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  • Now Media Matters targets Ben Carson

    02/23/2013 4:23:36 AM PST · by wesagain · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Garth Kant
    "Claims Obama critic is using his race to bolster career"Media Matters has posted a “research article” claiming Dr. Benjamin Carson is just “the latest in a long line of black conservatives – from Clarence Thomas to Herman Cain – relentlessly promoted and propped up by right-wing voices in the media.” The article, “Ben Carson’s Moment,” contains just a few original paragraphs and a slew of links to articles and videos. Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, struck a chord with many Americans when he delivered a devastating critique of Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier...
  • Zero Hour at the Vatican: Bitter Struggle for Control of the Catholic Church (mega barf alert)

    02/23/2013 4:14:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News / Der Spiegel ^ | February 23, 2013
    With Pope Benedict XVI's resignation drawing closer, the struggle for power in the Vatican has gotten underway in earnest. The church badly needs to reform itself, but with Ratzinger lurking in the shadows, will it be able to? Naked and goaded viciously by hornets and wasps, his blood sucked by loathsome worms. Such was the fate of a pope in Dante's "Divine Comedy" who "by his cowardice made the great refusal." Benedict XVI, in short, knew what could happen to one who rebelled against a centuries-old tradition in a church in which suffering is far from foreign. But he also...
  • Blumenthal Swats Mississippi Legislator Over Connecticut Gun Manufacturers

    02/23/2013 3:13:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    http://www.nhregister.com/ ^ | February 23, 2013 | New Haven Register
    HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has responded to letters sent to three Connecticut gun manufacturers by Mississippi state Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, urging them to relocate to Mississippi.
  • Aaron Broussard's likely sentence 5 years in prison, lawyers say

    02/23/2013 2:57:35 AM PST · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | February 22, 2013 | Drew Broach
    Aaron Broussard might have hoped his story would have been that of a witty, colorful and effective politician whose career in public service spanned 35 years. On Monday, however, a federal judge will write an epilogue that has the former Jefferson Parish president going to prison for what lawyers predict will be at least five years. The 10 a.m. sentencing in U.S. District Court in New Orleans will essentially end a political corruption scandal that burst open in 2009, quickly toppled the Broussard administration and became entwined with any number of unusual side stories. Judge Hayden Head Jr. was brought...
  • What If (Colorado) Republican Todd Akin Advocated Rape Whistles?

    02/23/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 22, 2013
    Gun Control: The silent media ignore a Colorado Democrat who says women don't need firearms to defend themselves from predators and a patronizing vice president who says women can't handle an AR-15 anyway. On Monday, the Colorado House passed four gun control bills. Among them is HB13-1226. It would ban concealed weapons on college campuses, as if creating more gun-free zones, such as the one around the Aurora, Colo., theater, where 12 were killed and another 59 wounded, will prevent more massacres. Colorado is a concealed-carry state, as was Virginia at the time of the Virginia Tech shootings. But like...
  • Titan boss Taylor tells French they have 'beautiful women' but 'no idea how to run a business'

    02/23/2013 12:11:51 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Henry Samuel, in Paris
    An American tyre tycoon has fired off a second virulent missive to France's industry minister, saying his country has “beautiful women and fantastic wine” but “no idea how to run a business”. Maurice Taylor - chief executive of Titan International - had already incensed the French once this week by saying the country's “so-called” workers put in “three hours a day” with the rest spent eating and talking. Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg hit back in a written response in which he told Mr Taylor his comments were “extremist and insulting” and displayed “a perfect ignorance of what our country is...
  • Eurozone to stay in recession for another year

    02/22/2013 11:59:54 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Rachel Cooper
    Unemployment in Europe is "unacceptably high" and threatens "grave social consequences", the European Commission has warned as it painted a gloomy picture of the eurozone's troubled economy. Publishing its winter forecast on Friday, the commission predicted that joblessness in the eurozone will peak at 12.2pc, or more than 19m people, this year as the currency bloc continues to struggle. Marco Butti, the EC's director general for economic and financial affairs, described Europe's labour market as a "serious concern". "Employment is forecast to shrink further for some quarters, and unemployment remains unacceptably high in the EU as whole and even more...
  • Christopher Dorner mentor's hunch led to manhunt for him

