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  • Sex offenders’ $1.2M tab

    02/25/2013 6:12:12 PM PST · by massmike · 2 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 02/25/2013 | Erin Smith
    The state’s most dangerous sex predators ran up a $1.2 million taxpayer-funded legal tab last year by quietly using an obscure provision in state law that lets them hire public defenders to go behind closed doors and argue to keep their identities and whereabouts secret, a Herald review found. Since 2003, when the state ordered the most dangerous, or Level 3, sex offenders be posted on a public website, convicts have flooded the Committee for Public Counsel Services with requests for lower, laxer classification. Since then, the public defenders’ office has had to shell out skyrocketing sums for lawyers to...
  • 2013 Lobby Day & Rally (ALBANY, NY)

    02/25/2013 6:07:00 PM PST · by panaxanax · 5 replies
    NYSRPA ^ | 25 Feb. 2013 | New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
    Come lobby your legislators on gun rights, meet with your friends and voice your displeasure! The SAFE ACT Must Go!! Special Guest Speaker NRA President David Keene
  • Chris Matthews Offers To Help Hillary’s 2016 Campaign: ‘We’ll Get You In There’

    02/25/2013 6:04:11 PM PST · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    According to TV critic David Zurawik, MSNBC's hiring of ex-Obama officials David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs makes the so-callend news network almost "a bona fide organ of state propaganda." Hours after this was published Monday, Hardball's Chris Matthews offered his services to Hillary Clinton - along with those of MSNBC contributors Howard Fineman and Joan Walsh - in order to get her elected president in 2016 (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): At the end of a lengthy discussion about Clinton's chances in 2016 - never mind that Election Day is 44 months away! - Walsh said, "I think...
  • Borking Immigration Hawks

    02/25/2013 6:00:47 PM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2013 | John O'Sullivan
    Mario, I really think we are going to have to sit down around a decent bottle of Argentinean Malbec and thrash these matters out amicably. So, in the meantime, I don’t want to throw a match onto the tinder you’ve been gathering around the stake for your auto-da-fe. You should at least modify your condemnation of immigration hawks, since you are the one going up in flames. Very briefly, here’s why: You are alleging that immigration hawks are not conservatives and don’t deserve conservative allies because some of them are (coercive) population controllers. In order to make this stick logically,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-25-13

    02/25/2013 5:48:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-25-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Mr. President, Time To Go "Line-by-Line" Through The Budget, Instead of Raising Taxes... Again

    02/25/2013 5:04:15 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies
    Mr. President, Time To Go "Line-by-Line" Through The Budget, Instead of Raising Taxes... Again As the President has been known to say from time to time, let's go "line-by-line" through federal spending and find ways to save money, instead of raising taxes.
  • Obama’s Paycheck Exempted from ‘Sequester’

    02/25/2013 5:00:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/25/13 | Penny Starr
    CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama won’t have to worry about his paycheck if the spending sequestration included in the Budget Control Act that he signed into law in 2011 begins taking effect this Friday. A report published last month by the Congressional Research Service--“Budget Sequestration and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules"--identifies certain programs that are exempt from sequestration and lays out special rules that govern the sequestration of others. Section 255 of the Budget Control Act includes “Compensation for the President” as one of those exemptions (Page 19).
  • Alabama GOP Demands that Shelby Retract Support from Hagel

    02/25/2013 4:58:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/25/13 | Quin Hillyer
    The Steering Committee of the Alabama Republican Party has taken the rare step of officially demanding that one of the state’s two GOP U.S. Senators change a publicly announced position in a high-profile Washington battle. Specifically, the state party leaders have passed a resolution demanding that Sen. Richard Shelby “reconsider and reverse his decision to support Senator [Chuck] Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.” The resolution, passed early this afternoon, blasts Hagel for statements “favorable toward” countries “that we believe to be enemies of the United States of America,” and also criticizes him for “not being a supporter of Israel,...
  • Congressman @SteveStockmanUS Exposes Obama's Anti-Gun Spambots

    02/25/2013 4:53:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | 2/25/13 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Finally, at least one Republican is getting tech-savvy: A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama’s gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don’t exist. . . . Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look...
  • Farrakhan: Hagel Says What I've Been Saying for 30 Years

    02/25/2013 4:42:59 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    Farrakhan: Hagel Says What I've Been Saying for 30 Years Daniel Halper February 25, 2013 5:45 PM National Review Online reports that Chuck Hagel has been endorsed by Louis Farrakhan. The Nation of Islam head likes Hagel because he sounds just like himself. “Now look, Senator Hagel is hated by the Jews because he wrote in his book that the United States Senate, quote, is an institution that does not inherently bring out a great deal of courage. Most of the time members play it safe and adopt an ‘I’ll support Israel’ attitude,’” said Farrakhan. “AIPAC comes knocking with a...
  • CPAC: Chris Christie’s not invited this year

