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  • Separate Vacations for Barack and Michelle Obama

    02/15/2013 1:35:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    The White House confirms today that President Barack Obama will be vacationing in Florida this weekend. His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Colorado. The two daughters will be with Michelle. From the White House press gaggle aboard Air Force One: Earnest confirmed that FLOTUS and her daughters are on a "ski trip out West with family and friends", and won't be with POTUS in Florida this weekend. While the rest of his family will be skiing, Obama is expected to be hitting the links with golf pros and buddies in Florida. Vice President Joe Biden and his...
  • Bear Bombers Over Guam Russian nuclear bombers circle Guam

    02/15/2013 1:29:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/15/13 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States. The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address. Air Force Capt. Kim Bender, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii, confirmed the incident to the Washington Free Beacon and said Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, “scrambled and responded...
  • NJ Transit paid $14K for 4 employees to go to New Orleans for Super Bowl

    02/15/2013 1:24:15 PM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    At a cost of more than $14,000, NJ Transit said it sent four employees to the Super Bowl in New Orleans so they could help prepare the agency to handle transportation and security at the event next year at MetLife Stadium. Bills obtained by The Record through an Open Public Records Act request show $7,800 was spent on hotel rooms from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, $5,241 on airfare and $423 in miscellaneous expenses, the newspaper reported Friday. The party was made up of chief of staff of rail operations Rich Andreski, Hoboken rail operations superintendent Joseph Meade III, NJ...
  • The VERY cozy relationship between President Obama and Facebook – plus check out the lobbyists

    02/15/2013 1:23:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 2/15/13 | Greta VanSusteren
    I received the info below from FNC’s Thomas Firth but it caught my attention so I thought I would post it. Note that Facebook played it both ways (also giving to Repubs, including Gov Romney) but gave generously to President Obama (numbers below.) Why does Facebook give to both political parties? Just in case Republicans won and they would then want a cozy relationship with the Republicans…and because it can (it has a ton of money.) Note also the info about its lobbyists…check out the jobs they held before became lobbyists for Facebook. Read and tell me what you think.
  • Wal-Mart shares tumble on report of weak February sales

    02/15/2013 1:19:31 PM PST · by mykroar · 43 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 2/15/2013 | Reuters
    Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) fell 3 percent on Friday after Bloomberg quoted a mid-level executive's email as saying the world's largest retailer had the worst sales start to any month in seven years in February. Wal-Mart executives blamed the poor sales performance on increased payroll taxes as well as delayed tax returns, Bloomberg said. Higher payroll taxes this year are seen as a potential problem for Wal-Mart and other discount retailers that try to attract lower-income customers who have less disposable income. "In case you haven't seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total...
  • EU, US agree to fast-track bank rules: Barnier

    02/15/2013 1:13:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:15pm EST | Huw Jones
    The European Union and the United States agreed on Thursday to implement the new global Basel III capital adequacy rules for banks as soon as possible, EU financial services chief Michel Barnier said after a meeting in Washington. The Basel rules are the world’s main regulatory response to the 2007-09 financial crisis, aimed at preventing a repeat crisis where banks had to be bailed out by their governments. … An EU official said ambassadors from the 27 member states meeting on Thursday also backed proposals for a capping of bankers’ bonuses to no more than the equivalent of their fixed...
  • A Very Junior Senator’s Bomb-Throwing Debut (Ted Cruz)

    02/15/2013 12:58:46 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 15, 2013 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON — As the Senate edged toward a nasty filibuster vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, sat silent and satisfied in the corner of the chamber — his voice robbed by laryngitis — as he absorbed what he had wrought in his mere seven weeks of Senate service. Mr. Hagel, a former senator from Mr. Cruz’s own party, was about to be the victim of the first filibuster of a nominee to lead the Pentagon. The blockade was due in no small part to the very junior senator’s relentless pursuit of...
  • Venezuela Releases Photos of Chávez

