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  • Rand Paul on Obama’s Sequester Scares: ‘Balderdash! It’s Untrue, Unfair, Dishonest, Disingenuous’

    02/22/2013 3:57:31 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew Johnson
    This morning, Kentucky senator Rand Paul slammed the president’s attempts to scare Americans about the impact of sequestration, accusing Obama of “making stuff up.” When asked about what he would tell Fox News viewers about politicians’ descriptions of sequestration, Paul said, “I would say it’s balderdash! It’s untrue, unfair, dishonest, disingenuous.” He criticized the president for telling Americans that sequestration would lay off their local firemen and police, since “98 percent of them are being paid for with local taxes.” Earlier this week, the president appeared to speak about the effects of sequestration with first responders standing behind him as...
  • Gun debate sparks several bills in Utah Legislature (PRO gun laws)

    02/22/2013 3:56:27 PM PST · by skyman · 4 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Feb 20 2013 | Richard Piatt
    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers heard several separate bills about guns and gun control Wednesday, and three bills in particular are getting attention. HB76 would allow any adult over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon with or without a permit. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee 7-2. HB114 declares the firearm regulation is "reserved completely to the state" and would penalize anyone attempting to enforce federal law. HB268 would keep police officers from charging a person with disorderly conduct just for carrying a weapon in public without other disorderly behaviors. Both bills will be reviewed by...
  • (Tampa, FL) issues boil water notice due to power outage

    02/22/2013 3:24:27 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 12 replies
    Tampa Bay Business Journal ^ | 22 FEB 2013 | Staff
    The city of Tampa has issued a system-wide boil water notice due to a power failure at its David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility. The outage resulted in either temporary low pressure or loss of water service to customers, the city said in a mid-afternoon Friday statement. TECO and city crews are working to make repairs. “All customers within the city of Tampa water service area are reminded to follow precautionary boil water for a minimum of the next 48 hours,” the city statement said. Updates will be posted as they become available on tampagov.net/water.
  • NY's Cardinal Dolan questioned on Wis. abuse cases

    02/22/2013 3:15:51 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thu, Feb 21, 2013 | RACHEL ZOLL
    New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, just days ahead of his departure for Rome and the conclave that will elect the next pope, has been deposed about clergy sex abuse in his former Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Dolan, who led Milwaukee's Roman Catholics from 2002 to 2009, answered questions Wednesday about his decision to publicize names of clergy members who had been accused of molesting children in cases that are mostly decades old, church attorney Frank LoCoco said. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, an independent network of abuse victims and their supporters, said it would press to make the...
  • Cardinal Dolan finds common ground with Obama on guns

    02/22/2013 3:08:52 PM PST · by haffast · 52 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Feb 20, 2013 / 02:00 am | CNS
    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York highlighted President Barack Obama's “call for sensible steps on gun control,” noting that it is an area of agreement for the two leaders. “I found myself nodding in agreement when the President said, '….Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the Second Amendment – have come together around common-sense reform, like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun,'” the cardinal said. In a Feb. 15 post on his blog, “The Gospel in the Digital Age,” he explained that he was “very much...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Fridays,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 22,2013

    02/22/2013 2:59:06 PM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 22, 2013 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Bexar County deputy shot, suspect killed

    02/22/2013 2:46:52 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 7 replies
    WOAI News 4 ^ | 22 FEB 2013 | Wire Report
    CONVERSE, Texas -- A suspect in the shooting of a Bexar County deputy has reportedly been shot and killed by officers. News 4 was told there was a two-vehicle accident near Old Cimarron Trail and Gibbs Sprawl Road. The deputy, identified as Deputy Manuel Herrera, a 12-year veteran, was nearby and went to the scene. As he got out of his vehicle and approached the crash site, a man who was involved in the accident opened fire on him. Herrera was shot twice, once in the arm and once in the leg. After the shooting, the suspect and a female...
  • Black Leaders: ‘Direct Correlation Between Gun Control and Black People Control’

