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Dissident republican campaign feared as letter
bombs sent to military recruiting offices
Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:22:19 PM     Post Reply
Fears of a return of Irish dissident terrorism to the UK mainland were raised last night after Downing Street said a wave of crude bombs sent to Armed Forces’ recruiting offices were “Northern Ireland related”. One of the “basic, but viable” devices sent to seven different military careers centres bore a Republic of Ireland postmark. Counter terrorism police said all the packages were linked and "crude" in design but "could have caused injury to others". [Snip] In October last year dissident republicans were blamed for letter bombs--thought to be similar to the latest devices--sent to political and security figures in

How the Case of an Amish Farmer
Could Doom Hobby Lobby in Court
Atlantic, by Garrett Epps    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:20:22 PM     Post Reply
Edwin Lee was a Pennsylvania Amish farmer and carpenter. God smiled on his labors, and he hired fellow Amish to work on his farm and in his shop. Naturally he paid them—after all, Scripture tells us that the laborer is worthy of his hire. But beginning in 1970, Lee refused to pay the Social Security payroll tax on his workers´ wages the government said he owed. Amish do not believe in social insurance, based on language in Paul’s First Letter to Timothy: “If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied

Republican Bills Want Federal
Government to Mind States’
Rights on Same-Sex Marriage
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 5:19:11 PM     Post Reply
Two Tea Party senators today introduced companion legislation to a bill that would ensure the federal government recognizes a state’s choice on how it defines marriage. Currently, 33 states define marriage as a union between a man and a woman while 17 states recognize same-sex unions. “How a state should define marriage should be left up to the citizens of each state,” said State Marriage Defense Act co-sponsor Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). “It is clear the Obama administration finds the principles of federalism inconvenient in its effort to force states to redefine the institution of marriage. The State Marriage Defense



Here’s a list of former Afghan detainees
who have returned to fight for the Taliban
Washington Post, by Julie Tate    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/13/2014 5:19:08 PM     Post Reply
The Afghan government´s decision to release 65 suspected Taliban detainees from Bagram prison despite repeated protests from the U.S. has raised fears that some of them may return to fight for the insurgent group. In the past, the Pentagon has said that detainees released from Guantanamo have been found to be involved in attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Here is a list of prisoners who were released, then found to have returned to fight for the Taliban. Mullah Shazada, whose real name was Mohamed Yusif Yaqub, was repatriated to Afghanistan in 2003. He then went back to fight with the Taliban.

U.S. senator drops bombshell
during VW plant union vote
Reuters, by Bernie Woodall    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:18:14 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. Corker´s bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them. Corker has long been an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, a charge that UAW

Rand Paul and Ken Cuccinelli
accused of stealing NSA lawsuit
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:16:00 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been caught using purloined passages in several of his speeches. Now the aspiring presidential candidate stands accused of filing a lawsuit stolen from its author. Since December, the libertarian lawmaker, a tea party favorite, had been working with former Reagan administration lawyer Bruce Fein to draft a class-action suit seeking to have the National Security Agency’s surveillance of telephone data declared unconstitutional; the two men appeared together as early as last June to denounce the NSA’s activities.

Parliament has lost real
power. So instead it
dreams up unenforceable
regulations about smoking
Telegraph [UK], by Norman Tebbit    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2014 5:13:54 PM     Post Reply
Amidst the chaos and the posturings of the floods and the not unexpected dirty tricks of the Wythenshawe by-election, Parliament, both Lords and Commons, has united to call for legislation to criminalise smoking in cars containing a child. It reflects rather well the desire of the inhabitants of the Westminster village to be seen to be doing something about something at a time when so much they might well be doing is out of reach--either because of the progressive pre-electioneering of the Coalition or the power-grabbing of Our Masters In Brussels. There was a time when Conservatives denounced Labour’s addiction



Obama´s Lawlessness? Nobody Cares
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 5:13:52 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Let´s move to audio sound bite number 12. This is last night, the Fox News Channel on the Kelly File. That´s Megyn Kelly´s show. She´s talking to the senior political columnist for the National Journal, Ron Fournier, about Obamacare. She said, "They say, 3.3 million Americans have enrolled now in the state exchange and the federal exchange. That is not true. We don´t know how many have enrolled," and that is true, by the way. They don´t know, folks. There´s no data. Nobody knows. Health and Human Services announced yesterday the cumulative total of 3.3 million people have signed up. But

Another senior House Republican
announces retirement
CNN, by Deirdre Walsh & Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/13/2014 5:13:43 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state announced Thursday that he´ll retire at the end of this year rather than run for re-election in November. Hastings, who currently serves as the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement he was stepping down after 10 terms to allow someone new to represent Washington´s 4th Congressional District. "Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people´s

