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  • Group doubles-down on ad challenging McConnell on his position against assault weapons ban

    02/27/2013 11:34:28 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    CN|2 Pure Politics ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    A liberal group is again challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s position on gun control in a commercial that began running Monday in Kentucky and Washington in advance of the Senate’s next hearing on guns. The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee is spending $100,000 to run the ad for at least a week. It began airing Monday in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Paducah markets plus Washington, D.C., as the Senate’s Judiciary Committee prepares for a hearing Wednesday on the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.” It features Edmonson County resident Gary Nutt telling viewers that, as a hunter, he doesn’t see...
  • Dr. Carson: White House Repeatedly Asked for Advanced Copies of Speech Before Prayer Breakfast

    02/27/2013 11:34:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    fox ^ | 2/27/13 | Molly K. Hooper, The Hill
    <p>The White House repeatedly asked Ben Carson for his speech before the rising Republican star criticized President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month.</p> <p>Carson, a prominent neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, declined to do so, noting that he doesn’t put his speeches down on paper beforehand.</p>
  • America must not "dictate" to world, new defense chief says

    02/27/2013 11:29:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    America must not "dictate" to world, new defense chief says 2:01pm EST By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary on Wednesday after a bruising Senate confirmation battle, and promised to renew old U.S. alliances and forge new ones without attempting to "dictate" to the world. Addressing Pentagon employees shortly after a small, closed-door swearing-in ceremony, Hagel spoke optimistically, if vaguely, about global challenges ahead and the importance of American leadership abroad. "We can't dictate to the world. But we must engage the world. We must lead with our allies,"...
  • Toomey offers Obama flexibility on spending cuts

    02/27/2013 11:27:09 AM PST · by Hoodat · 10 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | February 26, 2013 | Colby Itkowitz
    WASHINGTON — With the clock ticking on the sequester, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has crafted an alternative plan that would give President Barack Obama discretion over where to cut $85 billion in annual federal spending. As of now, the across-the-board cuts set to take effect Friday would slice many domestic and defense programs indiscriminately. Toomey, a Republican, contends that the spending cuts should go forward, but there should be some license over where the cuts are made. For Democrats, the plan is a non-starter. And some Senate Republicans are reportedly pushing back against Toomey's proposal as well, uncomfortable with...
  • OSHA promises to protect workers who report healthcare reform law violations

    02/27/2013 11:20:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/27/13 | Megan R. Wilson
    Workers who blow the whistle on violations of the healthcare law will be protected from retaliation by the federal government, according to new rules issued on Wednesday. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is encouraging people to turn in employers who fail to abide by the rules set in the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the rules would shield whistleblowers who report employers who are blocking access to healthcare tax credits or denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. In the 58-page interim rule, OSHA notes that the healthcare law could “create an incentive for an employer to retaliate against...
  • Is Chris Christie finished in the GOP?

    02/27/2013 11:12:24 AM PST · by South40 · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/27/2013 | Harold Maass
    The popular New Jersey governor angers conservatives — again — by announcing he'll go along with ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, still in the GOP dog house for saying nice things about President Obama's handling of Superstorm Sandy mere days before the November election, angered conservative critics once again this week by announcing that he would expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. The news came as the organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual enclave of the nation's conservatives, said they didn't invite Christie to this year's gathering because he has a "limited future" in the...
  • Donna Brazile Doesn't Know Why Her Health Insurance Premium Went Up

    02/27/2013 11:10:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/27/13 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Donna Brazile tweeted that her insurance premium went up and she doesn't know why, and I am not kidding. I literally am not kidding. Donna Brazile, a tweet, "What's on your menu? I just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer." Now, for those of you who do not know who Donna Brazile is (and there may well indeed be many of you who don't), Donna Brazile is a Democrat campaign specialist. She is one of the ranking unelected Democrats in the country. She ran...
  • The Ex-Gay Problem: You Can Never Leave?

