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  • Nurses protest hospital closings

    02/18/2013 9:18:38 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Times Union ^ | February 16, 2013 | Kristen V. Brown
    Members of the New York State Nurses Association gathered at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the closure of community hospitals. The group also opposes a plan for an "experimental" for-profit hospital pilot program laid out in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal. The protest, in front of the state Department of Health headquarters in the Corning Tower, comes on the heels of a vote earlier this month to close Brooklyn's cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital, which is run by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and the news that Brooklyn's bankrupt Interfaith Medical Center will merge with another hospital. ... New York...
  • Mexican economy grew by 3.8% in 2012

    02/18/2013 9:14:01 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/18/2013 | Staff
    MEXICO CITY, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's growth picked up in the final months of last year as strength in consumer spending buoyed Latin America's no. 2 economy but a fall in industrial activity backed bets on lower interest rates ahead. Mexico's economy grew 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the third, double the previous quarter's downwardly revised 0.38 percent rate, the national statistics agency said on Monday. Economists in a Reuters poll had projected a 0.6 percent expansion in the fourth quarter.
  • ALEC BALDWIN Allegedly Threatens Reporter, Hurls Racial Slur at Photog (Capital One must be proud!)

    02/18/2013 9:13:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2/19/13 | TMZ
    Alec Baldwin was involved in another confrontation with the media ... after he allegedly threatened to choke a reporter to death and hurled a racial slur at a photographer. -snip- Baldwin then turned the Post's photographer -- who they say is black and a retired detective with the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau -- and allegedly called him "a coon," "crackhead" and "drug dealer."
  • Women in Combat: Felony Stupid

    02/18/2013 9:11:08 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 53 replies
    TownHall.com ^ | Matt Barber
    The term “moronic” is defined as “notably stupid or lacking in good judgment.” It is frequently used as an insult. The Obama administration is moronic. This is not an insult. President Obama’s latest “notably stupid” stoke of America’s calculated slow burn is the decision to lift the ban on women in direct combat. Along with the move a few years back to turn the Officers’ Club into the Blue Oyster Bar, this most recent social experiment with national security represents one small step for the “progressive” agenda and one giant prance toward the pansification of the greatest military in world...
  • Oklahoma: Legislative Update: Week of February 17

    02/18/2013 9:05:01 AM PST · by aragorn · 7 replies
    Oklahoma Second Amendment Association ^ | February 18, 2013 | Tim Gillespie
    Legislative Update: Week of February 17 The following bills are expected to be heard in committee this week.  Please take time to email or call committee members and ask them to support them.House Rules Committee (Tuesday at 3:00 pm in Room 432A):HB1558 (Rep Wesselhoft) - will allow SDA permit holders to carry on a bus. HB2221 (Rep Newell) - provides immunity from liability for businesses who allow open and concealed carry.Rules Committee members: Chair: Representative Todd Russ - 405-557-7312 - todd.russ@okhouse.gov Vice Chair: Representive Marian Cooksey - 405-557-7342 - mariancooksey@okhouse.gov Representative Joe Dorman - 405-557-7342 - joedorman@okhouse.gov Representative Weldon Watson...
  • Dorner Tried to Hitch Boat Ride to Mexico: Sources

    02/18/2013 8:56:18 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | February 18, 2013 | Chris Chan and Wendy Fry
    Ex-LAPD officer-turned-fugitive Christopher Dorner, who went on a deadly shooting rampage and then died after a shootout and fire last week, first tried to charm fishermen in San Diego’s Driscoll Wharf into giving him a ride to Mexico, sources told NBC 7. Authorities searched for Dorner all over Southern California -- from Irvine to National City -- and led extensive checkpoints at the San Ysidro border, believing Dorner was trying to flee into Mexico. Fishermen at Driscoll Wharf told NBC 7 exclusively that Dorner was on the pier near Nimitz and Harbor Island Drive on Feb. 5 trying to charm...
  • Nebraska Republican Senator to Retire (Mike Johanns)