    02/22/2013 3:27:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 22, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Video at link Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, spoke at a press conference on gun control on Feb. 22, 2013 in D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Gun control dates back to laws before and after the Civil War that prohibited or restricted African Americans from owning firearms, a group of black leaders said Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “History is [rife] with examples. There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event. Swimp compared the...
  • The Case for a Higher Gasoline Tax (NYSlimes)

    02/22/2013 3:25:08 PM PST · by matt04 · 32 replies
    THE average price of gasoline in the United States, $3.78 on Thursday, has been steadily climbing for more than a month and is approaching the three previous post-recession peaks, in May 2011 and in April and September of last year. But if our goal is to get Americans to drive less and use more fuel-efficient vehicles, and to reduce air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases, gas prices need to be even higher. The current federal gasoline tax, 18.4 cents a gallon, has been essentially stable since 1993; in inflation-adjusted terms, it’s fallen by 40 percent since then. ......
  • SCOTUS Employees Caught withholding legal documents from Supreme Court Justices

    02/22/2013 3:19:19 PM PST · by lowbridge · 55 replies
    EVIDENCE OF EMPLOYEES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES HIDING FROM JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT PLEADINGS AND DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY PLAINTIFFS AND ATTORNEYS, REMOVING CASES FROM THE ELECTRONIC DOCKET, EVIDENCE OF BOGUS CONFERENCES OF JUSTICES BEING REPORTED TO THE PUBLIC, WHEN NO SUCH CONFERENCES TOOK PLACES AND THE JUSTICES BEING CLUELESS ABOUT THE VERY EXISTENCES OF HE CASE, EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL COMPLICITY OF THE EMPLOYEES OF THE SUPREME COURT AND TREASON IN THE MOST SERIOUS CASES DEALING WITH NATIONAL SECURITY.
  • House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte Opposes 'Pathway to Citizenship' (Call to support)

    02/22/2013 3:10:47 PM PST · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-22-2013 | John Hill
    Goodlatte: "People have a pathway to citizenship right now: It's to abide by the immigration laws..."- by John HillStand With ArizonaUh-oh. Looks like there may be an unscheduled stop on the Obama-McCain-Schumer-Rubio amnesty express. The head of the House committee tasked with overseeing the nation's immigration laws has come out squarely against a "pathway to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants, yet another sign that an amnesty bill could face a tough road to passage. ABC reported that "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told NPR he opposes allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States from eventually gaining...
  • Former Security Officials to Obama: Cancel Nuke Cuts

    02/22/2013 2:47:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/22/13 | Bill Gertz
    A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security. The ex-officials, including two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in the letter to Obama that North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test, and concerns about growing Pyongyang-Tehran nuclear arms cooperation, undermines any further disarmament sought by the president. “In our professional judgment, born of decades of experience with national security policy and practice, America’s ‘triad’ of nuclear-armed...
  • Mass Shootings Have Killed 934 People Since 2006

    02/22/2013 2:44:13 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/22/2012 | By Kevin Spak
    The US has seen 934 people killed in 146 mass shootings since 2006, a USA Today analysis of FBI records has found—a number that represents less than 1% of all gun-related homicides. Few of those shootings were the kind of Newtown-esque massacres you might be imagining, however. The paper was using the FBI's definition of a mass shooting, which is one in which four or more people were killed; in most cases, the gunmen knew their victims. "Mass shootings … are the tragedies that capture the public's attention," says the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Gun Violence campaign, which...
  • Can Hillary turn Texas blue?

