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  • Japan’s Economy Has Entered a Terminal Phase

    02/23/2013 6:41:19 PM PST · by kanooga · 57 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | James Bailey
    After more than twenty years of economic troubles, Japan now appears to be entering a terminal phase. They are running out of options as they approach a total economic melt-down. Since their recession began with the 1990 collapse of the Nikkei stock market, the Japanese government has tried to stimulate their economy with more government spending. Unfortunately, all they have to show for it is massive sovereign debt. The promised economic recovery never happened. They have become Exhibit A in the case against socialism, proving what free market economists have said all along, government spending cannot drive economic growth. That...
  • Limbaugh ‘Ashamed’ Comment Puts Sequestration in Right Perspective, Author Says

    02/23/2013 6:40:05 PM PST · by TeaPartyJakes · 103 replies
    Official Wire ^ | February 23, 2013 | The Right Frequency
    After more than two decades of espousing patriotism, Rush Limbaugh reached a breaking point this week declaring, “for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country.” “I’m into my 25th year,” Limbaugh said on his program Thursday addressing the sequestration debate. “I can’t tell you the number of times this has happened. This hit me yesterday. I’ve said the same things over and over for 25 years. Whether the Clinton presidency or the Obama presidency, whether it’s a Pelosi speakership or Tom Foley, it’s the same stuff. It’s the same threats. It’s the same arguments over...
  • Battle for Syria's Aleppo airport intensifies as regime tries to reverse rebel gains

    02/23/2013 6:19:35 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 23, 2013 | AP
    BEIRUT – The battle for Syria's second-largest airport intensified on Saturday as government troops tried to reverse recent strategic gains the rebels have made in the northeast in their quest to topple President Bashar Assad. Assad's troops have been locked in a stalemate with rebels in Aleppo since July when the city, the largest in Syria, became a major battlefield in the 2-year-old conflict the United Nations says has killed at least 70,000 people. Rebels have been trying to capture the international airport for months. Rami Abdul-Rahman, director of the Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the...
  • Labor, business agree to principles on immigration

    02/23/2013 6:15:29 PM PST · by haffast · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thu, Feb 21, 2013 | ERICA WERNER
    Business and labor groups announced agreement Thursday on the principles of a new system to bring lower-skilled workers to the U.S, a key priority for a comprehensive immigration bill. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO reached consensus after weeks of closed-doors negotiations they were conducting at the request of Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., two of the senators involved in crafting an immigration deal on Capitol Hill. Ensuring that future workers can come to the U.S. legally is expected to be a central element of the deal, which will also address border security, employer verification...
  • 3 political sisters in Pa. convicted of corruption

    02/23/2013 5:39:55 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, February 23, 2013 | Joe Mandak and Peter Jackson
    Pittsburgh (AP) — The story has more irony than a Greek tragedy. Three sisters from a devoutly Catholic family have seen their personal and political careers ruined by a scandal that began with, of all things, a letter to some nuns. Thursday's conviction of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin along with her aide and sister, Janine Orie, on campaign corruption charges mean they might join a third sister — former state Sen. Jane Orie — in state prison. No sentencing date has been set. The former senator was sentenced last year to 2˝ to 10 years for...
  • Revealed:The SAS secret mission to kill in Iraq BEFORE MPs voted to invade

    02/23/2013 5:34:34 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17:05 EST, 23 February 2013| UPDATED:18:59 EST, 23 February 2013 | Mark Nicol
    The SAS were already fighting in Iraq on the eve of the Commons vote Soldiers were there to prevent a chemical weapons attack on Israel The SAS were involved in fierce fighting inside Iraq the day before the crucial Commons vote in 2003 that approved military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today. As the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War approaches, we have uncovered a trove of documents about the secret mission, including accounts of senior Special Forces personnel. Told here for the first time, this is the story of Operation...
  • Florida doesn't have enough doctors for Medicaid expansion, lobby group says

    02/23/2013 5:14:40 PM PST · by upchuck · 23 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Kathleen Haughney
    Brace yourself for longer lines at the doctor's office. Whether you're employed and insured, elderly and on Medicare, or poor and covered by Medicaid, the Florida Medical Association says there's a growing shortage of doctors — especially specialists — available to provide you with medical care. And if the Florida Legislature goes along with Gov. Rick Scott's recommendation to offer Medicaid coverage to an additional 1 million Floridians — part of the Affordable Care Act that takes effect next January — the FMA says that shortage will only get worse. "Florida needs more doctors and it needs more nurses, and...
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun...

    02/23/2013 6:49:09 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies
    CNSnews ^ | February 22, 2013 | By 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 (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...
  • Bob Woodward: Why is Obama still misleading everyone on the sequester?

