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Republican senator John
McCain is still raising
questions and hackles
Washington Post, by Jason Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2013 7:04:04 AM     Post Reply
John McCain was excited. It was late January, and the following day, he and a group of bipartisan senators were set to announce their framework for comprehensive immigration reform. He picked up the phone and called an old friend in Arizona. “We got it yep, yep,” McCain said, according to Grant Woods, who detected a long-lost measure of energy in the Republican’s voice. The next morning McCain called Woods again: “We’re going over there,” the senior senator from Arizona said, referring to the Capitol Hill unveiling. “It’s going to be good.” His optimism was warranted. The bipartisan effort was

Taxpayers swamp Internal
Revenue Service status
website looking for refunds
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], by Patricia Sabatini    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2013 6:49:35 AM     Post Reply
Taxpayers eager for a refund have been inundating the IRS with requests on the government agency´s "Where´s My Refund?" Web page recently, slowing the site and making it inaccessible at times. Now the agency is asking people to back off, saying it is not worth checking a refund´s status more often than once a day because the site is only updated every 24 hours, usually overnight. To avoid delays, the best times for checking on returns are evenings and weekends, the agency said. Some taxpayers likely are antsy about getting their refunds because of delays in processing

OFA Email Asks for Anecdotes
of Gun Violence
Breitbart Big Government, by Mary Chastain    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2013 6:44:28 AM     Post Reply
The former campaign apparatus of Barack Obama, Organizing for Action, sent out an email requesting recipients send back stories of gun violence which they have experienced. Sami Rahamim, the author of the email, encourages readers to share their stories to prove to Congress that America needs “sensible solutions” for expanded gun control legislation. President Obama recalled anecdotes of children killed in the infamous Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting when he announced his legislative push for stricter gun control laws in January. He recited several letters from children urging him to restrict the use of firearms.

  


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Staff braces again as
Globe on block
Boston Herald, by Mat Stout, Erin Smith*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2013 6:37:05 AM     Post Reply
The worst kept secret in town — that The Boston Globe is up for sale — ?became official yesterday when the paper’s New York owners publicly put it back on the block in a move that set off wild speculation about who will buy the beleaguered broadsheet and what’s in store for its staff. The proposed sale — announced in a press release by its owner, The New York Times Co., that caught the Globe’s staff off guard — marks the second time the paper has been on the market since 2009. It also comes as key managers

Pope Benedict XVI Retirement -
Not Quite A Surprise
Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 2/21/2013 6:30:52 AM     Post Reply
As a Roman Catholic I would never presume to report on any developments in another religion but Pope Benedict XVI´s shocking retirement announcement prompted many articles and much commentary from writers who know nothing about my faith. They ranged from a listing of potential candidates to surmises of whether the new pontiff would finally liberalize the Roman Catholic Church and bring it into the 21st Century. The articles were speculations of a possible Black, Hispanic, Asian or even an American Pope; about the only thing I can certainly predict about the new Pontiff is that he will be a surprise.

Stuff Gets in the Way
Washington Post, by Michelle Singletary    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/21/2013 6:28:58 AM     Post Reply
Why would a couple risk so much — respect and even their freedom — for furs, furniture and a fedora? This was the question that came to my mind when I read the federal charges against Jesse L. Jackson Jr., the former congressman from Illinois. He’s charged with conspiracy, making false statements and mail and wire fraud. In all, he’s accused of misusing about $750,000 in private campaign funds. Jackson’s wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, who resigned her seat on the Chicago City Council, reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud.

The Endgame for the Destruction
of the United States
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/21/2013 6:22:56 AM     Post Reply
See also Part One: Total Destruction of the U.S.: An Interview with Larry Grathwohl and Part Two: American Education: Rotting the Country from the Inside -In Part 1 of this interview with former FBI operative Larry Grathwohl, we addressed the goals and methods of the Weatherman organization and debunked recent attempts to dismiss their words and activities as "youthful folly" or "typical of those days." In Part 2, we discussed the continuity of purpose connecting the murderous radicalism of the Weather Underground leadership with the progressive education and social justice advocacy of the "mature," "respectable" Ayers, Dohrn,

  


  

Cry, the Misogynistic Country
New York Times, by Eusebius McKaiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 6:22:49 AM     Post Reply
Johannesburg - IT is a tragic truism that South Africa is one of the world’s most violent countries outside of war zones. And for all of its international headlines, the Valentine’s Day shooting of the model Reeva Steenkamp by the prosthetic-legged Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius is ultimately a very South African story. Mr. Pistorius’s charm, beauty, talent and refusal to live a marginal life as a disabled person made him a marketer’s dream. And for a fragile South Africa, he was a symbol of the country’s obsession with overcoming obstacles. Mr. Pistorius’s personal story reminded us

