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  • Dems hold fire on climate votes

    02/17/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/17/13 | Ben Geman
    Congressional Democrats will not commit to forcing votes on major climate change bills, even as they try to build political momentum behind President Obama’s promise to make global warming a second-term priority. Obama’s State of the Union address called on Congress to create a “market-based solution” such as cap-and-trade to limit greenhouse gases, but vowed new executive action if lawmakers do not act. The pledge was a largely rhetorical device to preemptively defend the wielding of executive power. Any action on the issue is almost certain to come from Obama's desk because bills to cap or set fees on carbon...
  • GOP: Leaked WHI Immigration Plan "Counterproductive"

    02/17/2013 2:16:33 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | Frbruary 17, 2013 | Jake Miller
    The seemingly endless budget fight is sucking much of the air out of Washington, but another big initiative - immigration reform - is slowly taking shape. A draft of a comprehensive White House immigration proposal was obtained yesterday by USA Today, and one key Republican senator immediately deemed the president's plan "dead on arrival." Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Hispanic lawmaker involved with a bipartisan group of Senators crafting a compromise proposal, said it was a "mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress," calling the proposal "half baked and seriously...
  • Is CIA Pick John Brennan Blackmailing Obama Over 2008 Passport Breach

    02/17/2013 2:10:16 PM PST · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 76 replies
    The video is alarming to say the least. It raises serious questions about why Obama would be compelled to pick John Brennan to head the CIA.
  • Federal Courts Rule Against ACLU in Ten Commandments Cases

    A federal judge has given a victory to free speech and religious expression, dismissing a six-year-old lawsuit filed by the ACLU against a Ten Commandments display in Dixie County, Florida. The 12,000-pound monument was erected at the Dixie County courthouse in 2006 by local resident Joe Anderson, who was given permission by the county and who maintained the display at his own expense. In addition to the Decalogue, the display included the simple admonition, “Love God and keep His Commandments.” In 2007 a visitor to the county was offended by the display and contacted the ACLU in an attempt to...
  • The Push to Normalize Polyamory Begins

    02/17/2013 1:27:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 101 replies
    national review ^ | 2/17/13 | Wesley J. Smith
    You knew it was coming. Scientific American — which often pushes cultural agendas as much as scientific ideas — has an article informing us that polyamorous people have so much to teach the rest of us about life. From “The New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory May Be Good For You“ One thing that seems to unite the polyamorous community is a real enthusiasm for digging into emotions. Honesty, openness and communication are cornerstones for polyamorous relationships, Holmes has found. “They’re talking a lot, they’re negotiating a lot, they’re bringing their feelings to the table a lot,” he said.
  • Pak has 90-110 nuclear warheads: US report

    02/17/2013 1:26:55 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, February 15, 2013 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington - Even as Pakistan tested yet another nuclear-capable missile on Friday, a new report from the US Congressional Research Service has estimated that the Pakistani arsenal probably consists of about 90-110 nuclear warheads, noting “it could be larger”. “Islamabad is producing fissile material, adding to related production facilities, and deploying additional delivery vehicles. These steps could enable Pakistan to undertake both quantitative and qualitative improvements to its nuclear arsenal,” says the report, authored by Paul K Kerr and Mary Beth Nikitin, specialists on nonproliferation issues. The CRS, which produces periodic background reports and updates for the benefit of lawmakers,...
  • Iowahawk: With Apologies to Stephen Sondheim

    02/17/2013 1:12:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 5, 2013 | David Burge
    Isn't it rich? Aren't we a pair? You on the ground smoldering Me in mid-air. Send in the drones.
  • Oscar Pistorius murder charge: bloodied cricket bat found at Paralympic athlete's home

    02/17/2013 1:06:58 PM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 9:47AM GMT 17 Feb 2013 | By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg
    Local reports stated police believe he may have used the bat to attack girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before shooting her dead on St Valentine's Day morning. Detectives are working on two other theories concerning the bat: that it was either used to break down the door of the bathroom where she hid, or that she used it to defend herself against Mr Pistorius, South Africa's City Press reported.
  • White House: Leaked Immigration Bill Draft Is Plan B

    02/17/2013 12:55:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    abc ^ | 2/17/13 | Matthew Larotonda
    Leaked draft legislation reportedly authored by the White House would be used as a backup proposal should negotiations fail in Congress over comprehensive immigration reform, administration officials said today. White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough was asked about the USA Todaystory on political talk shows this morning. On ABC’s “This Week,” McDonough told Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl lawmakers would have to “make sure that it doesn’t have to be proposed.” “Let’s make sure that that group up there, the ‘Gang of Eight,’ makes the good progress on these efforts as much as they say they want to,”...
  • Chubby Checker sues HP over manhood app

    02/17/2013 12:45:17 PM PST · by billorites · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 15, 2013 | Devin Coldewey
    Chubby Checker, the musician best known for his 1960 hit recording of "The Twist," is suing HP over a novelty app for Palm OS of the same name that claims to check the size of your "chubby." The sum sought is a mind-boggling half a billion dollars. The rock-and-roll star, whose real name is Ernest Evans, filed the suit this week in a Florida federal court, simultaneously releasing a statement describing the reasoning behind the suit. Willie Gary, an attorney who has already chalked up a number of large-sum legal wins, says that the app has caused "irreparable damage" to...
  • Siblings Discover Dad's Scout Abuse, Remember Own

