details about an initiative to select 20 communities nationwide as laboratories for better coordination of federal, local, nonprofit and private-sector investments to revitalize long-distressed areas, according to administration officials. Mr. Obama had announced his proposal to designate the so-called Promise Zones during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but did not provide many details. As part of the effort,
  • Russian meteor blast injures at least 1,000 people (3000 damaged buildings)-VIDEO-

    02/15/2013 11:00:09 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 118 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 2/15/2013 | Phil Black, Boriana Milanova and Laura Smith-Spark
    Moscow (CNN) -- A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left about 1,000 people hurt The number of injured has continued to rise through the day as new reports come in from across a swath of central Russia. Most of those hurt are in the Chelyabinsk region, the news agency said. The vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious. About 3,000 buildings have sustained damage -- mostly broken glass -- as a result of the shock waves caused by...
  • OMG! Marco Rubio drinks water!

    02/15/2013 10:59:50 AM PST · by IbJensen · 33 replies
    GOP USA ^ | February 14, 2013 | Chicago Tribune Staff
    <p>A parched Marco Rubio's awkward reach for a drink of Poland Spring water during his Republican rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night became an instant online sensation. Predictably, the video clips, jokes and Twitter hashtags that have become so familiar in such situations took the social Internet by storm.</p>
  • More Than 30 States Rebuke Obamacare Exchanges

    02/15/2013 10:49:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 01:10 PM | Lisa Barron
    There are less than two days to go before states have to decide whether they will go it alone or partner with the White House to set up Obamacare health insurance exchanges. Half of the states have already decided to let the federal government build the new online insurance marketplace for them, while a handful will work with the Department of Health and Human Services and handle limited parts of the exchanges, according to Politico. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, announced on Wednesday that he would be pushing more people into a federally run exchange. …
  • Rangel wants women to be drafted

    02/15/2013 10:32:08 AM PST · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/15/13
    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday said he plans to introduce legislation that would bring back the military draft and extend it to women for the first time. Rangel, who has pushed for years to bring back the draft, said the Pentagon’s decision to allow women to serve in combat means that they too should register for the Selective Service.
  • Did the Left Create Chris Dorner?

    02/15/2013 10:22:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/15/13 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner went on a murderous rampage throughout Southern California, shooting seven people, including five members of law enforcement, killing three. Before he went on his spree, Dorner wrote a manifesto praising liberal policies on gun control, media personages including Piers Morgan and Chris Matthews and politicians including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But the bulk of Dorner's manifesto centered on his hatred for the police department from which he had been fired in 2009. He claimed in the manifesto that the LAPD "has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has...
  • Maghreb jihadists flock to Syria

    02/15/2013 10:16:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Magharebia.com ^ | 2/13/13 | Jemal Oumar for Magharebia in Nouakchott
    In the wake of the Arab Spring, a number of Maghreb young people have decided to continue their struggle by taking up arms and joining jihadists in Syria. The young Maghreb militants have linked up with Syrian opposition groups seeking to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad, including al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters are reportedly among the latest arrivals to the Syria battle. "Young people from different Maghreb countries are fighting alongside these organised groups in Syria," confirmed Lies Boukraa, who heads the Algiers-based African Centre for Studies and Research on Terrorism (CAERT). "Those young...
  • Obama proposals face quick opposition in Congress

    02/15/2013 1:45:16 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 4 replies
    The Texas Fred Blog/AP ^ | 02/13/13 | Texas Fred
    Obama proposals face quick opposition in Congress WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased a newly re-elected president determined to mark his legacy, facing off against a deeply divided Congress with Republicans eager to rein him in.At the center of it all was a fight over the very role of government, with Obama pushing a raft of new initiatives to improve preschool programs and voting, boost manufacturing and research and development, raise the minimum wage and lower energy use. “It is...
  • To Save Newborn, Doctors 'Freeze' Baby

    02/15/2013 9:39:45 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/15/2013 | Gillian Mohney
    When Claire Ives was seven months pregnant with her third child, she used a handheld device to listen to her unborn son's heartbeat. As she turned the machine on, she thought something had malfunctioned. "I thought I wasn't listening right or something," Ives, a nurse in London, told ABCNews.com. "I didn't believe his [heart] rate could be that fast." Ives' son had a heart rate of about 300 beats per minute, nearly double the normal 160. After doctors were alerted to the baby's elevated heart rate, Ives delivered her son, Edward Ives, five weeks early via emergency cesarean at the...
  • Tunisians head abroad to perform jihad

    02/15/2013 9:38:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 8:09 AM EST | Bouazza ben Bouazza and Paul Schemm
    The cradle of the Arab Spring is increasingly looking like the birthplace of jihadists. Long before Tunisia ousted its dictator and inspired the North African pro-democracy movement, the small, relatively prosperous country had the more dubious distinction of exporting Islamic militants. Now, as the country wrestles with the creation of a new government after the killing of a liberal opposition leader, experts say the flow of fighters is getting worse. The repressive measures of the old secular dictatorship fueled the anger that produced jihadi movements, but its ruthless security apparatus also kept them largely in check. The much more relaxed...
  • Obama’s EEOC: We’ll Sue You If You Don’t Hire Criminals