    02/27/2013 11:06:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2013 | Christopher Doyle
    "You Can Check-Out Anytime You Like, But You Can Never Leave." So says the Eagles' song Hotel California . Ironically, this memorable phrase in that 1976 classic hit has lasting implications for all those wishing to leave the gay life. I am careful to say "life" and not "lifestyle" so not to offend any gay and lesbian reading this who may be quick to cast me as a homophobe or hate-monger. The truth is no one simply chooses to have same-sex attractions (SSA). These feelings are the result of many factors, mostly environmental and familial, mixed-in with one genetic factor,...
  • Feinstein's 'assault weapon' ban goes to committee, as bans become irrelevant

    02/27/2013 11:05:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 February, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) S. 150, to ban so-called "assault weapons," and "to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited," will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 150 has perhaps an even chance of being passed in committee, and proceeding to the Senate floor. Once there, as St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has noted before, further progress looks exceedingly unlikely, with the caveat that a Beslan-scale massacre committed with such firearms could energize the gun ban fanatics (and intimidate our congressional "allies") beyond anything we have ever...
  • Sea Shepherd whale activists called pirates, lose ruling by 9th Circuit judges

    02/27/2013 11:05:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 27, 2013 | Richard Reed
    Video and slideshow at link. A federal appeals court panel has branded a Northwest anti-whaling group "pirates," ordering a halt to attacks on Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters. The outspoken opinion, which reads at times more like "Moby Dick" than a court decision, hands a victory to Miller Nash, a Portland law firm that took the controversial step of representing Japan's whale hunters . The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion issued late Monday is also unusual for ordering the transfer of a lower-court judge from the case, finding that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones made "numerous, serious...
  • Hagel's remarks against India 'bizarre': BJP

    02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    New Delhi - Terming as "outlandish and bizarre" the statement of Chuck Hagel, the new US Defence Secretary, that India has financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, BJP today asked the government to exert diplomatic pressure on Washington for unconditional withdrawal of his statement. The statement given by Hagel that India has financed problems in Pakistan is "outlandish, bizarre and baseless," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. He also expressed surprise over Hagel giving a clean to Pakistan, which has harboured in the backyard of its military base al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for killing of...
  • DOJ seeks deportation of family persecuted in Germany for homeschooling

    02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/27/13 | Paul Mirengoff
    From William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, we learn about the case of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children: The Romeikes are devout Christians from Germany who wanted to homeschool their children because of what they perceived as the secularist agenda in German public schools. In the United States, the right to homeschool ones’ own children is accepted, although frequently mocked by the left. The homeschoool movement is thriving in the United States, but in Germany it is illegal, a holdover from Nazi-era law. The Romeikes fled to the United States in 2008 after they faced mounting fines and the...
  • Supreme Court upholds Canada’s hate speech laws in case involving anti-gay crusader

    02/27/2013 10:45:20 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 9 replies
    http://news.nationalpost.com/ ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | J Brean
    Canada’s human rights hate speech laws are a constitutionally valid limit on freedom of expression, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in a landmark judgment. The judgment in the case of William Whatcott of Saskatchewan reaffirms the Canadian approach to hate speech, that it can be limited by law to address the problem of hate speech, unlike the American approach, in which speech cannot be limited except in the most extreme circumstances. But it upheld the controversial legal concept of speech that is “likely to expose” certain groups to hatred. “The difficulty of establishing causality and the seriousness of the...
  • Durable-goods orders minus aircraft strong

    02/27/2013 10:40:50 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jeffry Bartash
    Bookings climb 1.9% excluding volatile transportation sector WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Bookings for big-ticket U.S. goods slumped in January because of weaker demand for aircraft, but orders were generally strong elsewhere in the economy and suggested that business investment is picking up. Orders for durable goods sank 5.2% last month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, largely in line with Wall Street expectations. Orders for Boeing Co. jets soared in December but were virtually nil in January, reflecting the volatile nature of the aircraft business. Commercial aircraft orders plunged 34% while motor-vehicle bookings were flat. Bookings for defense aircraft tumbled an even...
  • El Cajon may be next city to ban red light cameras ( San Diego , too )

    02/27/2013 9:57:44 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    CBS 8 ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Steve Price
    El Cajon may be the next city to put a stop to red light cameras. ... San Diego removed its red light cameras last month
  • But-But-But Premiums Were Supposed To Go Down By 3000%!

