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  • Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots (outstanding read alert!)

    02/27/2013 3:43:25 PM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Monte Perlin's World ^ | February 27, 2013
    H. L. Mencken correctly observed: Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent. Mencken also was prescient: As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. But this is not about Mr. Mencken....
  • DOW HITS NEW BULL-MARKET HIGH (+175): Here's What You Need To Know

    02/27/2013 3:41:49 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Sam Ro
    DOW HITS NEW BULL-MARKET HIGH: Here's What You Need To Know Sam RoFebruary 27, 2013, 4:00 PMWow! What a huge day for stocks. First the scoreboard: Dow: 14,075, +175.2 pts, +1.2 percent S&P 500: 1,515, +19.0 pts, +1.2 percent NASDAQ: 3,162, +32.6 pts, +1.0 percent And now the top stories: * The Dow closed at a new post-crisis, bull-market high. The S&P 500 got close. Both indices are near their all-time highs. The Dow closed at its all-time high of 14,164 on October 9, 2007. The S&P closed at its all-time high of 1,565 that same day. * The big...
  • U.S. felons a potentially powerful yet shunned voting bloc

    02/27/2013 3:39:31 PM PST · by yoe · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2012 | Thomas Ferraro
    Felons could account for up to 10 percent of the roughly 130 million Americans expected to vote in the November 6 election, more than enough to affect the razor-thin margins that could determine the outcome.
  • Chris Matthews: Support Gun Control or an American President Could Be Murdered

    02/27/2013 3:37:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/27/13 | Scott Whitlock
    In a closing commentary on Wednesday, Hardball's Chris Matthews ranted that opposing gun control could lead to the assassination of a future American president or politician. Matthews fumed that he supports new restrictions because "the next mass shooter could well emerge out of this pack" of the "politically nutty." He lobbied, "Check the shooters of John F. Kennedy and Jerry Ford, who got out twice. Look at the men that shot Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and George Wallace. They all had political motives and they all had guns." In the very next sentence, Matthews sneered,...
  • Lawmaker: Make all Idaho adults militia members

    BOISE, Idaho – Lawmakers fearful the U.S. Supreme Court might one day reverse itself on the issue of individual gun rights aim to change the Idaho Constitution's definition of a militia to include all the state's adults. That way, argued Sen. Jim Rice of Caldwell Wednesday in the Senate State Affairs Committee, the federal government could never swoop in and disarm residents.
  • Balanced Budget Amendment

    02/27/2013 3:32:53 PM PST · by Tai_Chung · 6 replies
    GOP ^ | 02/18/2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Since President Obama took office the national debt has increased by $3.7 trillion. To put that in perspective, it took the U.S. 216 years, from 1776 until 1992, to accumulate the same amount of debt that Obama has borrowed in 2.5 years.
  • This Is A Recipe For Massive Hyperinflation Bankruptcy (Venezuela - South America)

    02/27/2013 3:30:37 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-27-2013 | Martin Hutchinson
    This Is A Recipe For Massive Hyperinflation Bankruptcy Economics / HyperInflationFebruary 27, 2013 - 12:25 PM GMT By: Money MorningMartin Hutchinson Nobody was really shocked when Venezuela devalued the bolivar earlier this month from 4.3 to the dollar to 6.3. When it comes to the currency wars, massive devaluations are simply one of the keys to this "race to the bottom" strategy. But Venezuela's bad behavior, and that of several other countries in the region, means that several Latin American countries are now likely to suffer hyper-inflation or declare bankruptcy. For investors in Latin America, that raises the risks for...
  • Communism an 'Exaggerated Fear'? Social Security a 'Right'? We Have Jack Lew's College Thesis

    02/27/2013 3:24:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Republic of Texas ^ | 2/27/13 | Charles C. Johnson.
    In his 1978 Harvard University honors thesis, current treasury secretary nominee and White House chief of staff Jacob “Jack” Lew wrote that Social Security payments should be a guaranteed right, regardless of whether the program’s “trust fund” contains enough money to distribute to beneficiaries. And progressive income taxes, he argued — not payroll taxes — should be used to fund the program to the point where America would guarantee benefit payments beyond what taxpayers have paid into the system. “Old age and Medicare benefits are guaranteed as a matter of right,” he noted, “even though many recipients draw more benefits...
  • Queer Liars and Liberal Idiots

