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    02/28/2013 2:02:58 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 27 Feb 2013 | Ann Coulter
    Having given up on trying to persuade Americans that taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will reduce the murder rate, Democrats have turned to their usual prohibitionary argument: "Why does anyone need (an assault weapon, a 30-round magazine, a semiautomatic, etc., etc.)?" Phony conservative Joe Manchin, who won his U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia with an ad showing him shooting a gun, said, "I don't know anyone (who) needs 30 rounds in a clip." CNN's Don Lemon, who does not fit the usual profile of the avid hunter and outdoorsman, demanded, "Who needs an assault rifle to go hunting?"...
  • Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price

    02/28/2013 12:59:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Terry Milewski
    Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price Super Hornet less stealthy, but has lower sticker price and operational costs In a dogfight of defence contractors, the hunter can quickly become the hunted. It's happening now to the F-35. The world's largest defence contractor, Lockheed Martin, is trying to convince wavering U.S. allies — including Canada — to stick with its high-tech, high-priced and unproven F-35 stealth fighter. But the F-35 is way behind schedule, way over budget and, now, it's grounded by a mysterious crack in a turbine fan. After years of technical problems, it's...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (2-28-13 edition)

    02/27/2013 11:19:24 PM PST · by dennisw · 14 replies
    Trying to focus on the markets for today and each day and the economic news A number of people have talked about such a thread. Lets see how it goes. This is where you can impart some investment wisdom to your fellow freepers. You can vent about the big one that got away. You can chime in how Obama is out to wreck American capitalism. If you see another FR economic thread you like and want to link to it here, please do Post your favorite economic site links. Your favorite precious metals blogs and sites is a solid...
  • Palin: Washington buying bullets for us ('We're going to default eventually and that's why feds....)

    02/27/2013 10:30:35 PM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | February 27, 2013 | Garth Kant
    Imagine the worst-case scenario if the sequester goes through. The market nosedives. The economy implodes. Empty shelves. Riots. The feds hit the streets in force to restore order in a “national emergency.” Sounds like something in a Third World country or Greece. It could never happen here, right? Think again, says Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee believes the federal government is “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.” Palin says the feds are afraid of what might happen if the sequester goes into effect. She writes on her Facebook page: “If we are going to...
  • EU 'Troika' rule in Ireland worse than British Empire

    02/27/2013 11:06:16 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/28/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Ireland's trade union chief has accused the EU-IMF troika in charge of Irish austerity policies of tipping the economy into downward spiral and acting as an imperial oppressor. "The Troika has done more damage to Ireland than Britain ever did in 800 years," said David Begg, head of the Irish Confederation of Trade Unions. David Begg said the image of Ireland as the poster-child of EU recovery was a myth culitivated by EU creditors whose only interest is to recoup their money Mr Begg said the image of Ireland as the poster-child of EU recovery was a myth culitivated by...
  • EU: Merkel’s Europe hits the skids in Rome

    02/27/2013 10:56:50 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Il Sole-24 Ore ^ | 2/27/2013 | Adriana Cerretelli
    The voters rejected the tutelage of Mario Monti and Angela Merkel, sabotaging the Chancellor's strategy of postponing the euro crisis until after Germany's September elections. To avoid a complete disintegration of the European consensus, the integration process must get back on track now. Angela Merkel has done everything she could to clear away the danger of new outbreaks of instability in Europe in the lead-up to the German elections in September. In Italy, she played the Monti card to the full – without going beyond declarations of esteem – anxious as she is to avoid the boomerang effect that caught...
  • Miss Israel is Ethiopian immigrant

    02/27/2013 10:12:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 43 replies
    Times Of Israel ^ | 02/28/2013 | Times Of Israel Staff
    Related Topics Yityish Aynaw Ethiopian immigrants Miss Israel Yityish Titi Aynaw, a 21-year-old from Netanya, was chosen Miss Israel 2013 on Wednesday night — the first Ethiopian-born contestant to win the title. Aynaw, who came to Israel with her family when she was 12, was entered into the competition by a friend, and had no previous modeling experience. She said during the competition that she hoped to go into modeling “to change attitudes to dark-skinned models. I’d love to become the first Israeli (TV) host, the Tyra Banks of Israel."
  • Journalist Bob Woodward blasts Obama "madness" in handling cuts

    02/27/2013 9:25:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:37pm EST | By Susan Heavey
    (Reuters) - Journalist Bob Woodward on Wednesday criticized Barack Obama's handling of the automatic U.S. budget cuts set to take effect this week, calling the president's decision to hold back on military deployments "madness." His comments continued what has become a running dispute between Woodward, perhaps the country's best-known print journalist, and the Democratic White House over who is responsible for the across-the-board cuts scheduled to begin on Friday.   Last week, Woodward published an opinion piece in the Washington Post - where he is an associate editor - saying the administration was "wrong" to blame the cuts on Republicans.That...
  • Has the Maryland General Assembly Lost its Legitimacy?