    02/22/2013 2:10:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | AllahPundit
    Look on the bright side: She might not run. In which case we won’t have to worry about Texas imposing a Democratic stranglehold on the White House for the foreseeable future until, oh, 2024 or so.Or maybe 2020? Much depends on the time frame for that path to citizenship that Schumer, McCain, Rubio, et al. are cooking up. While the knee-jerk reaction among many Republicans would be to dismiss the idea that the state could be competitive in 2016 — just four years after Mitt Romney carried it by 16 points over President Obama — Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Thirteenth Week in Office

    02/22/2013 2:05:32 PM PST · by Nachum
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 2/22/13 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Thirteenth Week in Office2/20/2013Community Organizer to the WorldHillary Clinton to charge '$200,000 a speech'... which is more than her whole YEAR´S salary as Secretary of State and the same fee that Bill chargesBenghazi-GateSusan Rice: Investigation Into Benghazi Talking Points 'Bigger Tragedy' Than Actual Terrorism AttackObama Called Hillary at 10PM on Night of Benghazi Attack--About Same Time Clinton First Publicly Linked Attack to YouTube VideoAxelrod, Benghazi & NBCAttaaack WaaaatchWith White House press peeved, Obama sits down with local mediaPro-Obama election flier marked with NAACP seal featured Klan, lynching imageryStuart Varney on MSNBC Editing Paul Ryan's Comments on...
  • MSNBC, a bastion of Obama advocates? (Turning into an Obama administration in exile)

    02/22/2013 2:00:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/22/2013 | Howard Kurtz
    David Axelrod is a smart guy who knows a heck of a lot about politics and the press. Robert Gibbs is also a smart guy who knows a heck of a lot about politics and the press. They will now be dispensing their wisdom as paid contributors at MSNBC, and I'll be interested in what they have to say. But I have to ask: Is NBC's cable channel turning into an Obama administration in exile? It's hardly a news flash that MSNBC long ago decided to be cable's liberal bastion, a left-wing counterweight to Fox News. But the more the...
  • Beware of good ol’ Joe Biden and his guns

    02/22/2013 2:00:22 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 February 2013 | Wes Pruden
    Joe Biden, a gun nut. Who knew? The veep never fails to entertain, even when he’s trying not to, and this time his boss is probably not amused. Joe famously pushed President Obama to endorse same-sex marriage by sniffing the orange blossoms first, but if his advice for Americans to buy a shotgun to protect the homeplace was an attempt to convert the president to a Second Amendment aficionado, he’ll no doubt fail. Joe’s endorsement of domestic mayhem in the cause of survival predictably infuriated those who are so terrified of guns that on certain playgrounds even little boys who...
  • Boy: ‘My dad is dying’ . Jurors hear gut-wrenching 911 call in home invasion .

    02/22/2013 1:39:16 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    BostonHerald.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A jury heard a child’s chilling screams to 911 dispatchers that he had been raped by an intruder and his dad was “dying on the floor” in the attempted-murder trial yesterday of the man who is accused of breaking into the father’s Cambridge home and brutally terrorizing the pair. “Dad, are you OK?” the then-11-year-old son of a Harvard employee could be heard whimpering during the Aug. 26, 2010, call to state police dispatcher Patricia Furdon from a bedroom, where his nearly decapitated father was bleeding profusely.
  • They Bailed On Their Homes -Now They Want Back In

    02/22/2013 1:12:45 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2.22.13 | Diana Olick
    Home sales are slowly climbing back, thanks to investor demand, improving consumer confidence in housing, and the surprising return of former homeowners who once walked away from their commitments. These so-called, "strategic defaulters," some of them investors and some owner-occupants, are coming back to the market, despite damaged credit, and apparently the market is welcoming them back. (snip) Crashing home prices and sketchy mortgage products caused millions of Americans to default on their loans and eventually lose their homes. For some, it was a tragic fight to the end to keep their single investment; for others it was a conscious...
  • NBC Declares War on Christians

    02/22/2013 1:25:11 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 Feb 13 | Todd Starnes
    <p>That’s what I was wondering over the weekend as I watched “Saturday Night Live” blaspheme Jesus Christ in a violent and bloody Quentin Tarantino parody – just three days after Ash Wednesday.</p> <p>The fake movie trailer for “Djesus Uncrossed” featured the Savior brandishing guns and blowing away Romans in classic Tarantino-style. Blood and gore and profanity spewed across flat screens from coast to coast; at one point Jesus sliced a man’s head in half.</p>
  • 7th Circuit Court Lets Posner Ruling Stand; Huge Win For Concealed Carry

