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Saturday, February 16, 2013

In Case You Didn't Hear: Cloture Vote on Hagel Fails; Nomination Delayed

From Policy Mic:
Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Obama’s nominee to lead the Pentagon in a defiant move likely to further strain partisan tensions while preventing the White House, at least temporarily, from assembling its second-term national security team.

In a result that broke down almost strictly along party lines, Democratic senators could not muster the support to advance the nomination of Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, to a final vote. The vote was 58 to 40, falling short of the 60 that were needed.

Democrats vowed to try again to resuscitate the nomination of Mr. Hagel, a decorated Vietnam veteran, when the Senate returns from recess in 10 days. Several Republicans who voted against Mr. Hagel said they would not block a final vote.

Democrats accused the opponents of mounting the first-ever filibuster against a Pentagon chief for their own political purposes.
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Video: Krauthammer Ridicules Obama's Preschool Mandate

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Colorado School Bans White Students From Tutoring Program

From CBS Denver:

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Video: Obama Inartfully Explains: "The Problem Is ... I’m Not the Emperor of the United States"

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Saturday Morning's Top Articles

Here are the top conservative articles this Saturday morning:

California Police Chief Claims The Constitution Is A Myth from My Pet Jawa

500+ Injured, Major Havoc Wreaked as Russian Air Defense Unit Reportedly Intercepts Meteorite with Missiles (Video) from Reaganite Republican

Four shootings follow Obama's Chicago visit from Politico

Obama Sure Was Happy To Meet The Guy Who Released Romney’s 47% Comment from the Lonely Conservative

Vatican says conclave could start before March 15 from the Jerusalem Post

Krauthammer Mocks Obama’s Universal Preschool Plan from Fox Nation

Fiscal Gap Worse Than Fiscal Cliff from CFIF

Elizabeth Warren praised for showing ‘no mercy’ in hearings; Ted Cruz deemed ‘nasty’ from Twitchy

Gov. Bob McDonnell cuts state employee hours to avoid Obamacare costs from the Examiner

Ashley Judd leaning towards running for Senate in Kentucky for some reason from Hot Air

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Beautiful: Map of Mercury's Rock Composition

HT: BBC News

The brownish color were so used to represents Mercury's massive Volcano ranges, while the exaggerated blue represents unknown mineral deposits:

Budget Cuts to Hurt Army Efforts in Final Stages of Afghan War

Well... Its not like drastic budget cuts to our defense apparatus would result in serious complications to our military's ability to wage war and support our ongoing missions in the War on Terror, or anything. Our men and women in the Armed Forces are always first on the minds of Washington bureaucrats, right?

Eh, apparently not - according to General Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, in remarks he made Friday to the Bookings Institution.

The General stated the Army is currently facing a shortfall of as much as $8 billion to operate the last stages of the Afghanistan War, and could loose another $5.4 billion if scheduled budget cuts take effect at the end of the month. Meaning the Army will likely have to extend deployments for combat brigades currently in the war-torn nation, for brigades soon to be deployed there, and those brigades soon to be deployed might not be adequately trained if the funding is not there.

Oh... Shit.

Doesn't it just give you a big, warm, teddy bear like feeling to know our final two years of active combat in Afghanistan will either see troops with even longer deployments and fewer resources, or bad training going into a dangerous withdrawal situation on the ground. Well, I don't know about you, but it pisses me off.

I really don't care if we cut lunchtime for kids across the country, ok. They don't even like the freaking food! But when it comes to our men and women in uniform, serving us in one of the most hostile environments on earth, being forced to serve longer tours of duty, or enter combat unprepared because of Washington using them as a political budget gimmick, you're asking for a can of whoop ass on your useless bureaucratic ass.

Ugh... What say you?

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Photo of Hugo Chavez Released after Two Month Absence

Unfortunately, he appears to be alive:

More from the AP:
The world got its first glimpse of Hugo Chavez since he underwent a fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba more than two months ago, with photos released Friday showing the Venezuelan leader alongside his daughters in Havana.

Along with images of the puffy-faced Chavez came a government explanation for why no one has heard from the longtime president since his surgery: He's breathing through a tracheal tube that makes speech difficult.

Chavez's government described his condition as "delicate" and said he continues to undergo "vigorous treatment for his fundamental illness." The images and new details filled a vacuum of information about Chavez's condition that has spurred rampant speculation in Venezuela. Government officials say Chavez has been recovering in Cuba since undergoing cancer surgery on Dec. 11.
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Russian Meteorite Map 2/15/2013

UPDATE: Video and Pictures.

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Video of Chelyabinsk, Urals (Russia) Meteor Explosion

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Russian Military: We Shot Down the Chelyabinsk Meteor

Comes from Russia Today, which has a very spotty record, so take it with a handful of salt. Still interesting, though.

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Video of Chelyabinsk Meteor 2/15/2013

Russian Meteor Map

UPDATE: Video and Pictures.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Hagel Nomination Filibustered 58-40

Senate Republicans were able to successfully filibuster Chuck Hagel's Secretary of Defense nomination, albeit by a one vote margin, raising the stakes in what has become a blockbuster Capitol Hill fight over President Obama's unpopular choice to replace Leon Panetta.