    02/25/2013 4:38:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/25/13 | Allahpundit
    I have my issues with him just like you do, but c’mon. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are conservative enough to speak at CPAC but not Christie? He’s the current vice chair of the RGA and will be chairman next year for the midterms. He’s headed for a landslide reelection victory in a deep blue state, where his approval rating is currently the highest for a New Jersey governor in the 17 years since Quinnipiac started tracking that. He’s one of the few members of the party with a national profile who’s reasonably well liked by voters across the board....
  • Fox Reporting HUGE Explosion in Damascus

    02/25/2013 12:10:53 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 111 replies
    Just now.. breaking on Shepard Smith's show. Huge explosion in Damascus.
  • Batman 'Joker' child-killer claims 'no choice'

    02/25/2013 4:22:08 PM PST · by k4gypsyrose · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | 2/25/13
    No excerpt, AP story
  • License-plate recognition has its eyes on you (36 million location scans and counting)

    02/25/2013 4:20:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    SD city beat ^ | 2/20/13 | Jon Campbell
    Where’s your car? Well, dude, it’s in a huge Orwellian police database. That might seem like the plot of a bad movie, but since around 2010, police agencies in San Diego County have quietly used a network of sophisticated devices called license-plate readers (LPR) to monitor and record the movements of thousands of everyday drivers. Even as you read this, police cars equipped with LPR are patrolling the streets, automatically scanning and photographing every license plate in sight, tagging each with a GPS coordinate and filing the information away. For years. With 36 million scans and counting—an average of 14...
  • DOJ to Federal Judge: We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion

    02/25/2013 4:08:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 25, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - While presenting an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last fall, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge that the Obama administration believed it could force the judge’s own wife—a physician—to act against her religious faith in the conduct of her medical practice. The assertion came in the case of Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, a challenge to the Obama administration’s regulation requiring health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. Tyndale is a for-profit corporation that publishes Bibles, biblical commentaries and other religious works. Tyndale House...
  • USAF Photo of the Evening: Deterrent Extraordinaire

    02/25/2013 3:49:20 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 45 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 16, 2005 | USAF Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler
    U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sitting on the flight line at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large) The Photographer  Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler, United States Air Force  
  • Flashback 2007 - Obama Laments Big Donors 'Get Access'

    02/25/2013 3:48:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/25/13 | staff
    President Obama announcing his run for President in 2007 in Springfield, IL: "And as people have looked away in disillusionment and frustration, we know what's filled the void. The cynics, and the lobbyists, and the special interests who've turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. They write the checks and you get stuck with the bills, they get the access while you get to write a letter, they think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back. The time for that politics is over. It's time to turn the page."
  • Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop dies at age 96

    02/25/2013 3:11:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | February 25, 2013
    Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died peacefully at his home on Monday, Dartmouth College said. He was 96. Koop served as surgeon general from 1982 to 1989, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was outspoken on public health issues and did much to elevate the office of the surgeon general. [Snip] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Dartmouth College, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Koop was the author of more than 200 articles and books. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of...
  • Tax on gas could rise this summer (CA)

    02/25/2013 2:54:17 PM PST · by South40 · 14 replies
    As if we don’t already pay enough for gas in California, come this summer we may be taxed on it even more by the state. The tax Californians pay for each gallon of gas they buy — called the excise tax — is expected to increase 3.5 cents per gallon in July to 39.5 cents per gallon. The state Board of Equalization - charged with setting the rate since 2010 - will meet Tuesday in Culver City to consider about a 10 percent increase because previous tax collections fell short of budgeted amounts. The excise tax isn’t the only one...
  • WashPost's Wan Presents Chinese Communist Government, Vatican on Equal Moral Plane

    02/25/2013 2:47:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/25/13 | Ken Shepherd
    Ken Shepherd's picture In a 41-paragraph front-pager today, the Washington Post's William Wan looks at how the "New pope will be challenged by strained ties with China." "A reset is possible as both sides introduce new leadership," added a subheadline. The website version had a wildly different headline, "For China's Catholics, new pope brings hope." Throughout his article, Wan used language that suggested that the Vatican and the Communist Chinese dictatorship were on the same moral plane (emphases mine): BEIJING — Of the long list of problems the next pope will inherit once the white smoke rises in Rome, few...