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‘Not against Jewish faith’ Mursi:
comments taken out of context
Al Arabiya News [Dubai, UAE] *, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2013 1:12:01 PM     Post Reply
Egypt´s President Mohamed Mursi said on Wednesday spiteful remarks he made against Jews and Zionists in 2010 had been taken out of context. "As I have said before the quotes were taken out of context... I am not against the Jewish faith, I am not against Jews who practice their religion," Mursi told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. "I was talking about the practices and behavior of believers of any religion who shed blood or who attack innocent people or civilians. That´s the behavior that I condemn." "I am a Muslim. I'm a believer and my religion

Girl who performed at Obama
inaugural events slain on South Side
Chicago Tribune [IL], by Jennifer Delgado & Liam Ford    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2013 12:55:41 PM     Post Reply
After taking their exams Tuesday, Hadiya Pendleton and a group of others decided to hang out at a park on Tuesday just blocks away from their high school on the South Side. But the trip ended in tragedy when the 15-year-old King College Prep sophomore was fatally shot about a week after she attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration and performed at inaugural events with the King College Prep band and drill team. (Snip) Most of those who were in the park were gang members, and those in the group did not stay on scene to help after the shootings, according to police. The shooting occurred

Kudos to Senators
Cornyn, Cruz, and Inhofe
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 12:40:09 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday, the Senate confirmed John Kerry as Secretary of State. The vote was 94-3. Kerry’s confirmation was never in doubt. Unlike Susan Rice, Kerry did not recently exhibit willful disregard for the truth on a matter of deep public conern (the Benghazi killings), although he did slander the U.S. military four decades ago in connection with the war in Vietnam. And unlike Chuck Hagel, Kerry’s stated views on foreign policy do not fall outside the mainstream of the Democratic Party (a sad commentary on that Party) and do not diverge from the positions President Obama articulated to the public



How Dare You Question the
President’s Love of Shooting
National Review Online, by Corey Dean Hall    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 12:35:26 PM     Post Reply
CNN’s Erin Burnett had the temerity to question whether or not President Obama actually shoots skeet. If there are truthers and birthers, should there now be a new term for those who are doubting President Obama’s claim that he goes skeet shooting “all the time”? And should that term be “skeeters”? If so, count CNN’s rising young star Erin Burnett among the gadflies. During a segment on Monday night, Burnett took over two minutes to dissect the president’s shooting claim — and she found it wanting.

Gun control fails
rationality test
Washington Examiner, by Randy Barnett    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/30/2013 12:29:11 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the various gun control proposals that have been floated in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings. Although they are said to be merely "reasonable regulations" of the Second Amendment´s right to keep and bear arms, most or all of these proposals are irrational and unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has established a two-tiered protection of liberty. Under the lowest tier, "rational basis review," it will uphold restrictions on liberty so long as it can imagine any possible reason why Congress might have adopted the measure. By contrast,

Ted Kennedy’s Girth
American Spectator, by Matthew Walther    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 12:26:49 PM     Post Reply
Checking out the redesigned New Republic today, I came across this bizarre sentence in an essay by Michael Kinsley: At this point, before he remarried, [Edward] Kennedy’s dual reputation for girth and senatorial statesmanship had not yet overcome his reputation as a party boy. What does “girth” mean in this context? I honestly have no idea. I just checked Chambers (no OED unfortunately), and have found these two nouns*: “the distance round something such as a tree or a person’s waist”

The Obama Vacuum
Weekly Standard, by Lee Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 12:24:15 PM     Post Reply
One thing Hillary Clinton got right in her testimony before Congress last week: “When America is absent,” she said, “there are consequences.” But the administration she served has chosen to be absent, and we are seeing the consequences play out, from North Africa to the Levant, where the unchecked flow of weapons, experienced jihadist fighters, and Salafist ideology is reshaping the regional balance of power?—?and tilting it against the United States. There was no forceful response to the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operation in September that murdered four Americans at the Benghazi consulate.



