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  • Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries

    02/17/2013 7:47:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 14, 2013, 4:23 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Germany has offered to provide consular services for Israelis who get in trouble in countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations. Berlin’s overture, which was discussed this week by diplomatic officials from both countries in Tel Aviv, comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations in 2015. … Israel has diplomatic relations with 159 countries and forbids citizens from entering six enemy states, which leaves about 30 nations where Israelis could find themselves without any diplomatic or consular representation. Canada traditionally represents Israeli citizens’ interests in Cuba, but in most other countries Israelis are without an official...
  • LA Times Questions LAPD over Burning House

    02/17/2013 7:14:28 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 49 replies
    LA Times via Breitbart ^ | 17 Feb 2013 | William Bigelow
    The Los Angeles Times, ever eager to implicate the LAPD in anything it can get its hands on, is now questioning whether the use of a strong tear gas that can cause a fire was the right tactic for the LAPD when they cornered alleged murderer and cop-killer Christian Dorner.
  • Critical Condition:Conservatives Were Right About ObamaCare, a Lefty Website Concedes

    02/17/2013 11:16:25 AM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    WSJ:Best of the Web Today ^ | February 15, 2013 | James Taranto
    When we saw the headline "Four Ways ObamaCare Could Still Fail," our reaction was that it sounded like an unrealistically low estimate. But we were intrigued enough to read the article because of the source: TalkingPointsMemo.com, a news site with a strong (and acknowledged) liberal Democratic slant. Its framing as friendly criticism makes the piece, by congressional reporter Sahil Kapur, a powerful indictment of ObamaCare. To be sure, it's not clear Kapur intends to indict ObamaCare, and if he does, he downplays it, presumably in order to avoid alienating his liberal readers or his liberal editors. In his lead paragraph,...
  • New SARS-like virus infects British patient in tenth case globally

    02/11/2013 11:16:44 AM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    yahoo news ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Kate Kelland
    A new virus from the same family as SARS that sparked a global alert last September has been found in a further patient in Britain, health officials said on Monday. This latest case of infection with the new virus known as a coronavirus brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 10, of which five have died. The British patient, who had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, is receiving intensive care treatment in hospital in Manchester, northern England.
  • McCain to David Gregory: “Do You Care Whether Four Americans Died?”

    02/17/2013 5:55:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis
    Video at link - 3:20 minutes The extent to which GOP lawmakers are ridiculed by the MSM for trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi is unbelievable. If you missed Sen. McCain on Meet the Press today with David Gregory, it’s well worth watching now. After explaining to Gregory that there are still a number of unanswered questions regarding Benghazi, McCain concludes by saying there’ s been a massive cover-up. Gregory is confused: “A massive cover-up of what?” The crux of the interview, however, came when McCain asked Gregory whether he even cared that four Americans died (transcript via...
  • Large group grouses at sage grouse hearing ( UN 21 in Utah )

    02/17/2013 5:30:02 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 13, 2013
    More than 200 people crowded into the Monticello High School auditorium on February 7 for a public hearing on the proposed designation of endangered species status for the small population of Gunnision Sage Grouse in San Juan County. Representatives from the US Fish and Wildlife Service faced a mostly hostile but mostly respectful crowd. They were there to explain the rationale behind the proposed designation and how it may affect the area. Two rules are proposed: one would designate the bird as an endangered species and the other would designation large swaths of land as critical habitat. San Juan County...
  • W.H. press corps: 'Extreme frustration' over 'having absolutely no access' to Obama

    02/17/2013 5:29:46 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    The White House press corps is expressing frustration over its lack of access this weekend to President Obama, who was on a golfing vacation in Florida.
  • Germany and Spain are backing off on the green-energy subsidies

    02/17/2013 5:12:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6:31 pm on February 17, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    For me, one of the most perplexing moments (out of the many) of President Obama’ State of the Union address last week was when he insisted that “as long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.” So… because China is doing it, we must also relentlessly throw money we do not have at politically favored technologies now so awash in superfluous supply that its all they can do to keep their heads above water? China’s solar and wind industries are a hot mess of overcapacity, after the government got into the business of creating...
  • Gun Talk Radio 2/17/12

    02/17/2013 5:07:50 PM PST · by mylife · 116 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 2/17/2013 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 2/17/13~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Upworthy — or, How we are losing the internet to lowest of low information young liberals

    02/17/2013 5:05:28 PM PST · by Bratch · 9 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 17, 2013 | William A. Jacobson
    I previously wrote about how BuzzFeed Politics has combined “the culture” and savvy crafting into a highly effective tool for undermining Republicans with subtle and not-so-subtle mockery.  “Look at the goofy cat, look at the goofy celeb, look at the goofy Republican” is more dangerous to us than a 5000-word article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine.To follow up on that theme, I happened upon a website called Upworthy, which had one its posts run at HuffPo, Elizabeth Warren Asks The Most Obvious Question Ever, Stumps A Bunch Of Bank Regulators.The post was so wrong on substance, I just...
  • GOP governors reject ObamaCare health exchange partnerships

    02/17/2013 4:39:08 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | 2-17-2013 | Fox News/AP
    As the final deadline for creating state health insurance exchanges passed Friday, New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida said they would not work with the federal government on establishing insurance markets required under ObamaCare. Exchanges are online markets required under the federal health care law where consumers will be able to buy individual private policies and apply for government subsidies to help pay their premiums. In his announcement Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his administration is committed to complying with ObamaCare, but "only in a manner that is the most effective and efficient for the residents of New Jersey,...
  • Only Corporate Lawyers and The Most Sophisticated HR People Understand How Obama Care Really Works