    02/18/2013 8:55:46 AM PST · by kristinn · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, February 18, 2013 | Kasie Hunt
    Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johnanns has informed Republicans in his home state that he will retire at the end of his current Senate term, GOP sources tell NBC News. The first-term senator has informed Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman that he won't run for reelection in 2014, a Republican official said.
  • Supporter of Iranian Dictatorship Brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers University for 2007 Speech

    02/18/2013 8:47:41 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 1 replies
    Supporter of Iranian Dictatorship Brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers University for 2007 Speech By Charles C. Johnson, The Daily Caller A pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas candidate for the Iranian presidency, a man linked to Iranian-controlled front groups, brought former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to speak at Rutgers University in 2007, according to another professor on campus. Hooshang Amirahmadi, who led Rutgers’ Center for Middle Eastern Studies when Hagel came to campus, is the founder and president of the American-Iranian Council. He arranged for Hagel’s speech on March 2, 2007, the faculty source told The Daily Caller. Iran’s Guardian Council cleared Amirahmadi...
  • Star Parker: Ben Carson Owes No Apologies

    02/18/2013 8:45:49 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.gopusa.con ^ | February 18, 2013 | Star Parker
    According to Cal Thomas, well-known nationally syndicated columnist, Dr. Ben Carson owes President Obama an apology. Dr. Carson spoke this past week at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington -- a bipartisan annual event held since 1953, attended by members of Congress and usually the president. President and Mrs. Obama were present this year, and Thomas feels that Dr. Carson was out of line for including in his remarks areas considered public policy -- our national debt, our tax system, our publics schools, our health care. According to Thomas: "Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president...
  • Pelosi: ‘Enough with the Public Nudity. Please. We Have Our Standards’

    02/18/2013 8:29:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Pelosi: ‘Enough with the Public Nudity. Please. We Have Our Standards’ February 18, 2013 By Elizabeth Harrington (CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “Enough” with public nudity in San Francisco, adding, “Please. We have our standards.” She also encouraged people to attend the city’s Gay Pride Parade, remarking, “It’s fabulous, you’ll love it.” San Francisco’s ban on public nudity went into effect on Feb. 1, but not without protests as four naked people were arrested on the steps of City Hall. “Enough with the public nudity,” Pelosi said in an interview with The Huffington Post on Feb....
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 18, 2013

    02/18/2013 8:27:47 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
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  • Canada leads U.S. on cutting back the use of dirty coal, Baird says

    02/18/2013 8:25:21 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2013 | MIKE BLANCHFIELD
    Canada can teach the United States some lessons on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Sunday in a blunt rejoinder to recent chiding by the Obama administration on climate change. Baird told The Canadian Press that the U.S. should actually be following Canada's lead on working to cut back on the use of coal-fired electricity generation. Baird was responding to U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson who told The Canadian Press separately last week that President Barack Obama's State of the Union address calling for swift action on climate change should also be interpreted as a challenge to...
  • Register reporter tries hand at NRA pistol safety course

    02/18/2013 8:22:34 AM PST · by billorites · 42 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | February 17, 2012 | Michael Bellmore
    MERIDEN — When I pulled into the parking lot of 35 Pleasant Street, it looked like any other suburban office building — the kind of place where podiatrists look at feet and optometrists look at eyes. What removed it from the ordinary was a laminated sign in the lobby directing me to my destination. It depicted the white silhouette of handgun on a red background. Underneath was written “ctpistolclass.com,” with an arrow pointed to the elevator. On the third floor, Michael Pear, an NRA certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor, was preparing to teach the NRA basic pistol safety course...
  • Prosecutors drop charges in Kingman shooting death

    02/18/2013 8:08:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    kingmandailyminer.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Ahron Sherman
    Mohave County prosecutors have dropped the second-degree murder charge against a north Kingman man who shot and killed his neighbor late Jan. 22 outside of a triplex on Dove Lane. James Clifton Craft, 70, called 911 a little after 10 p.m. Jan. 22 and told dispatchers that he had just shot someone outside of his door. The man he shot, 27 year-old Matthew James Paulson, was declared dead at the scene. "I shot him in self defense," Craft said. Craft said he was in his residence that night when he heard a series of loud bangs, which sounded as if...
  • FITTON: Don’t Be Fooled By ‘Bipartisan’ Approach to Amnesty

