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What Our Society Has Become
Canada Free Press, by Douglas V. Gibbs    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 11:55:42 AM     Post Reply
Today’s democrats are often called “socialists” by their opposition, and though that is probably true, what today’s progressive liberals truly are is something worse. These people are statists, which are people who believe that only the ruling elite understand how a society should be run, and that it is up to them to engineer that society so that eventually it becomes a peaceful utopia equipped with equality, fairness, and a share-and-share alike attitude. Heaven on Earth, I suppose you could say. Samuel Adams called the concept “utopianism.” Karl Marx called it communism.

Small Business Administrator Mills
leaving Obama administration
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/11/2013 11:53:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Karen Mills is leaving her post as head of the Small Business Administration, opening yet another Cabinet-rank job for President Barack Obama to fill at the start of his second term. Obama says Mills played a leading role supporting start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. Mills has served as SBA administrator since 2009. (snip)Mills is the latest executive branch official to leave during the traditional turnover at the beginning of a second term.

Crime & Incompetence: Guide
to America’s Immigration Crisis
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 11:50:57 AM     Post Reply
Just as the powers that be in Washington, DC are about to open the“bi-partisan” path for amnesty via 11+ million illegal immigrants, along comes Whistleblower author Marinka Peschmann to open the pandora’s box called the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Investigative journalist Marinka Peschmann’s eye-opening book, Crime & Incompetence: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis takes the reader into the world of crime, corruption, and incompetence that run an uninterrupted daily course at the USCIS. From its opening pages that shine the spotlight on the politicians and



The Corrupt Origins of the
Melgen-Menendez Dominican
Port Security Deal
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 11:22:44 AM     Post Reply
The saga of the Dominician port security deal that has embroiled Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his friend and major donor Dr. Salomon Melgen began in December 2000 when retired Major General Javier Juan Rene Beauchamp, Commander of the Dominican Armed Forces from 1975 to 1978 and "one of the strong men of the government of 12 years of Joaquín Balaguer," was assassinated at his home in the Dominican Republic just months after Hipolito Mejia was elected as the country´s new president. In 1973, then Brigadier General Beauchamp was part of an elite military squad that

´I could see his brains spilling out..
watched him take his last breath´:
Navy SEAL describes moment he shot
bin Laden three times in head before
zip-tying his screaming wife to her bed
Daily Mail [UK], by Rachel Quigley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 10:29:42 AM     Post Reply
The Navy SEAL who claims he shot and killed Osama bin Laden in the famous raid which captured America´s most wanted terrorist has spoken for the first time about the moment he shot the al Qaeda three times in the head and watched him take his last breath. The Team Six member - who is referred to as ´The Shooter´ for the safety of his family - described in unforgettable detail the days leading up to the kill, the moment he shot bin Laden three times and the fallout from the raid.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it´s a window cleaner!
Grime fighters dress up as
superheroes to cheer up patients
at a children´s hospital
Daily Mail (UK), by Becky Evans    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/11/2013 10:28:50 AM     Post Reply
Hospitalised children were left stunned as four of the world´s most famous superheroes appeared at their 12th floor window. Spiderman, Batman, Captain America and Superman´s mission for the day was to cheer up the patients at the Children´s Hospital of Pittsburgh as they did their window cleaning rounds. The group of window washers said they wanted to put smiles on the faces of the children battling illnesses at the hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Democrats Vow to Push Hagel
Through; McCain Leans ´No,´
Inhofe Digs In
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 10:17:48 AM     Post Reply
The bipartisan comity of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has served the country well for several decades, is in danger as Democrats vow to push through Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on party lines. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who earlier opposed a filibuster against Hagel, said on the weekend that he was leaning towards a "no" vote, while Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) said filibuster remained an option. Separately, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he would "block" Hagel and CIA Director nominee John Brennan until the Obama administration provided full details of



Experts: Top 5 picks
for the next pope
USA Today, by Cathy Lynn Grossman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 10:15:10 AM     Post Reply
Three expert Vatican watchers list some of their leading papabile — Italian for cardinals who might be elected as the next pope. In alphabetical order: Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, made headlines last year for a ripping attack on then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other Italian leaders as unethical role models. He´s "fairly savvy about both secular politics and the media," writes National Catholic Reporter Vatican specialist John Allen. Church historian Matthew Bunson, calls Bagnasco, 69, former professor of metaphysics and contemporary atheism "an intellectual heavyweight" who speaks multiple languages, and takes strong stands on doctrine.