Insolvency, U.S.A.
American Spectator, by Jackson Adams    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 6:15:31 AM     Post Reply
Last week marked this season’s first pow-wow between Illinois’ union and legislative leaders regarding what has become known as a pension “funding crisis.” It surprised nobody (least of all Illinois’ Democratic House Speaker, who failed to attend) that this summit produced nothing new. Meanwhile, the pension driven deficit “widens by $17 million a day,” according to Bloomberg. The situation has become so dire, that the state has postponed a $500 million bond offer in hopes that some kind of solution will ameliorate the consequences of the latest S&P downgrade to A-. Head southwest, and last week

Charleston’s civilian defense
workers bracing for furloughs
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Schuyler Kropf    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/21/2013 6:12:28 AM     Post Reply
The sobering reality of next week’s budget cut deadline hit home Wednesday as thousands of local Defense Department employees learned they face furloughs if the automatic reductions go forward.[Snip]Projections are that workers would have to stay home at least one day a week for 22 weeks, probably starting as soon as late April. Affected employees would get at least 30 days of warning time. The loss to the local economy would be significant. Joint Base Charleston is home to more than 50 military commands, including the Air Force Base, the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, and the high-tech electronics

Obama considers urging the
Supreme Court to overturn
California’s ban on gay marriage
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2013 6:08:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California´s ban on gay marriage, a step that would mark a political victory for advocates of same-sex unions and a deepening commitment by President Barack Obama to rights for gay couples. Obama raised expectations among opponents of the Proposition 8 ban when he declared in last month´s inaugural address that gays and lesbians must be "treated like anyone else under the law." The administration has until Feb. 28 to intervene in the case by filing a "friend of the court" brief.

  


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As Bikes of Burden Rise,
One Company Peddles
Slowly to the Revolution
Wall Street Journal, by Barry Newman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 5:58:23 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK—The cargo bike—a bicycle built to move stuff—is a "life-changing wonder," according to Liz Canning´s website. Ms. Canning, a digital animator in California, is making a crowdsourced video about the coming cargo-bike "cultural revolution." Cargo bikes can cost $3,000 apiece—$5,000 with electric assist. They have boxes or trailers for carbon-free carting—a hyper-hip answer to the pickup truck. Small workshops build cargo bikes in the U.S., or have them built in Taiwan. Many are Dutch or Danish imports.

NBC Declares War on Christians
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 5:53:10 AM     Post Reply
Does NBC hate Christians? That’s what I was wondering over the weekend as I watched “Saturday Night Live” blaspheme Jesus Christ in a violent and bloody Quentin Tarantino parody – just three days after Ash Wednesday. The fake movie trailer for “Djesus Uncrossed” featured the Savior brandishing guns and blowing away Romans in classic Tarantino-style. Blood and gore and profanity spewed across flat screens from coast to coast; at one point Jesus sliced a man’s head in half.“Critics are calling it a less violent ‘Passion of the Christ,’” the announcer declared. “I never knew how much Jesus used the N-word.”

Diamond heists are forever
CNN, by Scott Andrew Selby    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/21/2013 5:43:12 AM     Post Reply
Over Valentine´s Day weekend in 2003, a group of Italian thieves broke into a massive vault in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium´s diamond district and got away with an estimated $500 million worth of precious stones and diamonds. While the rest of the city was busy celebrating romance and love, these tenacious men peeled open safe deposit box after safe deposit box, leaving excess treasure on the ground like it was garbage. When the security guard came to unlock the vault door on Monday morning, he found it already opened and the vault floor littered

CEI: Lisa Jackson used yet
another non-EPA email account
as ‘safe harbor’ from transparency
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 5:36:20 AM     Post Reply
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson used her old New Jersey state government email account to supplement the account that she operated under the alias “Richard Windsor,” which a watchdog group suggests was another attempt to avoid transparency laws. “It was no longer an account anyone would think to search under any open records request because there was no defensible reason it still should be in operation,” the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Chris Horner said in a statement today. “In other words, like the ‘Richard Windsor’ account, it looks like she assumed

  


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Silent treatment is the best way
to deal with rude people
according to new study
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/21/2013 5:36:10 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to rude people silence really is golden according to a new study. People who completely ignore those who are rude and offensive were found more mentally healthy than those who engage with them say researchers at Baruch College at City University of New York. In a study using nearly 120 people, the researchers asked people to engage in conversation with someone instructed to intentionally act highly likeable or highly offensive. The participants were then taken to another room to complete a second assignment which provided a score of their performance when finished.

Texas bill would block police from
enforcing new federal gun laws
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 2/21/2013 5:35:07 AM     Post Reply
Under a measure advancing in the Texas Capitol, local police officers could be convicted of a crime for enforcing any new federal gun control laws. Rep. Steve Toth, a newly elected Republican from the Woodlands, said his proposal would prevent officers from carrying out any future federal orders to confiscate assault rifles and ammunition magazines. "There´s a federal law, there´s a 30-round magazine right in front of you - what do I do?" Toth said in an interview. The measure known as the Firearm Protection Act "answers that question in spades," he said.