    02/18/2013 7:59:18 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, February 18, 2013 | Tom Fitton
    More than a few Republicans in the United States Senate seem to have contracted a severe case of what Harry Truman called “Potomac Fever” (wanting to go along to get along in Washington). Apparently still trembling from the recent election debacle, they have cobbled together a deceptive and destructive “bipartisan” compromise on illegal alien amnesty. Now, of course, the Senate Republicans aren’t calling their legislative legerdemain “instant legalization” as conservative journalist Charles Krauthammer properly characterized it. They know (as Judicial Watch demonstrated in its Election Day poll) that most Americans, including a good number of Hispanics, want the immigration laws...
  • BBC journalists go on strike over job cuts

    02/18/2013 7:47:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 6:28 AM EST
    BBC journalists walked off the job Monday in a 24-hour strike to protest job cuts at the broadcaster. Staff mounted picket lines outside of the BBC’s studios in central London and around the country. Programs went on, but many shows were canceled, including the flagship morning news radio program “Today.” … The BBC is funded mainly by a mandatory £145.50 ($228) annual levy on all households with color TVs. Britain’s government froze the fee in 2010, and the corporation has been forced to make cuts. …
  • Israel to award Obama prestigious medal in visit

    02/18/2013 7:37:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 10:16 AM EST
    Israel will award President Barack Obama the country’s Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his “unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens.” …
  • Hagel supporters stay positive after confirmation vote falls short

    02/18/2013 7:36:19 AM PST · by haffast · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2013 | Lisa Daftari
    As opponents and media outlets were scouring to locate two or perhaps more of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel’s undisclosed speech videos, which they believe can undermine his nomination for Defense secretary, Hagel’s supporters believe the videos won’t harm his confirmation in late February.snip While they may fall outside the post-2008 time frame, the IPT has compiled evidence that Hagel delivered a number of questionable talks in 2007 as well. That year, Hagel delivered a speech at Rutgers University in New Jersey hosted by the university’s Center for Middle East Studies and the American Iranian Council in which he called...
  • EU lawmakers threaten to veto tightened budget

    02/18/2013 7:34:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 9:43 AM EST
    The leaders of the European Parliament are threatening to veto the bloc’s multi-annual budget because of its deep cuts. The Christian Democratic EPP, the largest group in the legislature, said the 7-year budget worth €960 billion ($1.28 trillion) must be revised to realistically reflect the EU’s growing competences and responsibilities. …
  • 3 planes breach no-fly zone over Obama vacation

    02/18/2013 7:30:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 18, 2013 9:08 AM EST
    Federal Aviation Administration officials say they’re investigating three more apparent breaches of the no-fly zone above President Barack Obama’s vacation spot along Florida’s Atlantic coastline. …
  • Why I Became a Gun Rights Advocate

    02/18/2013 7:24:01 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    “Think of the children.” I’ve heard that a lot lately, or variations thereof. One woman recently chided me on Twitter with the following: “Imagine if you had kids! Think about others instead of your pocketbook suffering. I don’t have to imagine having kids. I actually have five of them, from a 26-year old daughter to 7-year old twins. Just like every gun-owning parent I know, I love them more than I love my firearms. And I know first hand that gun control laws like a ban on commonly owned firearms, tough restrictions for legal gun purchases, and even mandatory background...
  • Gallup: 83% See North Korea as “Critical Threat”

    02/18/2013 7:23:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 18 Feb 2013 09:28 AM | Martin Gould
    Five out of every six Americans believe that North Korean plans to develop nuclear weapons are a “critical threat” to the United States, according to a new Gallup poll. It means the tiny, impoverished country with a population of fewer than than 25 million—less than one-twelfth that of the United States—is regarded as a bigger threat than Islamic fundamentalism or China in the eyes of the public. The poll, conducted among slightly more than 1,000 adults from Feb 7-10 found that 83 percent believe nuclear weapon development by both North Korea and Iran represents a critical threat to America. …
  • Alec fast & slur-ious