The cloture vote, which would have ended debate and brought the nomination to a up or down vote on the floor, went down by a single vote: as every Democrat in the chamber voted yes; all but four Republicans voted no and Senator Orrin Hatch voted "present", leaving either side without a clear super majority either for or against.

Meaning... We will have to redo this entire vote within the next couple of weeks, and see whether Hagel's nomination can attract one more Republican defection, such as Hatch, or whether it will remain one single vote shy of essentially confirmation, although this is purely procedural.

As an opponent of Hagel's nomination, I am pleased by the filibuster, as it sends a clear message to the President that our representatives are not going to rubber stamp his second term's cabinet or policies. It should also warn him that maybe he should select a bipartisan figure to lead our defense apparatus, for I imagine he doesn't want his administration's second term repeating Bush's ineffectiveness at appointments.

Hopefully, we can kill Hagel's nomination next time and have a real candidate for Defense Secretary submitted to the Senate, but I guess only time will tell.

What say you?

P.S. - The four Republicans voting for Hagel were Collins, Cochran, Johanns and Murkowski.

P.P.S - The vote reads 58-40 because Majority Leader Reid had to vote against the nomination in order to bring it back up for a vote at a later time.

Report: Hagel Said State Department 'Run by the Jews in Israel'

I see now why President Obama supports him so ardently. From the Washington Free Beacon:
Fox News Channel on Tuesday reported that secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel failed to disclose to the United States Senate speeches delivered to controversial groups such as the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee as well as James Zogby’s Arab American Institute.

Meanwhile, a 2007 speech then-Sen. Hagel delivered at Rutgers University in New Jersey as he tested the waters for a presidential run is drawing fresh scrutiny.

Hagel said the U.S. Department of State was an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister’s office, according to a contemporaneous report of the event.

Republican political consultant and Hagel supporter George Ajjan wrote about the March 2, 2007, speech on his website the following day, writing a description “point by point through some of the more important elements of his speech.”
Hagel: 'Department of State is an adjunct of Israel'

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LIAR: Obama Made No Phone Calls on Night of Benghazi Attack, White House Now Says

Huh. Isn't it odd that the President stated that he, and I quote, "was on the phone with my national security team and I gave them three instructions” the night of Benghazi. One word: liar. Two words: cover up.

From the Washington Times:
President Obama didn’t make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday.

“During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama’s defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released.

Mr. Graham said that if Mr. Obama had picked up the phone, at least two of the Americans killed in the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi might still be alive because he might have been able to push U.S. aid to get to the scene faster.

The White House has said Mr. Obama was kept up to date on the attack by his staff, though after being alerted to the attack in a pre-scheduled afternoon meeting he never spoke again with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin E. Dempsey or then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
President Obama: caught in yet another lie
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New Medal for Drone Operators Outranks Bronze Star...

The Pentagon has announced the creation of a new medal, the Distinguished Warfare Medal, which will be awarded to men and women who have actively assisted in combat, but not on the ground in the traditional sense - such as drone operators and cyber warfare experts - to recognize their efforts in wartime.

However, this new medal will have higher military precedence then the Bronze Star... Meaning the virtual X-box like warrior in the drone operator's room can receive a medal of more valor then the infantryman, starving to death eight thousand miles away from home, fighting for his life against an enemy outpost...

Ok, I understand the United States military is attempting to move away from conventional warfare and towards automated techniques, such as drone warfare, precise missile strikes and a light boots-on-the-ground footprint, but are we really embracing a new warrior ethos where the bronze star is not outranked by a new medal for drone operators?

Seriously? Are you freaking kidding me...

What is our military coming to? Dear Lord, Almighty...

Gallup: Pakistani Disapproval of US Greatest in History

Why didn't we send a reset button there too? From Gallup:
With President Barack Obama's first term characterized by strained relations between Pakistan and the U.S., more than nine in 10 Pakistanis (92%) disapprove of U.S. leadership and 4% approve, the lowest approval rating Pakistanis have ever given.

Pakistanis' approval of the leadership of their ostensible ally, the United States, has historically been quite low. However, perceptions began to change, albeit modestly, through much of Obama's first term. As recently as May 2011, 27% of Pakistanis approved of U.S. leadership, the apex of support. Noticeably, approval declined after the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, carried out by the U.S. military without the assistance of the Pakistani military -- an event that many Pakistanis viewed as a blatant disregard for Pakistani sovereignty.

These findings are based on a survey conducted from Sept. 30-Oct. 16, 2012, in Pakistan. The survey directly followed massive demonstrations against the release of an anti-Muslim film made in the U.S.

Concurrently, Pakistanis now more than at any other time in the past three years feel threatened by interaction with the West, according to a May 12-June 6, 2012, survey. A majority (55%) say interaction between Muslim and Western societies is "more of a threat," up significantly from 39% in 2011. This sharp increase is observed at a time of heightened Pakistani concerns regarding U.S. encroachment on Pakistani sovereignty, including an intensified number of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, as well as the aforementioned May 2011 killing of bin Laden by the United States military. Thirty-one percent instead see interaction between Muslim and Western societies as "more of a benefit," and the other 13% are unsure.

