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Obama has state of the delusion
speech shovel ready
Washington Times, by Thomas Mullen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2013 10:15:48 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA — Pundits are already atwitter over tonight’s annual exercise in political posturing. The question many are asking is whether Obama will stay on the attack against his Republican opponents or attempt to use the speech to identify areas where he can work with them. The real question is whether the president will make a single remark that bears any resemblance to reality. The State of the Union address (SOU) has always been little more than a nationally televised stump speech. As all presidents believe that anything happening anywhere in the country is a direct result

Obama Vastly Exaggerates
The Impact of Sequester Cuts
Investor´s Business Daily, by IBD Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 2/12/2013 10:13:09 AM     Post Reply
Sequester: In his State of the Union speech, President Obama is sure to issue dire warnings about the automatic spending cuts resulting from the "sequester." But look closer, and the cuts are far less than meet the eye. As the March deadline for the sequester draws closer, Obama´s rhetoric about the cuts it will impose grows more overheated. In his radio address over the weekend, he said they would be "a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole."

Candidly Speaking:
Argentina’s pact with the devil
Jerusalem Post (Israel), by Isi Leibler    Original Article
Posted By: Ripper1- 2/12/2013 10:00:54 AM     Post Reply
Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has jettisoned whatever was left of her country’s moral standing by consummating a devil’s pact with Iran, whose leaders were responsible for having inflicted the worst-ever act of terrorism on her own citizens. In March 1992, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires suffered a terrorist bombing which killed 29 and wounded 242 people. Two years later, in July 1994, a second bombing targeted the Jewish community center (AMIA) killing 85 and injuring hundreds.
Headline corrected by staff



12-year-old among 12 accused
in beating of pregnant woman
WOFL [Orlando, FL], by Kimberly Wiggins    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/12/2013 9:58:47 AM     Post Reply
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A pregnant woman is recovering from an attack after Seminole County Sheriff´s deputies said she was beaten during a brawl in Sanford by 12 people, including four juveniles. The youngest suspect is 12 years old. Neighbors said the fight broke out on Sunday just after 10 p.m. in the Palm Point subdivision along Daffadil Terrace. "The kids down there were with one another down there," said Danny Hughes, a neighbor. "Then the parents got in it. Lord, have mercy." One 911 caller said one suspect grabbed a gun during the altercation.
Link repaired by Staff.

Bloomberg Cajoles 21 Companies
to Remove Salt from Products
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2013 9:54:08 AM     Post Reply
On Monday, February 11, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he had succeeded in cajoling 21 companies to remove more salt from some food products. Companies such as Butterball, Heinz, Starbucks, Oscar Mayer, and Kraft Foods have committed to taking more sodium out of products ranging from popcorn, to cold cuts, to breakfast sandwiches. Bloomberg announced that 21 companies out of 24 agreed to the changes. "These companies have demonstrated their commitment to removing excess sodium from their products and to working with public health authorities toward a shared goal -- helping their customers lead longer,

LAPD "Crippled" by Dorner
Search, Limited in Response
to Other Crimes
KNBC [Los Angeles], by Gordon Tokumatsu and John Simerson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/12/2013 9:52:05 AM     Post Reply
The manhunt for fugitive former LAPD officer and suspected murderer Christopher Dorner has taken a toll on Southern California police departments. (Snip)The response on Sunday at a Lowe´s store in Northridge was massive, but the report that Dorner was there was later found to be false -- like many other sightings. But police say they´re not letting up. "We'll continue to go until we have Mr. Dorner in custody, and the threat has ceased," LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said Monday. That is a tall order -- costly not in dollars, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said, but also in public safety.

America´s newest hero,
Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/12/2013 9:50:24 AM     Post Reply
For the 3,458th time in its history, the country has honored another of its magnificent military men and women with the Medal of Honor. Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha. Romesha´s citation and description of his gallantry in combat in Afghanistan are below. He is the fourth living recipient from the nation´s combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides a lifetime of honor as a hero, the Medal carries other perquisites.



Former Congressman Joe Walsh
to Sue Chicago Sun-Times
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2013 9:48:27 AM     Post Reply
Former Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh plans to sue the Chicago Sun-Times for printing what he said “is a deliberate attempt to defame” him. Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki on Monday authored an article alleging Walsh, who lost his bid for re-election, is behind on child support payments. “After insisting he wasn’t a ‘deadbeat dad’ throughout his failed campaign for re-election, ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is still dogged by questions about child support,” Korecki wrote. “Walsh, a flame-throwing Tea Party Republican who was trying to land a radio deal and last week announced he was forming a new

Furore as Iran ambassador is
caught on video ´high-fiving´
female German MP
Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Day    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/12/2013 9:38:39 AM     Post Reply
Claudia Roth has been an ardent critic of Iran, especially over its treatment of women, while religious custom dictates that Ali Reza Sheik Attar, the Iranian ambassador, should not shake hands with a woman. But this failed to prevent the two from slapping palms as Ms Roth passed a grinning and seated ambassador during a security conference in Munich. The snippet of footage of the high-five has received widespread coverage in the German press, and left both parties red-faced, as spokesmen sought to explain the unusual encounter.