    02/18/2013 7:20:28 AM PST · by dead
    Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly called a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer" during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene. Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor. The “30 Rock’’ star grabbed the reporter, Tara Palmeri, by her arm and told her, “I want you to choke to death,” Palmeri told police, for...
  • Reader's Digest Publisher Succumbs to Bankruptcy Again

    02/18/2013 7:06:44 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2013 | Matt Egan and Barbara Kollmeyer
    <p>In a bid to slash $465 million of debt, Reader’s Digest parent RDA Holding Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy over the weekend for the second time in less than four years.</p> <p>The media company said it has reached a deal with its largest creditor, Wells Fargo (WFC), and more than 70% of its secured noteholders on a financial restructuring plan that includes the Chapter 11 filing.</p>
  • Maryland: URGENT – Vote on Governor’s Gun Control Scheme Moved to This Week

    02/18/2013 7:01:55 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 10 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Emergency: Last Chance to Demand Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and Your Senator to Oppose All Aspects of SB 281 Friday, the Maryland Senate leadership announced that the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will be voting on Senate Bill 281 as early as Tuesday, February 19 2013. It is likely that this sweeping anti-gun legislation will be reported by this committee and voted on by the entire Senate NEXT WEEK. SB 281 has drawn much criticism and protest from Maryland citizens. Evident from the huge turnout at the February 6th 2013 rally, with a showing of thousands of Second...
  • Terrorist serving life for role in 1993 WTC bombing reportedly sues to end solitary

    02/18/2013 6:57:22 AM PST · by Innovative · 30 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | FoxNews
    A convicted terrorist serving life with no parole plus 240 years for masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has reportedly filed a lawsuit arguing he should be let out of solitary confinement. "I request an immediate end to my solitary confinement and ask to be in a unit in an open prison environment where inmates are allowed outside their cells for no less than 14 hours a day," he reportedly wrote in confidential government records obtained by The Los Angeles Times. His terror acts were funded by Al Qaeda and his uncle Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is allegedly the...
  • New Hampshire: Firearms Legislation before Committee Next Week

    02/18/2013 6:42:03 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 8 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Several firearm-related bills are scheduled for a hearing in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Thursday, February 21 in Representative Hall. The following anti-gun bills will be considered: HB 290-FN, introduced by state Representative Delmar Burridge (D- Cheshire 16), would prohibit individuals without a carry permit from openly carrying a pistol or revolver in a public building. This legislation imposes unnecessary restrictions on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms and provides no benefit to public safety. This hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. HB 396, introduced by Representative Cynthia Sweeney (D-Sullivan 8),...
  • Sound Off Today With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,February 18-22, 2013

    02/18/2013 6:27:21 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 18-22, 2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • US shale oil reviving East Coast refineries

    02/18/2013 6:19:47 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Boston.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Erin Ailworth
    A year ago, the shutdown of several refineries serving the Northeast and the possibility they would not reopen threatened to boost New England’s already­ high gasoline prices by as much as 15 cents a gallon. But an influxof cheaper crude oil extracted from shale rock formations in the United States has helped save most of those facilities and stabilized gas ­prices. The revival of the East Coast refineries is another example of how the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is changing the energy equation for the region, nation, and world. Just as fracking opened vast reserves...
  • Obama Visit Code Name: Unbreakable Alliance (Israelis asked to vote for their favorite logo)

    02/18/2013 6:05:15 AM PST · by Ezekiel · 47 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/17/2013, 6:41 PM | By Gil Ronen
    The English version of the code name chosen for the operations surrounding the upcoming visit to Israel by U.S. President Barack Obama, scheduled for March 20, is "Unbreakable Alliance." The Hebrew name is "Brit Amim," which means, literally, "an alliance between nations." According to Maariv/NRG, the names were chosen carefully by the National Public Information Staff, which is wary of upsetting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
  • Yoko Ono Turns 80

    02/18/2013 5:57:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Noise 11 ^ | 2/18/13 | Paul Cashmere
    Happy birthday Yoko Ono. Mrs Lennon is 80-years old today. Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933. She met John Lennon at an art exhibition in 1965. They married in 1969. It was the second marriage for John and third for Yoko. Towards the end of The Beatles, John and Yoko formed the Plastic Ono Band. The first album was ‘Live Peace In Toronto 1969’ on The Beatles Apple label. The first single was ‘Give Peace A Chance’ The original line-up for Plastic Ono Band featured John, Yoko and Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass...
  • Caught on Camera: Sword vs. Knife