    02/27/2013 9:07:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | February 27, 2013 | Michael Peroutka
    Are you getting the feeling that the Maryland General Assembly seems to have lost its grip on reality? Last year the Maryland Legislature decided that they would attempt to redefine the institution of marriage. To attempt to redefine what God Himself has defined is to declare either that there is no God or that you are God. In either case, it is a foolish and dangerous thing to do. It is an indication of a reprobate mind. Now this same group is attempting to repeal the God-given right to self defense. They are preparing legislation that would pretend to make...
  • Bob Woodward says he was threatened by White House

    02/27/2013 8:59:28 PM PST · by Rennes Templar · 38 replies ^ | Feb. 17, 2013
    (CNN) - Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House's handling of the forced federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday. "They're not happy at all," he said on CNN's "The Situation Room," adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official - who he would not name - communicated a message which caused him great concern. "It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this," he said. Woodward penned a 2012 book reporting that the idea for the spending cuts, known as...
  • Senior Homeland Security Official - retirement On Day Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Were Freed

    02/27/2013 8:19:11 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press
    Senior Homeland Security Official Announces Retirement On Day Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Were Freed Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated PressFebruary 27, 2013, 6:17 PMWASHINGTON (AP) — The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his retirement 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 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...
  • Obama Admin Ups Attacks on Woodward

    02/27/2013 8:17:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 70 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | 10:52 p.m. EST Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | David Plouffe
    Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated. @DavidPlouffe Strategist. 2008 Obama Campaign Manager. White House Senior Adviser. Author of The Audacity To Win.
  • BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing

    02/27/2013 8:08:22 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing Brett LoGiuratoFebruary 27, 2013, 6:53 PMWikimedia/Bektour Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him in an email that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester. CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined. "It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House...
  • Kerry: Obama Remains Willing to Hold Bilateral Talks With Iran’s ‘Elected’ Government(Vomir Alerte')

    02/27/2013 7:43:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/27/13 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Describing Iran as a country with an “elected” government and a “remarkable history,” Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday reiterated President Obama’s willingness to hold bilateral talks with the regime. “It’s a matter of public record that he personally communicated to the supreme leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] that he was prepared to engage and to discuss these issues,” Kerry told a news conference with his French counterpart in Paris. Responding to a reporter’s question about negotiating with a “terrorist” regime, Kerry pointed out that “Iran is a country with a government that was elected and that sits...
  • Bob Woodward on threat from White House staff: " makes me very uncomfortable to have the

    02/27/2013 7:31:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/27/13 | The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,
    Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward told CNN that he has been threatened by White House staff over his budget cut challenge. Highlights from the interview are below; a full transcript will be posted on MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” Highlights from Full Interview: THIS IS A RUSH FDCH TRANSCRIPT. IT MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. BOLDUAN: What do you make of the White House's response to your article? WOODWARD: Well, I think they're confused. I think they've got this idea....
  • Economic Official Sperling Warned Woodward (Alleged sender of 'regret' email)

    02/27/2013 7:10:57 PM PST · by kristinn · 19 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Ben Smith
    The White House official whom Bob Woodward charged had crosssed a line by saying he would "regret" printing his version of a set of Washington negotiations was Gene Sperling, the director of the White House Economic Council, a source familiar with the exchange told BuzzFeed Wednesday. The email from Sperling to Woodward, which Woodward read to Politico Wednesday, has transfixed Washington, with Republicans and some in the press charging that it embodies a White House lording it over a cowed press corps. Woodward, Politico reported, called the top official — identified to BuzzFeed as Sperling — to tell him that...
  • Islamists Gain Momentum in Syria

    02/27/2013 6:28:29 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated February 27, 2013, 7:57 p.m. ET | NOUR MALAS
    BEIRUT—Extremists intent on establishing an Islamist state in Syria have gained power within the rebel insurgency, while moderates have lost clout since moves by Washington late last year aimed at the opposite result, U.S. officials and rebel fighters say. ... In the two months since the U.S. designation of Jabhat al-Nusra, the group's fighters took control of one of the Taftanaz air base in Idlib, one of largest government air bases in northern Syria, where they seized tanks, helicopters and ammunition. They also took over the Jarrah airfield outside Aleppo, which gave them access to dozens of warplanes, according to...
  • Let Them Eat Cake? Government Destroys 1,600 Pounds of Deer Meat for Homeless Just Because

    02/27/2013 6:24:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 54 replies ^ | 26 February, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Hunters and homeless people in Louisiana are righteously outraged after state health officials forced a homeless shelter to throw out nearly a ton of perfectly good venison. The meat that had been donated to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission could have fed more than 3,000 people. Instead, it was tossed in trash bins by officials from the Department of Health and Hospitals who say that state law prohibits the serving of venison in homeless shelters. Not only did the officials toss the meat, they doused it with Clorox to make sure it couldn’t be eaten by animals or, presumably, people. “Deer...
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. plans medical, food aid for Syria fighters-sources

