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  • Rubio's Water Scandal or Obama's Criminal Activity?

    02/17/2013 4:52:49 AM PST · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Tea Party EMail | 2/16/2013 | Staff
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified at hearings before House and Senate committees recently. The hearings were largely tense affairs that had Clinton on the defensive for much of the time. In the aftermath of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, the Obama Administration and State Department stuck by an unlikely narrative that the obvious terrorist attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video that got out of hand. The pushing of this narrative in conjunction with the State Department’s unwillingness to act on requests...
  • Shootout at Inkster tax preparation business caught on camera (AR vs. Handgun)

    02/17/2013 4:50:19 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 29 replies
    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...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 February 2013

    02/17/2013 4:36:24 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 156 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 17 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 17th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo.;...
  • Second Gun Buyback Nets 42 Weapons

    02/17/2013 3:57:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    local12.com ^ | 12 February, 2013 | NA
    Organizers say they know the gun collections are just a drop into the bucket but they're hoping to save lives. "People who are coming out are people who realize we're not trying take away their 2nd amendment. We're just trying to make it safe for our children and grandchildren who to live at home with grandparents... Or documented or registered the right way." Also in front of the church were people offering to buy the guns off of people before they reached the buyback event. No word if anyone sold their guns. The guns turned into the buyback will be...
  • Russia meteor virtually impossible to see coming - Current and planned efforts focus on larger...

    02/17/2013 1:01:22 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Science News ^ | February 15, 2013 | Andrew Grant
    Current and planned efforts focus on larger objects Scientists have begun piecing together the characteristics of the meteor that exploded over Russia on the morning of February 15, using data from seismic instruments that track earthquakes and microphones designed to detect sonic booms from nuclear explosions. Unlike the asteroid DA14, which narrowly but predictably missed Earth later that day, the meteor was too small to detect before its contrail appeared in the dawn skies over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Yet even an object too small to detect can produce an impressive amount of destruction. The meteor was 15 meters...
  • Pop Vitamin C Tablets, Get a Kidney Stone

    02/16/2013 11:50:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 64 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | February 8, 2013 | Alex B. Berezow
    Vitamin supplements are popular items these days. Vitamin C is particularly popular in the winter, when people pop tablets at the first sign of a cold. However, data indicates that vitamin C doesn't actually prevent colds, but long-term use may slightly reduce the severity or duration of a cold when you do catch one. So, should we all start popping vitamin C tablets every day? Probably not. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that men who took 1,000-mg tablets of vitamin C were twice as likely to develop kidney stones as men who did not take vitamin C...
  • Islamist Militia Behind Benghazi Attack Makes a Comeback, Obama Golfs

    02/16/2013 11:33:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 2/16/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    When Obama said that he was going to get the folks who did this, he apparently meant jailing the filmmaker who made a Mohammed movie, not the Muslim killers of four Americans. With that job done, he went on yet another golfing vacation. And in Benghazi, the Islamist militia behind the attack is taking power in the city once again. After the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission last fall that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead, the Islamist militia widely accused of leading the assault all but disappeared amid a popular backlash.
  • IRAN ADAPTS TO WESTERN SANCTIONS... OR DOES IT?

    02/16/2013 9:13:51 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    AFPC Iranian Democracy Monitor ^ | 2/6/2013 | Ilan Berman
    Due to a strong demand from China and an expansion of its tanker fleet, Iran has begun to adapt to sanctions levied against it by the United States and Europe. In December, Iran’s crude oil exports rose to 1.4 million barrels per day—the highest level seen since the European Union’s imposition of a ban on Iranian oil last summer. Iran’s efforts have been buoyed in large part by consistent Chinese demand for crude, which has made the PRC an indispensable energy partner for the Iranian regime. Over the past two weeks, Iran’s struggling national currency, the rial, has taken another...
  • Egypt’s police to get 100,000 9mm pistols

    02/16/2013 9:05:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2013 3:13 PM EST | Aya Batrawi
    An Egyptian security official said Saturday that the interior ministry has agreed to purchase 100,000 new 9mm pistols after low-ranking policemen went on strike demanding greater firepower to defend themselves against increased lawlessness. The announcement ended five days of strikes by thousands of low-ranking policemen that threatened to further unravel security in the Arab world’s most populous nation, two years after the overthrow of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. It is also likely to provoke a new wave of criticism against the interior ministry by rights groups and activists who accuse police of using excessive force against unarmed protesters and carrying...
  • Belarus: Riot on a club in Minsk: 40 gays detained

    02/16/2013 8:56:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    Last night in Minsk police in civilian burst into the Club 6A. The police checked passports and detained about 40 people to verify their identities. All of them were taken to the police department. The police told the detained that the riot had been held to control the leader of the organization GayBelarus Siargei Andrasienka who, according to the police, “does the things he shouldn’t do.” Two weeks ago, at the passport control at the Polish-Belarusian border in Brest the customs police took Siargei Andrasienka’s passport and still haven’t left it back. One of the guests of the club, who...
  • Belarus Rejects Registration Of Homosexual Rights Center