    02/27/2013 10:31:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/27/13 | staff
    In response to Donna Brazile: Why did my health care premiums go up? : I understand her disappointment considering the president made some rather incredible predictions when he was campaigning for "what critics call" Obamacare :
  • Urge Your Senators To Put A Stop To Republican Gun Control Compromises

    02/27/2013 10:26:22 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 20 replies
    GOA ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer’s staff is leaking out to the press the Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is “on the verge”of caving in and agreeing to a ban on private gun sales — and requiring virtually every American to get the government’s approval before exercising their constitutional right to become a gun owner. According to The Washington Post (2/23/13), the remaining sticking point is Coburn’s reluctance to require a 4473 for every private transaction. Were this to occur, ATF’s practice of going into gun stores and copying all the 4473′s – a practice which has been documented by...
  • BB Gun Found in Woods by Preschool

    02/27/2013 10:15:28 AM PST · by dead · 101 replies
    Ridgewood Patch ^ | February 26, 2013 | James Kleimann
    A toy bb gun was discovered by an employee of Sara's Preschool near school grounds Tuesday morning, according to Ridgewood police. At roughly 8 a.m., a preschool employee found the bb gun in the woods by the Prospect Street facility. He alertly confiscated the toy gun and stored it for safe keeping until an officer arrived and removed it, according to police. The bb gun was not loaded and police have not identified its owner, according to Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward. An employee of Sara's Preschool and Patrolman Kevin McKeon with a bb gunfound in the woods near the...
  • Pink Anti-Semitism Is No Different from Brown Anti-Semitism

    02/27/2013 10:14:55 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/26/13 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    The core characteristic of anti-Semitism is the assertion that everything the Jews do is wrong, and everything that is wrong is done by the Jews. For the anti-Semite every rich Jew is exploitive, every poor Jew a burden on society. For the anti-Semite, both capitalism and communism are Jewish plots. For the anti-Semite, Jews are both too docile, allowing themselves to be led to the slaughter like sheep, and too militant, having won too many wars against the Arabs. For the anti-Semite, Jews are too liberal and too conservative, too artsy and too bourgeois, too stingy and too charitable, too...
  • MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Gleefully Admits To Using Edited Video To Smear GOP

    02/27/2013 10:13:56 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    MSNBC’s propensity to selectively edit video to smear conservatives has reached a new low. Speaking on her self-titled show on February 21, host Rachel Maddow openly admitted to playing edited footage of Senator John McCain to smear the Arizona Republican. Speaking last week, Maddow aired footage of McCain addressing a constituent whose son was killed last year at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, who spoke to Senator McCain about her belief that “These assault weapons allow a shooter to fire many rounds without having to reload. These weapons do not belong on our streets.” [See video after jump. MP3...
  • Biden: Kelly's win shows 'political price' for opposing gun control

    02/27/2013 10:13:21 AM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    Vice President Biden said Illinois voters who chose Robin Kelly as the Democratic congressional nominee told the nation there will be “a moral price as well as a political price to pay for inaction” on gun control. Kelly, who beat more than a dozen other Chicago-area candidates after an infusion of ad spending on her behalf by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, won a victory that shows the American people are behind the White House gun control push, Biden said.
  • White House was 'unaware' of immigration detainee release

    02/27/2013 10:07:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies
    <p>Separately, at a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the decision was made by ICE "without any input from the White House."</p> <p>"The agency released these low-risk, non-criminal detainees under a less-expensive form of monitoring to ensure detention levels stayed within ICE's overall budget," he said.</p>
  • Key provisions of Voting Rights Act appear in jeopardy after high court argument

    02/27/2013 10:00:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 2/27/13 | Tom Curry
    Central parts of an election law dating back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the Voting Rights Act, appeared to be in jeopardy Wednesday after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to them.
  • Will Sen. Tom Coburn Buy Off on the "Schumer Sell-Out"?

    02/27/2013 9:09:58 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    GOA ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer's staff is leaking out to the press the Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is "on the verge" of caving in and agreeing to a ban on private gun sales -- and requiring virtually every American to get the government's approval before exercising their constitutional right to become a gun owner. According to The Washington Post (2/23/13), the remaining sticking point is Coburn's reluctance to require a 4473 for every private transaction. Were this to occur, ATF's practice of going into gun stores and copying all the 4473's -- a practice which has been documented by GOA --...
  • Inside the Muslim Student Association Conference, Part 3