    02/22/2013 1:16:11 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation today won a significant victory for concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home. The ruling came in Moore v. Madigan, a case filed by SAF. The December opinion that now stands was written by Judge Richard Posner, who gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the...
  • 13,753 Gov’t Requests for Google E-Mail Data in 2012, Most Without a Warrant

    02/22/2013 1:05:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 22, 2013 | Matt Cover
    American government agencies—state, local, and federal—made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google’s Gmail and other services in 2012, more than half without warrants, according to statistics released by Google. The total number of users about whom government agencies wanted information also set a record at 31,072, up from 23,300 in 2011, the first year Google began reporting the data. The discrepancy comes because government agencies request information on multiple users or accounts at the same time. … Google keep records of all email and other communication sent through its e-mail, telephone, YouTube,...
  • US Department of Justice to join lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

    02/22/2013 1:03:27 PM PST · by Baynative · 41 replies
    USNews ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Justice Department will notify a federal court Friday that it is joining one of his former racing teammates in suing him for using performance-enhancing drugs during the Tour de France, legal sources told NBC News. The government is signing on to a lawsuit filed two years ago by Floyd Landis, one of Armstrong's former Tour de France teammates who has already admitted cheating. Among its claims: Landis saw Armstrong store and then re-inject his own blood to boost his performance, and Armstrong twice gave Landis banned hormones before races.
  • LISTEN: Virginia House Approves Transportation Funding

    02/22/2013 12:53:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Virginia's House of Delegates has voted to approve what would become the first major reform in a generation of the state's system for financing its highway network. Friday's vote was 60-40.
  • Hagel, Obama and Iran

    02/22/2013 12:40:58 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/22/2013 | Mona Charen
    Hagel’s nomination proves the president isn’t serious about preventing a nuclear Iran. Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn’t particularly care for American power? Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 2007, Senator Chuck Hagel revealed the kind of prejudices regarding American military strength most frequently found in the pages of the The Nation or among protesters at Occupy rallies. Distancing himself from Republicans he regarded as too bellicose, Hagel said, Rather than acting like a nation riddled with the insecurities of a schoolyard bully, we ought to carry ourselves with the confidence...
  • NRA Ridicules Joe Biden's Advice on Women's Self Defense in New AD - ' BUY A SHOTGUN '

    02/22/2013 12:37:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/21/13 | NRA
    New Ad Released by NRA on February 21, 2013: During a Facebook chat on Tuesday, February 19, Vice President Joe Biden said that he advised his wife, Jill, to fire a shotgun twice in the air on an outside porch if she was ever concerned for her safety. "I said, 'Jill, if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.""
  • Sources: US Dept of Justice to join lawsuit against Lance Armstrong [Eric Holder is an Ass]

    02/22/2013 12:33:29 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    US News/NBC News ^ | 2/22/13 | Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent, NBC News
    Lance Armstrong faces a powerful new adversary -- the United States government. The Justice Department will notify a federal court Friday that it is joining one of his former racing teammates in suing him for using performance-enhancing drugs during the Tour de France, legal sources told NBC News. The government is signing on to a lawsuit filed two years ago by Floyd Landis, one of Armstrong's former Tour de France teammates who has already admitted cheating. Among its claims: Landis saw Armstrong store and then re-inject his own blood to boost his performance, and Armstrong twice gave Landis banned hormones...
  • Laura Bush: Take me out of pro-gay marriage ad

