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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,
Headline split by staff

President Obama has set in motion
forces that he can´t handle
American Thinker, by Neil Snyder    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:25:27 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is a terrible president. That´s obvious to everyone who isn´t chronically ignorant or incurably liberal. By "liberal" I don´t mean the classic definition of the word which has to do with being open-minded and objective. I mean the modern version of liberal: self-centered, emotional, illogical, and void of reason. Unfortunately, in 2012 ignoramuses and liberals represented the majority of those who voted. I´m not worried about offending them with my harsh words. My very existence offends them, and so does yours if you don´t buy into their worldview.

Dems hold fire on climate votes
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ben Geman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:15:04 PM     Post Reply
Congressional Democrats will not commit to forcing votes on major climate change bills, even as they try to build political momentum behind President Obama’s promise to make global warming a second-term priority. Obama’s State of the Union address called on Congress to create a “market-based solution” such as cap-and-trade to limit greenhouse gases, but vowed new executive action if lawmakers do not act. The pledge was a largely rhetorical device to preemptively defend the wielding of executive power. Any action on the issue is almost certain to come from Obama´s desk because bills to cap

The 5 ‘Coolest’ Presidents
In American History
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 12:11:37 PM     Post Reply
Happy Presidents Day! In honor of this federal holiday celebrating the American president, let’s take a trip in our Mediaite wayback machine to when there was an actual, lamentable national conversation about whether or not President Obama is “cool.” As a reminder: Back in April 2012, Obama slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon, sending off a wave of conservative critics blasting the president as “nutso” and too focused on being seen as “cool.” But is Obama really that “cool”? No. Have you seen how dorky the man looks in a White Sox cap and mom jeans?



Lawmakers welcome Obama´s
´new emphasis´ on Middle East
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:10:09 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers are applauding what they see as President Obama´s “new emphasis” on the Middle East in his second term after Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed this week that he would be headed there ahead of the president´s trip in March. The twin visits are a tacit acknowledgment that the troubled region´s problems — the civil war in Syria, Iran´s nuclear ambitions and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process — continue to dominate U.S. foreign policy. Lawmakers say the timing, coming after elections in both the United States and Israel, is ripe for Obama

Dr. Benjamin Carson
will soon get Palined
Washington Times, by Eric Golub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 12:02:56 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Dr. Benjamin Carson created a stir by challenging President Barack Obama´s class warfare at the National Prayer Breakfast. While some have debated the appropriateness of speaking out in that particular forum, Obama does not like to be challenged anywhere by anybody. For speaking out, Dr. Carson is about to get "Palined." What the liberal bullies did to Marco Rubio will be child´s play compared to the meat grinder Carson is about to face. Carson is a black conservative, and every ounce of hostility and ideological bigotry will be directed at this

After Rubio´s ´Watergate,´
a thirst for political civility
Philadelphia Inquirer, by John Featherman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 11:56:50 AM     Post Reply
“I think that there is a -- probably a liberal bias that exists within the media that is because of the medium in which it exists. I think that the majority of people working in it probably hold liberal viewpoints … People on the right are called racists and they´re called things with an ease that I am uncomfortable with -- and homophobic and all those other things. And I think that that is absolutely something that they have a real right to be angry about and to feel that they have been vilified for those things.

Executive Charged With
Slapping Toddler on Plane
Gets Slapped With Pink Slip
ABC News, by Ashley Jennings    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 2/18/2013 11:43:25 AM     Post Reply
An Idaho executive charged with slapping a toddler on a Delta Airlines flight has been slapped with a pink slip, his former employer says. Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, is no longer employed by AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group.(Snip) Bennett, who was seated in row 28 alongside Hundley, told FBI agents that she tried to get her son to stop crying when Hundley "told her to shut that [´N word´] baby up."
Headline corrected by staff



Memes Interruptus: Cheerful,
Grateful Passengers Defy MSM
‘Cruise from Hell’ Narrative
PJ Media, by Paula Bolyard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2013 11:35:32 AM     Post Reply
I admit to being fascinated by the Carnival Cruise ship drama (Twitter hashtags—no kidding—#poopboat and #poopship) as we watched the disabled behemoth limp back to Mobile on Thursday with 4000 crew and passengers in a floating soup of raw sewage and onion sandwiches. As low-information travelers, our family has been on no less than three Carnival cruises, so I know a little about the culture of those ships. It’s an odd mix of senior citizens, families with young children, and the people who purchase the unlimited liquor cards. The seniors play bingo, the children romp around Camp Carnival

Steroids found at Blade
Runner’s mansion
The Sun [UK], by Nick Parker    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 11:33:35 AM     Post Reply
BANNED steroid drugs were found in Oscar Pistorius’s house after he shot dead lover Reeva Steenkamp. Police also discovered a blood-stained cricket bat in the Blade Runner’s mansion in Pretoria, South Africa — and evidence of heavy drinking before the 3am shooting. (Snip) Phone records are also being checked after South African reports suggested Reeva got a late-night text from South African rugby star Francois Hougaard, a pal of Pistorius’s. Detectives believe Pistorius may have been angry at the text.

