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  • Feds, media debunk Sarah Palin 'stockpiling bullets' claim

    02/27/2013 5:07:45 PM PST · by Third Person · 59 replies
    Pollutico ^ | February 27th, 2013 | Kevin Cirilli
    The feds say Sarah Palin is firing blanks with her claim that the government is “stockpiling bullets” for potential civil unrest in case the country defaults on its loans. While government agencies are, in fact, purchasing large amounts of ammunition, they are doing so for training exercises and shooting ranges, according to federal officials. The Washington Post last month summed up the Department of Homeland Security’s buying of more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition for training with an article headlined, “Not so sinister: Homeland Security is stockpiling ammo for target practice.” And last summer, the Social Security Administration’s Office...
  • Bob Woodward: Obama Showing 'A Kind Of Madness I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'

    02/27/2013 4:42:18 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/27/13 | 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...
  • Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Macomb Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court

    02/27/2013 4:30:23 PM PST · by equaviator · 6 replies
    http://www.sourcenewspapers.com ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | By CHARLES CRUMM
    Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David Viviano has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Michigan Supreme Court. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment at 3 p.m. Wednesday in a livestreamed event. "This is a tremendous honor for me, for my entire family," Viviano said. "I am committed to the rule of law. I believe in the separation of powers." Viviano replaces former Justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January amid charges of fraud regarding a home she owns. "He's truly a rule of law judge, which is critically important," Snyder said. Snyder said the candidates for the state's...
  • American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge

    02/27/2013 4:28:09 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 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. Click here to read the lawsuit. Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty...
  • Russian parliament backs ban on 'gay propaganda

    02/27/2013 4:26:03 PM PST · by Westbrook · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:49pm EST | Gabriela Baczynska and Alissa de Carbonnel
    Russia's parliament backed a draft law on Friday banning "homosexual propaganda" in what critics see as an attempt to shore up support for President Vladimir Putin in the country's largely conservative society. ... "We live in Russia, not Sodom and Gomorrah," United Russia deputy Dmitry Sablin said before the 388-1 vote in the 450-seat chamber.
  • EPA Funding Climbed 51% Since 2008

    02/27/2013 4:20:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 27, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is up by more than half—in real dollars—since 2008, according to calculations based on Treasury Department data. In 2008, EPA funding was $7,938,000,000, according to the Final Monthly Treasury Statement for fiscal year 2008. That would be $8,464,894,460 in real 2012 dollars, according to the BLS calculator. The same Treasury report said EPA funding climbed to $12,796,000,000 in fiscal year 2012. That’s a 51.1 percent funding increase from four years earlier. …
  • Budget Cuts Could Force Army and Marines to Cut 200,000 Troops

    02/27/2013 4:13:38 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 27 Feb 13 | John McCormack
    Many conservatives and Republicans are greeting the looming sequestration spending cuts with a collective yawn. "The much-ballyhooed 'sequester' is a cut of $85 billion in a nearly $4 trillion federal budget. Good, let’s do it," writes one contributor to National Review Online's symposium on sequestration. It's true that sequestration is a tiny cut to total federal spending. But it is also true that sequestration is a major cut to defense spending. According to the House Armed Services Committee, the 2011 Budget Control Act (the law that imposed both spending caps and sequestration) will force the Marine Corps to shrink by...
  • LGBT Rights Group Sues School for Banning Transgender 6-Year-Old Boy from Girls’ Bathroom

    02/27/2013 4:01:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 27, 2013 | Penny Starr
    A six-year-old boy who has been told that he cannot use the girls’ restroom at his elementary school is being discriminated against, because he is transgender, an LGBT advocacy group claims in a civil rights complaint, according to a report in a Colorado Springs newspaper, The Gazette. Coy Mathis’ mother said her son has lived as a girl, including dressing in girls’ clothing, using the girls’ bathroom at school and having teachers refer to her as a girl. “We socially transitioned her to a girl, which at that age means merely changing pronouns and growing her hair out,” Kathryn Mathis...
  • Obama Rationing Plan Revealed in Lawsuit

    02/27/2013 4:01:17 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    A federal lawsuit has revealed one of Obama's rationing plans. The Administration says states can cut Medicaid payments to doctors and other providers to hold down costs -- until they decide not to and states are stuck with the bill. This is a breathtaking statement. President Obama's signature law, Obamacare, adds 16 million people to Medicaid. It offers states the "opportunity" to expand Medicaid at no cost for the first two years, and then offers to pay 90% of the cost in perpetuity of all individuals eligible under the expansion. The law also increases payment to primary care doctors for...
  • Woodward: Very Senior Obama White House Official Threatened Me Over Sequester Reporting

    02/27/2013 3:51:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 115 replies
    CNN via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    "Very senior person" at White House emailed Bob Woodward "you're going to regret doing this," says Woodward live now on @CNN.
  • Cuomo Announces Plans To Modify Gun Control Law To Exempt Film Industry

    02/27/2013 3:50:27 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | February 27, 2013
    Just a month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the strictest gun control law in the country, state officials plan to make some exemptions. The law toughened restrictions on military-style rifles and high-capacity semiautomatic handguns, but those restrictions will be changed so those types of weapons can be used on the sets of television shows and movies being shot in New York.
  • Phony Minorities and the New Gay Hell

    02/27/2013 3:47:24 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 12 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | February 9, 2013 | Thomas Clough
    Are girls with eating disorders an oppressed minority? I ask this question because the rexies are demanding some respect. ------------ If all of this is more than you can imagine, then come to terms with these historical facts: this fanciful arc of an upcoming Rise of the Rexies is exactly the pathway to “gay acceptance” that was paved by homosexual activists. This is the history of the Gay Movement. ------------ The media campaign of gay activists is modeled on a battle plan scripted by the queer theorists Marshall Kirk and Erastes Pill. This strategic document is appropriately titled “The Overhauling...
  • Committee passes gun bill without doctor provision

    02/27/2013 3:46:20 PM PST · by lacrew · 5 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | February 27, 2013 | Andy Marso
    A House committee on Wednesday passed a gun rights bill after removing — for now — a provision barring doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. House Bill 2199, dubbed the "Second Amendment Protection Act" by supporters, mainly focuses on prohibiting the federal government from regulating guns manufactured and sold within the boundaries of Kansas. But a secondary provision that would have made it illegal for any doctor other than a psychiatrist to ask about gun ownership threatened to hold it up.
  • US praises Germany’s “exemplary leadership” in Europe (John Kerry)

    02/27/2013 3:45:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02/27/2013 @ 09:58 | Valentina Pop
    On his first trip to Berlin as US foreign secretary, John Kerry on Tuesday (26 February) praised Germany’s leadership in Europe and made a strong case for an EU-US free trade agreement. … “What you’re doing now in Germany is so remarkable in terms of leading Europe and expressing a vision about where we can go together,” Kerry told the young audience. He repeated the compliment when meeting Merkel, thanking “Germany's exemplary leadership.” …
  • 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...
  • 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.