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NYT Writer Under Fire After Logs Reveal he Repeatedly Lied in Numerous Articles

I'm absolutely shocked a reporter for the New York Times would do such a thing. From Slash Gear:
Tesla has torn into the New York Times review of its Model S electric car, using systems logs showing charge and recharge status, driving style, cabin settings and more to undermine claims the EV is unreliable. In a detailed run-down of the stats gathered by the Model S’ onboard computer – something Tesla says it always does “carefully” on media drives, after UK car show Top Gear made similar reliability claims about a previous model, in a case which ended up in the courtroom - Tesla CEO Elon Musk argues that NYT reviewer John Broder was prejudiced against electric cars from the start, and did as much as possible to portray the Model S as unfit for the road.

For instance, the onboard logs showing what charge the Model S had at points of the journey, and when Broder decided to recharge, indicate he took the car off the power connection earlier than stated in the original review. “The final leg of his trip was 61 miles and yet he disconnected the charge cable when the range display stated 32 miles” Musk argues. “He did so expressly against the advice of Tesla personnel and in obvious violation of common sense.”

Meanwhile, some of Broder’s claims about how he tried to minimize power consumption are also challenged. Musk points to the typical speeds driven at – 65 to 85 mph – and the average cabin temperature of 72F for the duration of the test, and the fact that the reviewer also actively turned the heating up when charge was getting low.

Broder is even accused of trying to artificially run down the Model S’ battery by more than it would typically, driving “in circles for over half a mile in a tiny, 100-space parking lot” in front of one of Tesla’s Supercharger power stations, in what Musk suggests is an attempt to fully drain the car. Tesla also points out the sheer number of charging points – both its own, and those run by other companies – along the length of Broder’s drive, as a counterpoint to the number of times the reviewer actually stopped to rejuice.
Broder: Alleged Assclown
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Thursday Morning's Top Articles

The top articles this morning from the conservative internet:

It Finally Hit Me: Barack Obama Will Never Be Held Responsible for Anything from Rush Limbaugh

Obama’s Amazing Bullshit Factory from the Other McCain

Home Prices Are Back... To 1894's Levels from Zero Hedge

SOTU: Energy Fabrications, Falsehoods and Fantasies from WUWT

John Kerry Fail – Russian Foreign Minister Refused To Return His Call from the Lonely Conservative

'Iran pushing major nuclear expansion' from the Jerusalem Post

College names anti-racism award after Trayvon Martin from CDN

Rubio water-swig replay tally: MSNBC 155, CNN 34, Fox News 12 from the Daily Caller

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Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder After Shooting Girlfriend

From the Daily Mail:
South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar.

Gunfire was heard inside his Pretoria mansion at 4am this morning and it is believed his partner may have been killed after a Valentine's Day surprise went tragically wrong.

The dead woman is Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who had been dating the 26-year-old for two months.

She was shot in the head, the chest and the arm, police have said, and Pistorius will appear in court tomorrow after a hearing scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled.

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Video of Chelyabinsk, Urals (Russia) Meteorite Explosion 2/15/2013

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Chelyabinsk Meteorite Video 2/15/2013

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Video of Meteor in Russian Urals 2/15/2013

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Meteor Shower Reported in Eastern Russia

Update: Video of the Shower.

Burning bright in the sky and sending shockwaves on impact, a meteor shower just descended upon Eastern Russia:

"It was definitely not a plane," an emergency official told Reuters, without elaborating. "We are gathering the bits of information and have no data on the casualties so far."
No one was hurt in a meteor shower, an emergency official told RIA-Novosti. Local residents said they witnessed burning objects in the sky of the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions.
A Reuters witness in Chelyabinsk reported hearing a huge blast early in the morning and feeling a shockwave in a 19-storey building in the town center.
The sounds of car alarms and breaking windows could be heard in the area, the witness said, and mobile phones were working intermittently.
"Preliminary indications are that it was a meteorite rain," an emergency official told RIA-Novosti. "We have information about a blast at 10,000-meter (32,800-foot) altitude. It is being verified."
The trace from a falling object could be seen in Yekaterinburg, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Chelyabinsk, another Reuters witness said.

Where Did the Russian Meteor Hit? 2/15/2013

Cheylabinsk, in Siberia.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CNN Analyst Praises Dorner: "Like Watching 'Django Unchained'...It's Kind Of Exciting"

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Sheila Jackson Lee: "I'm a Freed Slave"

You know what else she is? Nuts. From the Hill:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) urged her colleagues to reach a compromise to prevent spending cuts through sequestration, arguing that government programs are already as lean as they can be...

She called on Republicans to meet Democrats at the negotiating table and rejected the idea that President Obama delivered a partisan State of the Union address Tuesday night.

"May I ask them to take some cotton out of their ears, because in actuality, the president extended his hands of friendship," she said. "I don't want to hear the fact that the president is divisive. The president is leading, and he's led well."

Jackson Lee suggested lawmakers should take inspiration from President Lincoln’s leadership during the Civil War.

"I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together. Are we going to be able to do it today to free America?"