Are We Really Back to
Relying on the Egyptian
Military to Save the Day?
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 12:22:21 PM     Post Reply
Back when Mubarak was clinging to power and the Tahrir Square rioting was intensifying, I cautioned that it would be foolish for the West to assume that the Egyptian military — principal recipient of tens of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars over the last 40 years — would step in and stop the country from falling into the grip of Islamists. The Egyptian military is a reflection of Egyptian society which, as we have now seen in election after election, is dominated by Islamists. Indeed, despite the good relations some top Egyptian military brass have had with the Pentagon,

Senate Judiciary chair rejects
Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban
San Francisco Chronicle, by Carolyn Lochhead    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 11:56:45 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee did not endorse colleague Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban at a packed Capitol Hill hearing on guns Wednesday in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., called for “common sense reform,” that closes loopholes in current gun laws and enforces background checks. Buthe did not endorse Feinstein’s tougher ban. “I know gun store owners in Vermont,” Leahy said. “They follow the law and conduct background checks…why should we not try to plug the loopholes in the law that allow (criminals and the mentally ill)

Fundamental Transformation of
America Equals turning legal civil
society into illegal one
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/30/2013 11:41:59 AM     Post Reply
In the ongoing forced Battle Royale between a president and what he sees as his all but captured USA civil society, there’s no longer any mystique behind the “Fundamental Transformation of America”. It’s becoming more clear by day that the ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’ is a long-planned formula that is forcing legal civil society into a complete illegal society. A new kind of segregation has returned. Decency, law-abiding, individual, God and liberty loving are being strategically culled from humanity’s herd.

European stocks fall as
US economy contracts
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/30/2013 11:31:47 AM     Post Reply
European stock markets slid and the euro gained on Wednesday on news the US economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter last year and on bright eurozone confidence data. London´s FTSE 100 index of top companies dipped 0.14 percent to 6,330.39 points in afternoon deals, Frankfurt´s DAX 30 dropped 0.39 percent to 7,818.24 points and in Paris the CAC 40 shed 0.41 percent to 3,770.26 points. In Milan, the FTSE Mib slumped 2.56 percent to 17,431.79 points after energy company Saipem, a unit of ENI, warned 2012 results would fall short of forecasts and that 2013 would remain difficult.



Census 2011: Polish becomes
the second language
Telegraph [UK], by John Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 11:30:31 AM     Post Reply
An influx of workers from Eastern Europe has transformed the face of the UK over the past decade, with some areas such as Boston, Lincs, and Ealing in west London seeing the most dramatic changes. A total of 546,000 people in England and Wales said that Polish was their “main” language, second only to English in England. A total of 562,000 people said that they spoke Welsh, predominantly in Wales. Although four million people living in England and Wales--or eight percent of the population--said English was not their first language, only 138,000 admitted having no English or Welsh at

Government Gave 4,317 Aliens
2 Social Security Numbers a Piece
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 1/30/2013 11:25:06 AM     Post Reply
A report from the Social Security Administration Inspector General (IG) found 4,317 instances where a non-citizen was able to obtain two Social Security numbers, including 542 instances that happened since 2001. “We identified 4,317 instances where the Numident record of 2 SSNs assigned to noncitizens contained matching first, middle, and last names; dates and places of birth; gender; and fathers’ and mothers’ names,” the IG reported on Dec. 10, 2012. Numident – which stands for Numerical Identification System – is the master file of applications for social security numbers.

Rick Santelli Responds to Negative
GDP Report: ´We Are Now Europe´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:24:51 AM     Post Reply
Rick Santelli made a stunning observation Wednesday about the shocking report that the economy actually shrunk in the fourth quarter last year. "We are now Europe," he declared on CNBC´s Squawk Box. "Hey Joe," Santelli said, "when you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe, and our discussions with economists sounds like we´re in Europe. They have the same discussions constantly." "They’re always doing the right thing," he continued. "They’re always thinking they know better. And this is the kind of growth. We have become Europe. We are now Europe."

Israel ´hits Syria convoy
near Lebanon border´
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/30/2013 11:23:50 AM     Post Reply
Israel forces carried out an air strike overnight on a weapons convoy from Syria near the Lebanese border, security sources told AFP on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The attack came after Israel expressed concerns that Damascus´s stockpile of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Lebanon´s Shiite militia Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian regime, or other militant groups. Israeli officials said such a transfer would be a casus belli and likely spark an Israeli attack. "The Israeli air force blew up a convoy that had just crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon,"



Argentine woman becomes first
to give birth after heart transplant
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:21:26 AM     Post Reply
In what doctors Tuesday said was a medical first, an Argentine woman with a transplanted heart has given birth to a baby girl following an in vitro fertilisation. Pregnancy after an organ transplant is always a high risk proposition because the drugs needed to ensure the transplanted organ is not rejected make pregnancy difficult, and their effects on the fetus are not clear. "There is no record in the world of a transplant patient who has achieved pregnancy through in vitro fertilization," said Gustavo Leguizamon, head of the high risk pregnancy centre in Buenos Aires, where the treatment was performed.

