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  • Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports 2012 Fully Diluted Earnings of $3.60 Per Share

    02/27/2013 2:57:00 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR), announced today that for 2012, the Company reported net sales of $491.8 million and fully diluted earnings of $3.60 per share, compared with net sales of $328.8 million and fully diluted earnings of $2.09 per share in 2011. For the fourth quarter of 2012, net sales were $141.8 million and fully diluted earnings were $1.00 per share. For the corresponding period in 2011, net sales were $93.2 million and fully diluted earnings were 54˘ per share. The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 40.4˘ per share for...
  • Americans yawn at budget cut hype

    02/27/2013 2:49:03 PM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    The Exponent Telegram ^ | February 27,2013 | Associated Press
    President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn.They know the drill: Obama raises the alarm, Democrats and Republicans accuse each other of holding a deal hostage, there's a lot of yelling on cable news, and then finally, when everyone has made their points, a deal is struck and the day is saved. Maybe not this time. Two days before $85 billion in cuts are set to hit federal programs with all the precision of a wrecking ball, there are no...
  • Gov. Brewer: Biden's Clearly Out of Touch ... Needs to Get Out

    02/27/2013 2:46:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Fox ^ | February 26, 2013 | GRETA VAN SUSTEREN
    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: $85 billion sequester quickly approaching and a debt quickly headed towards $17 trillion. Sound like reasons for concern? Well, not if you ask Vice President Joe Biden, the vice president saying the American people are no longer worried about our economy. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JOSEPH BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: They're no longer traumatized by what was a traumatizing event, the great collapse in 2008. They're no longer worried, I think, about our economy being overwhelmed either by Europe writ large, the EU, or China somehow swallowing up every bit of innovation...
  • Have We Been Miscounting Calories?

    02/27/2013 2:42:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 19 February 2013 | Ann Gibbons
    Enlarge Image Counting calories. Our bodies may take more energy to process the carbohydrates in garbanzo beans than in cereal, which suggests all carbohydrate calories are not alike. Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock BOSTON—When it comes to weight loss, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. That's been the mantra of nutritionists, dietitians, and food regulators in the United States and Europe for more than a century. But when it comes to comparing raw food with cooked food, or beans with breakfast cereals, that thinking may be incorrect. That was the consensus of a panel of researchers who listed the many...
  • Video Shows IDF Deterrent at Low Point

    02/27/2013 2:38:08 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    A video posted to the internet provides further proof that IDF deterrence is at a dangerous low vis-ŕ-vis the violent parts of the Muslim Arab population in Israel. Video ....... Videos
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, February-27-2013

    02/27/2013 2:31:12 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 59 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Homeland Security official quits after illegal immigrants freed over budget cuts

    02/27/2013 2:26:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/27/13 | Staff
    Washington - The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his resignation the same day the agency said that hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to looming budget cuts, according to a resignation letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The government said he had told his bosses weeks ago that he planned to retire. Gary Mead, executive associate director over enforcement and removal operations at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, disclosed his departure
  • Pope Benedict says it sometimes felt like 'God was asleep' in final audience

    02/27/2013 2:22:16 PM PST · by RummyChick · 27 replies
    herald sun ^ | 2/28 | herald sun
    POPE Benedict XVI admitted it sometimes felt as if 'God was asleep' during the troubled days of his papacy as he gave an emotional farewell in St Peter's Square before tens of thousands of pilgrims on the eve of his momentous resignation.
  • Congresswoman to Obama: 'Stop Scaring People' (YouTube Video)

    02/27/2013 2:13:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    FreedomBrief ^ | February 27, 2013 | Staff
    I've felt this speech important enough to make the effort to convert the speech to text for those who don't want to go through the video (It's only 1:21) of the speech by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan). I've listened to the video many numerous times to assure accuracy of what she says in the video. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan;) ..that amounts to over 2.5% of the federal budget, find me an American family, a hard working taxpayer who hasn't already cut over 2% of their budget at home without cutting essentials things. There's a fact that says we are going...
  • JC PENNEY EARNINGS DISASTER — SAME-STORE SALES TANK 32%