Revealed: Senate clerks didn’t announce
names during debt-ceiling vote so that
Republicans could secretly switch
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 5:13:22 PM     Post Reply
If you’ve ever watched a Senate floor vote on C-SPAN, you know how it goes. The senator’s name is called by the clerk, the senator votes, and then the clerk publicly announces how he or she voted. Basic legislative accountability. But not this time. Because of the midterms, we’re all going to be in unity mode soon. Here’s a little reminder that that unity is an illusion, papered over periodically as necessary for the greater good of keeping liberals out of power. There are two parties within the GOP and some members of one are represented in Congress by members

The Tired Ones
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 5:13:04 PM     Post Reply
Ron Fournier is as mad as hell and he´s not going to take it anymore. Correction: That was the late Howard Beale. Fournier, National Journal´s senior political columnist and editorial director, is going to take it for at least a while longer, and he isn´t so much mad as tapped out, or nearly so. In a recent column he explains, as the headline puts it, "Why I´m Sick of Defending ObamaCare." Fox News Channel´s Kirsten Powers feels the same way. On "Special Report With Bret Baier," she paraphrased Fournier and enthusiastically assented: "The headline was ´Why I´m Getting Tired of Defending ObamaCare,´



Obama Shows Us How to Give Away Other
People´s Money and Soak in the Love
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2014 5:11:44 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Yesterday at the end of the program -- the last half hour of the program -- I was watching TV. Obama did his White House ceremony raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. It just hit me. There he is giving away some more of other people´s money, and it immediately hit me: How popular could I be if I could do that? How popular could I be and how unbeatable could I be if I were able to give away other people´s money to anybody I wanted to, and if I focused on the downtrodden and the needy and the

Illinois Electricity Customers Forced
to Get ´Smart Meters´ or Pay Fine
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 5:06:27 PM     Post Reply
In the early days of the Obama administration, “smart power” was all the rage—and not just on the foreign policy scene. In April 2009, National Public Radio reported how one Allentown, Pennsylvania, mother was saving more than a hundred dollars each month on her electric bill. Tammy Yeakel’s power company, PPL Energy, had helpfully installed a “smart meter” on her home that could monitor her power usage in real time. The meter uploaded that information to PPL’s website, so she could identify peak usage times during the day. “I love this site,” Yeakel told NPR. “I called PPL and said, ‘Did

John Podesta, key player in administration’s
regulation drive, also helped UN develop
radical new global agenda
Fox News, by George Russell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 4:55:41 PM     Post Reply
John Podesta, the former Clinton Administration chief of staff who is spearheading President Barack Obama’s aggressive strategy of government-by-regulation, has also been helping United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with an even more ambitious job: setting the stage to radically transform the world’s economic, environmental and social agenda. That effort—a colossal and sweeping form of global behavior modification--is supposed to get a new kick-start at a special U.N. summit of world leaders to be convened by Ban in New York City on September 25. Its supporters hope that effort will end next year in a new international treaty that will bind all

Was the uproar over the
Obama-Crist hug racist?
Sun-Sentinel [Ft. Lauderdale, FL], by Gary Stein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 4:43:16 PM     Post Reply
There is little doubt Charlie Crist is playing the race card these days. He may also be right. The former governor, who wants his job back, says the infamous hug with President Barack Obama in 2009 that caused convulsions among Republicans was at least partially racially driven. Crist and Obama, you will recall, engaged in an airport man-hug as Obama came to Florida with stimulus cash in hand. Republicans cringed. "I think another part of it was that he was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American,” Crist said during an appearance this week on “The Colbert Report.” Crist, who



Utmost respect: Solemn guard
at the Tomb of the Unknown
amid driving snow
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheyl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 4:40:52 PM     Post Reply
The federal government may have shut its doors due to weather conditions — but the guards tasked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier aren’t so quick to abandon their posts. With what’s being billed as the storm of the season dumping inches of snow on the Washington, D.C., region, leaving a cloud of closures in its wake — Capitol Hill, area schools, airports, Metro bus service and almost all government offices in Maryland, the capital city and Virginia — the stalwart sentries for some of America’s most revered military sites stand tall and fast.