    02/15/2013 12:53:01 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    The Wallstreet Journal ^ | February 15, 2013 | EZEKIEL MINAYA And KEJAL VYAS
    CARACAS—The Venezuelan government Friday released the first images of ailing President Hugo Chávez since his departure more than two months ago to Cuba to resume his battle with cancer. The photos show the smiling president in a blue and white track suit, lying down and flanked by two of his daughters. In one image, he is holding a copy of the Cuba state newspaper Granma, which Venezuelan officials said was the Feb. 14 edition of the publication, apparently to prove that the photos were taken recently. The 58-year-old leader, who announced his battle with cancer in June 2011, appeared to...
  • U.S. Cost of U.N. “Rule of Law” Project: $500 million

    02/15/2013 12:52:11 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    A half-billion-dollar Obama Administration program to help nations comply with United Nations-sanctioned governance reform has rolled out its first round of awards to several government-contracting behemoths. The International Rule of Law Technical Assistance Services program, which Obama unveiled through the U.S. Agency for International Development, will assist governments around the globe in reforming their justice, educational, and other systems based on U.N. “rule of law” principles.
  • Critic's Notebook: Movie violence must not be stopped,The problem isn't Hollywood,

    02/15/2013 12:46:27 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 27 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Feb 15 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey,
    The problem isn't Hollywood, it's real life, where killing long predates film. What we see on the silver screen can be helpful. By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic February 15, 2013, 7:00 a.m. I abhor violence. As a rookie police reporter years ago I saw the damage guns, knives, broken bottles, metal pipes, hands — humans — can inflict. From the terrifyingly premeditated to the unfortunately accidental, those images still have the power to shake me to the core. They will never leave me. I don't, however, believe the movies are to blame for these acts. As good...
  • Dr. Carson’s Prescription

    02/15/2013 12:37:50 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/15/2013 | John Fund
    The renowned doctor reacts to the furor over his National Prayer Breakfast speech. Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who helped lead the first surgery separating twins joined at the head, has received a fair amount of attention in his 61 years. But none of it before begins to compare to the response he has gotten since he spoke at the February 7 National Prayer Breakfast with President Obama sitting five feet away. While most of his remarks were motivational or spiritual, he made some pointed political comments about the need for freer markets in health care and a...
  • Immigrant advocates say no justice for ID theft

    02/15/2013 12:27:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 15, 2013 | CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) — Should illegal immigrants using false documents to work face stiffer charges than college
  • With GOP Filibuster, Chuck Hagel’s Rocky Road Continues (BUT Repubs promise to cave anyway!)

    02/15/2013 12:11:11 PM PST · by pabianice · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | 2'15'13 | Newton-Small
    Senate Republicans filibustered President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, by a razor thin vote of 58-39 Thursday, with one senator voting present. But all hope for Hagel is not lost. Just because they still want more time to debate their former Republican colleague’s nomination, doesn’t mean that Hagel’s confirmation is dead. At least three Republican senators – John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr – said that they simply want more time and intend to vote for cloture – a parliamentary procedure that ends a filibuster by limiting debate to 30 hours that...
  • Youthful Solar System Bodies Puzzle Evolutionary Scientists (article)

    02/15/2013 12:08:09 PM PST · by fishtank · 91 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Article posted on February 13, 2013. | Jake Hebert, Ph.D,
    Youthful Solar System Bodies Puzzle Evolutionary Scientists by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * A feature story in a recent issue of the journal Nature described four solar system bodies that are puzzling to evolutionary scientists.1 Specifically, the article discussed the rings of Saturn, two of Saturn's moons (Enceladus and Titan), and Jupiter's moon Io. These four bodies all exhibit properties that cannot persist for billions of years. The brightness of Saturn's rings is puzzling because after billions of years, they should have been darkened by dust from comets and asteroids. Yet these rings are still brilliantly beautiful. Likewise, watery geysers erupting...
  • Kerry warns of serious sequestration cuts for State and USAID

