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Politicizing Justice
Weekly Standard, by Charlotte Allen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 2:54:51 PM     Post Reply
On the morning of January 21, just before President Obama’s second inauguration, Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman and House budget chairman who had run unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for vice president, was roundly booed by the gathered crowd as he left the Capitol to attend the ceremonies on the Mall. Within minutes Daniel J. Freeman, a young career trial lawyer with the Voting Section of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division who was at the Capitol for the festivities, took credit in a Facebook post for instigating the anti-Ryan derision. “Just started the crowd booing

David Frum: Firearm Manufacturers
Should Face Tobacco Industry-Like
Senate Hearings
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 2:54:24 PM     Post Reply
CNN Columnist David Frum is calling for Obama to bypass Congress and have the Surgeon General investigate the dangers of gun ownership and to have the Senate convene tobacco industry-style hearings (circa 1990s) on gun manufacturers. Frum´s argument is that guns, like cigarettes, are dangerous, and that the gun lobby and gun manufacturers have blinded Americans to the truth of this in the same way that cigarette companies allegedly did in years gone by. In a desperate attempt to bolster this thesis, Frum uses two things: 1. Anecdotal stories that can easily be countered by other

Palin will return to spotlight
with CPAC address
Washington Times [DC], by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 2:46:31 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, will return to the political stage to address the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference next month in Maryland. “We are pleased to again welcome Governor Sarah Palin to CPAC in March,” said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which organized the high-profile conservative get-together. “Governor Palin electrified the crowd in 2012 and we are thrilled to welcome her back this year.” (Snip) Other confirmed speakers include a number of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, including Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul



Van Jones: Obama Approving XL
Pipeline Would Be Like ´Lighting
The Fuse On A Carbon Bomb´
Cybercast News Service, by Joe Schoffstall    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 2:30:18 PM     Post Reply
MRCTV caught up with former Green Jobs Adviser to Pres. Obama, Van Jones, at the "Forward On Climate Rally" at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Jones stated he was there to make sure the president doesn´t "make the worst mistake he could possibly make" by approving the "horrible" Keystone XL pipeline - which would be "like lighting the fuse on a carbon bomb." "I´m here to make sure the President of the United States doesn´t make the worst mistake he could possibly make, which is to approve this horrible pipeline which would be,

Ex-offenders compete
for low-income housing
San Francisco Chronicle, by John Wildermuth    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/18/2013 2:29:52 PM     Post Reply
San Francisco´s continuing shortage of affordable housing is slamming into Gov. Jerry Brown´s effort to ease prison overcrowding, with the growing number of ex-offenders competing for scarce local living quarters, a new city study has found. With only a handful of city programs specifically designed for people on parole or probation, more than 47 percent of ex-offenders released into San Francisco under the state´s new AB109 prison realignment effort don´t have permanent housing. Most of them are either unemployed or low-income and "must compete with other San Francisco residents for access to an insufficient number of affordable

Pelosi: ‘Enough with the Public Nudity.
Please. We Have Our Standards’
Cybercast News Service, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 2:24:32 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “Enough” with public nudity in San Francisco, adding, “Please. We have our standards.” She also encouraged people to attend the city’s Gay Pride Parade, remarking, “It’s fabulous, you’ll love it.” San Francisco’s ban on public nudity went into effect on Feb. 1, but not without protests as four naked people were arrested on the steps of City Hall. “Enough with the public nudity,” Pelosi said in an interview with The Huffington Post on Feb. 12. “Please. We have our standards.” Under the ban, however, public nudity is still permitted for children younger

Was he murdered? Mystery death
of American engineer working in
Singapore on cutting-edge military
technology ´who had deep misgivings
about his work´
Daily Mail [UK], by Beth Stebner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 2:16:55 PM     Post Reply
The hanging death of an American electronics engineer in Singapore last summer has ignited an international mystery, after his family and girlfriend developed suspicions that he may have been murdered the week before he was scheduled to return home to the U.S. The family of Shane Todd visited his apartment in the Chinatown district of Singapore days after they received news of his June 2012 death, saying that their son had misgivings about some of the work he was doing for the company. Dr Todd, 31, was slated to return to the U.S. after completing



Two injured when plane
following Iron Dog race crashes
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 2:11:40 PM     Post Reply
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Operators of an Alaska lodge ran to help two people after their small plane stalled and crashed in a scenic mountain pass northwest of Anchorage. One of those injured Sunday afternoon was a well-known Anchorage lawyer. The other was a man who planned to race in this year´s 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race but withdrew before the race start on Sunday morning because of injury. The Rainy Pass Lodge is run by the Perrins family, who reported that the plane, which was following the snowmobile race route,