Americans for Prosperity Set to Clash
Against Rove´s Super PAC
Big Government (Breitbart), by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/18/2013 11:33:27 AM     Post Reply
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group that has fiercely supported free market principles and embraced the Tea Party movement, is considering getting involved in Republican primaries next year, which could pit the group against Karl Rove´s recently-created super PAC. Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, said the group will consider threatening GOP lawmakers in primaries who increase spending or taxes. After Rove created his "Conservative Victory Project," many conservatives felt the group was meant to wage war against Tea Party candidates.

Oscar Pistorius murder charge:
Reeva Steenkamp’s iPad ‘intrinsic
part’ of police investigation
Telegraph [UK], by Aislinn Laing    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 11:25:36 AM     Post Reply
Police in South Africa are treating the iPad of slain model Reeva Steenkamp as “an intrinsic part” of their investigation amid reports that a late-night message from a rugby player might have sparked a row with boyfriend Oscar Pistorius that led to her death. The iPad was reportedly found on the bedroom floor of Mr Pistorius’ home after Miss Steenkamp was shot dead in the early hours of Thursday morning. Francois Hougaard, the South African national team rugby player at the centre of the rumours, who was friends with both Mr Pistorius, 26, and Miss Steenkamp,

Reader´s Digest Publisher Succumbs
to Bankruptcy Again
FOXBusiness, by Matt Egan    Original Article
Posted By: SallyHerigstad- 2/18/2013 11:24:29 AM     Post Reply
In a bid to slash $465 million of debt, Reader’s Digest parent RDA Holding Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy over the weekend for the second time in less than four years. The media company said it has reached a deal with its largest creditor, Wells Fargo (WFC), and more than 70% of its secured noteholders on a financial restructuring plan that includes the Chapter 11 filing.


Are they kidding — Mark Sanford?!
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/18/2013 11:22:20 AM     Post Reply
South Carolina’s disgraced and disgraceful Mark Sanford — who lied to his staff and the public, went “walking on the Appalachian Trail,” told no one of his whereabouts and wrecked his family – is running for Congress. He is madly playing for sympathy, telling crowds, “I am equally aware that God forgives people who are imperfect.” This raises the question as to whether the people of South Carolina should forgive him, and moreover, whether forgiveness entails entrusting him with a new public office. He’d like to characterize his misdeeds as “personal,”

College: Fire professor who forced
students to vote for Obama
Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 11:08:17 AM     Post Reply
A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Obama last November should be fired, the college’s president recommended. Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College in Florida, is guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence, according to a three-month investigation into her classroom behavior leading up to the November election. The Board of Trustees will hold a hearing on the matter, and then vote on whether to adopt President James Richey’s recommendation that Sweet be fired. According to a report on the investigation:

Major donor to GOP helping L.A.
mayoral candidate Kevin James
Los Angeles Times, by Maeve Reston    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 11:03:20 AM     Post Reply
Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons and Los Angeles mayoral candidate Kevin James crossed paths just once. It was an intimate cocktail fundraiser for James in the tony Montecito enclave near Santa Barbara, where Simmons owns a weekend retreat(Snip)Simmons, one of the top donors to Republican "super PACs" in 2012, turned to the candidate and asked, "What on Earth can you do to save L.A.?" (Snip) By mid-January, Simmons had given $600,000 to an independent group backing James, making him the largest single contributor to any political committee affiliated with the L.A. mayor´s race — a sphere most often dominated by labor unions.

FNC´s Political Insiders
On Benghazi & More: Obama
"Tearing The Country Apart"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 11:01:17 AM     Post Reply
Doug Schoen, Pat Caddell and fmr. Rep. John LeBoutillier (R-NY) discuss Benghazi, Hagel & Brennan confirmations, Obama´s State of the Union, immigration, spending cuts, the sequestration and more. (via Johnny Dollar) PAT CADDELL on President Obama´s statement on Benghazi: "That was a stunning statement, though. That was a president saying, ´I´ve never quite seen it.´ … It reminds me of Nixon and Watergate. Something is going on here. When John McCain used the word coverup today. Bob Woodward was on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace today

Nanny state group compares sugary
soda to “slow-acting but ruthlessly
efficient bioweapon”
Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:55:36 AM     Post Reply
The alarmists at the the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest — a group with a long history of hysterical rhetoric regarding food ingredients — are at it again. Their latest crusade is to push for stronger regulations on sugary sodas, like original Coke and Pepsi. Here is an actual quote from the latest press release on their website: “As currently formulated, Coke, Pepsi, and other sugar-based drinks are unsafe for regular human consumption,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. “Like a slow-acting but ruthlessly efficient bioweapon, sugar drinks cause obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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