    02/22/2013 9:20:42 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 22 February 2013 | CBS Interactive
    The training officer whose dispute with former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner led to his firing said Thursday it was her hunch that led police to name him as the suspect in the killing of an Orange County couple, setting off an intense and deadly manhunt that ended with Dorner's suicide in a mountain cabin. (snip) "Just hearing his name was enough to make me feel sick," [Teresa] Evans said in an interview the Los Angeles Times.
  • BETWEEN SEVERAL PROTEST INTERRUPTIONS, PERRY VOWS NOT TO EXPAND MEDICAID

    02/22/2013 9:20:19 PM PST · by txrangerette · 53 replies
    Abilene Reporter-News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Trish Choate
    Washington - The crowd...was downright unfriendly. Perry was interrupted, denounced and heckled for snubbing a Medicaid exansion in his state, but he vowed not to budge. -snip- The unfriendliness didn't stem from members of the Texas state Society...at a ritzy Republican club. But the Lone star State's famously anti-Washington governor faced...protestors, of the Texas Organizing Project, who popped up by turns where he spoke.
  • Poll to FReep: Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school?

    02/22/2013 7:05:16 PM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 43 replies
    KVOA News 4 Tucson ^ | 02-22-2013 | KVOA News 4 Tucson
    Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school? More safe. Less safe.
  • North Korea May Actually Think a War Is Coming

    02/22/2013 7:02:01 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 41 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 3:48 PM ET | By: Jen Alic
    The latest in the North Korea drama is the release of a video portraying US President Barack Obama and American troops going up in flames. But it's not just cheap and cheesy rhetoric by a new leader who wants to be taken seriously: North Korea is preparing for a war because, in their eyes, the US and its allies may really be planning an offensive. Earlier this month, we were regaled with a similar video, this time portraying a US city being attacked by North Korean missiles. Before that, in December, North Korea launched a satellite, and its official news...
  • On CNN, Cause of Chicago Violence Is – You Guessed It – The GOP

    02/22/2013 6:24:28 PM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor in over 80 years. Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years. No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans. We learned that this morning on CNN Newsroom when anchor Carol Costello asked her “Talk Back” guests about Retired Lt. General Russel Honore’s suggestion to use National Guard troops to curb murders in Chicago. Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman astutely pinpointed the reason for Chicago’s carnage: And let's be very clear...
  • By Staying Neutral in the Battle Over Gun Control is Starbucks Pro-Gun by Default? (VIDEO)

    On Friday, it was “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day” all across Virginia, according to gun rights activist Ed Levine, the founder of Virginia Open Carry. Levine organized the event or ‘buycott’ not because the Seattle-based java giant is pro-Second Amendment, but because it has – like Switzerland since 1815 – remained neutral in the contentious debate over gun control. Unlike some of its competitors, Peet’s Coffee for example, that have posted “No Guns Allowed” signs in states that permit law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for self-defense outside the home, Starbucks has made the conscious decision to remain apolitical, to...
  • China provides Rs 136 bn loan for Pak nuclear plants

    02/22/2013 5:57:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Islamabad - China has provided a loan of Rs 136 billion for two nuclear power plants that Pakistan expects to commission by 2016, the state-run media reported today. The power plants of 340MW each are being built with Chinese assistance at the Chashma nuclear complex in Punjab province. The "construction of these power plants became possible after a long-standing agreement", official sources were quoted as saying by APP news agency. The total cost of the two plants is Rs 190 billion and they will be partially funded by a Chinese loan of Rs 136 billion, the sources said. The Pakistan...
  • Stem cell heart repairs: 21st century medicine in action