    02/16/2013 8:49:28 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 2/14/2013 | RFE/RL
    The Belarusian Justice Ministry has refused to legally register a homosexual rights organization in Minsk. The organization's website -- gaybelarus.by -- published part of a letter from the ministry explaining the decision. It stated "the organization does not have in its charter any clauses on supporting social maturity and comprehensive development of the Belarusian youth." The organization's charter states its major activities will be linked to defending the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals. Organizations cannot legally operate unless they are registered with the Justice Ministry. The group plans to appeal the Justice Ministry's decision to the country's Supreme Court....
  • Emeryville Chief of Police makes outrageous statement (video included)

    02/16/2013 8:41:55 PM PST · by Yogafist · 38 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Kurtis Helena
    “One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon, that is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon. A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power. Police officers don’t carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers
  • What Happens To A Financial System When Its Two Biggest Pillars Collapse?

    02/16/2013 7:58:43 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-16-2013 | Graham Summers
    What Happens To A Financial System When Its Two Biggest Pillars Collapse? Stock-Markets / Eurozone Debt CrisisFebruary 16, 2013 - 10:32 PM GMT By: Graham Summers Those EU leaders who have yet to be implicated in scandals are not faring much better than their more corrupt counterparts. In France, socialist Prime Minister Francois Hollande, has proven yet again that socialism doesn’t work by chasing after the wealthy and trying to grow France’s public sector… when the public sector already accounts for 56% of French employment. France was already suffering from a lack of competitiveness. Now that wealthy businesspeople are fleeing...
  • Congresswoman: Global Warming 'Will Destroy' Maryland

    02/16/2013 7:55:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – A group of House Democrats labeling themselves the Safe Climate Caucus held a press conference today to warn that if Congress does not address global warming, the country could face dire consequences, including detrimental effects to California wines and an end to Vermont skiing. One Democratic representative even worried that global warming could destroy the state of Maryland. “If we do nothing about what is happening, it will destroy our economy, it will destroy our state, and it will have a broad impact not just here in this country but around the world,” Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)...
  • Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014

    02/16/2013 7:25:05 PM PST · by randita · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/18/13 | Eric Pianin
    Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014 Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times | Feb. 16, 2013, 2:00 PM Just as the memory of the last bruising battle for control of the Senate begins to fade, political handicappers are casting their gaze to the 2014 campaign when Republicans once again will try to overcome the Democratic majority. Just as the Republicans began the 2012 campaign cycle in strong shape to reclaim the Senate, the GOP has a clear edge heading into the next face off. While some of the most intriguing political speculation today centers on whether actress...
  • White House unveils awaited Affordable Care Act profit margin rule

    02/16/2013 7:20:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/13 | Ben Goad
    A proposed federal rule to cap profit margins for certain health insurance plans and prescription drug benefit programs is now available for review. The latest in a raft of rules required by President Obama’s landmark healthcare law, the proposed rule was drafted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and sent to Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday. The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is moving quickly to issue the proposal, which will hit the Federal Register on Tuesday. That begins a 60-day comment period. CMS will consider all comments before finalizing the rule. The 116-page...
  • Greens to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics from Obama

    02/16/2013 7:08:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/13 | Zack Colman
    More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President Obama over climate policy. The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take executive action on climate if Congress fails to make progress. Demonstrators are likely to offer plenty of loud suggestions in what green groups are branding the largest ever United States climate rally. “We’re really past the point of playing games with any of this stuff,”...
  • Maryland Braces For Riots As Terps Beat #1 Duke IN Basketball

    02/16/2013 6:56:57 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 36 replies
    Twitter and Instagram | 2/16/2013
    Maryland Upsets #1 Duke 83-81 Maryland/Duke has been one of the best rivalries in college basketball. (Even if the Dookies don't want to admit it) For many in Maryland, forget the superbowl just won by the Ravens...this is a win over Duke. Ranked #1 by USA Today, Duke traveled for possibly the last time to play basketball in Maryland as the Terps will be moving on to the Big Ten. College officials, anticipating the burning couches and riots that can occur after Duke games, create their own "official" fire on campus to draw the students away from town.
  • Homeowner Shoots, Kills Teen In Backyard After Break-In Attempt

    02/16/2013 6:47:30 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    Fox2 Now ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Cris Regnier and Dan Gray
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A teenager is shot to death and his friend is charged with murder, even though he didn’t pull the trigger. The circuit attorney’s office issued warrants for second degree murder and attempted burglary against 17-year-old Michael Bryant. Police say Bryant and 15-year-old Demetrius Murphy were trying to break into a home on Tennessee early Friday morning. Investigators say the 33-year-old homeowner heard them, went outside, and confronted the suspects. The homeowner then shot and killed Murphy. The homeowner was questioned, but not arrested. Under Missouri law, if someone is killed while a felony is being...
  • U.S. Soccer Player Opens Up About Being Gay

    02/16/2013 6:44:14 PM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 53 replies
    Slimes ^ | February 15, 2013 | Borden
    <p>Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the United States national team who most recently played in England, had revealed in a blog post that he was gay, too.</p> <p>Robbie Rogers, a midfielder for the Columbus Crew from 2007-2011, revealed Friday that he is gay. He wrote: “My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”</p>