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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
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  • White House threatened Bob Woodward for Obama expose

    02/28/2013 2:19:08 AM PST · by Marv Dumon · 32 replies
    http://www.examiner.com/ ^ | 02/28/2013 | Marv Dumon
    On Wednesday, the White House sent a threatening email to Washington Post editor Bob Woodward in response to a column in which the veteran journalist suggested that President Barack Obama and cabinet official Jack Lew lied about the sequestration cuts. In a Feb. 27 appearance on CNN's "Situation Room," Woodward declined to identify the senior administration official who had threatened him. "They're not happy at all," said Woodward. "It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this. He added that he was "very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you're going to regret doing something. Let's hope...
  • 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 · 54 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...
  • 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
    CNN.com ^ | 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
    (CNSNews.com) – 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: "...it 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 http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html. 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
    godfatherpolitics.com ^ | 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
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 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 Breitbart.com, 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 france24.com ^ | 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 NYTimes.com. 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
    qqq.3ders.org ^ | 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...