    02/27/2013 6:23:48 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:22pm EST | Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Michael Roddy
    * Shift would help fighters with non-lethal assistance * Steps intended to show greater support to Syria opposition * State Department has no comment; no monetary figures given (Adds quotes, background) WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The United States is expected to provide medical supplies and food aid to Syrian fighters, a policy shift to directly help those opposing President Bashar al-Assad's forces on the ground, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States continues to oppose providing lethal assistance and said it also will not provide such...
  • Food Stamps for Postage: USPS Accepts EBT

    02/27/2013 6:22:02 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 26, 2013 | Elena Lathrop
    The USPS considers EBT in the same category of payment as a debit card and states on their About page, "Most debit cards and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are accepted for all Postal Service products and services." Thus, a customer not belonging to any bank could use EBT to purchase a money order to pay a bill or send money to another person—or even acquire a passport.
  • EU: Political Factions Threaten to Derail Moldova’s European Course (Part One)

    02/27/2013 6:15:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Until a few days ago, Moldova was on course to sign or at least to initial an Association Agreement with the European Union this year. Moldova was outpacing the other countries in the EU’s Eastern Partnership program toward the goals of association and free trade with the EU. In recent months, Moldova became the only Eastern Partner country to be offered a prospect of eventual EU membership, conditional on performance, by top European officials. Within Moldova’s coalition government, Prime Minister Vlad Filat’s team holds the ministries implementing the EU-Moldova Action Plan (the ministries of foreign affairs, internal affairs, justice, finance)....
  • Embraer bests Beechcraft for Afghan plane order

    02/27/2013 6:15:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jim Wolf
    Embraer bests Beechcraft for Afghan plane order (Reuters) - Brazil's Embraer bested U.S.-based Beechcraft in a high-stakes U.S. Air Force recompetition for 20 light air support planes to be provided to the Afghan military for training and counterinsurgency. Embraer and its U.S.-based partner, Sierra Nevada, were awarded a $427.5 million deal, the Pentagon announced after the close of business on Wednesday. The pair had won an initial $355 million contract in December 2011, but it was scrapped after a legal challenge from the losing bidder, then known as Hawker Beechcraft. Brazilian leaders had voiced displeasure with the sudden cancellation, saying...
  • More self-defense advice from Joe Biden: “Just fire the shotgun through the door”

    02/27/2013 6:12:16 PM PST · by randita · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/27/13 | Erika Johnsen
    Because the advice he offered last week to simply “fire two blasts” outside the house wasn’t recklessly bogus enough, here’s the vice president expounding even further on his recommendations for in-home self-defense in an in-depth interview with Field & Stream on Monday (h/t Washington Examiner): F&S: What about the other uses, for self-defense and target practice? V.P. BIDEN: Well, the way in which we measure it is—I think most scholars would say—is that as long as you have a weapon sufficient to be able to provide your self-defense. I did one of these town-hall meetings on the Internet and one...
  • Red Berets, Green Berets: Can Mali’s Divided Military Restore Order and Stability?

    02/27/2013 6:09:07 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 2/22/2013 | Andrew McGregor
    With Paris insisting that the 4,000 French troops involved in the counter-terrorist operations in northern Mali will leave Mali sometime in March, it is worth taking a look at the Malian military that will be called on to secure northern Mali despite the continued presence of armed Islamists in the region. Mali’s interim political administration is still in turmoil, as is the army, which has been at war with itself ever since the March 22, 2012 military coup led by American-trained Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo. The two main factions in the army, broadly described as the pro-junta “Green Berets” and...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-27-13

    02/27/2013 5:54:57 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies ^ | 2-27-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Defense moves to drop remaining counts against N.M. gun dealers(Reese Family)

    02/27/2013 5:54:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Lawyers for embattled former Deming gun dealers Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese filed a motion last Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico “to dismiss with prejudice the four remaining counts of the indictment.” The filing, co-signed by defense attorneys Robert J. Gorence, Jason Bowles, Brad D. Hall, and Peter V. Domenici Jr. moved for dismissal on counts “the Indictment pending against [the defendants] on the grounds that the Government has willfully or was recklessly negligent in not disclosing Giglio [“material tending to impeach the character or testimony of the prosecution witness in a...
  • Bob Woodward: The White House told me I’d regret challenging them