Who Should Be the Next Pope?
MSNBC Panelist Pitches Sotomayor
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 1:54:44 PM     Post Reply
On MSNBC Live over the weekend, New York magazine’s contributing editor Chris Smith toyed with the idea of Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor as the next pope. “Here’s a trifecta: Latin, female, American. It would do a lot of good,” Smith said. “That’s not going to happen, but it would speak to some of the issues about how the Church needs to open itself up.” He added that finding someone who “has mixed it up in the real world . . . would be a good thing for whoever is pope” and believes

A warning to the past
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 1:40:06 PM     Post Reply
In response to Is Social Media Breeding Monsters?: Another thought: there´s a passage in Mark Steyn´s most recent book where he muses that H.G. Wells´ Time Traveler, jumping forward from the latter days of the 19th century, would have been astounded at the changes the coming half-century held in store... but then rather non-plussed about the relatively modest practical improvements of the half-century after that. One of Steyn´s hypothetical observations is that the Time Traveler would be puzzled at the sight of adults walking around dressed like children, only a few decades after it was commonplace for men

DeMint: States can lead
conservative comeback
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Kyle Wingfield    Original Article
Posted By: Rakasha- 2/18/2013 1:30:12 PM     Post Reply
Since the 2012 election, some conservatives have blamed their losses on their message while others pointed fingers at the messengers. Truth is, both camps have a point. That’s why Jim DeMint aims to tackle both problems from his new perch at the Heritage Foundation, which he is joining as president after eight years as a U.S. senator from South Carolina.(snip) “We’ve got to help people see how our policies actually can make their lives better. … And the way we can do it is actually put the camera on people whose lives have been changed.”



Israel to award Obama
prestigious medal in visit
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/18/2013 1:29:59 PM     Post Reply
Jerusalem—Israel will award President Barack Obama the country’s Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his ‘‘unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens.’’ Obama is scheduled to visit Israel in March — his first as president. Obama has often had a tense relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Jewish state’s West Bank settlement policies and the lack of peace process with the Palestinians. But Peres and the committee behind the award noted Obama’s overall

Chicago Teachers Union
demands end of standardized testing
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 1:26:20 PM     Post Reply
The Chicago Teachers Union urged school administrators nationwide to discontinue the use of standardized tests, deriding them as corporate tools. The CTU recently released a report arguing that standardized tests are a faulty measure of student achievement. They also advance a pro-corporate agenda, the report said.(Snip) The union’s anti-testing push is part of a broader campaign by teachers unions nationwide. Teachers at one Seattle high school recently went on strike, refusing to administer a test that they feared would be used to hold them accountable.

Democratic senator pushing
higher taxes faces
outstanding $1,200 tax penalty
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 1:21:33 PM     Post Reply
Just last week, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu argued during a Capitol Hill hearing that the government needs more tax revenue. But in a twist of hypocrisy, the Louisiana senator and her husband appear to have not yet paid $1,206.95 in tax penalties to the District of Columbia government on their Capitol Hill home, The Daily Caller has learned. According to public records available online in the District of Columbia’s “Real Property Assessment Database,” the D.C. government has penalized Landrieu $1,003.33, plus $202.62 in interest, for 2012 taxes on her mansion on East Capitol Street.

Israel sells electronic
warfare systems to Turkey
Jerusalem Post, by Yaakov Lappin    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/18/2013 1:20:13 PM     Post Reply
Israel has completed the sale of electronic warfare systems to the Turkish air force, despite ongoing strained relations between the two countries. The original deal, worth 200 million dollars, involved Israel´s ELTA Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, delivering electronic systems for four Turkish Airborne Warning and Control Systems(AWAC) aircraft. Two of the aircraft had already been fitted with the systems in the past. Following the 2010 Marvi Marmara ship incident, in which Turkish Islamist activists attacked Israel Navy commandos, an incident that resulted in the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian activists and pushed ties between Ankara and



McDonough: Obama Didn’t Call
the Libyans on 9/11/12, But
We Did Convene Some Deputies
National Review Online, by Patrick Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 1:14:58 PM     Post Reply
Host Bob Schieffer explained that, “The White House finally acknowledged this week that the president did not make a call to the Libyan government” on the night of September 11, 2012. Schieffer went on to say that it seemed, after the president received a briefing that afternoon, he had “no further involvement,” and asked “what was the president doing?” McDonough, who was deputy national-security adviser at the time, said “I don’t remember it that way,” and explained that, as outlined in a letter the administration sent to Congress this week, “Secretary of State Clinton called

