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  • Fiscal Cliff Didn’t Hold Back Business Spending

    02/28/2013 5:49:08 AM PST · by ksen · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/30/13 | Neil Shah
    Corporate executives warned Washington late last year they were delaying investment plans amid rising uncertainty over the fiscal cliff, raising risks for the economy. Turns out they did nothing of the sort. In its first analysis of U.S. gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2012, out today, the government said the economy surprisingly shrank at an annualized rate of 0.1% between October and December, partly due to a massive one-time drop in defense spending. However, details reveal a bright spot: Business investment in equipment and software — seen as a proxy for corporate spending — soared 12.4% in...
  • Sequester Cuts Are Here To Stay

    02/28/2013 5:46:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    http://thehill.com/ ^ | February 28, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    The sequester is here to stay — at least for a while. Lawmakers and aides say they do not expect Congress to turn off budget sequestration before April and that negotiations to freeze the automatic spending cuts could drag into May or beyond.
  • Dale Robertson leaves legacy of classic Western TV shows

    02/28/2013 5:41:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | Feb 28, 2013 | Ken Miller
    Dale Robertson leaves legacy of classic Western TV shows Ken Miller, Associated Press / February 28, 2013 Dale Robertson started in the movies, including such roles as Jesse James in "Fighting Man of the Plains. Dale Robertson moved into television, starring in series such as "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957-62), "Iron Horse" (1966) and "Death Valley Days" (1968-70). Robertson died Tuesday. By Ken Miller, Associated Press / February 28, 2013 Actor Dale Robertson in 1964. Robterson became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday, died Feb. 26, 2013. Robertson's niece, Nancy Robertson, said her uncle died...
  • TX:Truck burglar awakens sleeping driver, then dodges bullets

    02/28/2013 5:34:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    chron.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Carol Christian
    A 27-year-old League City man was sleeping in the back seat of an extended-cab pickup while his wife went inside the bank, said Sgt. Tamara Spencer of the League City Police Department. The man driving the Buick pulled up next to the pickup and punched out the front passenger-seat window, Spencer said. "Window punches are loud," she said. "Our victim initially thought he'd been shot at." Because the incident happened in the League City business district, police are hopeful it might have been captured on surveillance video. "There are a ton of businesses there and some have surveillance cameras," Spencer...
  • Liberal Racists Warn of Chaos.Only The Left Has a Problem with an Interracial Political Marriage.

    02/28/2013 5:33:18 AM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    WSJ:Best of The Web Today ^ | February 27, 2013 | James Taranto
    Senator Mitch McConnell is criticized for having a Chinese wife. "A Democratic group is under sharp criticism for controversial online messages about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's wife," reports WFPL-FM, an NPR station in Louisville, Ky. For months Progress Kentucky, a liberal super PAC, has been stalking McConnell, the Bluegrass State's senior senator, holding "demonstrations at his offices and home." But the attack on Mrs. McConnell, who in public goes by her maiden name of Elaine Chao, took place on Twitter. The station quotes a Progress Kentucky tweet dated Feb. 14: "This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she's his...
  • Houston homeowner holds 3 burglary suspects at gunpoint until cops arrive

    02/28/2013 5:28:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    khou.com ^ | 27 February, 2013 | Staff
    HOUSTON – A man came home Wednesday morning to find three juvenile suspects inside his northwest Houston home, police said. It happened at about 8:30 a.m. in the 5500 block of Bent Bough near Maple Tree. When Randy Magdeleno entered his home he said he heard voices. “So I grabbed my rifle and I came around through here in my kitchen,” he said. “It was scary, I didn’t know what I was walking into and hearing people running around inside my house at the same time. I didn’t know if they were carrying weapons around or not.”
  • Ron’s ‘coke’ head (JCPenney CEO hires marketing exec responsible for New Coke fiasco)

    02/28/2013 5:16:32 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/28/13 | JAMES COVERT
    This news may be hard for JCPenney investors to swallow. After the flailing retailer reported abysmal year-end results yesterday, CEO Ron Johnson revealed that Penney’s spring ad campaign is being masterminded by Sergio Zyman — the marketing exec behind Coca-Cola’s infamous New Coke blunder in 1984. Johnson, who said he has been working with Zyman since last fall, didn’t mention the New Coke connection in a call with analysts.
  • Animal Obesity A Growing Problem In The US

    02/28/2013 5:14:34 AM PST · by jda · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | 26 February 2013
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Much like their human owners, animals have to deal with unwanted weight, too. KCAL9’s Sibila Vargas reported that animal obesity is an epidemic across the country with more than 50 percent of pets now overweight. Natasha, who owns an adorable dog named Colonel, said she knows her furry friend has overindulged in food. “Every time he goes up the stairs, he expects a treat. You spoil them and then you don’t realize what you’re doing,” she said. For the past few months, Natasha has been working with Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, to help...
  • Republican leaders’ ‘meeting’ with Obama: Seven minutes