    02/27/2013 2:11:40 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/27/13 | Matthew Boesler
    J.C. Penney's fourth-quarter earnings announcement is out. The company announced an adjusted loss per share of $1.95, way below expectations of a much smaller loss of $0.24 per share. Revenues came in at $3.88 billion. Analysts were looking for $4.08 billion. Same-store sales were down 32 percent in the fourth quarter.
  • U.S. oil production hit 20-year milestone in November

    02/27/2013 2:09:46 PM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 27, 2013 | Don Mason
    U.S. oil production averaged 7.013 million barrels a day in November, the first time since 1992 that the average daily production during a month has exceeded 7 million, according to revised government figures. The Energy Information Administration on Wednesday revised the November figure up from 6.893 million barrels per day. Average daily production during a month had last reached 7 million in December 1992, according to agency figures. Production for December 2012 rose to 7.03 million barrels per day the agency said, still below the December 1992 figure of 7.1 million barrels per day. For all of 2012, production averaged...
  • White House,Republicans dig in ahead of budget talks(OMG!)

    02/27/2013 2:05:00 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jeff Mason and Steve Holland
    Positions hardened on Wednesday between President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders over the budget crisis even as they arranged to hold last-ditch talks to prevent harsh automatic spending cuts beginning this week. Looking resigned to the $85-billion in "sequestration" cuts starting on Friday, government agencies began reducing costs and spelling out to employees how furloughs will work.Expectations were low that a White House meeting on Friday between Obama and congressional leaders, including Republican foes, would produce any deal to avoid the cuts.Public services across the country - from air traffic control to food safety inspections and education - might...
  • ICE: AP report on official's resignation 'inaccurate and misleading'

    02/27/2013 2:02:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/27/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    The Department of Homeland Security denied a report Wednesday that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official is leaving the agency amid scrutiny over its release of several hundred undocumented immigrants who had been detained. “The Associated Press’ report is inaccurate and misleading," ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said, responding to the AP's story that made it sound like Gary Mead, the director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, was taking the fall for the detainee release. "Gary Mead announced several weeks ago to ICE senior leadership that he planned to retire after 40 years in federal service and 6 years at ICE....
  • You'll Be Surprised To Hear How People Want To Avert The Sequester

    02/27/2013 2:01:45 PM PST · by ksen · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/26/13 | Walter Hickey
    Most Republicans don't actually support the House Republican plan to avert the spending cuts known as the sequester, according to a new poll conducted for Business Insider by our partner SurveyMonkey. The poll asked participants to consider the core points of three sequester replacement proposals in Congress, without telling them the partisan affiliation of those plans. It found that in some cases, both Democrats and Republicans actually opposed their own party's plans and/or backed their adversaries' proposal. . . . Surprisingly, the plan that polled the strongest was the House Progressive Caucus plan. More than half of respondents supported it...
  • Obama's half-brother Malik visits India, to help clean Yamuna

    02/27/2013 1:59:43 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Ruchika Talwar
    A little more than two years after Barack Obama made a headline-grabbing visit to India, another, lesser-known Obama has made a quiet trip to the country and reached out to it in the name of the US president. Malik Obama, the Kenyan older half-brother of Barack Obama, was in India last week as the chief guest at a convention organised by a spiritual leader in Vrindavan, Mathura, and even took part in an event to clean the Yamuna river as part of the convention. "Guru Kumar Swami and I met when he was on a visit to New York in...
  • ZOT! Signs that the NRA is losing