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Kate Upton 2013 Sports Illustrated Cover

Because sometimes you just need a break from politics:

And this definitely qualifies as an, err, break from the usual.

Gasp! Video Emerges of Obama THROWING Water Bottle During Speech

Considering the Left's uproar over Marco Rubio drinking water, if we apply their logic, President Obama should be impeached for this: throwing a water bottle to a crowd member:

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Liberals on Marco Rubio's Intelligent SOTU Response: "What an Idiot, He Drank Water!"

Liberals have a difficult time staying on point in an argument. Never was this so obvious in the aftermath of Marco Rubio (R, FL) and his response to President Obama's State of the Union speech. Mr. Rubio made a point-by-point analysis of why President Obama has failed the American people, which offering a myriad of practical, conservative solutions to the problems that face the United States.

In response, the Left has responded in unison: "What an Idiot, He Drank Water!" That's right, for a moment during Mr. Rubio's response, he paused to drink from a bottle of water. Here's the video in case you missed it:

A little awkward? Sure. But we have all had a dry throat at some time. The President himself drank water during a speech at a recent G20 conference:
But because Marco Rubio is a Republican, this has become a scandal to the left. Within hours of the speech, CBS dubbed Mr. Rubio's drink "water bottle-gate."  The Wall Street Journal covered thousands of people criticizing Rubio.

Mindless liberal drones followed suit on twitter, excoriating Mr. Rubio for drinking. A simple search for "Rubio water" reveals liberals calling him a moron for the sip:
Some even called for his death because of the water:
Some were happy to use more offensive terms:

This is the world we are living in, clear evidence of why President Obama was reelected. After an excellent, point-by-point speech about the troubles that face the United States today, the uninformed masses are talking about someone drinking water.

Update: Video Emerges of Obama THROWING Water Bottle During Speech

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Video: Marco Rubio's "Water Bottle-Gate Moment"

According to CBS, a Senator drinking water is news:

CBS reported, horrifyingly pretending to be objective:
Commentators immediately pounced: On CNN, Wolf Blitzer was captured saying, "uh oh" as Rubio put the water bottle down again, and gifs of the moment immediately popped up on Twitter.
I think I speak for everyone when I say: who the fuck cares?

Update: Gasp! Video Emerges of Obama THROWING Water Bottle During Speech

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Wednesday Morning's Top Articles

Here are the top articles this Wednesday morning:

Focus Group – By Large Majority – Prefers Rubio’s Vision For America Over Obama’s from the Gateway Pundit

Price of Gallon of Gas Up 96% Under Obama from CNS News

Iran to Buy North Korea's Nuclear Plans on the Cheap? from the Gatestone Institute

Weird, Unknown Drone Photographed Hovering Over Oakland Neighborhoods from Reaganite Republican

Obama packs house to push gun ban agenda; millions of late-term aborted fetuses unavailable for comment from Doug Ross


Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts Low-Income Workers from the Heritage Foundation

Exclusive: Russia plans $25-$30 billion oil-for-loans deal with China from Reuters

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The Greatness of Baseball's Teamwork/Individual Balance

I have stood first in-line of green National Guard recruits ready to face drill sergeants at Fort Benning for the first time, but nothing has scared me more then the thought of striking out to Cooperstown babe ruth's fifteen year old girl pitcher with the game in my hand's.

At home.

With 2 outs.

In the bottom of the sixth inning.

With all of my teammates watching.

That was simply terrifying.

But that is also the wonder of baseball. No team can prevail without teamwork; without nine, ten, maybe more players combining all of their efforts to function effectively against the opposing line-up, yet every team is guaranteed defeat if every player does not have the ability to individually act in the clutch, to play from their heart and to the best of their capabilities.

Sure, there are some teams that are defined by a single player... But they usually do not win any championships, and if they do, its' usually because the quiet heroes playing along side them did their job thanklessly as the sports media showers praise on that one guy for whatever reason.

Baseball is unique in that sense. Where other sports depend almost entirely on teamwork, or that one clutch player to lead their efforts; baseball requires the best from working as a team and from as an individual from every player. You don't win the World Series if no one stands out at some point in the season and provided the crucial third strike, or that game winning single in the bottom of the fourteenth inning, three games out of first place, against your division rival.

And as I look back, almost five years removed from that aforementioned match up against the 15 year old Cooperstown girl pitcher, I can understand the beautiful balance of baseball: if it was not for my buddy Morgan smashing a double before me, driving in the tying run, and then moving to third after a wild pitch, what I did would have never meant anything, in fact I might have never batted...

So with baseball once again returning for another long, sweaty season criss-crossing professional, amateur, collegiate, high school, youth and little leagues, I think back to what makes baseball so worth playing, watching and being apart of. The greatness of team work, yet the amazing impact of one man's performance on the entire tide of the game.

What say you?

Oh, by the way, I clubbed a solid single to center-left field, driving in Morgan - the winning run - on a two-one count, winning a then crucial game for my babe ruth team, and avoiding embarrassment of epic proportions. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Video: LAPD Scanner of Dorner Cabin: "Burn that Motherfucker Down"

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Is Christopher Dorner Dead?

