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  • Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Flees Illinois

    02/18/2013 12:58:35 AM PST · by InMemoriam · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Insurance chain State Farm is reportedly buying up substantial workspace in Texas, which may signal a coming exodus from the company's home state of Illinois. State Farm is keeping the move quiet so as not to alarm employees. But the Dallas Morning News reports that it is a “major business relocation” already underway and that this is “one of the biggest stories in the Dallas-area real estate market and will ultimately involve thousands of workers.” Texas-based real estate expert Bob Gibbons notes in a blog post that State Farm’s Dallas office space lease--about 2.5 million square feet of workspace in...
  • GOProud’s exclusion from CPAC sparks burst of support for gay conservatives

    02/17/2013 11:52:06 PM PST · by Bratch · 20 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 17, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is less than a month away and the now-annual kerfuffle over the participation of gay conservative group GOProud was in full swing on Twitter this weekend. When GOProud co-sponsored CPAC in 2011, several conservative groups boycotted the conference. Later that year, the American Conservative Union’s board of directors voted to exclude GOProud from formal participation in 2012 and the welcome mat is still rolled up. Naturally, the liberal media presented this as unimpeachable evidence of the Right’s “H8″ and intolerance. But among conservatives on Twitter, there’s little controversy over whether to embrace gay conservatives as...
  • But Don't Rule Out Malice

    02/17/2013 11:37:09 PM PST · by 867V309 · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 17, 2013 | Ryan Scott Welch
    So how is it possible that some of the most successful and intelligent people in the United States cansuddenly become stupid the moment they walk in the door of Congress? Or alternatively, how is it possible that these intelligent and successful people suddenly become unlucky? Is there any logical explanation? Isn't it much more likely that the people in congress are just as lucky and intelligent as they were the day before they were elected? And if that is true, how can you explain the "stupid" things that these intelligent and successful politicians do?
  • Complaint filed over school's purge of Islam

    02/17/2013 11:16:42 PM PST · by man_in_tx · 3 replies
    WND.com ^ | Sunday, February 17, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the Thomas More Law Center say they have filed a formal complaint challenging the accreditation of the National Defense University after officials there disciplined an instructor for teaching an approved course on Islam. ....... more at URL
  • G-20 moving against ‘competitive devaluation’

    02/17/2013 11:06:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Feb. 16, 2013, 2:19 p.m. EST | By Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch
    Japan has drawn criticism for its moves to weaken the yen against the U.S. dollar. NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors on Saturday pledged to monitor negative currency spillovers to other countries caused by monetary policies implemented for domestic purposes. “We will refrain from competitive devaluation,” the G-20 said at its meeting in Moscow. The G-20 fell short of any direct action related specifically to Japan, which has drawn criticism for policy moves that have caused the yen to lose 17.5% against the dollar in five months. See: Michael Casey's FX Horizons
  • Georgia Legislators Propose Ending Direct Election of Senators—Why Not Just Get Rid of the Senate?

    02/17/2013 10:14:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 101 replies
    Mother Jones (yeah, I know, I know) ^ | February 15, 2013 | Tim Murphy
    It is a matter of public record that the United States Senate is a terrible place where serious policy issues are ignored; routine votes are occasionally delayed over concerns about non-existent terrorist groups; and proverbial cans are proverbially kicked down the proverbial road of sadness, gridlock, and despair. What's less clear is why the Senate is such a congress of louts. Is it the endless pressure to raise money? The never-ending campaign? The fact that Americans hold lots of substantive disagreements on important things and are themselves—it's been said—somewhat dysfunctional? Actually, according to Georgia state Rep. Buzz Brockaway, the biggest...
  • DEFEND MARRIAGE Lobby Day Wednesday February 20th, 2013 State Capitol Springfield, IL 10:30-1:30

