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  • Man charged with felony in Obama mural defacing

    02/23/2013 9:21:46 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/23/13 | Carol Cristian
    A suspect has been charged in a recent defacing of a mural of President Barack Obama near a popular midtown restaurant.
  • As furloughs loom, unions try to soften sequester blow for federal workers

    02/23/2013 8:52:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/22/13 | Lisa Rein
    Federal government labor unions and agency managers are bargaining over how and when to carry out first-of-their-kind furloughs of more than a million employees as deep spending cuts are all but certain to kick in Friday. Union leaders cannot stop the furloughs or determine who in each agency must take them. They say their best option is to soften the pain of unpaid days, which could slash federal pay by up to 20 percent this fiscal year. -snip- This would be the first time that furloughs across the federal government would occur with no chance that lost pay would be...
  • The Minimum Wage and Economic Reality (Why not outlaw high prices to help low income earners?)

    02/23/2013 8:46:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/21/2013 | Steve Chapman
    President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress want to raise the minimum wage to improve the lot of the working poor. But they've got the wrong idea. The problem is not that these workers earn so little; it's that the things they buy cost so much. I propose instead to outlaw high prices. No one, after all, likes paying too much. So let's put a stop to it. Gas is too expensive? Make it $2 a gallon, max. Bread and meat take a big bite out of the family budget? Poor people could eat better if they had to pay...
  • North Korea warns U.S. forces of "destruction" ahead of war drills

    02/23/2013 8:45:27 AM PST · by HogsBreath · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-23-2013 | Sung-won Shim
    North Korea on Sunday warned the top U.S. military commander stationed in South Korea that his forces would "meet a miserable destruction" if they go ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korean troops, North Korean state media said. Pak Rim-su, chief delegate of the North Korean military mission to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, gave the message by phone to Gen. James Thurman, the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, KCNA news agency said.
  • ACU: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio Have Perfect Voting Records

    02/23/2013 8:30:46 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Matthew Auerbach
    Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-FL., topped the list of approximately 40 House and Senate Republicans who received a perfect conservative voting score from the American Conservative Union, sponsor of next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. The ACU released its annual rankings Thursday. In the Senate, Rubio and Paul, who are both seen as possible 2016 presidential contenders, were awarded the Defenders of Liberty designation, receiving a “perfect 100 percent” score on their voting records ... Thirty-four House members were deemed Defenders of Liberty, among them Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Joe Wilson, R-S.C.; and Tom Price, R-Ga. The...
  • The Three Pillars of Propaganda (Saturbray)

    02/23/2013 8:30:07 AM PST · by bray · 5 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 2/23 | bray
    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Cor 3:17 Once again we are being propagandized by the Global Warmists. Of course they have changed the catchphrase into Climate Change or as it has been called in the past; weather, they are mining the nuggets of fear many are hoping for. For communists, the main purpose for living is centralizing power and more control in distributing the resources of a country. The Regressives have pretty much taxed every source on the planet so the only thing untaxed is air, Global...
  • Oregon Dems introduce bill banning most modern guns and authorizing warrantless searches of home

    02/23/2013 8:10:26 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    With the outrage over the Newtown massacre fading, gun-grabbers are hastening their efforts at the state level. The Oregon Firearms Federation (hat tip: Gateway Pundit) reports: Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that. Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday "that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following...
  • Clearing Away the Rubble...with Black Hawks, Tanks, and Loads of Ammo

    02/23/2013 8:06:15 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Robert Small
    "We have cleared away the rubble of crisis," President Obama reported in his State of the Union address, "and we can say with renewed confidence that the State of our Union is stronger." He cited troops coming home after a decade of "grinding war," six million jobs created "after years of grueling recession," American car purchases up, foreign oil purchases down, a healing housing market, a rebounding stock market, corporate profits that "have skyrocketed to all-time highs," Republicans and Democrats working together "to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion," "tens of thousands" of American jobs created by green...
  • The Ground War Over Gun Control Has Officially Begun

    02/23/2013 7:55:17 AM PST · by yoe · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 22, 2013 | Evan McMorris-Santoro,
    The ground war over gun control after the Newtown, Conn. massacre has begun. Across the country, members of Congress are being hit with grassroots campaigns and ads aimed at pushing them to one side or the other in the current debate over gun violence. On Friday, the remnants of President Obama’s reelection campaign will hold its first “Day Of Action” since the November election, rallying its millions of supporters to join the call for gun control legislation at grassroots events nationwide[snip] The National Rifle Association is targeting several members with ads of its own, running (full page news paper…) spots…….
  • WATCH: Michelle Obama shows off her 'Mom' dance moves

    02/23/2013 7:44:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/13 | DAN GOOD
    Shake it, Michelle! First Lady Michelle Obama showed off her best - and worst - dance moves on Friday's episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," appearing in a skit called "Evolution of Mom Dancing" alongside the dolled-up host.
  • St. Louis teenager suspected of 'knockout game' violence picks wrong victim (Photos)