Menendez Donor Melgen Gave $130,000
to New Jersey Democrat Committees
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 10:14:19 AM     Post Reply
Dr. Salomon Melgen, the Florida doctor at the center of the influence peddling controversy surrounding Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), donated more than $700,000 to support the Senator´s reelection. Breitbart News has confirmed that Melgen also gave four New Jersey Democratic county committees $103,500, ostensibly to assist the local Democrats´ get-out-the-vote efforts, in the final weeks of the 2012 election campaign. Breitbart News has also discovered that Dr. Salomon Melgen and his family gave $30,000 to the New Jersey state Democrat party. Dr. Melgen neither resides nor practices medicine in New Jersey. Fourth quarter reports filed on January

Science shocker! U.N. study sees Sun´s
heat tied to global warming somehow
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/11/2013 10:13:03 AM     Post Reply
Leno: The Grammy Awards this year banned side boob exposure on women’s wear. Not many people know ´Side Boob´ is also Joe Biden´s Secret Service codename. Fallon: RadioShack is planning to close more than 500 stores by the end of the year. While its remaining stores will just continue to look like they’re closed. Fallon: The other day, the Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. And you know what that means — nothing, because that´s not how weather works.

Everybody Loves Labradors,
So Why Are They Underdogs?
Wall Street Journal, by Ben Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 9:21:35 AM     Post Reply
For the past 22 years, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog breed in the U.S., tying the Poodle´s record reign atop American Kennel Club registrations. "They´re the greatest dogs in the world," said David Frei, the Westminster Kennel Club´s communications director. "Who doesn´t love a Labrador Retriever?" The answer is judges at the Westminster Dog Show. In 136 years of the event, no Labrador has ever won Best in Show. The Labrador hasn´t even made it out of the Sporting group to sniff at Westminster´s grand prize. In other words, Labradors are the Chicago Cubs



Watch: SNL´s unaired sketch
mocking the GOP´s Israel devotion
The Week, by Peter Weber    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/11/2013 9:20:49 AM     Post Reply
Saturday Night Live opened its show over the weekend with a sketch about the Super Bowl blackout (watch below). But that apparently wasn´t the original plan. On Sunday, the NBC show posted online this slightly not-safe-for-work (sexy language) cold opening taped during the dress rehearsal earlier Saturday night. In that sketch (watch above), the cast pillories the Senate Republicans´ grilling of defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, and especially their criticism that he isn´t sufficiently supportive of Israel. (Watch footage of the Hagel hearing.) "Saturday Night Live´s executive producer Lorne Michaels reserves the right to change

Nearly half fail Obama on deficit reduction
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/11/2013 9:17:34 AM     Post Reply
As President Obama´s staff puts the finishing touches on his fifth State of the Union address for tomorrow night, Americans have given the Democrat a poor rating on his ongoing handling -- or non-handling -- of the nation´s budget deficit. For some strange reason, perhaps tied to his record four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus spending deficits, Obama gets a poor rating from nearly half of the nation´s likely voters. The new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 44% of likely voters rate Obama poorly at handling the ballooning deficit, which has pushed the national debt past the historic $16 trillion figure.

The Man Who Killed
Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed
Esquire Magazine, by Phil Bronstein    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 2/11/2013 8:33:49 AM     Post Reply
The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.It was a mild spring day, April 2012, and our small group, including a few of his friends and family, was shielded from the sun by the patchwork shadows of maple trees. But the Shooter was sweating as he talked about his uncertain future, his plans to leave the Navy and SEAL Team 6.

The secret war behind Benghazi
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 8:28:32 AM     Post Reply
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the US consulate because of a secret low-level war in which American hit squads took out leaders of al Qaeda militias, which retaliated in Benghazi. There was never a protest at the consulate over the infamous anti-Islamist YouTube video. So says the new 80-page e-book, “Benghazi: The Definitive Report” (William Morrow) by Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, two military veterans who specialize in reporting about clandestine operations at the website SOFREP.com. Their book, which they say is based on interviews with well-placed security types but contains



Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes
Accuses Obama of Fomenting Hate
Daily Beast, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 2/11/2013 7:12:43 AM     Post Reply
Roger Ailes says President Obama is whipping up hate. The Fox News chairman has never been a fan of the president, but even by his standards, those are strikingly harsh words.“The president likes to divide people into groups,” Ailes tells The New Republic in an interview. “He’s too busy getting the middle class to hate rich people, blacks to hate whites. He is busy trying to get everybody to hate each other.” He then added: “We need to get along.”

The Hagel Democrats
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 2/11/2013 7:11:14 AM     Post Reply
Per the Constitution, a President appoints cabinet members "by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate." In the matter of Chuck Hagel´s move to the Pentagon, the Senate´s Democratic majority is more or less waiving this clause and rolling over to President Obama´s wishes. It´s not that Democrats don´t have serious doubts about the former Republican Senator´s record and qualifications. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin started last month´s nomination hearing by enumerating them, from Mr. Hagel´s long-standing opposition to sanctions on Iran to his warnings about the influence of a "Jewish lobby."