Police have found a charred body that they believe may be Christopher Dorner, who was likely killed in a shootout with police today.
A source told the Associated Press that a charred body was found in rubble of the cabin.  Sources told KTTV that the body appeared to be Dorner, but there was no official confirmation. 
Dorner, who hours earlier had killed one San Bernardino sheriff's deputy and wounded another before barricading himself in the cabin, in the San Bernardino mountains, was believed to be inside. Dorner, who vowed not to be taken alive, had been surrounded inside the cabin since early Tuesday afternoon. It was not clear who set the fire in the Big Bear community where Dorner apparently has been hiding since sometime last week.

Where was Christopher Dorner Killed? 2/12/2013

Near the Big Bear resort:

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Picture of Dorner Cabin or Compound

Where he is supposed dead:

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Video: Entire State of the Union Address, February 12, 2013

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Watch LAPD Dorner News Conference Live

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How Did Christopher Dorner Die? 2/12/2013

Police have found a charred body that they believe may be Christopher Dorner, who was likely killed in a shootout with police today.
A source told the Associated Press that a charred body was found in rubble of the cabin.  Sources told KTTV that the body appeared to be Dorner, but there was no official confirmation. 
Dorner, who hours earlier had killed one San Bernardino sheriff's deputy and wounded another before barricading himself in the cabin, in the San Bernardino mountains, was believed to be inside. Dorner, who vowed not to be taken alive, had been surrounded inside the cabin since early Tuesday afternoon. It was not clear who set the fire in the Big Bear community where Dorner apparently has been hiding since sometime last week.

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Christopher Dorner Dead

After a week of hunting for the most wanted man in California's history, Christopher Dorner - a former Navy Reservist and LAPD officer - apparently committed suicide at Big Bear Lake. As after a shootout that left yet another police officer dead, and another wounded in his wake he holed up in a cabin that was completely surrounded by Sheriff's deputies, a solitary gunshot was heard, followed by flames engulfing the entire cabin.

Thankfully, the horror is over, and Dorner is finally no longer a threat to Los Angeles' finest.

Christopher Dorner Cornered in Big Bear Lake

According to news reports, accused murderer Christopher Dorner has been cornered in a cabin located in Big Bear Lake within San Bernadino County.

Dorner, who has been hunted by authorities across Southern California since he murdered three people - including a police officer - in Los Angeles as part of his delusional war on the LAPD for firing him in 2008 for making false police brutality charges against a fellow officer.

He has become the most wanted man in the state's history.

Apparently, when nearing a police roadblock near Big Bear Lake this afternoon: Dorner stole a vehicle, wounded two sheriff's deputies after opening fire on them and was forced to barricade himself in a rural cabin, where the Sheriff has requested helicopters stay clear as shots are currently being exchanged.

Stay tuned, as this could finally be the end of Dorner's war on the LAPD and the State of California's largest manhunt in history.

Live Video of Christopher Dorner Gunfight with Police

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LIVE AUDIO: Christopher Dorner Sighted In Big Bear, Gunfire Being Exchanged, 2 Officers Shot

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‘Storage Wars’ Star Kills Self

From Yahoo! News:
Mark Balelo, an auction house owner on “Storage Wars,” has died. He was 40.

Sometimes referred to “Rico Suave” on the show because of his eye-catching outfits, Balelo was found dead Monday at his Simi Valley, California, business, reports the Ventura County Star.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office did not give a cause of death for Balelo, saying an autopsy would be done on Tuesday. However, TMZ reports he was found dead in his car, which had been left running, and died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

His death came on the heels of a drug arrest. On Saturday, he was picked up at his place of business for alleged possession of a controlled substance. TMZ reports that he was “distraught” after being released from jail. He was scheduled to appear in court on February 19.
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Senate Armed Services Committee to Vote on Hagel Nomination

Despite Republican objections, Senator Levin (D-Michigan), Chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a public discussion, and vote, on the nomination of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, who President Obama has selected to replace Defense Secretary Panetta.

The vote, which is expected to follow party-lines, will take place this afternoon and will likely approve his nomination and send it to the floor for the consideration of the entire U.S. Senate.

Hagel's nomination is all but guaranteed at this point, as he has the public support of an near-filibuster proof majority (all 55 Democrats and 2 Republicans), while an additional four GOP members have vowed not to join any attempt to filibuster his nomination. Leaving us with an unqualified, divisive figure soon to become our leader on Defense.

What say you?

Democratic House Chairwoman Wasserman-Schultz Caught Lying to Press

I'm sure it was all just a misunderstanding. From the Washington Examiner:
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted a bit of deception Monday in an effort to criticize GOP rising star Marco Rubio ahead of his State of the Union rebuttal Tuesday night. But on this occasion, the press wasn't falling for it.

In a conference call Monday, Wasserman Schultz enlisted the help of Annette Capella, described by party officials as a "Medicare recipient from Florida," to warn of the "extreme budget priorities," they believe Rubio is likely to outline in his televised response to President Obama's address.

Capella gave a lengthy and unflattering statement about Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida and Tea Party favorite. She admitted he is an attractive politician but one who would make life more difficult for seniors by supporting a plan to alter Medicare by reducing benefits.