    02/27/2013 11:21:30 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 65 replies
    Chi Trib ^ | 2-27 | Clarence Page
    Now that they're facing Washington's first serious push for new gun violence prevention laws since the Columbine massacre, gun lobbyists are grasping at straws — as in "straw" purchases. That's the slang for someone who legally buys a firearm from a licensed gun dealer, then sells it to someone whose criminal or mental health record prohibits them from making a legal purchase. The National Rifle Association's official position favors prosecuting straw purchasers, but defends allowing sales at gun shows without background checks from private dealers. In the 1990s, you may recall, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president, supported universal...
  • Lawmaker Grills Border Protection Official on Efforts to Track 40 Percent of Illegal Aliens with

    02/27/2013 1:40:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – At a hearing on Tuesday to determine the security status of U.S. borders, a GOP lawmaker grilled a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official on efforts to track down people who have overstayed their visa when 40 percent of the illegal aliens in the country fall into that category. “Mr. McAleenan, if I were a could-be terrorist, and I flew into the Harrisburg International Airport or Des Moines, Iowa, airport and didn’t leave after my visa expired, how would you find me?” Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime...
  • American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge

    02/27/2013 1:35:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Radio.Fox News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS. CLICK HERE TO JOIN! The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.
  • John Kerry Shows Off His French Language Skills

    02/27/2013 1:26:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 27, 2013 | DANIEL HALPE R
    Secretary of State John Kerry showed off his French speaking skills at a joint press conference with his counterpart in Paris today: The official State Department transcript of the event translates Kerry's remarks into English: "SECRETARY KERRY: (In French - Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Minister. Thank you for your warm hospitality. Thank you very much for welcoming us here today. It’s a great pleasure for me to be here with Foreign Minister Fabius. We just finished one of those wonderful French lunches that have been drawing Americans to Paris for centuries. Of course, it’s a privilege to share...
  • Limbaugh: "Spoiled Brat" President Doing Intentional Harm To Country

    02/27/2013 1:23:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 27, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH LIMBAUGH: You know, this really is unprecedented. It's not getting any attention. It's not getting any commentary whatsoever. It's barely even being reported. But, I mean, this is serious stuff. The president of the United States has opened up the jails. The president of the United States, because of budget cuts which have not happened yet, has released 500 or so illegal immigrants, and, by definition, of law, they are criminals.
  • Asthma sufferers have more lung fungi

    02/27/2013 1:21:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Futurity ^ | February 19, 2013 | Chris Jones-Cardiff
    Having established the presence of fungi in the lungs of patients with asthma, researchers now hope this could lead to new lines of research and eventually, better treatments for sufferers. "In the future it is conceivable that individual patients may have their sputum tested for fungi and their treatment adjusted accordingly," says Hugo van Woerden of Cardiff University. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)CARDIFF U. (UK) — Healthy lungs are full of fungi, but some species are more common in people with asthma, new research finds. Hundreds of tiny fungal particles found in the lungs of asthma sufferers could offer new clues in...
  • Congressman Murphy Seeks Probe of Al Jazeera

    02/27/2013 1:20:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 27, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    Rep. Tim Murphy, who holds a senior position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has called on the Obama Administration to explain whether Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV from former Democratic Vice President Al Gore was given any federal review and scrutiny. But Al Jazeera is working furiously to stop the mounting congressional interest and now has three lobbying firms working to stop any hearings or investigations into the deal. Once known as the voice of Osama bin Laden, Al Jazeera is the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • DefDist Printed AR Lower - Part III (printed gun firing)

    02/27/2013 1:15:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | DXLiberty
    SLA and FDM. Does not fail from firing stresses. 600+ rounds (.223).
  • New Video Destroys Myth About Large Capacity Magazines