    02/27/2013 5:53:13 PM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    Via John Sexton of, I’d sure like to know which ray of Hopeychangey sunshine shared this bit of bright good cheer with Woodward. To be clear, he doesn’t specifically say it was someone inside the White House; I’m assuming that from Politico’s description of this very short clip (“Bob Woodward pulled back the curtain on his battle with the White House over a recent column on the sequester”), but maybe it’s someone from outside the building. Jim Messina, maybe? Remember, he’s into “punching back twice as hard.” Good point from John: John Sexton @verumserum For all those who claimed...
  • Starbucks gets frothy NY Times digital deal

    02/27/2013 5:46:16 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 11 replies
    AFP via ^ | February 27, 2013 | AFP
    The New York Times and Starbucks are teaming up to give coffee drinkers a way to leap over the newspaper's digital paywall -- as long as beverages are savored in stores. A partnership announced Wednesday will give Starbucks customers free digital access to 15 articles per day on Customers who are logged into the Starbucks Digital Network in its US shops will be able to access up to three articles from five separate sections per day, including top news, business and technology. The move comes with the US daily moving to tighten up its paywall...
  • How far 3D printing has come since Good Morning America - January 1989 (video)

    02/27/2013 5:45:15 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 4 replies ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | 3ders
    How far we have come - 3D Printing is just as exciting today as it was in 1989. A little bit of 3D printing history: 1984 - Charles Hull developed the technology for printing physical 3D objects from digital data. 1986 - Charles Hull named the technique as Stereolithography and obtained a patent. 1986 - Charles Hull founded 3D Systems and developed the first commercial 3D Printing machine, it was called as Stereolithography Apparatus. 1988 - 3D Systems developed model SLA-250, which was the first version to the general public. 1988 - Scott Crump invented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). 1989...
  • State Supreme Court wants NYS to show good cause that gun law is constitutional

    02/27/2013 5:40:21 PM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 17 replies
    WKTV.COM Utica NY ^ | 2/27/13 | By NEWSChannel 2 Staff
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Buffalo-based attorney who is spear-heading a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent gun laws said that Wednesday was "monumental," as a State Supreme Court Justice issued an order requiring New York State to show good cause that the law is constitutional. New York State has until April 29 to respond or else an injunction will be issued. On Thursday, thousands are expected in Albany to rally against the Governor's gun laws. Many are looking to preserve local jobs at places such as Remington Arms, while others say they are just citizens who feel that their...
  • Behind the Curtain: Woodward at war

    02/27/2013 5:35:33 PM PST · by Third Person · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | February 27th, 2013 | Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen
    Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets. Digging into one of his famous folders, Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of...
  • Russia's Putin "unhappy" with limo

    02/27/2013 5:34:10 PM PST · by nascarnation · 36 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 2/27/2013 | Johnathon Ramsey
    A few years ago Russian president Dmitri Medvedev decided he wanted officials to be chauffeured in Russian limousines, not the German executive sedans everyone had become accustomed to (such as the Mercedes-Benz pictured above). Naturally, that meant turning to Russia's own ZiL to create a litter worthy of a plutocrat and glorious Russian history. The plan had two big problems, the first being that ZiL stopped making limos in 1991 and was only producing trucks and armored military vehicles. But that didn't stop the party. The orders to ZiL were to create something powered by a V8 that was able...
  • Woodward at war

    02/27/2013 5:26:37 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | February 27, 2013 | MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI
    Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend’s Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide “yelled at me for about a half hour,” Woodward told us in an hour-long interview yesterday around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington’s powerful have spilled their secrets. Digging into one of his famous folders, Woodward said the tirade was followed by a page-long email from the aide, one of...
  • Smoke a Joint, Get an ObamaPass,Sell a gun to someone who smokes a joint, get 20 years in jail

    02/27/2013 5:10:05 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    GOA ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | GOA Staff
    It’s Looney Toons on Capitol Hill. Everyone’s heard about the “red herring” Feinstein Gun Ban, which “red state Democrats” will vote down in order to pretend they’re “pro-gun.” But the bigger danger is that Obama will sign “non-controversial” gun control which is just as dangerous, but no one but us is talking about. Take the gun licensure bill which anti-gunners are trying to dub the “gun trafficking bill.” In the Senate, the bill is S. 54, and was introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) -- although it appears that it could have been drafted by an intern. GOOFBALL...
  • In Closed-Door Meeting, Cantor Warned of ‘Civil War’

    02/27/2013 5:07:53 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 59 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2-27-2012 | Katrina Trinko
    House majority leader Eric Cantor is increasingly frustrated with a group of House Republicans who are working against the leadership, and he’s not afraid of voicing his dismay. In a closed-door conference meeting on Wednesday, Cantor told one GOP member that if they blocked the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) from coming to the floor, they’d cause “civil war” in the ranks. Cantor’s comment irked some Republican aides, who told National Review Online that such strong language is inappropriate. In recent days, some conservatives have been upset about the Senate’s version of VAWA, saying that parts of the bill...
  • 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 ^ | 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....