Obama to receive presidential
honour on Israel visit
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/18/2013 1:09:46 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama will become the first serving US president to receive Israel´s presidential medal, from his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres on a visit to the Jewish state next month, Peres´s office said on Monday. "President Obama has made a unique and meaningful contribution to strengthening the state of Israel and the security of its people," it said in a statement. "Barack Obama is a true friend of the state of Israel and has been since the beginning of his public life. As president of the United States he has stood beside Israel in times of crisis," it added.

Rand Paul and the bogus
“immigrant roundup” story
Human Events, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 1:02:52 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said this, on the subject of comprehensive immigration reform: “I think people want a party that’s a little bit less aggressive on foreign policy, still believes in a strong national defense but less aggressive. They want — the young people want politicians who don’t want them in jail for 20 years for a nonviolent drug position charge. So, they want a little bit different phase. I think people want a little different phase on immigration frankly. They don’t want somebody who wants to round

Senator Johanns Will Not
Run For Re-Election
WOWT6 [Omaha,NE], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/18/2013 12:53:55 PM     Post Reply
Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns has announced he will not run for re-election. In a letter to Nebraskans, Johanns said it is time for this chapter in his and Stephanie´s life to end. They want to spend more time focusing on family and their faith. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman thanked Johanns for his service to the state. “Senator Mike Johanns is a remarkably outstanding public official, said Johanns. "His career spans decades of dedicated service at the local, state and national levels. As a mayor, a Governor, a Cabinet Secretary, and now as a U.S. Senator, Senator Johanns has always

Feds Buy 2 Billion
Rounds of Ammunition
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
Something strange is going on. Federal non-military agencies have bought two billion rounds of ammunition in the last 10 months. The Obama Administration says that federal law enforcement agents need the ammunition for “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.” Radio show host Mark Levin is suspicious. He commented: To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, the [Department of Homeland Security] is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war. A 24-year Iraq war!


Sequester jitters: Defense cuts could
hit Democratic districts the worst
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:41:03 PM     Post Reply
When the behemoth, possibly inevitable $1.2 trillion in spending cuts descend on March 1, the Democrats will be sitting pretty, perched in the most advantageous position. Right? Wrong. A careful new study from Bloomberg Government upends that logic. The analysis shows that Democratic congressional districts will be harder hit by the military cuts than Republican districts, and that eight of the top 10 districts that will experience the deepest cuts are represented by Democrats. Uh-oh. Here is the logic, according to Bloomberg government defense analyst Robert Levinson. He notes that “Democrats won 47 percent of the seats

Jerry Buss dies at 80; Lakers owner
brought ´Showtime´ success to L.A.
Los Angeles Times, by David Wharton    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/18/2013 12:38:39 PM     Post Reply
When Jerry Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, he wanted to build a championship team. But that wasn´t all. The new owner gave courtside seats to movie stars. He hired pretty women to dance during timeouts. He spent freely on big stars and encouraged a fast-paced, exuberant style of play. As the Lakers sprinted to one NBA title after another, Buss cut an audacious figure in the stands, an aging playboy in blue jeans, often with a younger woman by his side. "I really tried to create a Laker image, a distinct identity," he once said."I think we´ve been successful.
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Sen. Schumer: Democrats hold ´high
ground´ in sequestration debate
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:29:08 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) predicted Sunday that Republicans would eventually accept Democrats’ combination of closing tax loopholes and spending cuts to replace sequestration. Schumer characterized the GOP’s plan to offset the across-the-board cuts with other spending cuts and no new revenues as out of step with a majority of voters. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee chairman said Republicans’ preferred path caters to special interests and the wealthy. “I think that the Democrats have the high ground both substantively and politically, and we will win on this issue.

Distractions — Defeating
Obama with Aikido
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 12:27:49 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is a master of distraction. It is perhaps the single thing he does best. (Snip)When the public starts looking closely at what he is doing, making him vulnerable on matters of genuine significance, Obama changes the subject, distracting the public with a relatively minor issue. That this new issue usually has “hot button” overtones only helps him because it plays into the anger management issues endemic to the human race. Everyone almost always wants to be right about everything, myself unfortunately included. So his opponents — the GOP — forget about the big issues, concentrate on the insignificant,
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