    02/17/2013 12:28:47 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 27 replies
    ABC ^ | 2/17/13 | NIGEL DUARA
    On opposite sides of the world, the brother and sister sat transfixed before their computers, reading a stranger's account of long-ago secrets and deeply buried sins. The memo was just four pages long, about an incident in 1963 at a Boy Scout camp in New Jersey. A Scout executive had gotten drunk during an overnight outing, then was discovered gambling with a group of boys. But there was more.
  • Obama to Americans:Achieve Ye This Goal:Issues and issues in the SOTU By Mark Steyn

    02/17/2013 12:02:54 PM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | February 17, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    I’m also issuing a new goal for America,” declared President Obama at his State of the Union on Tuesday. We’ll come to the particular “goal” he “issued” momentarily, but before we do, consider that formulation: Did you know the president of the United States is now in the business of “issuing goals” for his subjects to live up to? Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old. Many commentators have pointed out that the modern State of the Union is in fairly obvious mimicry of the Speech from the Throne that precedes a new legislative...
  • Guns Don’t Kill People, Obama Voters Kill People

    02/17/2013 11:56:44 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Front Page magazine ^ | 2-17-2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Guns Don’t Kill People, Obama Voters Kill People February 17, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield Try and control these guns Gun control works. That’s why Chicago, which came out for Obama, and has strict gun control laws, is trying to set some kind of gun violence record, while Salt Lake City and Fargo, where guns are legal, isn’t. It seems as if guns don’t kill people. Obama voters kill people. According to police data reported by the Sun Times, Chicago experienced a shooting every 3.57 hours in 2012.The Sun Times reports that the number of murders in the city of Chicago...
  • Why Did McCain Rescue Hagel?

    02/17/2013 11:51:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/17/13 | Aaron Goldstein
    Why on earth did John McCain just rescue Chuck Hagel’s nomination? Why did he go on Meet the Press this morning to say that Chuck Hagel was going to get confirmed as Secretary of Defense? McCain argued that Hagel had the votes to be confirmed and that he didn’t want the process to be delayed further. But if that is the case then why did Bob Woodward go on Fox News yesterday to say that Democratic Senators were calling the White House to ask when Hagel was withdrawing? Now I doubt Woodward would have dropped that tidbit if there wasn’t...
  • Rand Paul: Voters Ready for libertarian Republican

    02/17/2013 11:35:25 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 203 replies
    POLITICO ^ | MANU RAJU
    Sen. Rand Paul says he'll wait until 2014 to decide whether to run for president, but he believes voters are ready for a Libertarian-minded Republican candidate. "I would absolutely not run unless it were to win," the Kentucky Republican said on "Fox News Sunday." "Points have been made, and we we will continue to make points. But I think the country is really ready for the narrative coming — the Libertarian Republican narrative." Voters want a "different face," he said. In order to expand the party's reach, Paul believes the GOP should embrace candidates who are willing to push a...
  • Investing In A Low Economic Growth World

    02/17/2013 11:35:16 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies
    John Mauldin - Jeremy Grantham ^ | 2-17-2013 | John Mauldin
    Investing In A Low Economic Growth World Stock-Markets / Investing 2013February 17, 2013 - 10:42 AM GMT By: John Mauldin The jury – unless you are the Fed and Ben Bernanke or the Congressional Budget Office, which cannot make lower growth assumptions without really blowing their deficit projections out of the water – is pretty well in on GDP growth: it’s going lower. Ed Easterling and I wrote a recent Thoughts from the Frontline on multiple pieces of research suggesting slower future growth. We asked the question, “So what about stock prices; will they follow suit?” Our thought was that,...
  • The unspoken problem behind Hadiya's death

    02/17/2013 11:21:24 AM PST · by memyselfandi59 · 10 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 2/16/2013 | Bill Maxwell
    Black people, politicians in particular, avoid discussing the problems at the heart of Hadiya Pendleton's death, the heavy toll of black-on-black violence and the moral decay that keeps us trapped.... Empathy and social capital are absent from too many of today's black communities nationwide. In places like Chicago's South Side — where violent teenage gangs have replaced the traditional family — empathy is seen as a weakness and social capital is seen as that warm-and-fuzzy stuff that whites and black traitors practice. Many African-Americans blame urban poverty for this crisis. But poverty does not explain away the lack of a...
  • Ask Obama's Experts

    02/17/2013 10:54:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/12/13 | NRA
    Even Obama's experts say his gun control policies won't work. According to an internal Department of Justice memorandum, a gun ban, like the one being debated right now in Congress, will not work without a mandatory gun buyback, and "universal" background checks will not work without requiring gun registration. Call Congress at 202-224-3121 and tell them to reject President Obama's gun control agenda -- and to get serious about prosecuting criminals and fixing our broken mental health system.
  • EXPOSED! Al Jazeera Ignores Foreign Agent Act

    02/17/2013 10:46:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/13/13 | OccupyBawlStreet·
    Explains how Al Jazeera English is violating U.S. law by not registering as "Foreign Agent"
  • My Obama Theory Validated (Rush Limbaugh)

    02/17/2013 10:35:34 AM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com ^ | february 15, 2013 | rush limbaugh
    That's why you can have polling data that show 55, 60% of the people oppose Obama's agenda and still support him. They don't associate his agenda with the problems in the country. They don't believe, they don't understand, they don't think that Obama's policies have had any of the negative impact on the country. Somebody else did that, other presidents did that. They view Obama as trying to fix it. So this led to a discussion of the theory on Fox News yesterday. Megyn Kelly had a couple of guests. The first is the Talk Radio News Service president, Tony...