    02/22/2013 12:28:10 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 2/22/13 | Kevin Bohn and Kevin Liptak
    Former first lady Laura Bush, who is one of three prominent Republicans featured in a new ad supporting same-sex marriage, has asked the spot's creator to remove a clip of her espousing support for equal marriage rights. "Mrs. Bush did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated in any way with the group that made the ad," Anne MacDonald, a spokeswoman for the former first lady, wrote in a statement Thursday. "When she became aware of the advertisement Tuesday night, we requested that the group remove her from it." The ad, from the Respect for...
  • Pope moves top Vatican official Monsignor Ettore Balestrero to Colombia amid "Vatileaks" report

    02/22/2013 12:15:00 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | February 22, 2013, 8:41 AM | CBS/AP
    The pope has transferred a top official from the Vatican's secretariat of state to Colombia amid swirling media speculation about the contents of a confidential report into the Vatican's leaks scandal. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, insisted Friday that the transfer of Monsignor Ettore Balestrero had been months in the works and had nothing to do with the leaks investigation or what the Vatican considers baseless reporting. Balestrero was named undersecretary of the Vatican's Foreign Ministry in 2009 and, among other tasks, has been a lead player in the Holy See's efforts to get on the "white list" of...
  • Court to Lisa Madigan: No rehearing on concealed-carry guns ruling

    02/22/2013 11:35:06 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 22, 2013 | By Ray Long and Clout Street
    SPRINGFIELD — A divided federal appeals court today rejected Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request for a rehearing on the case where the state has been ordered to allow citizens to carry guns in public. Madigan made the request following the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in December that gave Illinois 180 days to put together a law that would allow concealed weapons in Illinois. There has been no word yet from Madigan’s office on her next move. She could choose to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or decide to let the ruling stand. The appeals court...
  • Why your boss is dumping your wife (Obamacare)

    02/22/2013 11:54:13 AM PST · by k4gypsyrose · 29 replies
    marketwatch ^ | 2/22/13
    By denying coverage to spouses, employers not only save the annual premiums, but also the new fees that went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Jon Huntsman, a conservative & a Mormon, says legalizing same-sex marriage is...‘right thing to do’

    02/22/2013 11:29:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 85 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | Feb. 21, 2013 | Traci G. Lee
    Former Utah governor and presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is speaking out in favor of marriage equality, arguing that it is a “conservative cause” that the Republican Party should support. In an op-ed for The American Conservative, Huntsman writes about his time as governor of Utah during which he pushed for civil unions and equality for the LGBTQ community, and adds that the GOP now has the opportunity to do more. “Conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry,” Huntsman writes... Huntsman’s pro-marriage equality stance is not...
  • Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America’s Most Miserable Cities

    02/22/2013 11:26:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/21/2013 @ 2:20PM | Kurt Badenhausen
    Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. “Right now, it’s all about survival,” Bing told Forbes. Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years to a median of $40,000 as net migration out of the city continued. The latest blow was Tuesday’s...
  • Aspiring Oakland Rapper, Alleged Pimp Killed In Las Vegas Shooting

    02/22/2013 11:23:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 2/21/13 | CBS SF
    Sources have confirmed with the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas that a man who was shot to death while driving his Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip was an aspiring rapper from Oakland who went by the name of Kenny Clutch. Clutch, whose real name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., was 27 years old. His father, Kenneth Cherry Sr., confirmed his son’s death and said his family is devastated. Two more people died after the Maserati crashed into a taxi cab, causing it to explode. Cherry’s friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter have been posting messages that read “rest in...
  • Boo Hoo: MSNBC Hosts Are “Sad” Jesse Jackson Jr. Got Caught

    02/22/2013 11:19:56 AM PST · by South40 · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/22/2013 | Daniel Doherty
    After reading about the money he stole, the expensive swag he bought with campaign funds, and the constituents he ultimately betrayed, it’s hard to feel anything but contempt for disgraced celebrity son and former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. But apparently not everyone agrees with me. Indeed, the folks over at ‘Morning Joe’ are -- wait for it -- saddened by his downfall (via Jazz Shaw):
  • Boehner Idle As GOP Calls For Select Committees On Benghazi