Many African-Americans
concerned about Obama’s
focus on immigrant rights
McClatchy Newspapers, by William Douglas and Franco Ordonez    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/12/2013 9:26:29 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — No sooner did President Barack Obama and a group of senators separately outline proposals to revamp the nation’s immigration system than the phone lines on several African-American-oriented talk radio shows heated up with callers blasting the plans. “Amnesty,” complained Frankie from Maryland recently on the nationally syndicated “Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton.” (Snip) “Our issues are not being highlighted and pushed, and things like gay marriage and (immigration) are being pushed to the forefront,” the caller said. “Hispanics are effectively organized. For us not to be organized and for us not to hold our leadership accountable

Dr. Ben Carson leaving Johns
Hopkins surgery post
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 2/12/2013 9:22:00 AM     Post Reply
Be still, my heart. Dr Benjamin Carson is freeing up time and energy to pursue his passions in politics and education, retiring from surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Could world-renowned, up-from-the mean-streets of Detroit inspirational figure be the Man on a White Horse who could rescue America from the fiscal and social death spiral the progressives have foisted upon us? [Snip] Dr. Carson has the potential to transform America. He is anchored in reality and common sense, and possesses an extraordinary ability to speak clearly and directly.



Defiant North Korea tests another
nuke, Obama vows ´firm action´ again
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/12/2013 9:12:52 AM     Post Reply
North Korea touched off another underground nuclear test today, large enough to register as an earthquake on foreign seismographs. The hermit kingdom confirmed the shot in a statement shortly after, saying this device was a lighter, miniaturized version of its previous ones. South Korean officials said the explosion was far larger than the tests in 2009 and 2006. And then President Obama replied with -- wait for it -- another prepared statement calling the dictatorship´s latest nuclear test "a highly provocative act." He also promised to remain "vigilant."

Swallow Your Pride,
Save Your Child
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/12/2013 9:03:33 AM     Post Reply
It is high time for parents who care about the future of their children, their community, and their civilization to stop telling themselves comforting lies about their power to combat the degradations of public education. Believing that reason and morality can be restored while leaving the compulsory public school apparatus intact is like imagining you are going to raise your daughter to be Jane Austen while feeding her a daily diet of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.(snip)The modern public school´s purpose, as described by its leading theorists, advocates, and power-brokers for more than a century, is to destroy ethical individualism

Jarrett Suggests Obama´s SOTU
Message Will Be Campaign Re-run
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2013 9:01:09 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s State of the Union message "will be one that resonates broadly with the American people," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "And so the message will be one about building the middle class from the inside out as opposed to the top down. That was the essential theme of his 2008 campaign, that´s what he did during his first term, and it certainly was debated in the last election," she said. "And I think that theme will be described in ways of, how are we going to equip the

Millions Improperly Claimed
U.S. Phone Subsidies
Wall Street Journal, by Spencer Ante    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 2/12/2013 8:59:38 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven´t proved they are eligible to receive them. The Lifeline program—begun in 1984 to ensure that poor people aren´t cut off from jobs, families and emergency services—is funded by charges that appear on the monthly bills of every landline and wireless-phone customer. Payouts under the program have shot up from $819 million in 2008, as more wireless carriers have persuaded regulators



Rising power Qatar stirs unease
among some Mideast neighbors
Reuters, by Peter Apps and Regan Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/12/2013 8:45:16 AM     Post Reply
DUBAI/DOHA - In the center of Cairo, young men hold up a burning flag for the cameras to show their fury at a nation they believe is meddling in their country and the wider Middle East. It´s a familiar image. But it´s not the U.S. flag they are waving, it is that of Qatar, the Gulf state that has used its billions to spread its influence in the wake of the Arab Spring. For most Western governments and officials, the influence of Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani´s government is seen as broadly positive. Qatar´s neighbors are uneasy, however.

Obama calls N. Korea
nuclear test a threat to
US, ‘highly provocative’
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Meghashyam Mali & Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2013 8:37:56 AM     Post Reply
President Obama on Tuesday slammed North Korea for its latest nuclear test, calling the move a “highly provocative act” and a threat to the United States. “This is a highly provocative act that, following its December 12 ballistic missile launch, undermines regional stability, violates North Korea’s obligations under numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions, contravenes its commitments under the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks, and increases the risk of proliferation,” said Obama in a statement released by the White House. Obama said North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program posed “a threat

Obama to use State of
the Union to make case
against spending cuts
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2013 8:33:32 AM     Post Reply
President Obama will use his State of the Union speech Tuesday to turn public opinion against automatic spending cuts and argue that some of the money to replace the cuts should instead come from higher taxes. He will use the prime-time TV address to argue the economy would be damaged if $85 billion in automatic spending cuts were to go ahead on schedule on March 1, and will seek to set up Republicans to take the blame if they do. Obama will spend a significant portion of his address talking about jobs and the

Sources: White House to issue
cybersecurity order Wednesday
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jennifer Martinez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/12/2013 8:26:17 AM     Post Reply
The White House is poised to release an executive order aimed at thwarting cyberattacks against critical infrastructure on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill. The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at a briefing Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy. The executive order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure would elect to meet cybersecurity best practices and standards crafted, in part, by the government.