    02/27/2013 9:09:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 2/27/13 | Mark Tapson
    In Part 1 of this series on the recent 15th Annual Muslim Student Association (MSA) West Conference, which I attended at the University of California, Santa Barbara, I gave a general overview of the conference’s pro-Palestinian activism, its promotion of a sense of victimization at the mercy of an Islamophobic society and university system, its urgent appeal to political activism that goes hand-in-hand with its emphasis on strengthening one’s Muslim faith and community, and its support from top Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America. Part 2 focused on the biggest names who had been invited to speak there, radicals like...
  • Biden: ‘I Tend to Say What I Mean, and That Gets Me in Trouble--Except in Mississippi'

    02/27/2013 9:05:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Biden: ‘I Tend to Say What I Mean, and That Gets Me in Trouble--Except in Mississippi' February 27, 2013 By Melanie Hunter (CNSNews.com) – Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General on gun violence Wednesday, said he says what he means and that gets him in trouble. “No one’s ever doubted that I mean what I say. The problem is that I tend to say what I mean, and that gets me in trouble--except in Mississippi,” Biden said, after inviting the attorneys general to share any constructive criticism they may have about...
  • Waco 20 Years Later: The ATF Raid

    02/27/2013 8:47:19 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 90 replies
    Fox 4 ^ | 2/25/13 | Richard Ray
    <p>February 28, 1993, a raid by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms sparked the biggest firefight in the history of American law enforcement and continued debate 20 years later. Two agents who were there say the disastrous raid led to fundamental changes in ATF.</p>
  • LIVE STREAM : Hearing on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

    02/27/2013 8:44:26 AM PST · by SecondAmendment · 18 replies
    U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee ^ | 27-Feb-2013 | SecondAmendment
    Must See Gun Grabber TV, the 2013 AWB Hearing live Stream. Watch those whacky Senators as they trample the Second Amendment live ! Hearing on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013
  • Human Events Shuts Down (Print edition)

    02/27/2013 8:43:48 AM PST · by kristinn · 13 replies
    Media Bistro FishbowlDC ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Eddie Scarry
    There was a large number of layoffs at Human Events, as announced at an internal staff meeting this morning, FishbowlDC has learned. But it’s actually much bigger than that. The conservative publication is shutting down entirely. Eagle Publishing, which owns Human Events, released the following statement: “Washington, DC (February 27, 2013) – Eagle Publishing, Inc. announced today it has made the difficult decision to cease publishing Human Events, the conservative weekly newspaper. The issue dated February 18 is the final issue. “This was a difficult decision, and one we did not make lightly,” said publisher Joe Guerriero. “As everyone knows,...
  • Self Defense Inside the Home: Avoiding over-penetration -

    02/27/2013 8:30:21 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 54 replies
    decisions… it seems like when it comes to defending your family there is a lot of them. Caliber, type, make, model, ammunition, stopping power, capacity, training, and the omnipresent legal repercussions—self-defense is a hailstorm of life or death choices and another one of these (and one often neglected) is over-penetration. Shooting Through Walls Situation and terrain determine tactics and nowhere is this more evident than when firing a gun inside a closed environment like your home. Accordingly, a self-defense minded gun owner needs to first take into account where he lives (a suburban house, a farm, a studio apartment etc.)...
  • Obama Will Meet With Congressional Leaders On Spending Cuts Friday

    02/27/2013 8:29:58 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    http://www.reuters.com/ ^ | February 27, 2013 | Jeff Mason And Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with top congressional leaders on Friday to discuss the deep, automatic U.S. government spending cuts slated to go into effect that day, congressional and White House officials said on Wednesday.
  • Firearms Equality Movement Gaining Momentum

    02/27/2013 8:21:08 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 33 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    New Jersey - -(Ammoland.com)- The newly emerged Firearms Equality Movement is gaining more steam among manufactures and gun rights supporters alike. The firearms industry, in reaction to the Governor of New York ramming through the NY SAFE Act which banned AR15 style rifles, has seen multiple manufactures revise their firearms sales polices to restrict LEO and Police Agencies from only buying the same level of firepower as is allowed for the average citizen of their state. Thereby helping to make the citizens equal to police and law enforcement agencies with in the same state, and, in some part, making rouge...
  • GunUp Ends Sales To Law Enforcement In Anti-Gun States