It turns out, however, that Capella is hardly your standard Medicare-dependent Floridian. She's the Democratic Party's state committeewoman for St. Johns County.

The truth was uncovered when the call was opened up to questions. The first query came from a Palm Beach Post reporter, who asked Wasserman Schultz if Capella was the same person listed as the head of the St. Johns Democratic Party.
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Angus King Slams Final Nail in Assault Weapons Ban Coffin

HT: Politico 

The renewed push for the 90's era assault weapons ban is quickly loosing steam in the Senate, as not only has it failed to receive any Republican support whatsoever, but the Democratic caucus is turning against it in favor of a compromise package proposed by Senator Chuck Schumer.

It was not surprising to see pro-gun Democrats such as Joe Manchin and Harry Reid turn against Senator Feinstein's proposal, but the surprising defection of Independent Senator Angus King over the weekend all but guarantees the defeat of this legislation in the Senate, although it was unlikely of ever passing the House.

King, an Independent Senator from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats, said he's leaning against it because he wants to focus on "the functionality, not the looks." And that it's too easy someone could avoid the ban by simply altering the appearance of the gun - and that he would rather support what would work, such as universal background checks and maybe magazine limits. 

While I'm not exactly celebrating King's other gun-related policies, the fact he's against the worst proposal submitted since the fight over gun control reignited a few months ago, due to skepticism about the effectiveness of an assault weapons ban, all but guarantees a major defeat for a gun control crowd looking to capitalize on the massacre of little children for their political agenda.

Statistically, the assault weapons ban would never have passed the Senate in the first place, but I now feel symbolically victorious as the final nail in the legislation's coffin is by a Senator such as Angus King, an Independent elected-Democrat caucused Senator, simply due to common sense...

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"The Bing Challenge?" Yes, It's Rigged... Or at the Very Least, Something is Very Wrong

I'm not sure if you've heard of "The Bing Challenge," but if you haven't, it's pretty straight forward: Bing wants you to use their search engine instead of Google's, and is willing to take it on one-on-one. You put in a search term, and Bing shows you two separate results: one from Google, one from Bing. You are then asked to choose which one you liked more. The catch is that you don't know which is which until the end.

Microsoft is trumpeting it as a success, gleefully saying that more users have chosen Bing over Google. That may be true, but there is a reason why that may be so: the Bing challenge does not actually show what shows up on the respective search engines. Put another way, if you search "bananas" on the Bing challenge, Microsoft changes the results for both Google and Bing. If you then go to bing.com or google.com and search the same term again, your results will be different.

In researching this, the results were often only slightly different, but they were always different for both search engines. Always. And at times, the first result (or more) were radically different. Whether this is intentional by Microsoft can only be speculated upon, and I will not do that here. What I will do, however, is show you what happened when I took the Bing challenge.

The Bing challenge is short: you search five terms, then it shows you which engine you prefered. Mine were: phil ochs, albert pujols stats, gravy, opera, valentine's day, in that order. I had never searched any of those terms before on either Google or Bing, so neither search engine would have been able to tailor their results to my preferences. The most blatantly different results were under "opera," so that is the one I will be showing first.

Here was the result for "opera" with the Bing challenge (tough to see? Click on the image for better quality):

The left side (which turned out to be Bing):
The right side (which turned out to be Google):
Pretty straight forward, right? Actually, both searches were surprisingly similar... Until you actually search for them yourself. Here's what it looked liked when you Binged "opera" from bing.com:
Quick, which one defined "opus" when taking the "Bing challenge?" If your answer was "neither," you would be correct. That's certainly odd, no? Well, guess what: Google "opera" and you get a different page from what was shown to you during the Bing challenge:
Feel free to use all the search terms that I used above. Go crazy and use your own. What you will find is that the Bing Challenge is not quite on the up and up, either because of outright deception or mistakes by Microsoft.

So yes, the Bing Challenge is fixed. Or, at the very least, something is quite amiss with their so called "challenge."

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Reeva Steenkamp, Model Girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, Killed by Pistorius in Alleged Mix-Up

From CNN:
South African model Reeva Steenkamp was looking forward to Valentine's Day.

"What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?" the 29-year-old asked her thousands of followers on Twitter a day before. "Get excited."

She did not live to see the day.

Steenkamp died early Thursday after a shooting at the Pretoria home of Olympian Oscar Pistorius, her boyfriend.

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Who is Going to be the Next Pope?

Wondering who the next Pope will be? Perhaps this article from CNN will fill you in a little bit:
For many in Italy, the choice is already clear, according to John Allen, CNN's senior Vatican analyst.

"Around the dinner tables today in Rome, Cardinal Angelo Scola has the pole position," Allen said Monday.

Scola, an Italian, is the archbishop of Milan.

Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who heads the Vatican's office of bishops, is also a likely frontrunner, said Allen. And Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, an Argentinian who works as the Vatican prefect overseeing eastern churches, is well-known for his leadership and administrative skills, Allen said.