    02/27/2013 1:11:09 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 11 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    BELLEVUE, WA – -(Ammoland.com)- A new video obtained by the Citizens Committee for the Right to keep and Bear Arms destroys the myth surrounding so-called “high capacity magazines” by proving that determined shooters using smaller capacity magazines can fire just as fast, and in some cases even faster despite having to reload. The startling video demonstration, conducted under the supervision of Boone County, Ind. Sheriff Ken Campbell and funded by ArmaLite, “throws cold water on anti-gunners who argue that magazine limitations are necessary to prevent mass shootings,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. “We are all indebted to ArmaLite for...
  • Andrea Mitchell Plays The McCarthy Card—Accuses Republicans Of 'Red-Baiting' Hagel

    02/27/2013 1:09:48 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On her MSNBC show today, Andrea Mitchell accused Republicans of "red-baiting" Chuck Hagel, a reference to tactics most notably associated with the McCarthy period during which people were accused [often accurately, it should be noted] of Communist or affiliated sympathies. Such cries of McCarthyism have of course become standard liberal fare when it comes to Hagel's confirmation process. View the video here.
  • Marco Rubio courts Wall Street

    02/27/2013 1:00:58 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | Wednesday February 27, 2013 | Ben White
    NEW YORK — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is moving swiftly behind the scenes to lock down some of Wall Street’s biggest donors ahead of the 2016 presidential race. In recent weeks, the rising GOP star and possible 2016 hopeful has quietly met with some of the most powerful GOP backers in the world of high finance. The roster includes Blackstone Group Chief Executive Officer Stephen Schwarzman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. CEO Henry Kravis and senior executives at Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital among others. Rubio has gotten backing from big Wall Street titans before, notably hedge fund manager and...
  • White House was not involved in ICE's decision to release detainees, Carney says

    02/27/2013 12:58:59 PM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement's decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday. "This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequestration," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. Personnel at Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington were also unaware of the decision until the announcement was made, a department official told POLITICO.
  • Senators ask Kerry to approve Keystone XL during first quarter

    02/27/2013 12:53:00 PM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | Feb. 27, 2013 | Nick Snow
    US Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) were joined by 18 other senators from both parties as they urged newly confirmed Secretary of State John F. Kerry to approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline during this year’s first quarter. “The State Department received the new route approved by the state of Nebraska on Jan. 22…but [it] has yet to inform the public and stakeholders of a definitive process for the final decision,” the 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans said in their Feb. 22 letter. “We urge you as Secretary of State to ensure that this decision...
  • Kipapa Elementary faces more abuse claims

    02/27/2013 12:42:48 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Rick Daysog
    Mililani - For half a dozen former Kipapa Elementary School students, room P-10 was a little class of horrors. Hawaii News Now has learned that the families of six disabled students have now come forward with allegations of abuse by staffers at this Mililani School. The latest allegations come from the parents of an autistic girl who say school staffers force fed their daughter, often to the point of vomiting. Court documents filed in U.S. District Court say that in some instances the girl -- who often had trouble eating -- was forced to eat food she threw up. People familiar with the case say the girl also was...
  • EU: Financial tax should be used for development aid and climate

    02/27/2013 12:40:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 02/27/2013 @ 18:46 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The European Commission said revenue from a proposed financial transaction tax (FTT) should be set aside to fight poverty and climate change, as an investment against global instability. “I would very much want member countries really to take it seriously,” European commissioner for development Andris Piebalgs told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (27 February). The FTT is backed by 11 member states and would put 0.1 percent levy on bonds and shares and 0.01 percent on derivative products. Estimated generated annual revenues could range between €30 billion to €35 billion ($39 billion–$46 billion) a year. …
  • After a night of barhopping in Cedarburg, the Racing Italian Sausage is missing

    02/27/2013 12:40:13 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-17-13 | Lydia Mulvany
    The Klement's Racing Italian Sausage went barhopping in Cedarburg recently, delighting patrons and posing for photos. The only problem: No one can say who was wearing the $3,000 costume, which had just been stolen from the city's Winter Festival. The 7-foot-long weenie was lying unused in a backroom at the Milwaukee Curling Club's new Cedarburg location during a fundraiser on Feb. 16 with beer-tasting and curling, and a witness saw the sausage walk out of the south door about 7:45 p.m., Cedarburg police Detective Jeff Vahsholtz said Wednesday. The Italian walked into TJ Ryan's in Cedarburg an hour later and...
  • EU diplomats urge financial sanctions on Israeli settlers