    02/27/2013 8:14:26 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 8 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    SEATTLE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- Due to the large number of anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment initiatives that have been passed or proposed in states like New York and Colorado, GunUp will apply all state and federal laws (as applied to civilians) to all state and local government agencies and officers. To put it simply, we will limit all sales of firearms and magazines to only what law abiding citizens may possess in their state, county, or city. “GunUp believes that all citizens should have the same rights under the Second Amendment,” said Vice President Caleb Giddings. “Unfortunately, some politicians don’t agree, and...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 27,2013

    02/27/2013 8:07:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 66 replies
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  • Senate GOP ponders ceding power to President Obama (BE CAREFUL, this *IS* Politico)

    02/27/2013 8:02:23 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | By MANU RAJU and DAVID ROGERS
    Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8. The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of...
  • BOB WOODWARD: Obama Is Showing 'A Kind Of Madness I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'

    02/27/2013 8:01:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/27/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" today, saying he's exhibiting a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns. "Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said. "Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not...
  • You’re a SEAL Stranded in Hostile Territory: What’s in Your Survival Kit?

    02/27/2013 7:59:14 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Time ^ | 2/21/13 | Mark Thompson
    SEALs aren’t supposed to find themselves in trouble that they can’t get out of. That’s why the Navy is seeking to buy 300 new survival kits for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, sometimes known as Navy SEAL Team 6. They’re the guys who raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011 and sent him on an all-expenses-paid trip to the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Save for the downed stealthy MH-60 Black Hawk chopper, the mission was a grand success. But, being military men, they have to prepare for worst-case scenarios. That’s where Wednesday’s solicitation for what they call...
  • Reports of rare superbug jump in US, CDC says

    02/27/2013 7:56:45 AM PST · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    A sharp jump in the number of rare but potentially deadly types of a superbug resistant to nearly all last-resort antibiotics has prompted government health officials to renew warnings for U.S. hospitals, nursing homes and other health care settings. The move comes just as researchers in Israel are reporting that people colonized with dangerous CRE -- Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae -- can take more than a year before they test negative for the bacteria, making it more difficult to control -- and raising the risk of wider spread. Reports of unusual forms of CRE have nearly doubled in the U.S., the Centers...
  • House Democrats propose Department of Peacebuilding

    02/27/2013 7:56:35 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-26-2013 | Caroline May
    February 26, 2013House Democrats propose Department of PeacebuildingCaroline May California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee has introduced legislation to create a federal Department of Peacebuilding that would cultivate peace and take on the causes of violence and conflict.Lee’s legislation H.R. 808 “Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013″ also would create a Cabinet-level Secretary of Peacebuilding focused on creating peace and preventing violence.“This culture of violence that we live in is unacceptable,” Lee said in a statement her office distributed earlier this month. “On our streets and across the globe, the pervasive presence of violence has infected the lives of millions, and...
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg (Another hypocrite) on DreamWorks Animation's 'Very, Very Difficult' Layoffs

    02/27/2013 7:55:13 AM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said Tuesday that layoffs already have begun and that 350 of the studio’s 2,200 employees will have been let go by year’s end.
  • The Sequester Revelation: Obama has the legal power to avoid spending-cut damage

    02/27/2013 7:35:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    And when the Republicans opened the seventh seal of the sequester, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black and the stars fell unto the Earth; and our nation's ability to forecast severe weather, such as drought events, hurricanes and tornados, was seriously undermined. Lo, and the children were not vaccinated, and all the beasts starved in the zoos, and the planes were grounded. ______________________________ Or so President Obama and his Cabinet prophets have been preaching ahead of the automatic budget cuts due to begin Friday. The bit about the weather is a real quote from the White...
  • Los Angeles: It Doesn't Have to Be This Way

    02/27/2013 7:31:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/27/2013 | Elise Cooper
    On March 5, Los Angeles will be voting for a new mayor. This is more like a primary, since there will be a run-off unless someone gets over 50% of the vote, which is very unlikely. Los Angeles is in the same position as many other large cities, with huge deficits and free-spending Democrats who cater to the unions. All of the candidates except one have actively participated in creating Los Angeles' woes. Kevin James stands out as a clear choice. He is a former prosecutor and is currently a radio talk show host. American Thinker interviewed Mr. James to...
  • Cold Warrior Putin calls for Russian military upgrades as U.S. troop cuts loom