NLRB Appeals to Multiply
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 11:21:09 AM     Post Reply
Attorneys have been hard at work readying appeals to National Labor Relations Board rulings since a three-judge panel unanimously ruled in Noel Canning v. NLRB that President Barack Obama violated the constitution when he stacked the board with recess appointments while the Senate was still in session. The court’s ruling does not invalidate every decision that the NLRB has made since Obama appointed Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin in Jan. 2012, but it does boost the prospects of those seeking appeal. The ruling raises questions of legal strategy moving forward.

Can the GOP Be Saved?
The Myth of the Demographic Fix
American.com, by Lee Harris    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/30/2013 11:21:01 AM     Post Reply
The four more years that the American electorate has granted President Obama will most likely be spent by the Republicans in feuding over the soul and destiny of their party. From the point of view of making the next Republican presidential nominee electable, it is difficult to imagine a worse strategy. After all, the last great Republican feud — the one that broke out between President Taft and Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 — ended in the election of a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson, and the current feud may put yet another Democrat in the White House in 2016.

Is your ergonomic
desk trying to kill you?
Wall Street Journal, by Jen Wieczner    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:15:24 AM     Post Reply
The idea of “active workstations” sounds great. Why not burn a few calories at a treadmill desk while you work, or strengthen your abs on a giant rubber ball while returning emails? As these products have grown in use, so has feedback on their downsides. When John Osborn’s treadmill desk arrived in his corner office last August, the New York CEO of advertising firm BBDO spent nearly 80% of the day working while walking. But soon colleagues began pointing out rampant misspellings in his emails. “You quickly realize how difficult it is to type anything longer than a sentence,” he says.

US economy shrinks a surprise
0.1% in fourth quarter
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 11:13:38 AM     Post Reply
The US economy unexpectedly shrank at an annualised rate of 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012, initial official estimates indicate. If confirmed, it would be the first contraction logged by the US economy since the 2009 global recession. The world´s largest economy grew 3.1% in July to September. The fourth quarter period was dominated by the "fiscal cliff"--the spending cuts and tax rises that had been due to come into force from 1 January. These were avoided by a last-minute deal between the Republican-dominated Congress and the White House. However, economists warned at the time that


Bus service grinds to
halt in Naples: no fuel
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:11:54 AM     Post Reply
Naples, Italy — Bus service in the southern Italian city of Naples has ground to a halt after the city transport company ran out of money for fuel. Valeria Peti, of the ANM transport company, says only 30 of the usual 300 buses left the depot Wednesday morning, and they all had to return before their tanks ran dry. The company had announced overnight that service for the morning rush hour couldn´t be guaranteed. Naples´ municipal services have been in the news before, most notably when mountains of garbage have piled up.

Unions, Hollywood open to
bankrolling Obama’s advocacy arm
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Kevin Bogardus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 11:09:42 AM     Post Reply
Labor unions and Hollywood donors are open to bankrolling Organizing for Action, the outside group that has been formed in support of President Obama’s second-term agenda. Traditionally one of the biggest donors to Democrats, unions are considering putting their financial weight behind the group as it tries to harness the grassroots power of Obama’s reelection machine. “If Organizing for Action mobilizes or communicates on issues that are directly germane to or beneficial to the interests of professional firefighters, we would consider supporting the effort,” said Kevin O’Connor, head of governmental and political

Mass. Gov. Picks Ex-Aide
Cowan as Interim Senator
Associated Press, by Bob Salsberg*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/30/2013 11:09:16 AM     Post Reply
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has tapped his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State-designate John Kerry. Patrick says Cowan´s role in helping turn around the Massachusetts economy in recent years "has earned him the respect and admiration of people throughout government." He says the state will benefit from Cowan´s wisdom and good judgment. Cowan, a North Carolina native, says he is "honored and humbled" by the appointment. Cowan is the former chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Patrick.

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