Larry King: I’ve ‘never seen
a bias off the air or on’
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 4:34:54 PM     Post Reply
Larry King said that in his 26 years of experience at CNN and 20 years of work in Mutual Radio, he’s never seen evidence of media bias — never. “I worked at CNN for almost 26 years. I worked in Mutual Radio for 20 years. I’ve been in the business 57 years. I have never seen a bias off the air or on,” he told Newsmax TV. “I’ve never seen anyone say, let’s go get this person today, let’s really ram it into him,” he went on. “I’ve never seen it. If a Democrat or Republican commits some horrendous story,

Mexican University Offers Course
on How to Attain U.S. Citizenship
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 4:30:25 PM     Post Reply
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is offering courses to help students attain citizenship in the United States, the school announced this week. The courses, which accompany English and GED courses on their San Antonio campus, are meant to teach residents to avoid citizenship scams. According to Mexican newspaper El Universal Nacion, the course will begin in the university´s San Antonio branch within the next week. It will teach civics, American history, and how to avoid falling for citizenship scams. University spokesperson Jake Pacheco announced the event and told Notimex that the course will be a "compliment" to other

´I lived my way so I´m going to die
my way´: OJ Simpson ´goes on
hunger strike in prison´
Mail Online, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: kennedylaw- 2/13/2014 4:20:35 PM     Post Reply
OJ Simpson has gone on hunger strike in prison, saying, ´I used to live my way, and now I´m going to die my way,´ sources have claimed. The jailed former football star, who is serving out a kidnapping, assault and robbery sentence in a Nevada prison, is reportedly so depressed that he wants to ´just sit down in a corner and die´.

House GOP Amnesty Advocates Upset
Ted Cruz May Have Killed Bill
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2014 4:09:01 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may have stopped immigration reform legislation in the House by calling it what it is with one word: "amnesty." House Republicans who supported the "immigration principles" reportedly "grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival because Cruz blasted it as ´amnesty,´ spurring a blizzard of negative phone calls to House Republicans." "After that it was ´We´ll get back to you on immigration reform,´" a Republican congressman who declined to be identified told Stuart Powell of Hearst newspapers. After the House Republican leadership unveiled its "immigration principles," Boehner eventually had to declare--in what some conservatives still


Male, female or ´custom´? Facebook
announces 50 ways to define gender
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: rubberneck- 2/13/2014 3:57:58 PM     Post Reply
MENLO PARK, Calif. – You don´t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them. Facebook said the changes, shared with The Associated Press before the launch on Thursday, initially cover the company´s 159 million monthly users in the U.S. and are aimed at giving people more choices in how they describe themselves, such as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual.

UCLA Diversity Study Blasts Hollywood
as ´Woefully Out of Touch´
Hollywood Reporter, by Jonathan Handel    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 2/13/2014 3:32:04 PM     Post Reply
A UCLA study released Wednesday slammed the entertainment industry for its persistent and dramatic underrepresentation of minorities and women onscreen and behind the scenes, with the study’s chief author telling The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that “there are a lot of industries that do a better job than Hollywood” in forging workforces that reflect the nation’s diversity. The study, prepared by a team led by Darnell Hunt of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, found that ethnic minorities were underrepresented as lead actors in films by a factor of more than three-to-one -- that is, they

Ninth Circuit Recognizes Right to
Bear Arms Outside the Home
Wall Street Journal, by Joe Palazzolo    Original Article
Posted By: Blizzard- 2/13/2014 3:27:55 PM     Post Reply
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Second Amendment endows the right to carry a gun outside the home. The opinion comes days before the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to review two other cases that ask the question of whether the right to “bear arms” extends beyond the home. The California-based appeals court, in a 2-1 ruling authored by Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, delved into American history, from the Founding Era forward, and found support for the notion that “bearing arms” means carrying a gun in public:

Court Tosses California´s
Concealed Weapons Rules
Associated Press, by Paul Elias    Original Article
Posted By: FL_Absentee_Voter- 2/13/2014 3:26:33 PM     Post Reply
A divided federal appeals court has struck down California´s concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that California is wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The court ruled that all law-abiding citizens are entitled to carry concealed weapons outside the home for self-defense purposes. The divided three-judge panel disagreed with two other federal appeals courts that have upheld permit rules similar to California´s.

When Hollywood´s right wing was cool
CNN, by Timothy Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2014 3:05:01 PM     Post Reply
For those who didn´t know much about Shirley Temple, her passing this week revealed two surprises. First, that her post-Hollywood career was dominated by public service. She ran (unsuccessfully) for Congress in 1967, served as a representative to the United Nations and was ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. And second, she was a Republican. She was that rarest of things nowadays: a Hollywood star who admitted to voting for the GOP. Today, Hollywood appears uniformly liberal. But once upon a time, things were different. While researching my forthcoming book on Hollywood and politics, I was surprised to discover how many

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