Large explosion rocks
Syrian capital Damascus
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/21/2013 5:29:06 AM     Post Reply
A large explosion has struck the Syrian capital Damascus sending smoke billowing across the capital´s skyline. Police and witnesses said it was a car bomb which went off near headquarters of the ruling Baath party. State media are blaming "terrorists" for the explosion, which they say caused casualties. Ambulances rushed to the scene in the central Mazraa neighbourhood and surrounding roads are reported to have been closed off to traffic. Those wounded included four children, state TV reportedly said. The violence comes as the opposition Syrian National Coalition is due to begin a two-day meeting in Egypt to discuss

Score-Settled Science
National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 5:27:24 AM     Post Reply
Since being sued by fantasy Nobel Laureate and global warm-monger Michael E Mann for mocking his hockey stick, I’ve taken a greater than usual interest in the conformity enforcers of the settled-science crowd. So I was interested to read this tidbit from Roger Pielke, Jr, professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado. He’s no climate “denier”, merely a little bit too independent-minded for the movement’s tastes. Hence: Five days ago I critiqued a shoddy paper by Brysse et al. 2013 which appeared in the journal Global Environmental Change. Today I received notice

Obama’s super-secret golf trip
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 5:21:47 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has a very carefully crafted public image, and he’s willing to shut out his friends in the press to maintain it. Over a long Presidents Day weekend, Mr. Obama hit the links for the 114th, 115th and 116th time in a little more than four years. He bunked at the Floridian National Golf Club in Palm Beach, an exclusive gated golf community, and the traveling White House reporters were not allowed to get any closer than a seat in a bus parked just inside the gate, with an unobstructed view of a humble maintenance shed.

  



While Jesse Jackson Jr.
and Sandi Jackson were living
it up, district paid the price
Chicago Sun-Times, by Natasha Korecki    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/21/2013 5:16:54 AM     Post Reply
For years, if you went to the corner of 71st and Yates, you’d see a shrine, of sorts. Spanning three enormous window panels were life-sized photos — one of Sandi Jackson and one of Jesse Jackson Jr., an American flag in the backdrop, besides dozens of campaign signs covering adjacent windows. This was ground zero of the joint campaign offices for the once politically powerful couple, a constant reminder to the community that the Jackson name, and all the clout that went with it, was part of this neighborhood. Go down just one block, on either side of the street,

Not fighting back
New York Post, by Ralph Peters    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 5:10:42 AM     Post Reply
This week, a cutting-edge security firm in Virginia, Mandiant, reported that it had traced major cyber-attacks on 140 US and other Western targets back not merely to China but to a specific Shanghai high-rise belonging to Chinese military intelligence. Mandiant did splendid detective work at the unclassified level. (Snip)It’s not that we can’t fight back. We have stunning, close-held capabilities to respond with punishing cyber-strikes of our own. We have the intelligence. We have the targets. But the order never comes.

Walmart Customers Have
Disappeared. Will They Take
the Economy With Them?
Daily Beast, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 4:55:37 AM     Post Reply
"Where are all the customers?" asks an internal Walmart email published by Bloomberg last week. "And where´s their money?" Another email states "In case you haven´t seen a sales report these days, February [month to date] sales are a total disaster . . . the worst start to a month I have seen in my ~7 years with the company." Brad Plumer notes that Walmart sales are often a bellwether for the rest of the economy. Should we be freaking out? I´m all for a modified limited freakout. To be sure, Walmart is likely to be disproportionately affected

The Wonderful World of John Kerry
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 4:44:52 AM     Post Reply
I can’t say I was surprised when I read, via a Drudge link, that John Kerry made his first foreign policy speech as secretary of State on the heavyweight scientific subject of climate change (the perils thereof, of course). But I did have a chuckle, remembering that sometime during or after the 2004 presidential campaign it was revealed that Kerry did even more poorly at Yale than the supposedly dopey George W. Bush. In fact, the former Massachusetts senator received four “Ds” in his freshman year, including one in geology. Many of us will recall that geology,

Dem Senators look for
someone to blame for Obamacare
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 4:40:39 AM     Post Reply
James Taranto found news of a hearing this week that I missed, in which Democratic lawmakers grilled Gary Cohen, head of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight about Obamacare’s mounting problems. It’s like a David Brooks column about Obama, but in hearing form. Behold your moral and intellectual betters discover all the exact same things you’ve known for four years: “Baucus questioned how well the online health insurance marketplaces would interact with what he called ‘archaic’ computer systems at Social Security and the Internal Revenue Service,” Kaiser reports. My, that is a good question.

Chicago district disappointed
in ex-congressman
Associated Press, by Sophia Tareen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/21/2013 4:31:16 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- Residents in this swath of sprawling Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs have brimmed with loyalty to Jesse Jackson Jr. over the past 17 years, giving him an enthusiastic majority each election - even after questionable links to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, reports of an extramarital affair and a bizarre five-month medical leave. But the former congressman´s guilty plea to charges that he lived off and lavishly spent campaign money for personal use - on everything from toilet paper to mink capes - has turned the tide.

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