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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...
  • Olympic Arms Halts Sales to New York Law Enforcement ( Boycott N.Y. ! )

    02/15/2013 8:29:26 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 22 replies
    http://www.guns.com ^ | February 14 2013 | Max Slowik
    Firearm manufacturer Olympic Arms announced that they will no longer sell to New York law enforcement in protest of the gun control laws recently passed there. “Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though the passage of this legislation exceeds the authority granted to the government of New York by its citizens, and violates the Constitution of the United States, ignoring such...
  • Rand Paul Is the Republican to Watch in 2013

    02/15/2013 8:28:58 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 31 replies
    National Journal ^ | Josh Kraushaar
    One of the most intriguing sideplots from Senate Republicans’ successful filibuster blocking Chuck Hagel from becoming Defense Secretary was that one of the GOP ringleaders was recently tagged by critics as someone who shared his more-isolationist worldview. But freshman Kentucky senator Rand Paul, who openly talks about his presidential ambitions for 2016, is playing the long game – and his politically savvy positioning suggests he’ll be a major national player. Unlike his father, he’s not interested in pursuing ideologically charged issues just for the sake of making a point, he’s learning how to make an impact in Washington. One senior...
  • CNN reporter to poop-cruise passenger: This was a little bit like Katrina, wasn’t it?

    02/15/2013 8:24:21 AM PST · by chessplayer · 41 replies
    Skip to 3:35 for your media moment du jour and for the pitch-perfect reply from a guy who’s somehow managed to retain his sense of perspective better than CNN despite having spent the past three days floating around on a giant toilet. If you think conditions onboard weren’t that bad, read Lileks’s thoughtful piece this morning at the Bleat. Scorching heat, power outage, no showers, few working toilets for 3,000 people, and oh that stench: It was awfully unpleasant generally and 10 times as unpleasant for the crew, which had to cope with all that while tending to passengers for...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 15,2013

    02/15/2013 8:17:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 54 replies
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  • Raise the Minimum Wage and Get Minimum Jobs

    02/15/2013 8:16:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 02/15/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Like those of all modern presidents, Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was filled with agenda-list items, long-held hobby-horse issues of his party, and inflated claims of the success of his own policies. Most of the content could have been lifted from campaign speeches in 2012, probably 2008, and arguably every Democratic campaign for the last 40 years. Kirsten Powers, the liberal analyst on Fox News, wrote in a column for USA Today that the speech made it seem that “President Obama's chief speechwriter has been replaced by a cliché-generator circa 1960.” Among the blizzard of clichés was a...
  • Airbus rejects lithium batteries after Boeing’s problems

    02/15/2013 8:13:22 AM PST · by rawhide · 10 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 2-15-13 | FRANCINE KNOWLES
    Airbus said it is dropping plans to use lithium-ion batteries on its new A350 airplane, under development, in the wake of problems with the batteries on Chicago-based Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. The Boeing Co. rival said, while it believes the battery architecture it has been developing and qualifying for is robust and safe, it will instead use nickel cadmium main batteries, which have a proven track record. “Airbus considers this to be the most appropriate way forward in the interest of program execution and A350 reliability, Airbus said in a statement. The entire fleet of 50 Boeing 787s was grounded by...
  • (Krauthammer) In Defense of Obama’s Drone War

    02/15/2013 8:05:06 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2-14-2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    The nation’s vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama’s drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood. 1. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of enemies abroad? What criteria justify assassination? Answer: (a) imminent threat, under the doctrine of self-defense, and (b) affiliation with al-Qaeda, under the laws of war. (snip) 2. But al-Awlaki was no ordinary enemy. He was a U.S. citizen. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of an...
  • Common ground on guns?

    02/15/2013 8:02:53 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 15 feb 2013
    For decades, the gun debate in Illinois and across the nation has been a zero-sum game. Gun rights vs. gun control. When one side wins, the other side loses. A recent court ruling and heightened concerns about violence in Chicago may finally persuade the two sides to work together here. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez are pressing for tougher sanctions against people who illegally carry weapons in public. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has told Illinois it must create a process to allow qualified residents to carry concealed weapons legally. Here's an opportunity....
  • MARCO RUBIO WATER BOTTLES

    02/15/2013 7:59:12 AM PST · by Baynative · 23 replies
    America PAC ^ | 2/15/2013 | Baynative
    This a darn good idea. I like that Rubio is hitting right back at the media.
  • It's time to let your voice be heard at the Minnesota Capitol!