    02/27/2013 7:28:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country needs an immediate and massive military upgrade by 2016 and has called on his top brass to put the wheels in motion. On Wednesday, he told top defense ministry and military officials that Russia is seeing “insistent attempts” from world powers, and the United States in particular, to upset the balance of missile defense, The Associated Press reported. He said the United States was trying to take the lead in world power and establish a new missile defense system, AP said. His statements come at a time when Israel and the United States...
  • The Cost of Cheap Labor (Welfare use by less educated immigrants is high)

    02/27/2013 7:25:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/27/2013 | Steven Camarota
    A new study by the Cato Institute attempts to make the case that the use of welfare by immigrants is not really so high or costly. The report’s lead author, Leighton Ku, was for many years a researcher at two liberal D.C. think tanks, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Urban Institute. That the libertarian Cato Institute would employ Ku is a reminder that immigration is not an issue that neatly conforms to the liberal–conservative divide. Ku’s central argument is that immigrant welfare use is not worrisome because low-income non-citizens use some programs (the ones he...
  • City Wants Power To “Disarm Individuals” During Crisis (Guntersville, Alabama)

    02/27/2013 7:01:28 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    SHTF Plan | 2-27-2013 | Joseph Watson
    City Wants Power To “Disarm Individuals” During Crisis Paul Joseph Watson February 26th, 2013 Infowars.com Guntersville (Ala.) Mayor Leigh Dollar is working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would give police the power to “disarm individuals” during a disaster, a chilling example of how the second amendment is being assaulted via the back door.(Click here to see a video) The new rule would allow authorities to confiscate guns of “unruly” people during an extreme weather event such as the April 2011 tornadoes or any other emergency. “The ordinance states officers could disarm individuals, if necessary, reports ABC 31....
  • TSA Sequester Doomsday Scenario Not Likely

    02/27/2013 6:52:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/27/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    One of the most talked about doomsday scenarios the Obama administration has warned will occur if sequestration takes effect on March 1, as it is very likely to do, has been the prospect of longer wait times at the nation’s airports.“It’s going to be very painful for the flying public,” transportation secretary Ray LaHood said last week. “Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we have fewer controllers on staff.”But as even LaHood acknowledged, the flying public is unlikely to feel...
  • Obama’s Fear of Spending Cuts

    02/27/2013 6:49:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/27/2013 | Michael Tanner
    According to President Obama, the $62 billion in new taxes this year imposed as part of the fiscal-cliff deal will have no effect on economic growth. In fact, the president believes that he can safely impose another $58 billion in tax increases to replace spending cuts from the upcoming sequester. And, of course, Obamacare’s almost $42 billion in new taxes (and regulations) in 2013 don’t have any impact on hiring or investment. But, the president says, the $44 billion in cuts this year resulting from the sequester will throw the U.S. economy back into recession. The president seems to labor...
  • L.A. Times Column: Deficit hawks' 'generational theft' argument is a sham

    02/27/2013 6:46:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/27/2013 | Michael Hiltzik
    [SNIP] So here's the truth about the "generational theft" theme: It's wrong on the numbers and wrong on the implications. Let's start with that 7-to-1 spending ratio on seniors versus children. Among the flaws in the calculation is that the vast majority of government dollars spent on children comes from state and local governments, which pay most of the cost of education. On a per capita basis, state and local spending on kids swamps the federal government's spending 8 to 1. Moreover, there are twice as many children 18 and under as seniors 65 and over (this 2008 figure also...
  • Biden to Address AIPAC Policy Conference

    02/27/2013 6:33:36 AM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 2/27/2013, 4:09 PM | By Arutz Sheva staff
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference next Monday, it has been confirmed. His speech comes just ahead of President Obama's anticipated visit to Israel later in the month and amid renewed concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The 2013 conference, which will be held March 3-5, in Washington, D.C., will also feature addresses by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, House of Representatives, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD),...
  • Sen. Rand Paul's puzzling vote for Chuck Hagel: Smart politics?

    02/27/2013 6:32:16 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    http://theweek.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Peter Weber |
    "And so the epic battle over Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary ended with a whimper, not a bang. The Senate easily confirmed the former Republican senator from Nebraska on Tuesday, 58 to 41, with four Republicans joining all present Democrats. That was still by far the least amount of support a successful defense secretary nominee has received since at least the Carter administration, and confirmation came only after one successful GOP filibuster and, on Tuesday, an unsuccessful follow-up. For anyone who's been paying attention to the Hagel drama for the past few weeks, the outcome was no surprise....