    02/22/2013 11:00:19 AM PST · by paltz · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/22/2013 | Kerry Picket
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has not yet acted on calls from within his own party to form select committees to uncover more information on the attack which killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have suggested the formation of select committees since November 2012, one month after the assault which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other State Department employees. Such select committees could provide a channel for Benghazi survivors to come forward and tell their stories to Congress without legal repercussions from the federal government. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told USA Today on...
  • The Deadly Opposition to Genetically Modified Food

    02/22/2013 10:52:31 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 32 replies
    Slate .com via Instapundit.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Bjorn Lomberg
    Vitamin A deficiency has killed 8 million kids in the last 12 years. Help is finally on the way. Finally, after a 12-year delay caused by opponents of genetically modified foods, so-called “golden rice” with vitamin A will be grown in the Philippines. Over those 12 years, about 8 million children worldwide died from vitamin A deficiency. Are anti-GM advocates not partly responsible? Golden rice is the most prominent example in the global controversy over GM foods, which pits a technology with some risks but incredible potential against the resistance of feel-good campaigning. Three billion people depend on rice as...
  • Bill Maher: “The Israelis Are Controlling Our Government”

    02/22/2013 10:50:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 16, 2013
    MAHER: Based on every statement I’ve heard out of any Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government. (Daily Caller’s James) WEINSTEIN: Not the State Department, that’s for sure. (HBO’s Real Time, February 15, 2013) …
  • Task Force recommends keeping 'Stand Your Ground' law

    02/22/2013 10:45:29 AM PST · by rarestia · 3 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Staff
    The Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection released its final report on the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law -- and it recommends that it should not be overturned. The Task Force delivered their final report Friday morning to the Office of the Florida Senate President, Office of the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and the Executive Office of the Governor. "The Task Force concurs with the core belief that all persons, regardless of citizenship status, have a right to feel safe and secure in our state. To that end, all persons who are conducting themselves in a...
  • L.A. union says a lot about itself by endorsing a racist for city council

    02/22/2013 10:45:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EAGnews ^ | February 21, 2013 | Victor Skinner
    United Teachers Los Angeles made a bold and revealing statement about its radical political principles when the union endorsed Ron Gochez for L.A. City Council this month. The endorsement is significant for a couple of reasons. First, Gochez is an extreme left-wing L.A. teacher known for racist, anti-American rants. He also has decades-long ties to the African People’s Socialist Party—which is very open and passionate about its hatred of Jews, whites, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Koreans, basically everyone. Second, the UTLA didn’t have to endorse him. The union’s leaders wanted to. …
  • LaHood: Forced cuts mean flight delays, some control tower closures

    02/22/2013 10:42:54 AM PST · by xzins · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 12:38 PM EST, Fri February 22, 2013 | CNN Staff
    <p>Short CNN articles must be excerpted to 50% of content.</p>
  • Blame Jane: Ted Turner's son says Fonda made dad a lib

    02/22/2013 10:34:42 AM PST · by topher · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com | Published February 22, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    Teddy Turner, son of billionaire media mogul Ted Turner and Republican candidate for Congress, said his father’s marriage to Jane Fonda prompted his major left turn. “I was raised in a different time at the Turner household … a very conservative household with capitalism and all of that kind of stuff,” the younger Turner told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
  • The homosexual collective's unholy agenda(Know thy enemy-Warning: Language/Imagery)

    02/22/2013 10:34:18 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    renewamerica.com ^ | July 21, 2006 | Matt C. Abbott
    An Anti-Culture of Sexual Deviancy One of the unique hallmarks of contemporary society has been the successful organization and politicalization of sexually deviant behaviors. Heretofore, sexual outlaws accepted the prevailing definition of their behavior as "deviant" and remained hidden in the shadows of the criminal underworld. Today they "organize collectively and sound the trumpet of liberation." The Homosexual Collective is one such movement that has constructed a significant "anti-culture" built on sexual deviancy. This "anti-culture" is inclusive and embraces all forms of sexual perversion including homosexuality, autoeroticism, transvestitism, fetishism, sadomasochism and criminal pedophilia and pederasty. *snip* A Revolutionary Ideology and...
  • Family sues Golden Corral over ADA