    02/15/2013 7:45:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    GOCRA ^ | 2-15-13 | GOCRA
    We need you to once again show the Minnesota Legislature that real Minnesotans oppose infringements on Second Amendment rights! Senate Judiciary Committee chair Ron Latz, a consistent voice against gun rights, has scheduled three hearings next week to discuss the numerous gun control bills introduced this session.  They hearing times are: · Thursday, Feb. 21, Noon to 2:30 p.m. · Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. · Friday, Feb. 22, Noon to 6:00 p.m. While Senator Latz delayed public announcement of these hearings until Wednesday night, he apparently tipped off anti-rights groups early Wednesday morning!   We don't know yet which bills will be heard when, but...
  • SEAL who killed Bin Laden reportedly knew he’d lose benefits

    02/15/2013 7:39:35 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 15, 2013
    SEAL who killed Bin Laden reportedly knew he’d lose benefits Published February 15, 2013 | FoxNews.com The former Navy SEAL who says he shot Usama bin Laden reportedly knew he was leaving the service well short of a retirement and without benefits, according to the commander of Naval Special Warfare. The “man who killed" bin Laden — featured in the March issue of Esquire — made headlines earlier this week when the former SEAL asserted was “screwed” and abandoned by the military after losing his military health insurance benefits upon leaving the service in September. But Rear Adm. Sean Pybus...
  • Company Threatens To Leave Colorado If Ammo Limit Law Is Passed (Magpul)

    02/14/2013 12:15:19 PM PST · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    kcnc ^ | February 13, 2013 8:21 PM
    ERIE, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado company is threatening to leave the state if a bill to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines becomes law. CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger toured the company in Erie. They said they would certainly prefer to stay. The company is called Magpul. Among other products, they make ammunition magazines which can hold up to 30 rounds. Tuesday night a state House committee took the first step towards banning them. Magpul is one of the largest producers of the high-capacity magazines in the country. “Actually, every product you see here being made today on these magazine assembly lines...
  • EDITORIAL: Huddled masses in retirement Elderly immigrants are becoming wards of the state

    02/15/2013 7:27:33 AM PST · by kabar · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Editorial
    Entitlement spending and immigration are two issues that threaten America’s financial future. The two controversies meet in the case of the newly arrived elderly, many of whom have discovered they can cash in on an overly generous welfare system. The scam is simple. Senior immigrants typically live with their foreign-born adult children who already have gained their U.S. citizenship. After five years of green-card status, the parents can apply for citizenship. From 2000 through 2011, about a million persons aged 60 or over were granted citizenship, accounting for about 13 percent of total naturalizations. Often, the immigrant children are highly...
  • No love for illegals’ Valentine

    02/15/2013 7:08:14 AM PST · by suspects · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 15, 2013 | Michael Graham
    Protest ‘flowers’ but misses the point Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like getting badgered by an illegal immigrant in downtown Boston. While forgetful husbands were rushing in a panic to the nearest Hallmark shop yesterday to dig through the near-empty shelves (remember trying to pass off the Passover card as a Valentine last year?) amnesty advocates were stopping commuters to make the case for opening America’s borders. A group calling itself the “New England Coalition for Keeping Families Together” was handing out flowers at Government Center as part of the “Where’s My Valentine” campaign, according to the Associated Press. “The...
  • Exclusive: North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test(2 nukes and 1 rocket)

    02/15/2013 6:48:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Benjamin Kang Lim
    Exclusive: North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING | Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:31am EST (Reuters) - North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, said a source with direct knowledge of the message. Further tests could also be accompanied this year by another rocket launch, said the source who has direct access to the top levels of government in both Beijing and Pyongyang....
  • Senate backs bill to bar disclosure on concealed handgun permits