    02/15/2013 9:29:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 15 Feb 2013 10:52 AM | Jim Meyers
    The Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it should be a federal crime to refuse to hire ex-convicts — and threatens to sue businesses that don’t employ criminals. In April, the EEOC unveiled its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records,” which declares that “criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin.” The impetus for this “guidance” is that black men are nearly seven times more likely than white men to serve time in prison, and therefore refusals to hire convicts disproportionally impact blacks, according to a Wall Street Journal opinion...
  • Manufacturing stumbles but seen regaining footing

    02/15/2013 9:21:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | 2/15/2013 | Lucia Mutikani
    Manufacturing got off to a weak start this year as motor vehicle production tumbled, but a rebound in factory activity in New York state this month suggested the decline would be temporary. Consumers were a bit more upbeat early this month even as they paid more for gasoline and saw higher taxes reduce their paychecks, other data on Friday showed. Households drew comfort from steady job gains, which together with rising house and share prices should help to underpin consumer spending. Manufacturing output fell 0.4 percent in January after rising 1.1 percent in December, the Federal Reserve said. That followed...
  • NJ Transit workers take trip to Super Bowl on taxpayers’ dime

    02/15/2013 9:17:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Bergen Record via NorthJersey.com ^ | February 15, 2013, 12:01 PM | Karen Rouse
    NJ Transit sent four employees to the Super Bowl in New Orleans—including a key rail official who was in charge of the Hoboken terminal when dozens of rail cars and locomotives, left to sit in low-lying yards, were damaged during superstorm Sandy—at a taxpayer cost of $14,505, expense reports show. The bills, obtained by The Record through an Open Public Records Act request, include: $7,800 for lodging from Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, 2013;$5,241 for airfare;$423 in miscellaneous expenses.The intent of the visit was to ground NJ Transit officials in procedures used to handle transportation and security at the Super...
  • Stewart Rhodes/John Wallace, Pro-Second Amendment Rally 2-12 (Albany NY)

    02/14/2013 11:57:03 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 6 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | February 15, 2013 | Sheryl Thomas
    From the rally earlier this month.
  • GOP Denies Hagel Block A True Filibuster [Graham-McCain Retreat!]

    02/15/2013 9:07:12 AM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | February 15, 2013
    GOP Denies Hagel Block A True Filibuster Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (R) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) hold a press conference demanded answers on the attacks on an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi and to announce they will hold President Obama's pending nominations until they receive the information for Defense Secretary and CIA Director WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans denied their move to block Chuck Hagel's defense secretary nomination was a true filibuster because they expected Hagel to be confirmed. They said they stalled the nomination because they wanted more information about their fellow Republican's post-Senate career,...
  • Commander denies SEAL's claim made in Esquire article

    02/15/2013 8:56:51 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/14/2013 | By Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube, NBC News
    The commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command denies allegations made in an Esquire feature article that the SEAL team member who claims he first shot Osama bin Laden was left in the dark about what benefits were available to him after he left the service. "This former SEAL made a deliberate and informed decision to leave the Navy several years short of retirement status," Rear Adm. Sean Pybus, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, wrote in a statement. "Months ahead of his separation, he was counseled on status and benefits, and provided with options to continue his career until...
  • Southwest Shooting Authority Announces Az’s First Ever All Private Gun Show

    02/15/2013 8:37:48 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 17 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Lakeside, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- One last poke at the libs before the before the federal government rams through gun control and universal background check becomes law. We are restoring America’s Heritage! Maybe the first ever all private gun show! •No Taxes! •No Dealers! •No paperwork! •No Background checks! •Buy, sell and trade! •Experience gun trading as it should be! This show is solely for guns and products relating to America’s firearms heritage. People can come and sell their guns while walking around and visiting with friends or purchase a table, stay all day and peddle your items. Vendors are encouraged to...
  • ‘Big Bad Gun Lobby’ Turns Out to Be Big and Bad, After All

    02/15/2013 8:32:49 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- The Left is not happy at all with Gun Owners of America: “It’s people like [Erich] Pratt who could derail even modest efforts to bring a modicum of sanity to the nation’s gun laws,” said The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart on January 16, 2013. And then there were the insults that CNN’s Piers Morgan threw at GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt when Morgan ran out of arguments — even calling him an “idiot” and “incredibly stupid.” The Left is scared that their hopes for greater gun control may fall short. They are scared that history is going...
  • How Do Countries Grow Rich? It's Much Easier Than You Think

    02/15/2013 8:29:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/15/2013 | Nathan Lewis
    Economists have been talking for decades about why some countries get wealthy, and some do not. It was the subject of Adam Smith’s famous book, The Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. I suggest that the secret could be expressed in four words: Low Taxes, Stable Money. I call this the Magic Formula. The reason for this is simple. The primary way that countries have become wealthy is via capitalism. Capitalism works best with stable money and low taxes. If taxes are too high, and money is too unstable, capitalism – the incredibly complex arrangement...