    02/22/2013 5:45:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 22, 2013 | LIDIA DINKOVA
    Gerard Cuomo loves to dance. Until recently, however, the 70-year-old couldn’t even do a two-step. After having three heart attacks in the early 1990s, Cuomo’s heart was severely damaged. The scar tissue that had formed around his heart left him easily fatigued. “I felt like an old man,” said Cuomo of Aventura. “I could barely climb the stairs. I could walk for about a quarter of a mile. Shopping at the mall — I wish I did not have to sit down all the time.” In May 2010, he participated in a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s clinical...
  • 7th Circuit Court Lets Posner Ruling Stand; Huge Win For Concealed Carry

    02/22/2013 5:24:36 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    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...
  • Judge denies George Zimmerman motion to depose Ben Crump

    02/22/2013 5:05:29 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 32 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | February 22, 2013 | Click Orlando
    A judge on Friday ruled that the defense team for George Zimmerman cannot depose Ben Crump, the attorney representing the slain teen's family. Judge Debra Nelson said the deposition was not needed and there was no undue prejudice. She also said that the defense has not yet deposed Witness 8, whose interview with Crump is in question, even though they've had her identity for 10 months. Nelson did grant the defense's motions for subpoenas of voice samples from Martin over the last three years. If they exist, the audio samples are in the possession of Martin's family and Witness 8....
  • Arguing For and Against ArmaLite

    02/22/2013 4:43:24 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    Guns . Com ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Max Slowik
    One of the many layers of the gun control debate is whether or not companies should treat government agencies differently than they treat the general public. A handful of companies have stood up, like LaRue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Cheaper Than Dirt and many others, saying that if they’re not allowed to sell their products on the commercial market, they will not serve local government. This has kicked off a grass roots campaign that is calling for other companies, small and large, to follow suit. Some of the emails, naturally, come off angry and demanding, and the companies are dealing with...
  • Malloy: The time to act is now (Ignore Sandy Hook Commission, propose his own ban)

    02/22/2013 4:26:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Gov. Dannel Malloy, together with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, released a gun violence prevention proposal that they said will make Connecticut a safer place to be. "Two months ago, our state became the center of a national debate after a tragedy we never imagined could happen here," Malloy said in a statement. "The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School brought home the fact that we are not immune to problems that face the nation at large, that we can never become complacent in our effort to ensure the safety of our residents." The proposal outlines five primary areas where...
  • Britain's credit rating downgraded from AAA to Aa1

    02/22/2013 4:22:05 PM PST · by John W · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 22, 2013 | James Hurley
    Moody’s announced on Friday night that it had cut the Government’s bond rating one notch from ‘Aaa’ – the highest possible level – to ‘Aa1’. The move is a significant setback for Chancellor George Osborne, who has faced criticism that his strategy for dealing with UK’s huge debt burden is failing to deliver. Moody’s pointed to “continuing weakness in the UK’s medium-term growth outlook, with a period of sluggish growth which [it] now expects will extend into the second half of the decade”. The credit ratings agency also noted that the Government's debt reduction programme faced significant "challenges" and that...
  • Red-light reversal? Lawmakers push to rein in traffic cameras

    02/22/2013 4:17:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Barnini Chakraborty
    It's the technology that, for years, local officials embraced and drivers loathed. Red-light cameras have steadily popped up across the country, snagging supposed scofflaws and generating untold numbers of traffic tickets. But despite the revenue boost, some state and local lawmakers are beginning to fall out of love with these electronic tattle-tales. In Florida, a push to force the state to ditch its red-light cameras is gaining momentum in the legislature. The bill banning the recording devices comes just two years after lawmakers legalized their use on Florida streets. Last week, a House committee advanced the ban in a 10-8...
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 4:08:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole, 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types...
  • 7TH CIRCUIT LETS POSNER RULING STAND; HUGE WIN FOR CCW, SAYS SAF [IL]

    02/22/2013 4:00:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Second Amenment Foundation ^ | February 22, 2013 | Staff
    I took the liberty to rephrase the title in a manner that was more coherent 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...
  • 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
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  • 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...