    02/18/2013 5:42:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.wwlp.com ^ | february 14, 2013 | Dan Hausle
    A clerk in New Bedford, Massachusetts turned the tables during a convenience store robbery. When the would-be robber pulled out his knife, clerk Brian Patel pulled out a sword.
  • States worry about rate shock during shift to new health law

    02/18/2013 5:42:23 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/18/2013 | Noam Levy
    WASHINGTON — Less than a year before Americans will be required to have insurance under President Obama's healthcare law, many of its backers are growing increasingly anxious that premiums could jump, driven up by the legislation itself. Higher premiums could undermine a core promise of the Affordable Care Act: to make basic health protections available to all Americans for the first time. Major rate increases also threaten to cause a backlash just as the law is supposed to deliver many key benefits Obama promised when he signed it in 2010.
  • George Zimmerman defense ponders request to combine 'stand your ground' hearing with trial

    02/18/2013 5:41:44 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2013 | Jeff Weiner
    Two major court dates loom large over the second-degree-murder case against George Zimmerman: a "stand your ground" hearing in April, and depending on the outcome, a trial June 10. But last week, defense attorney Mark O'Mara raised an alternative. With his team crunched for time, he suggested the defense may ultimately ask for the hearing and trial to be combined. To an outside observer, O'Mara and other attorneys say, a combination hearing-trial would likely look a lot like a normal trial: A jury would be selected, and the state and defense would present their cases. But once that's done, the...
  • Why Over 8% Unemployment Could Lie Ahead

    02/18/2013 5:40:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 18 Feb 2013
    Why Over 8% Unemployment Could Lie Ahead BUSINESS NEWS CNBC.com | Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | 6:17 AM ET Severe fiscal tightening in the U.S. will lead to no growth or a contraction in the first two quarters of 2013 and will push unemployment over the 8 percent level, according to Lombard Street Research. The knock-on effect will mean pain for the business sector, with corporate profits falling after a hit to consumer spending power, the firm said. "Our view that unemployment could rise above 8 percent and that profits will be squeezed reflects a forecast of nil to negative...
  • In-N-Out Heiress Lynsi Torres: Youngest American Woman Billionaire

    02/18/2013 5:31:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Baldwin Park Patch ^ | 2/9/13 | Hazel Lodevico-To'o
    In-N-Out owner Lynsi Torres, is 30-years-old with no college degree and no formal business training. But she has been called the youngest billionaire in America. Lynsi Torres inherited a California icon when she was given half ownership of Baldwin Park native In-N-Out burger when she turned 30 last year. This week, Bloomberg Magazine named Torres the youngest, wealthiest woman in America, given that she will receive full ownership of the estimated $1.1 billion burger empire when she turns 35. Torres inherited the In-N-Out empire from her grandparents, Harry and Esther Snyder who founded the Christian-themed chain in 1948 with their...
  • Oil’s new reign in Texas draws comparisons to the Kingdom

    02/18/2013 5:29:23 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 17, 2013 | Vicki Vaughan
    The Lone Star State is earning a new moniker: Saudi Texas. Oil production in Texas is soaring, jumping to an average 2.139 million barrels a day in November — the best showing in more than 25 years. Analysts are chalking up Texas’ booming production to shale plays, especially South Texas’ Eagle Ford, where production was minuscule just five years ago, along with a revival of West Texas’ Permian Basin. Analysts are tossing around the words “phenomenal,” “amazing” and “unprecedented” when discussing the numbers. Since production began in the Eagle Ford Shale, the state’s oil output has doubled and Texas’ share...
  • Country singer Mindy McCready dead at 37