    02/28/2013 5:06:42 AM PST · by Hoodat · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    Never let it be said that President Obama has failed to spend time with Republican leaders in seeking an alternative to automatic budget cuts that are due to hit most federal departments Friday. On Wednesday, for example, the president gave GOP lawmakers as much as seven minutes, a rare face-to-face encounter that the White House described as a “meeting.” The White House’s characterization of this momentary huddle at the Capitol as a meeting illuminates Mr. Obama’s strategy in dealing with Republicans on the budget cuts and other fiscal deadlines. With speeches and other staged events, the president has tried to...
  • Scarborough: Bush White House Threatened Me

    02/28/2013 4:33:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The Morning Joe panel was tough today on the Obama White House for threatening Bob Woodward by telling him he would "regret" his reporting that it was the Obama administration that had devised the sequester, In the course of the opening segment, various panel members described the Obama White House response as "mickey mouse," "pathetic" and "childish." But at the same time, a theme emerged that there was nothing unusual about a White House trying to intimidate reporters. Mark Halperin said "the Bush White House regularly would engage in the same kind of tactics." And Joe Scarborough and Andrea Mitchell...
  • Agenda-driven research and reporting serve power elites, not public interest

    02/28/2013 4:29:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    We would know what works and doesn’t in terms of “gun control” if only the National Rifle Association hadn’t employed “a tactic of fear” and killed Congressional funding for research. That’s the message Dr. Mark Rosenberg, former director of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control put forth, and that ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien accepted without question (let alone challenge). His Feb. 25 Q&A with Rosenberg, presented as “ongoing” investigative journalism, reads more like a fake infomercial “interview” to anyone who’s been watching the debate and has seen old tricks before. Absent from Sapien’s fawning setups...
  • China enslaving the world: Beijing's ruthless leaders subjugate armies of foreign workers

    02/28/2013 4:27:46 AM PST · by dennisw · 12 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 27 February 2013 | Tony Rennell
    Beijing-- plundering resources across the globe - and now they've got Britain in their sights China's progress has entered its second phase - entry into Western markets Ongoing financial crisis in the West has opened more doors to the East To stay there will cost you Ł2,000 a night. Just to have dinner means parting with a huge deposit per person before you even get to the table. Who can afford to stay there? Increasingly, the answer is the world’s fast-growing army of multi-millionaires from China. Three years ago, the Chinese comprised just four per cent of the hotel’s guests....
  • Obama Terrorizes Public with Illegal Alien Releases

    02/28/2013 4:27:35 AM PST · by SJackson · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 28, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama Terrorizes Public with Illegal Alien ReleasesPosted By Arnold Ahlert On February 28, 2013 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments In one of the most politically despicable moves ever perpetrated by a sitting administration, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of illegal aliens from prison in anticipation of budget cuts produced by the sequester. “As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” said agency spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen in a statement. Immigration officials further warned that even more...
  • Public landscaping in area costs millions

    02/28/2013 3:41:32 AM PST · by plangent · 7 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | July 5, 2012 | Lawrence Budd
    Landscapers plan to plant 1,354 daylilies around the Austin Boulevard interchange, part of more than $2.1 million in public funds to be spent in the next year at two area interchanges on transportation enhancements. In the past two decades, more than $13.4 billion in federal transportation funding has been spent on 27,000 enhancement projects, devoted to scenic beautification, bike trails and historic buildings. In the Miami Valley, federal and local funds have paid for transportation enhancements off Interstate 70 in Huber Heights, Ohio 48 in Englewood and Interstate 675 at Far Hills Avenue. - See more at: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/public-landscaping-in-area-costs-millions-1/nPwLs/#sthash.gtVXFk0i.dpuf
  • Actor Dale Robertson Dies in California Hospital

    02/28/2013 2:58:59 AM PST · by John W · 24 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | February 28, 2013 | Ken Miller
    Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday, died Tuesday. He was 89. Robertson's niece, Nancy Robertson, said her uncle died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness. Dale Robertson had bit parts in films including "The Boy with the Green Hair" and the Joan Crawford vehicle "Flamingo Road" before landing more high-profile roles such as Jesse James in "Fighting Man of the Plains." In the 1950s, he moved into television, starring in series such as "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957-62), "Iron Horse" (1966) and...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 28, 2013

    02/28/2013 2:50:33 AM PST · by sneakers · 14 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • WHY DOES ANYONE NEED TO READ ABOUT CELEBRITIES? ... Ann Coulter

    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
    2-28-13
    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 Apmex.com 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...