    02/15/2013 12:03:38 PM PST · by yoe · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | February 15, 2013 | Josh Rogin
    The State Department will have to stop humanitarian aid to millions of people, cut foreign assistance to Israel, and delay efforts to ramp up diplomatic security abroad after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, if sequestration goes into effect next month, according to Secretary of State John Kerry. At the beginning of March, across-the-board cuts to all discretionary spending accounts will go into effect, based on the 2011 Budget Control Act and the failure of the "supercommittee" to agree upon discretionary budget cuts in 2012. Congressional appropriators are planning to reorganize those cuts when the continuing resolution that has been...
  • Stewart Rhodes Introduces ‘Molon Labe County Project’ To 3000 New York Gun Owners

    02/15/2013 11:57:19 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    New York - -(Ammoland.com)- Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes gave a fiery speech to approximately 3,000 New York gun owners, urging them to refuse to comply to the “SAFE Act,” to refuse to disarm, to nullify at every level. He also urged them to make sure their county was a “Molon Labe” county, asking them “is your county a ‘come and take it’ county, or is it a‘bend over and take it’ county? Which is it?! Find out now!” He told them to make sure all the gun owners and veterans in their county are ready to stand up, and...
  • Was Chuck Hagel nominated out of spite?

    02/15/2013 11:42:15 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    Washington Post/Right Turn ^ | 2-15-2013 | Jennifer Rubin
    <p>Obama — ticked off by Rice’s treatment and still emboldened by his convincing victory over Mitt Romney — courted confrontation when he tapped Hagel.</p> <p>If true, this is outlandish. The president would imperil national security out of spite? .........</p>
  • Andrea Mitchell: I Share Same 'Concern' As Obama Admin—Hagel Won't Get Vote

    02/15/2013 11:35:28 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Andrea Mitchell/Barack Obama: same struggle! In an stunningly blatant display of solidarity with the Obama line, Andrea Mitchell declared on today's Morning Joe that she shared the same "concern" with the White House: that poor Chuck Hagel wouldn't get a final vote on his nomination. Mitchell prefaced her "concern" by roundly condemning Republicans in general--and Senator Ted Cruz in particular--for supposedly attacking Hagel with allegations "completely unsupported by fact." Could somebody please tell me why Mitchell, supposedly a reporter, should so shamelessly be toting the White House's water this way? View the video here.
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Twelfth Week in Office

    02/15/2013 11:31:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 2/15/13 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundred and Twelfth Week in Office2/14/2013It's 3am and nobody's thereChuck Hagel makes history as first to be blocked from Defense Hagel Confirmation Squashed For Now As Dems Lack 60 Votes – Furious White House Blasts 'Unconscionable' RepublicansFAA Official: No Armed Drones In U.S.Benghazi-GateObama made no phone calls on night of Benghazi attack, White House saysVideo: The John Brennan puzzle is slowly being pieced togetherReid: 'Outlandish' to Say 'Administration Hasn't Been Forthcoming' on BenghaziObama Voter FraudDid Hagel rig vote to win Senate seat? Details revealed in magazine profile on alleged GOP plan to steal electionMassive Voter Fraud in St....
  • Panetta Says Hillary Clinton Inspired His Women-in-Combat Decision

    02/15/2013 11:31:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Hillary Clinton inspired his decision to allow women in combat. “And in many ways, I have to tell you, it was her inspiration that encouraged me to move forward to be able to bring down the last barriers for women in the Department of Defense and to give them the ability to have a chance to engage in combat. I thank you for that inspiration,” Panetta told Clinton at a Pentagon ceremony on Thursday. …
  • Ted Cruz comes out swinging (RINOs annoyed)

    02/15/2013 11:30:30 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | February 14, 2013 | Manu Raju
    Sen. Ted Cruz lost his voice a couple days ago. Some senators probably wish it wouldn’t come back — at least for a little while. In six short weeks since he became the junior Texas GOP senator, the no-nonsense freshman has quickly become a lightning rod — on issues ranging from guns to Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary — upending the Senate’s conventional ways, in which freshmen typically work quietly to build bridges with their colleagues. Cruz’s sharp-elbowed Senate style underscores the dilemma facing Republicans as they seek a way out of the political wilderness: Rising stars like Cruz,...
  • 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
    The EIB Network ^ | February 15, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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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.