    02/22/2013 10:34:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 49 replies
    WESTLAND, Mich., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The owners of a Michigan buffet restaurant are being sued in federal court for allegedly kicking out a family whose children suffer from a rare skin disorder. A lawsuit filed Wednesday against a Westland Golden Corral alleges the restaurant's owners, Kirit and Shakuntla Patel, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to serve the family, The Detroit News reported. The lawsuit alleges that restaurant manager David Robinson approached the family and asked Duford "What is wrong with your baby?" Duford said nothing was wrong and informed the manager about the skin disease. "She...
  • Stunner: ObamaCare-supporting Congressman suddenly not so sure you can keep your insurance after all

    02/22/2013 10:15:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Are you as shocked as Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)? Somehow, I rather doubt it, and I don’t think Jason Mattera is as surprised as the front-page pic suggests, either. Confronted with the new CBO analysis that shows more than seven million Americans will lose their present health-insurance coverage from ObamaCare despite his repeated assertions that no one would lose their coverage, Rep. Engel tells Jason in this Andrea Tantaros Show video debuting exclusively at Hot Air that Congress can always go back and fix what's not working.Funny --- Jason doesn't recall that being mentioned as an option, and neither do...
  • Al-Qaida tipsheet on avoiding drones found in Mali

    02/22/2013 10:12:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/22/2013
    TIMBUKTU, Mali — One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand. The al-Qaida extremists bypassed the brightly colored, high-end synthetic floor coverings and stopped their pickup truck in front of a man selling more modest mats woven from desert grass, priced at $1.40 apiece. There they bought two bales of 25 mats each, and asked him to bundle them on top of the car, along with a stack of sticks. "It's the first time someone has bought such a large...
  • Has Obama overdone Nightmare on Sequester Street?

    02/22/2013 10:09:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    That's the question Politico asks, but it's really only half of Barack Obama's problem in this standoff: President Barack Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win.He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up...
  • Arab Group Claims Western Wall is Muslim

    02/22/2013 10:05:52 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    An Israeli Arab group, "The Al-Aqsa Heritage Institute," on Thursday issued a statement demanding that Israel halt its plans to bring more Jews to the Kotel (Western Wall) - which, the group claims, is holy not to Jews, but to Muslims. In fact, the group says, Israel is "defiling the holiness of the site" by conducting Jewish prayers there. In Jewish tradition, the Kotel is the outer retaining wall of the Holy Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount, approximately at the same location as the Al-Aqsa Mosque. When the Holy Temple was destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago, Jews were...
  • Comcast pulls gun shop ads from cable network

    02/22/2013 9:57:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | Kristen Abraham
    Comcast pulls gun shop ads from cable network Updated: Feb 18, 2013 4:23 PM CST By Kristen Abraham (02/18/13) - A gun shop owner said firearm manufacturers, distributors and retailers are being targeted unfairly after Comcast announces it's dropping all gun shop ads from its nationwide cable network. The cable company recently acquired NBC Universal and this is a long standing policy there. When a local ad agency recently placed an order for Williams Gun Sight in Davison Township, it was denied. Owner Tom Wright said he'll take his business elsewhere. "I thought it was ridiculous, we are a legitimate...
  • Man arrested in shooting death of Ellenwood teen

    02/22/2013 9:47:56 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 7 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Consitution ^ | 17 February 2013 | Fran Jeffries
    A 25-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of an Ellenwood teenager on Feb. 5, according to Atlanta police. Darnell Hudson turned himself in on Feb. 15 on a warrant for the murder of 17-year-old Wilton Smith-Muirhead, police said. He was charged and taken to the Fulton County Jail. The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 500 block of James P. Brawley Drive in Atlanta.