    02/23/2013 11:40:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Success may have a thousand fathers, and failure be an orphan, but don’t doubt the parentage of the sequester. After yet another week of White House denials of paternity and a new layer of hysteria over the nature of the cuts involved, Bob Woodward reminds us again who came up with the plan in the first place. As he reported in his book The Price of Politics more than a year ago from on-the-record interviews with the players involved, the sequester was proposed by then-Chief of Staff Jack Lew and personally approved by President Barack Obama, before Harry Reid presented...
  • Wildlife Officials Warn Hunters Of Deadly Rabbit Fever

    RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) - Officials with both the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the Wildlife Commission are urging hunters to be wary about rabbit fever after two hunters contracted it this month.
  • Arabs Attack Jews En Route to Megillah Reading

    02/23/2013 3:43:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Arabs ambushed and attacked a convoy of cars driven by Jews on the road leading to the demolished outpost of Yad Yair. No one was reported hurt. The Jews are residents of the Dolev-Talmonim bloc in the Binyamin region. They drive to Yad Yair every year on Purim to read the Megillah there. Usually, the pilgrimage is carried out without army approval. Since the road to Yad Yair is blocked by a military checkpoint, the residents usually drive through a roundabout way that passes through three Arab villages. This year, the IDF brigade commander in charge of the region asked...
  • NRA touts internal Justice Dept. memo contesting Obama gun-control measures

    02/23/2013 2:29:17 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 16 replies
    The hill ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Julian Pecquet
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has obtained an internal Justice Department memo that it says shows President Obama's gun-control measures would not be effective without firearms seizures and national gun registration, the Associated Press reports. The gun lobby is citing the nine-page memo in ads running in 15 states, including several swing states with Senate elections next year. In the ad, the NRA says the memo proves that the administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation” and thinks universal background checks “won't work without requiring national gun registration,” according to the AP. Obama has...
  • Texas Executes Man Who Lit Ex-Girlfriend On Fire

    02/23/2013 1:50:05 PM PST · by zeestephen · 47 replies
    msn.NEWS ^ | 22 February 2013 | Michael Graczyk
    A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire was executed in Texas on Thursday.
  • Arabs Clash with Jews in Binyamin Region

    02/23/2013 1:33:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Violent clashed took place Saturday between Arabs from the village of Kusra and Jews at the community of Esh Kodesh in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. The IDF intervened. According to the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency, one young Arab man was badly hurt after being shot in the stomach, and another youth was shot in the leg. The Arabs say the Jewish civilians uprooted their olive trees, and fired at them. The IDF Was called into the fray after Arabs attacked Jews with rocks. Seven Arabs were reportedly hurt from rubber coated bullets fired by the soldiers, and inhaled...
  • Transcript: Great Rush riff on the boot-licking Obama media

    02/23/2013 1:29:20 PM PST · by Amagi · 8 replies
    Rush 24/7 ^ | February 19, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    "Delusional Politico Journalists: Obama is Our Puppet Master"
  • NRA-ILA: 2013 Truth About Gun Owners Poll (FReep this polls)

    02/23/2013 1:24:34 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 12 replies
    NRA Institute for Legislative Action 2013 Truth About Gun Owners (TAG) Poll Tell Congress Where YOU Stand!
  • Thousands in Spain protest austerity, corruption

    02/23/2013 1:22:34 PM PST · by John W · 8 replies
    Reuters via nbcnews.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Paul Day
    Tens of thousands of Spaniards marched through cities across the country on Saturday to protest deep austerity, the privatization of public services and political corruption. Gathering under the banner of the "Citizen Tide," students, doctors, unionists, young families and pensioners staged rowdy but non-violent demonstrations as a near five-year economic slump shows no sign of recovery and mass unemployment rises.
  • Historic

    02/23/2013 1:15:43 PM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Hon Gov Robert Francis "Bob" McDonnell (VA-R)
    Dear Friend, Today, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the first new significant sustainable transportation funding and reform bill in Virginia in 27 years. Crafted and led by Republicans, the bill received the votes of over 60% of legislators in both houses. Virginians worked together across party and regional lines to find common ground to solve one of our Commonwealth’s most intractable problems. We got results. And the result is $3.5 billion in new transportation funding over the next 5 years, an estimated 35% reduction in the tax on gas at the pump, a shorter commute for you, and...
  • The Solution To California's Problems Is Beneath Its Feet — But Rich Environmentalists ......

    02/23/2013 1:09:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 18, 2013, 9:39 AM | The Economist
    SHALE exploitation in North Dakota has lifted incomes and brought unemployment down to 3.2% of the workforce, the lowest level in the country. Californians are rarely found looking longingly towards the Midwest. But the revelation that their state, with unemployment at 9.8% and America’s highest poverty rate, may be sitting on the largest deposit of shale oil in the continental United States has led some to wonder if their salvation lies 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) beneath them.California has been an oil state since 1865. Thanks largely to reserves that can still be tapped by conventional means, it remains the third-largest...
  • Video: The battery that might change everything

    02/23/2013 12:51:19 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 80 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | february 23 2013 | jazz shaw
    Some of the great scientific breakthroughs of the last century came about entirely by accident. Many of you are probably familiar with the origins of the Post It Note, and how it was invented as a result of a failure when attempting to create a super strong adhesive. Well, there may be another such story taking place in the present day. Scientists working with carbon compounds developed Graphene, a safe substance with a lot of structural strength for very little mass and weight. And then some wise guy discovered that it had another use. The recap: Graphene, a very simple...