    02/17/2013 9:14:17 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 2 replies
    DEFEND MARRIAGE Lobby Day Click HERE for a PDF version of the lobby day instructions. When: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Where: Illinois State Capitol Address: 401 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701 Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Rally: At the Lincoln statue in front of the Capitol (10:30 AM) Things are really heating up in Springfield. The pension crisis? Illinois’ financial trouble and inability to pay its bills? No, liberal lawmakers want to legalize homosexual marriage and have actually put it on a fast track. Join Illinois families from all over the state on Wednesday, February 20th, to stand...
  • Maureen Dowd: The Oscar for Best Fabrication

    02/17/2013 8:57:24 PM PST · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 16 Feb 2013 | Maureen Dowd
    I SAW “Argo” with Jerry Rafshoon, who was a top aide to President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis, when six Americans escaped and were given sanctuary for three months by courageous Canadian diplomats. We were watching a scene where a C.I.A. guy can’t get through to Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s chief of staff, to sign off on plane tickets for the escaping hostages, so he pretends to be calling from the school where Jordan’s kids go. “Hamilton wasn’t married then and didn’t have any kids,” Jerry whispered, inflaming my pet peeve about filmmakers who make up facts in stories about...
  • Hutchinson exits race for Jackson’s US House seat

    02/17/2013 8:19:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 5:46 PM EST | Jason Keyser
    A well-known Illinois state senator dropped her bid Sunday for the U.S. House seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., narrowing the field and consolidating key support behind another Democrat in a race where gun control has emerged as a central issue. State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, targeted in recent days by critical anti-gun campaign ads funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee, said she was leaving the race and swinging her support to former state Rep. Robin Kelly. The major shake-up came with just nine days to go before the Feb. 26 primary. Hutchinson’s move reflected the sharp...
  • Iran confiscates Buddha statues from shops

    02/17/2013 8:12:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 4:23 AM EST
    An Iranian newspaper is reporting that government authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country. … Iran has long fought against items, such as Barbie dolls and Simpsons cartoon characters, to defuse Western influence, but this appears to be the first time that Iranian authorities are showing an opposition to symbols from the East. …
  • Christians Murdered In New Jersey...Not A PEEP From The Mainstream Media.

    02/17/2013 8:06:18 PM PST · by man_in_tx · 17 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | February 13, 2013 | RAMJR
    I have not heard any source, not even Foxnews (which is changing slowly over to the darkside). As Obama, and his minions use tactics to arm terrorists, off taxpayers dimes (which he said last night would cost taxpayers...'not a dime). How many Muslim terrorists, inside America, will be given passes, and we allow this administration almost applauding in their values, rewards, positioning and placing in key positions of this next term of presidential demonic value? Take note, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST MURDERING ATTACK ON CHRISTIAN'S IN AMERICA...AND THIS WILL INCREASE! . . . . More at URL
  • Iran plans to establish new navy base

    02/17/2013 8:05:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 3:26 AM EST
    Iran’s official news agency says the country’s navy plans to establish a new base near Pakistan's border in the Sea of Oman. The plans are part of Iranian ambitions to exert its naval power outside the Persian Gulf, including sending warships to the Mediterranean and claiming it might someday have ships in the Atlantic. …
  • Lawmaker says Iran will never close nuclear site

    02/17/2013 8:00:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 9:58 AM EST
    A prominent Iranian lawmaker is saying his country will never close the Fordo nuclear site in exchange for an ease in Western sanctions. … Fordo, southwest of Tehran, is producing uranium enriched to 20 percent, which can be turned into weapons-grade material. …
  • Series of bombings in Baghdad area kill dozens

    02/17/2013 7:52:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 5:59 PM EST | Adam Schreck
    Car bombs tore through shopping areas within minutes of each other in mainly Shiite neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 100. The attacks come amid rising sectarian discord in Iraq and appear aimed at shaking Iraqis’ confidence in the Shiite-led government. The explosions struck at the start of the local work week and primarily targeted outdoor markets. Violence in Iraq has fallen since the height of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, but insurgents still frequently launch lethal attacks against security forces and civilians. It was the third time this...
  • 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...