Another top contender for the papacy could be Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, said Woodard, the managing editor of the International Journal of African Catholicism. The 64-year-old cardinal currently heads the pope's council for justice and peace and has experience working with people of different faiths, Woodard said.
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Obama to Use State of the Union to Make Case Against Spending Cuts in Favor of Tax Hikes

Because the economy's been just great over the last four years, why change now? From the Hill:
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 economy, according to White House aides, who say the president will strike a similar tone as he has in recent days in calling for a “balanced” package of spending cuts and tax hikes to replace the sequester.

Senate Democrats aim to introduce a sequester replacement bill by Thursday that will include tax hikes and spending cuts. Republicans in Congress say they are willing to replace the sequester, but only with new spending cuts.
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Tuesday Morning's Top Articles

Here are the top articles this Tuesday morning:

Hunted by Drones, Chris Dorner Taunts Police by Posting Pics on Facebook from the Reaganite Republican

Wasserman Schultz Tries to Preempt Senator Rubio’s SOTU Response from the Shark Tank

New Jersey Prepares to Ban Shotguns, Ammo Sales, Normal Capacity Magazines... and More! from Doug Ross

Biden Seeks Help From ‘Legitimate Media’ In Violating Constitution from the Lonely Conservative

Fact check: NPR trying hard to pin Obama’s sequestration cuts on Republicans from Twitchy

Democrat Used Taxpayer Money For Spa Treatments And Fancy Clothes – For Her Poodle from the Mental Recession

Chris Kyle: An American Hero Remembered from CDN

Tragic… Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Is Jobless, Broke & Without Security from Gateway Pundit


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Thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI Resignation

After a restless night, I awoke yesterday to the news of Pope Benedict XVI announcing his resignation as leader of the Catholic Church at the end of February, due to both physical and mental fatigue, becoming the first Pope to abdicate his position atop the Vatican in 700 years.

Although not a Catholic, I have long been a fan of Pope Benedict XVI, as I personally believed there was no man capable of following the shoes of the beloved Pope John Paul II, and that his being the first German Pope in centuries, considering his childhood in Nazi Germany, and his generally pro-Jewish policies since he was elected by the Cardinals conclave, made him unique.

And his act of resignation only makes me admire the man further, as unlike the many men who preceded him, he didn't the treat the position of Pope as his for life, but rather as a force to run, unite and lead hundreds of millions of Catholics and Parishes, and when his abilities declined to levels unable to continue the job, he put his Church first - and himself later. 

I know the Cardinals will convene within the next few weeks to decide on a new leader for the Church, but I doubt they will elect a man so noble in character as Pope Benedict XVI.

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Significance Of Quality Plumbing

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Lightning Strikes St Peter's Hours after Pope Benedict Announces Resignation

From the Daily Mail:
The Catholic church was thrown into turmoil today after Pope Benedict XVI made the shock decision to quit the papacy because of his deteriorating health.

In a decision that has surprised even his closest aides, the 85-year-old Pontiff said his strength was 'no longer adequate to continue in office due to his advanced age'.

He announced his resignation in Latin to a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning, saying he did not have the 'strength of mind and body' to continue leading more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide.

The decision is unprecedented. He is the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and no Pontiff in history has stepped down on health grounds.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Getting to Know New People Online

Getting to Know New People Online

When you are out there looking for new friends, it make sense that you want to try and get out there in the social scene to find every way that there are new people that you do not know all around the world. Today, with all of the tech that has been introduced over the last several decades it is easier than ever to get to know people from all over the world and get to know them. When you are able to do this, you can now meet people with the same interest and jobs and hobbies that you might have and can have interesting lives that you can get to know over the years. With so many options out there to get to know these people, you should consider going online to make sure that you are able to expand your social circle while also meeting these people along the way, which can be very interesting for you and ready for other parts of your life. You are also able to meet people through computer and cell apps. One example is a chatroulette chat video  that can be such a great way to talk to people. You can also look up and see all of the omegle chat video options that you can take to get to know people. You are also able to find www.bestvideochatsites.com and see all of the options out there for you. Do your research and find all of the ways that you can expand yourself socially. There are many ways that you are able to find all of the ways that you have the options to see which chat sites might be the best ones for you, especially as you are finding new friends online and see who you want to get to know over the years over these sites.

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Fears that Christopher Dorner has Fled to Mexico

News from the LA Times is not good for the LAPD's manhunt for Christopher Dorner. He may be in Mexico.
Dorner may have been helped by an associate identified only as "JY" in the charging document that was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles after the former police officer was suspected of fleeing from authorities. 
Authorities Monday increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border and issued warnings to airport security personnel to be on the lookout for Dorner. However, law enforcement officials told The Times that Dorner could still be in Southern California and were searching for him with hundreds of officers across several counties.

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4.9 Earthquake Detected in North Korea, February 11, 2013

This short excerpt from ABC:
US monitoring agency: magnitude 4.9 earthquake has been detected in North Korea.
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TMZ: Christopher Dorner Scuba Gear Purchase?