Can the Pope retire?
Catholic Education Resource Center, by Fr. William Saunders    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 2/11/2013 6:55:41 AM     Post Reply
Since Pope John Paul II has been ill, the media have mentioned his possible retirement. Can a pope retire? Has a pope ever retired in history? The Holy Father may retire if he chooses. The Code of Canon Law states, "If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that he makes the resignation freely and that it be duly manifested, but not that it be accepted by anyone" (Canon 332, No. 2). Nevertheless, when a pope is elected as the Successor of St. Peter, the Church expects that he will remain in office until his death. However, in the history of the Church,

Pope´s resignation announcement in full - Thread Closed
ANSA [Italy], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/11/2013 6:53:16 AM     Post Reply
Vatican City - The following is the statement Pope Benedict XVI gave at a meeting of cardinals on Monday to announce he would resign as pontiff at the end of this month. "Dear Brothers, "I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. "I am well aware that this ministry,

Gun Control and
the Constitution
Wall Street Journal, by David Rivkin & Andrew W Grossman    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 2/11/2013 6:45:14 AM     Post Reply
Could there be a better illustration of the cultural divide over firearms than the White House photograph of our skeet-shooting president? Clay pigeons are launched into the air, but the president´s smoking shotgun is level with the ground. This is not a man who is comfortable around guns. And that goes a long way toward explaining his gun-control agenda. Lack of informed presidential leadership aside, there is a gulf between those Americans who view guns as invaluable tools for self-defense, both against private wrongdoers and a potentially tyrannical government,


Run on ammunition stripping
shelves at Lowcountry gun stores
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Bo Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/11/2013 6:41:04 AM     Post Reply
More than 300 million guns are out there somewhere--one for nearly every man, woman and child in the United States. But not nearly enough ammo, apparently. Local firearm dealers have had to limit ammunition purchases by customers in the midst of a run of stockpile-buying that has been stripping supplies of the most popular calibers from the shelves.[Snip] Dealers are holding customers to a few or even one box at a time, when there’s any ammunition of that caliber left on the shelf to buy. “We want to make sure all our customers have the same chance for target shooting

Pope quitting ´for good of Church´
ANSA [Italy], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/11/2013 6:29:29 AM     Post Reply
Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he was quitting at the end of February "for the good of the Church". The 85-year-old pope said he had been "feeling the weight of the pontificate" and had been "thinking for a long time" about the almost unprecedented decision, according to Vatican sources. Benedict had never given any hint he might step down, a move only taken by one of his predecessors, Celestine V, in 1294. Last year the pope started using a cane on occasions and recently he appeared to have trouble reading the text of an address he delivered in Rome.

Detroit gun shop stops selling
Bin Laden skeleton targets
Daily Mail [UK], by James Rush    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/11/2013 6:27:26 AM     Post Reply
A Muslim rights group has praised a gun shop after it agreed to stop selling targets of a skeleton wearing a turban and a robe, armed with an AK-47. The owner of the shop Target Sports, in Royal Oak, Michigan, agreed to stop selling the item after a meeting with Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Although the shop agreed to stop selling the item, the manufacturer, Thompson Target, is continuing to advertise the life-sized target, called Crazy Bones, on its website despite also being contacted by Mr Walid.

Rolling in the awards: Kelly Clarkson
and Adele take top honours at the
Grammys... as pop´s glamour girls
Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Rihanna
go home empty-handed
Daily Mail [UK], by Amelia Proud    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/11/2013 6:17:13 AM     Post Reply
You can´t keep a good girl down, and so it was perhaps no surprise that the 55th Grammy Awards opened with inimitable British chantreuse* Adele walking away with her NINTH award from the coveted ceremony. But in typically self-deprecating style, the 24-year-old acted like it was her very first, as did Kelly Clarkson--who was making it a hat-trick. Adele was honoured for Best Pop Solo Performance for Set Fire to the Rain (Live), while Clarkson received Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger. It was a real victory for substance over style, as these two fabulous singers were honoured while superstars

He Who No Longer
Walks on Water
American Spectator, by Andrew B. Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 6:13:08 AM     Post Reply
At this stage in our nation’s decline, does anyone still care what Barack Obama thinks or says about “the state of the union”? I think not. More than 52 million people watched Obama’s first State of the Union in 2009. It has been all downhill ever since –– with 48 million viewers in 2010, 43 million in 2011, and just 38 million last year. That’s a decline of 28 percent in four years. The president will almost certainly lay an even bigger egg this year than he did last year. If the New York Times is correct in the preview

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