    02/15/2013 7:03:31 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | ANDREW CAIN AND JIM NOLAN
    The state Senate voted 32-8 Thursday to bar circuit court clerks from disclosing to the public the names of people who have concealed handgun permits. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, now goes to Gov. Bob McDonnell. Advertisement The governor will review the legislation when he receives it, said J. Tucker Martin, a spokesman for McDonnell. In its form that initially passed the Senate, the bill would have barred disclosure only in the case of a person who is protected by a protective order. A House subcommittee amended the bill to bar disclosure for anyone who has...
  • FAA to create 6 drone test sites in US

    02/15/2013 6:42:07 AM PST · by mykroar · 16 replies
    The Washington Guardian ^ | 2/15/2013 | Joan Lowy
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration also posted online a draft plan for protecting people's privacy from the eyes in the sky. The plan would require each test site to follow federal and state laws and make a privacy policy publicly available.</p>
  • Environmental groups prepare for ‘biggest climate rally in U.S. history’ . . .

    02/15/2013 6:31:45 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 55 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | February 14, 2013 | Andy Radia
    A large global warming protest with a very Canadian connection is scheduled for Sunday February 17th at the White House. The protest, organized by the Sierra Club and 350.org, is being dubbed as the biggest climate rally in U.S. history and is meant to encourage President Obama to veto the construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from northern Alberta down to the Gulf of Mexico. In a telephone interview with Yahoo! Canada News, 350.org's Daniel Kessler said that he is expecting tens of thousands of people including "several groups" from Canada. Obama is expected to...
  • Michelle Vacationing Separately From President Obama

    02/15/2013 6:13:03 AM PST · by Perdogg · 50 replies
    First Lady Michelle Obama plans to vacation in Aspen, Colorado this Presidents’ Day weekend, separately from her husband, who will land this evening in West Palm Beach for his own down time with the boys. According to Aspen newspapers, both Michelle and Vice President Biden are expected on the slopes. The White House has not yet announced the trip, and it’s not clear when she will be leaving, though she will presumably go today.
  • Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril

    02/15/2013 5:52:19 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2-15-13 | james bovard
    Should it be a federal crime for businesses to refuse to hire ex-convicts? Yes, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which recently released 20,000 convoluted words of regulatory "guidance" to direct businesses to hire more felons and other ex-offenders. In the late 1970s, the EEOC began stretching Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to sue businesses for practically any hiring practice that adversely affected minorities. In 1989, the agency sued Carolina Freight Carrier Corp. of Hollywood, Fla., for refusing to hire as a truck driver a Hispanic man who had multiple arrests and had served 18 months...
  • Unyielding GOP politicians doing what voters ask

    02/15/2013 5:49:38 AM PST · by central_va · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/15/13 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz flew home from Washington last week, leaving behind a capital baffled by Republicans like him in Congress: those who stubbornly refuse to compromise with President Barack Obama, a tactic that some see as damaging the GOP brand and pushing the nation repeatedly to the brink of fiscal chaos.
  • How the U.S. Aids Hamas Through the Palestinian Authority

    02/15/2013 5:39:04 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Bedein
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - How the U.S. Aids Hamas Through the Palestinian AuthorityPosted By David Bedein On February 15, 2013 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment On February 5, 2013, the reconstituted US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa held a subcommittee hearing on the subject of “Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: Threatening Peace Prospects.”Two senior expert witnesses from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy testified and expressed optimism that US trained Palestinian Security Forces, affiliated with the Fatah, will combat the Hamas terror group which competes for power in the nascent Palestinian...
  • Hagel Claimed Israel Controls the State Department

    02/15/2013 5:37:50 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 14, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Hagel Claimed Israel Controls the State DepartmentPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 14, 2013 @ 2:51 pm In The Point | 10 Comments Considering that the State Department tends to be the part of the United States government most hostile to Israel, that is about as realistic as those Islamist accusations that the Jews control Iran.Speaking of Iran, the Hagel speaking event was sponsored by the Iran Lobby. So the Iran Lobby will now appoint its guy as the Secretary of Defense, with not a single Democrat daring to stand up and speak out...
  • Obama’s SOTU Address: How to Make the Immigration Crisis Worse