Apparently so:

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Breaking: Possible North Korean Nuclear Test

Uh oh:

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Dorner Dead

Breaking from Yahoo! News:
The body of shooting suspect Christopher Dorner, the subject of a week-long manhunt, has been removed from a cabin destroyed by fire this afternoon, according to multiple sources. The Associated Press, ABC News, CNN and Los Angeles Times are reporting the news, with an AP alert specifically stating that a "charred body found in rubble of burned cabin in Southern California mountains," is reported to be that of Dorner. In addition, The Los Angeles Times reports that the LAPD is preparing to hold a press conference to announce the news that they have recovered what is believed to be Dorner's body.

Police believe the disgruntled ex-LAPD officer barricaded himself in the mountain home following a deadly shootout with officers earlier Tuesday.

A single gunshot was heard from inside the cabin just before the fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. PT, a law enforcement source who requested anonymity told the AP.

Fox News and CBS News both earlier reported that Dorner died inside the charred cabin.
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LIVE AUDIO: Dorner Sighted In Big Bear, Gunfire Being Exchanged, 2 Officers Possibly Injured

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Ready to Head to the Moon?

If you have just $1.5 billion in the next couple of decades, you may be able to take a commercial trip.
Named after the ceremonial “last spike” driven into the first continental railroad to be built in the US, Golden Spike’s intention is, quoting from their website, to “transform human space exploration by putting in place affordably priced lunar orbital and surface expeditions to the only natural satellite of the Earth — the moon,” in much the same way the railroad enabled people to travel across North America in the 19th century. The expected cost of a two person lunar mission for $1.5 billion, while clearly astronomical for private travelers, is an attractive price for government space programs across the world. 
Simply, they will be able to launch crewed lunar expeditions for the same price normally expected of robotic spacecraft, making this the cheapest possible way to get to the moon.

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How to Clean Your Mattress

In some ways, your bed may be the most important object that you own. You spend one third of your life on it and go back to it every day. Why wouldn't you want it to be of the highest quality that you want and in the shape that you bought it in. There are so many ways to make sure that you have the bed that you want-- and maybe the bed that you need.

There are plenty of ways for you to clean your mattress. You can use a mattress cleaner to make sure that it is done properly. Still, you may be asking yourself how to clean a mattress. There are so many different factors involved with getting the mattress clean-- more than you might expect. When you are dealing with having pets or even just sleeping on it every night, you should make sure that it is in the shape that you deserve.

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Selling a Car

 If you want to buy a new car, selling your old one can be a big boost. You can free up space in your driveway while also getting some money back to put into the fund for the new one. Make sure that you are able to do your research and find the ways that you are able to sell that car for the most money that you deserve. There are ways to do this, especially to how to sell a car in the New York area. You can find out how to get cash for cars and get that car to a new owner that will take care of it and pay your the money that you deserve. Do your research and find what you need for your car.

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3 Dead in Wilmington, Delaware Courthouse Shooting, February 11, 2013

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Obama Visiting Israel to Try to Prevent Attack on Iran

You know what they say about keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer. From the Jerusalem Post:
The main purpose of US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel in the spring is to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against attacking Iran, unnamed officials told Army Radio on Sunday.

According to the officials, the urgency of the trip is because in his speech to the United Nations in September, Netanyahu had flagged the spring of 2013 as a significant time in the context of the Iranian nuclear threat.

Therefore, they said, Obama is concerned that the prime minister will decide to attack Iran now when he is backed by a new government and can establish a new security cabinet, without Dan Meridor and Benny Begin, two Likud MKs and alleged opponents of such a strike who lost their Knesset seats in the recent elections.
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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign

Breaking from the New York Times:
Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, said on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in six centuries.

Regarded as a doctrinal conservative, the pope, 85, said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s Roman Catholics.

The announcement is certain to plunge the Roman Catholic world into frenzied speculation about his likely successor and to evaluations of a papacy that was seen as both conservative and contentious.

In a statement in several languages, the pope said his “strength of mind and body” had “deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”
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Monday Morning's Top Articles

Here are the top articles this Monday morning:

Valentines for Liberals and Contest from the Morlock Revolt

California Has Shortage of Doctors Because of Obamacare from Yid with Lid

Marines Forced to Dismantle their Empty Parade Rifles for Obama’s Second Inauguration Parade from Nice Deb

Bill Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, and Janet Reno Were Directly Responsible for the 2008 Mortgage Meltdown from Director Blue

Reaganite's Sunday Funnies from the Reaganite Republican

CNN: Christopher Dorner May Have .50 Cal and Surface to Air Missile from Pundit Press

Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues from the Washington Post

Obama aims to shrink US nuclear arsenal from the Daily Caller

'Iran building militias in Syria in case Assad falls' from the Jerusalem Post

Americans Buying Guns Every 1.6 Seconds from CNS News

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Obama to Netanyahu: 'No Surprise Attack on Iran'

From Arutz Sheva:
One of the goals of U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Israel is to deliver a message to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, not to carry out any "military surprises" against Iran while the U.S. in engaged in negotiations with it.

Voice of Israel public radio, which reported the matter, says this is what senior U.S. Administration sources told diplomatic sources in Jerusalem in recent days.

The U.S. Administration sources added that Obama intends to address Israeli public opinion, and assure the Israeli public of Obama's commitment to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
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