    02/17/2013 4:34:58 PM PST · by sgtyork · 27 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 2/17/2013 | Letter to Instapundit
    I don’t know if you will see this in your volume of email, but you might. I am deeply into studying the impact of Obamacare on employers, and I have been communicating with highly sophisticated ERISA lawyers who are advising employers, from Fortune 50 companies to small firms under 50 employees, on whether to keep or drop or modify their employer group health plans. It has become very clear to everyone involved who is analytical and not ideological that the rational strategy, for both large and small firms, is to cease providing health care insurance to employees. No company wants...
  • Graham, Paul split on U.S. drone strikes, impact of upcoming $85B spending cuts

    02/17/2013 3:44:04 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    Fox News | Feb 17 2013 | FNS
    op Senate Republicans disagreed Sunday over who should authorize drone strikes on Americans suspected of terrorism. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., affirmed his position that a federal court, not President Obama, should make the decision, while Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told “Fox News Sunday” that having a court decide would be “the worst thing in the world.” The issue of using unmanned aircraft, known as drones, has been a controversial issue since Americans learned last year that Obama was secretly and personally ordering such strikes. The issue returned to the forefront last week when the president agreed to give House and...
  • Former Sex Slave Speaks Out At Gov. Scott’s Human Trafficking Event [Video: Miami Media Ignores]

    02/17/2013 3:42:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 2/13/13 | Javier Manjarres
    Florida Governor Rick Scott held a press conference at the State Attorney’s office in Miami, Florida, to bring attention to the ongoing worldwide human trafficking epidemic.... In his remarks, Governor Scott also pointed out the very first nationwide identification project (Victim Identification Pilot Project) that is set up to identify trafficking victims and gets them the help and support that they need. Scott was joined by his wife Ann, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Sweetwater Mayor Manny Morono, City of Miami Mayor Carlos Jimenez, DCF Secretary David Wilkins, and a slew of other advocacy group representatives intent on stopping the sex...
  • Obama’s Threat of Climate Change Executive Order Taunts Republicans

    02/17/2013 3:35:05 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 2/15/13 | Javier Manjarres
    If Congress won’t act soon to protect the future generations, I will, I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take now and in the future to reduce pollutions. - President Barack Obama Earlier today, House Speaker John Boehner said that he didn’t “think that he (Obama) had the ability to impose a national energy tax on Americans without the authority of Congress.” Reading between the lines, Boehner is saying that if Obama enacts any executive order framed in the form of a tax raising directive, it would violate the constitution, as only Congress is...
  • Resistance Is Not Futile

    02/17/2013 3:24:14 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 2013 | William Kristol
    In the states, Republicans are governing successfully. At the think tanks, conservatives are arguing intelligently. Around the country, activists are organizing energetically. All well and good. And important. But not enough... ...resistance in Washington today has to be central to the agenda for a conservative future tomorrow. If Republicans in Congress lack the nerve to stand up to President Obama, or the moxie to do so effectively, all other admirable efforts could end up being for naught... It’s not a new insight that at times resistance is a necessary prelude to revival and reform. Our British cousins have centuries of...
  • Green groups rally on climate, urge Obama to reject Keystone project

    02/17/2013 3:15:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/17/13 | Zack Colman
    Environmental groups gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday and marched on the White House for a climate change rally largely aimed at pressuring President Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Organizers said 35,000 activists attended the rally, where speakers portrayed the battle over the pipeline as a struggle between grassroots green groups and deep-pocketed special interests. “They’ve got the lobbyists. They’ve got the super-PACs. They made the campaign contributions. They’ve got this town in their pockets — they have got the situation under control. And then you show up. And then we show up....
  • Maker's Mark Reverses Decision to Cut Alcohol Content

    02/17/2013 2:57:01 PM PST · by quilterdebbie · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2013 | Associated Press
    After backlash from customers, the producer of Maker’s Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey. Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark’s chief operating officer, said Sunday that it is restoring the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. “We’ve been tremendously humbled over the last week or so,” Samuels, grandson of the brand’s founder, said of customers’ reactions. The brand known for its...
  • Crime is down in the 'D' and I am the Easter Bunny

    02/17/2013 2:51:16 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 11 replies
    Fox2Detroit ^ | 2-15-2013 | Charlie LeDuff
    DETROIT -- Everybody got their five minutes with Dave. Everybody got to pet the bunny. Everybody but poor ol' me. After his Wednesday State of the City speech, Mayor Dave Bing's men passed him around to the media, each outlet getting a whopping five minutes to feed Hizzoner carrots -- five minutes is an old-school political way of keeping the q & a superficial. That's how you interview Hollywood starlets, not serious public servants. My bosses nominated me for the chore. But Dave was a scared rabbit. Dave said no. Dave's guy told my boss: "This is not the right...
  • Key Republicans say Chuck Hagel now likely to be confirmed

    02/17/2013 2:48:32 PM PST · by haffast · 93 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 17, 2013 | Brad Knickerbocker
    If nothing else, the congressional break for the week of Presidents’ Day is a cooling-off period for the fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense. Questions about President Obama’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including the US ambassador – an issue, by the way, which Mr. Hagel had nothing to do with – are being answered to the apparent satisfaction of Republicans … at least to the point where they’re willing to end their de facto filibuster of Hagel’s nomination. snip Sen. Graham, along with Sen. John McCain,...