    02/23/2013 7:21:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 63 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) says that limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds is "generous"--his "generosity" falls far short, when one is attacked by two dozen feral, brutal thugs Credit: Photos © Oleg Volk. All rights reserved. Used with permission. A local 15-year-old, Demetrius Murphy, was shot and killed last Friday while allegedly breaking into a home. Another case of a young man--our very future--tragically taken from us as a consequence of one bad decision on his part? Perhaps not, according to Fox 2 St. Louis: In fact, FOX2 has learned, he was once charged in the case that made...
  • MILLER: The David Gregory police mystery

    02/23/2013 7:13:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Emily Miller
    The District of Columbia seems not to want the public to know what it did — if anything — while investigating NBC News’ David Gregory for possession of an illegal 30-round magazine. The police refuse to turn over the public documents in the case, and the city council is allowing them to stonewall. Mr. Gregory wielded the “high capacity” magazine on his Dec. 23 “Meet the Press” show. Afterwards, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said that it had been asked by NBC if the multi-million dollar TV anchor could possess the illegal component and refused him. The police said it...
  • NM:Gun buyback names released in error

    02/23/2013 7:09:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    krqe.com ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Alex Goldsmith
    SANTA FE (KRQE) - A unique solution to a shortage of gift cards and a big mistake led to the personal information of dozens who participated in Santa Fe's gun buyback program open to the public. "It shouldn't have happened, but it did," said Santa Fe Police Department Chief Raymond Rael. "I apologize on behalf of the city, I don't think that information should've been out there."
  • Chicago Union Head: Let Us Carry Guns, Get Paid Like Cops

    02/23/2013 7:03:48 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    breitbart news ^ | 2-23-13 | breitbart news
    Union members in Chicago are now intent on carrying guns aboard their buses if members of the civilian public are allowed to do so. And naturally, they want more taxpayer money for their trouble. The NRA has insisted on concealed-carry laws that would allow the general public to carry guns on public transit; now Amalgamated Transit Union Division 308 President Robert Kelly says such a policy is “outrageous and cannot be allowed.” Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool agrees, “It would be disastrous to allow passengers to carry concealed weapons on our trains and buses.” But sensing an opportunity to...
  • South Africa:Top cop shoots intruder dead at home

    02/23/2013 7:02:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    sowetanlive.co.za ^ | 20 February, 2012 | McKeed Kotlolo
    The unidentified lieutenant- colonel is on leave and was sleeping at his Eldoraigne, Centurion, home in the morning when he heard someone at his front door. The officer, who was with his wheelchair-bond mother at the time, immediately woke up and went to inspect. He found that the intruders had forced the door open and were already inside the house. Captain Agnes Huma of the Wierdabrug police in Centurion said the officer shot one of them in the upper body, "killing him instantly and wounding another, who managed to escape". Huma said the getaway car, a white Opel Corsa that...
  • TX:Homeowner Shoots At Theft Suspect

    02/23/2013 6:58:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    foxsanantonio.com ^ | 18 February, 2012 | Staff
    Police say a homeowner fired a gun after coming face to face with a thief at a home near Ray Ellison and Five Palms drive. It started after a man and woman ran off during an attempted robbery at a nearby CVS pharmacy this morning. Police say during a foot chase the man ran into the homeowner's house. Investigators say the homeowner warned the suspect and fired his weapon.
  • The Hollywood Tax Story They Won't Tell at the Oscars

    02/23/2013 6:58:02 AM PST · by SueRae · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/23/2013 | Glenn Reynolds
    At the Democratic National Convention last year, actress Eva Longoria called for higher taxes on America's rich. Her take: "The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's flipping burgers—she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not." Actually, nowadays an Eva Longoria who flipped burgers would probably qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and get a check from the government rather than pay taxes. It's the movie set where she works these days that may well be getting the tax break.
  • CA:Suspect Shot During Alleged Folsom Boulevard Robbery

    02/23/2013 6:52:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    rosemont.patch.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Mirna Alfonso
    Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place. A man shot dead at a Folsom Boulevard business near Rosemont was trying to rob the store, according to the storekeeper who reportedly shot him Sunday, sheriff's officials said. Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. about 3 p.m. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.
  • Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search

    02/23/2013 6:50:24 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Michael Mullins
    Newsmax Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search Friday, February 22, 2013 10:55 AM By: Michael Mullins VIDEO A wheelchair-bound 3-year-old girl on her way to Disney World became distraught when she was patted down by a Transportation Security Administration agent apparently looking for explosives. The Feb. 9 incident at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was partially captured on a cell phone video. It shows the toddler, Lucy Forck, of Osage Beach, Mo., crying, "I don’t want to go to Disney World," as a female TSA agent hovers behind her, instructing the girl's mother to put away her...
  • Administration ramps up budget cut warnings, Republicans say drama 'won't solve the problem'

    02/23/2013 6:13:42 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/23/2012 | fox news
    The Obama administration on Friday ramped up its campaign to paint an ominous portrait of what would happen if automatic spending cuts take effect March 1, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warning that air traffic control towers would be shut down as part of a host of travel-disrupting FAA cuts. After a week marked by intense partisan bickering, LaHood again put the pressure on Republicans to find a way out of the impasse -- even going so far as to compare President Obama to Abraham Lincoln. "Go see the movie 'Lincoln'," LaHood said, in a message to congressional Republicans. He...