Pope Benedict XVI Still
Unnerves the Media
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/12/2013 8:16:46 AM     Post Reply
True to form, CNN, Reuters, and other media outlets used the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI´s retirement to dwell on ancient sex scandals, opposition to gay marriage, and a host of other things the media have never liked about a Pope who would not hew to whatever worldview the chattering classes embraced at the moment "As a Catholic, I´m not buying this," tweeted hysterical chatterer, Piers Morgan, a "modern world" Catholic


Bam’s Benghazi two-step
New York Post, by Rick Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/12/2013 8:11:19 AM     Post Reply
The Obama White House is to be congratulated. It has executed one of the most effective stonewalls in recent memory over the Benghazi attack last Sept. 11 that killed our ambassador to Libya and three others. Its handling of the aftermath of the debacle is a model example of the power of obfuscation and delay. Future high-ranking officials please take note: This is how it is done. All the smart PR gurus say it is best to release bad news as soon as possible “to get ahead of the story,” as the phrase goes.

Goon City —
Part 2
National Review Online, by Jillian Kay Melchior    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 2/12/2013 8:06:28 AM     Post Reply
Jamie Lokoff hung up his phone and rushed downtown on a summer day in 2011. An arsonist had targeted his new bar, MilkBoy, just weeks before it was scheduled to open. The butcher paper lining the windows had caught fire, alerting a passerby to call 911. The incident marked a sinister turn in the MilkBoy owners’ ten-month battle with the carpenters’ union over the construction of the bar and music venue in downtown Philadelphia. Though Jamie Lokoff and his partner, Tommy Joyner, had used unionized labor on much of the project,

Poll: 45% approve of Obama´s
handling of the economy
CBS News, by Sarah Dutton*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/12/2013 8:03:50 AM     Post Reply
As President Barack Obama prepares for the first State of the Union Address of his second term, one which will primarily be focused on economic issues, fewer than half of Americans (45 percent) approve of how he´s handling the economy, while more (49 percent) disapprove. Overall, Mr. Obama is performing better with 52 percent of Americans now approving of the job he is doing as President, while 38 percent disapprove. Mr. Obama´s approval rating has remained fairly constant over the past year, though it rose as high as 57 percent in December. Only 12 percent of Republicans approve;

Soccer faces epic
fight against match-fixing
Associated Press, by Sheila Norman-Culp    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/12/2013 7:23:41 AM     Post Reply
ZURICH -- Soccer is falling under a cloud of suspicion as never before, sullied by a multibillion-dollar web of match-fixing that is corrupting increasingly larger parts of the world´s most popular sport. Internet betting, emboldened criminal gangs and even the economic downturn have created conditions that make soccer - or football, as the sport is called around the world - a lucrative target. Known as "the beautiful game" for its grace, athleticism and traditions of fair play, soccer is under threat of becoming a dirty game.

Finmeccanica head arrested
over India bribe allegations
Reuters, by Emilio Parodi and Stephen Jewkes    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/12/2013 7:21:45 AM     Post Reply
MILAN - Italian police arrested the head of Italian state-controlled defense group Finmeccanica SpA on Tuesday in a corruption probe centered on the sale of helicopters to the Indian government, a judicial source said. Finmeccanica Chief Executive and Chairman Giuseppe Orsi was arrested for alleged bribes paid to secure the sale of 12 AgustaWestland executive aircraft when he was head of the Finmeccanica helicopter unit, the source said. Police were searching the defense contractor´s offices in Italy´s financial capital Milan, police sources said. Highlighting the political sensitivity of the case less than two weeks before elections

The Resilient Conservative
The American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: Rakasha- 2/12/2013 7:20:34 AM     Post Reply
Gallup had a poll recentlypublished a poll which shows that at the end of 2012, self-identified conservatives still outnumbered liberals in every state of the nation except for two -- Rhode Island  has fewer conservatives (27.8%) than liberals (28.3% liberal), as does Massachusetts (28.3% to 30.5%).  Gallup curiously does not play up the ideological gap.(snip)Only four times in the last hundred years has a Republican campaigned as an unabashed conservative.  Coolidge won big in 1924, and he would have won with a bigger landslide if he had chosen to run in 1928.  Reagan won two landslides. Only Goldwater, running with

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