    02/18/2013 5:16:44 AM PST · by Doogle · 34 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 2/18/13 | FOX
    Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, has died. She was 37. Waren Olmstead, the coroner in Cleburne County, Ark., said in a statement McCready died Sunday apparently of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy is pending. Just last month David Wilson, McCready’s boyfriend and the father of her 9-month-old son Zayne, was found dead on the same porch where McCready's body was found. His death also was investigated as a suicide. McCready entered court-ordered rehab earlier this month after her father told a judge she was no longer taking...
  • McCain Claims ‘Massive Cover-Up’on Benghazi

    02/18/2013 5:06:23 AM PST · by lbryce · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February18, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    While discussing the contentious confirmation hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, things got a bit heated on Sunday's "Meet The Press" when Sen. John McCain referred to the lack of information from the White House surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi as a "massive cover-up." "There are so many answers we don't know," McCain told host David Gregory. "We've had two movies about getting bin Laden and we don't even know who the people were who were evacuated from the consulate the day after the [Benghazi] attack. So there are many, many questions. So we've had a...
  • Man accused of slapping boy on flight jobless

    02/18/2013 4:48:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/18/13 | Ric Ward and Michael Martinez
    An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job. Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley no longer has his job. "Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing," said a statement from AGC Aerospace & Defense. "We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it...
  • Rubio: Reported Obama immigration plan ‘dead on arrival’

    02/18/2013 4:10:12 AM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/17/2013 | By Meghashyam Mali
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Saturday panned a reported immigration reform proposal from President Obama, saying it would be “dead on arrival” in Congress. “If actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come,” said Rubio in a statement. His response followed a report in USA Today on Saturday which said the Obama administration has prepared a draft plan that includes a provision to allow illegal immigrants to obtain green cards within eight years. The proposal would create a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant”...
  • Country music's Mindy McReady dies in apparent suicide

    02/18/2013 3:56:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Mindy McReady, the 37-year old country music star and mother of two, was found dead Sunday after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
  • 'Claim jobseeker's allowance and plan holy war': [UK]

    02/18/2013 3:28:39 AM PST · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 17, 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A controversial Muslim cleric who lives off benefits is urging his followers to also sponge off UK taxpayers by claiming their 'Jihadseeker's allowance'. Anjem Choudary, who in the past has planned to disrupt the minute's silence on Remembrance Sunday, also openly mocked hard-working Britons, calling them 'slaves'. The Sun newspaper secretly filmed him saying Islam will overrun Europe, David Cameron and Barack Obama should be killed and calling the Queen 'ugly'.
  • Feds buying enough bullets for '24-year war'

    02/18/2013 3:10:44 AM PST · by wesagain · 41 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    "Radio host warns: DHS preparing for prolonged riots in U.S."Federal, non-military agencies, noted radio host Mark Levin last week, have purchased enough ammunition recently to not only shoot every American five times, but also engage in a prolonged, domestic war. The numbers are based on recent reports that put the total federal ammunition buy in the last 10 months at approaching two billion rounds. “To provide some perspective,” Levin noted, “experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, the [Department of Homeland Security] is armed...
  • Sen. Rubio: President Obama's Immigration Bill Is 'Dead on Arrival'

    02/18/2013 2:41:38 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 17, 2013 | Paul Scicchitano
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called details of President Obama's leaked immigration proposal "half-baked" on Saturday and predicted that the measure would be "dead on arrival in Congress." Rubio, who is spending this week in the Middle East, was responding to a story published online Saturday by USA Today which revealed that the draft bill would allow illegal immigrants in the U.S. to apply for newly created "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visas. The bill would also provide more security funding and require that businesses verify the immigration status of new hires within four years, according to the report. “It’s a mistake for...
  • Democratic Voter Fraud Cases Become Ammo for Virginia GOP

    02/18/2013 2:27:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    The E xaminer ^ | February 16, 2013 | Steve Contorno and Andy Brownfield
    Well-publicized instances of attempted voter fraud by high-profile Democrats in Virginia and Maryland have helped Republican lawmakers make a case for tougher voting requirements. In Virginia, Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, has become the poster child for voter fraud after he was documented on a hidden camera last year coaching an undercover conservative operative on how to forge a utility bill to vote for someone else. At the time, the younger Moran was working on his father's campaign in Northern Virginia, though he stepped down after the embarrassing incident. Authorities did not file charges against...
  • 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