    02/27/2013 3:22:24 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 3 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | February 22, 2013 | Thomas Clough
    The most destructive ideologies of modern times have favored the notion that an essential human nature does not exist or, at most, is faint and extremely elastic. The enemies of civilization must subvert the idea that humans cannot be conditioned to accept any behavior, no matter how grotesque. These practitioners of human desensitization understand that getting humans to accept a repugnant behavior requires a slow and incremental and persistent exposure to behaviors that were previously felt to be disgusting. The enemies of civilization believe that humans as humans share no guiding moral sensibility. “Little by little we were taught all...
  • Manning wants lesser charges, statement read in Wikileaks case

    02/27/2013 3:15:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who faces a possible life sentence for leaking classified U.S. diplomatic cables to anti-secrecy group Wikileaks, will attempt to plead guilty to lesser charges at a pre-trial hearing Thursday. ~snip~ Prosecutors said that Pfc. Manning’s partial pleas are not connected to any plea bargain and that they plan to bring him to trial in June, according to the NBC News report.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Clint Eastwood Signs Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

    02/27/2013 3:12:39 PM PST · by ColdOne · 85 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/27/13 | Mike Flynn
    Breitbart News has learned exclusively that Clint Eastwood has signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, supporting the right of same-sex couples to marry. The brief, which will be released later this evening, has signatures from more than 100 Republican and conservative activists. It involves the case before the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn CA's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. A well-placed GOP source provided Breitbart News with an early glimpse of the brief.
  • The AP’s Claim that a DHS Official Resigned Over the Illegal Alien Releases Turns Out to Be False

    02/27/2013 3:09:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 2/27/13 | Bryan Preston
    Earlier today the Associated Press reported that a Department of Homeland Security official had resigned in the wake of the Obama administration’s decision to release thousands of illegal aliens awaiting the judicial process. The department cited budget cuts as the reason for the releases, despite the fact that the cuts would hit about one percent of DHS’s budget, and they have not even happened yet. The AP’s story turns out to have been premature. No one has been fired or resigned in the wake of the release scandal. The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting...
  • Alleged Maldives rape victim,15,to get 100 lashes for premarital sex ( Libs found their religion )

    02/27/2013 3:07:00 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 27 2013 | Fox News
    A 15-year-old girl in the Maldives who was allegedly raped by her stepfather was sentenced to 100 lashes for having premarital sex with a different man. During an investigation into the alleged rape by her stepfather, the girl eventually told police that she had consensual sex with a second man, Sky News reports. Sex outside marriage is illegal in the Maldives, which operates under Islamic law. Amnesty International said the punishment was "cruel, degrading and inhumane," while the Maldivian government didn’t agree with the sentencing and is considering changing the law, the BBC reports. In addition to the rape, the...
  • (JC) Penney reports massive loss for 4Q

    02/27/2013 3:04:15 PM PST · by mn-bush-man · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/27/13 | Yahoo Finance
    ...snip... The company, based in Plano, Tex., says it lost $552 million, or $2.51 per share, for the period ended Feb. 2. That compares with a loss of $87 million, or 41 cents per share in the year-ago period. Revenue dropped 28.4 percent to $3.88 billion. Analysts were expecting a loss of 23 cents on revenue of $4.08 billion. Revenue at stores opened at least a year dropped 31.7 percent. ...snip
  • 20 Crazy Things Hagel Believes About Israel

    02/27/2013 3:00:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/27/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    The big winner of the fight over Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense is not President Barack Obama, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Democrats have called Paul’s views on Israel “deeply disturbing” because he wants to end foreign aid to Israel (eventually). Yet they have forever lost the ability to lecture anyone about their views on Israel, least of all Paul, who has made a serious effort to understand Israel’s challenges. Here is a partial list of the bizarre views on Israel that Democrats have proven willing to accept in a high official by backing Hagel to lead the...
  • Planned Parenthood TV Ad Hits Sen. McConnell

    02/27/2013 2:59:45 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Chris Good
    Planned Parenthood is airing a new TV ad attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican joined a brief with 10 other GOP lawmakers this week supporting the craft chain Hobby Lobby in its lawsuit seeking to avoid mandatory health coverage of birth control pills in its employee health plans. Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch led the group of senators in their effort, The Washington Times reported. Planned Parenthood, displeased with that development, today unveiled this TV ad running on network affiliates in the Lexington and Louisville markets: The group did not say how much it is spending to...
  • 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...