    02/27/2013 12:35:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02/27/2013 @ 15:16 | Andrew Rettman
    Senior EU diplomats have called for financial sanctions and travel bans on Israeli settlers in a last-ditch effort to save the Middle East peace process. An internal report by EU countries’ consuls general in Jerusalem and Ramallah—seen by EUobserver—says member states should "prevent … financial transactions, including foreign direct investment from within the EU, in support of settlement activities, infrastructure and services.” It adds that individual EU states should “explore the possibility of denying entry to known settler radicals.” It also calls for EU guidelines on retail labels for settler-made products, such as wine or cosmetics, in order to “guarantee...
  • Donna Brazile wonders: Why are my health-care premiums going up?

    02/27/2013 12:14:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2013 | AllahPundit
    What's on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) February 27, 2013 Hard to know why without knowing who her insurer is, but I can think of two possibilities. You all know the first. Force companies to make insurance benefits more comprehensive and to expand coverage to people with preexisting conditions and you'll force them to make up the cost somewhere. The only (mild) surprise in Brazile's case is that, as is so often true under Obamanomics, it's young...
  • Benghazi talking points e-mails a bust?

    02/27/2013 11:56:29 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-27-2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee finally received yesterday what they had demanded for months — and it may have turned into an anti-climax. The White House allowed access to internal e-mails of the Obama administration regarding the preparation of talking points for Susan Rice after the attack on our Benghazi consulate, which some suspected would show that the Obama administration had changed the information to downplay terrorism as the basis of the attack. According to Chad Pergram at Fox, though, the e-mails don’t show anything like that (via Kevin Glass): Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee today received a...
  • American student is punished after she refused to salute the Mexican flag

    02/27/2013 11:52:30 AM PST · by massmike · 60 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 02/27/2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem. Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country. Ironically, the...
  • Malt Shop Rebellion: Albuquerque restaurant defies minimum wage law

    02/27/2013 11:48:56 AM PST · by woofie · 26 replies
    Capitol Report New Mexico ^ | February 21st, 2013
    Folk heroes to some, villains to others, the owners of the Route 66 Malt Shop in Albuquerque have refused to abide by the city’s recently adopted minimum wage ordinance. The increase, they say, would bury their 18-year-old small business. “We had the choice to close the business and destroy 18 years of blood, sweat and tears and hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years … and fire 12 people or disobey the law,” Eric Szeman told New Mexico Watchdog after a busy lunch-time rush. “The law’s the law,” said Pat Davis, executive director of the liberal activist group Progress...
  • Police: No charges expected in self-defense shooting death

    02/27/2013 11:45:16 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jim Mustian
    No charges are expected to be filed against a man who fatally shot an intruder trying to force his way into his residence late Saturday, Baton Rouge police said Tuesday. The resident, Kurt Anderson, exchanged gunfire with Anthony Taylor, a 20-year-old man who tried to break into the home at 3875 Topeka St., police said. Police Lt. Don Kelly said Anderson had not been expecting anyone late Saturday night and armed himself with a handgun before opening the door for Taylor. Taylor, the only person struck in the exchange of gunfire, ran and collapsed a short distance away, Kelly said....
  • Harry Reid Cites "Lincoln" And "Django Unchained" At Rosa Parks Ceremony

    02/27/2013 11:40:12 AM PST · by drpix · 18 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 2/27/13 | andrew kaczynski
    The Senate majority leader said, “It's significant that 150 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, we are still considering in film, in photo, in art, and activism how to eradicate slavery's unsavory successors.” Reid was speaking at a ceremony unveiling Rosa Parks' statue in the Capitol...
  • 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...