    02/15/2013 5:33:03 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    n response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night on his reckless stance on immigration that will make the crisis worse, following is an excerpt from Marinka Peschmann’s introduction in her latest book, Crime & Corruption: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis available in paperback and e-book versions. But what Americans are never told is what “legal” immigration has looked like for the legal immigrants who have sought the American dream; who have followed the law in a “broken” immigration system—a state-run bureaucracy affecting America’s economy, national security, and elections. No one addresses how the broken immigration system...
  • Turkish Muslim Trades Daughter for a Cow

    02/15/2013 5:32:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 14, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Turkish Muslim Trades Daughter for a CowPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 14, 2013 @ 6:33 pm In The Point | 12 Comments As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s important to be reminded that the special day, like everything else in Western Civilization, was originally invented by Muslims. And there are few places in the world as romantic as Turkey, where this love story for the ages takes place.You might be tempted to confuse this tale with Romeo and Juliet. And it is a lot like Romeo and Juliet, or it would be if Juliet’s...
  • Shootout at Inkster tax preparation business caught on camera

    02/15/2013 5:28:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | 14 February, 2013 | Ron Savage
    INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) - There is a manhunt underway after a gun slinging couple stormed into a tax preparation business. A security guard was shot and the dangerous duo is on the run. "Just seeing that footage and knowing that it's two doors down, yeah, I have to get out of here immediately. It's time to go," said Lillie Heard. She saw the chilling video of the shootout just two doors down from her home on Kean Street in Inkster. The house there has been converted into a tax preparation service. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, even though a security vehicle...
  • Russian Billionaire's Mega-Yacht Makes Waves in NYC

    02/15/2013 5:10:49 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2-15-2013 | Robert Frank
    <p>On Wednesday, a private yacht sailed slowly and quietly up the Hudson River and docked near midtown Manhattan. This wasn't just any yacht, however. It was Eclipse -- the largest private yacht in the world. And its presence is sure to touch off a frenzy of speculation about its owners and future.</p>
  • Image of two Gaza children killed in Israeli strike wins World Press Photo prize

    02/15/2013 4:56:53 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb.15, 2013 | 1:48 PM | Associated Press
    Swedish photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award Friday for newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a picture of two Palestinian children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their funeral. The picture shows a group of men marching the dead bodies through a narrow street in Gaza City. The victims, a brother and sister, are wrapped in white cloth with only their faces showing. ... Hansen's Nov. 20 shot won top prize in both the spot news single photograph category and the overall competition. It portrays 2-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her 3-year-old brother Muhammad, who were...
  • New York City's Imperial Mayor Bloomberg Bans Again (Styrofoam!)

    02/15/2013 4:54:19 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 32 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 1/14/2013 | IBD editorials
    Autocracy: Still pulsing with the power from outlawing big servings of sweet drinks, Michael Bloomberg now wants to run Styrofoam out of his city. Clearly, he believes that everyone has to live exactly as he wants them to live. During Thursday's State of the City address, New York Mayor Bloomberg called for a ban on Styrofoam food packaging. It's all a part of his crusade to eliminate smoking, sugary drinks, salt and other items he doesn't like — and, hence, thinks no one else should have. So what comes next, Mr. Mayor? What's the target after Styrofoam? Beef? Eggs? Cheese?...
  • Urals meteorite allegedly intercepted by Russia’s air defense (BS Alert)

    02/15/2013 4:51:02 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | February 15, 2013
    A massive meteorite crash shook the Urals region in central Russia early Friday, shattering windows and prompting panic in three major cities. According to some reports, the meteor was intercepted by the air defense complex at the Urzhumka village near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, when a salvo missile allegedly burst the “shooting star” at an altitude of 20 kilometers. Witnesses reported a sudden change in atmospheric pressure upon the impact that made their ears pop. The space object hit the ground with a tremendous crash that resembled thunder and earthquake, damaging houses in Chelyabinsk and cutting off communications, witnesses...