MTV’s ‘Skins’ Program Losing Sponsors

A Parents Television Council (PTC) activist campaign that has been joined by others to target sponsors of a controversial MTV show appears to be working. Melissa Henson, spokesperson for the PTC, says the Skins program, which takes a disturbing look into teenage life, has few sponsors left. She told OneNewsNow it may just be a matter of time until the show gets canceled. But it seems that MTV has sort of dug in their heels, and it may be that they’re going to be willing to run it at a loss,” Henson notes. “But the audience numbers keep dwindling, so they’re losing viewers, they’re losing advertisers. I don’t know what MTV has to gain by keeping it on the air.”

  • MTV and other similar left-wing, LGBT sponsored shows seek to alter our culture and destroy Christian morality and will not give up easily

Republicans Plan to Choke Off Funding for Health Care Law

There’s an old saying in Washington that policy follows the money. In other words, if there’s no money for something, the policy won’t go very far. Such could be the case with the health care reform law Congress approved last year. The approved bill may be the law of the land, but it won’t mean much if the funding stream dries up. And that’s exactly what House Republicans intend to do next week when they bring a measure to the floor to run the government from March through the end of September. Some House Republicans are eyeing this legislation as a way to strip the health care law of any dollars, thus depriving health care operations of any money. However, such a cut could be untenable to the Democratically controlled Senate and the president, who are expected to fight cuts to the health law. An impasse over the spending bill could trigger a government shutdown. Nearly a year after the health care law was passed, most voters still favor repealing the overhaul — by a double-digit margin, according to a new poll. A Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday reveals that 58 percent of likely voters favor repeal to some degree, with 44 percent strongly supporting it. Thirty-seven percent oppose repeal, with 26 percent strongly opposing it.

Republicans Fail to Pass Patriot Act Extension

The House on Tuesday failed to extend the life of three surveillance tools that are key to the nation’s post-Sept. 11 anti-terror law, a slip-up for the new Republican leadership that miscalculated the level of opposition. The House voted 277-148 to keep the three provisions of the USA Patriot Act on the books until Dec. 8. But Republicans brought up the bill under a special expedited procedure requiring a two-thirds majority, and the vote was seven short of reaching that level. Although Republicans took over the House last month, 26 of their members, including Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, joined the 122 Democrats who voted against the proposal. Supporters say the three measures are vital to preventing another terrorist attack, but critics say they infringe on civil liberties. The Patriot Act bill would have renewed the authority for court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones. Also addressed was Section 215, the so-called library-records provision that gives the FBI court-approved access to “any tangible thing” relevant to a terrorism investigation. The third deals with the “lone wolf” provision of a 2004 anti-terror law that permits secret intelligence surveillance of non-U.S. people not known to be affiliated with a specific terrorist organization.

  • The real issue is trust – do we sufficiently trust the federal government to use such tools judiciously or will they be abused to further underhanded agendas such as those espoused by secular globalists?

Americorps Fraud Identified but Ignored

The top watchdog over AmeriCorps has told Congress that he has found several cases of fraud in the national service program — but that prosecutors won’t pursue them. In some cases, the alleged fraud involves the misuse of more than $900,000. The acting inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service also says there’s a “pattern” of volunteer fraud — grant recipients misusing their time, often for personal gain. Investigators “continue to face challenges in having our investigations accepted” for prosecution, Kenneth Bach said in a December report. Federal prosecutors told him the cases “lack jury appeal” or don’t meet a “dollar threshold.” AmeriCorps-related programs spend $1.2 billion a year supporting 81,000 members who serve in poor communities.

  • The last thing the Obama administration want publicized is fraud in yet another prized community service organization

Job Training Overlap Costs U.S. $18B Per Year

The federal government spends $18 billion a year on 47 separate job training programs run by nine different agencies. All but three programs overlap with others to provide the same services to the same population, according to a government report released Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that “little is known about the effectiveness” of the programs because half haven’t had a performance review since 2004 and only five have ever had a study to determine whether job seekers in the program do better than those who don’t participate. Managing that patchwork of federal programs is a network of 575 business-led local workforce boards running 1,300 one-stop job centers. Sherry Marshall, who runs one such agency in Cincinnati, says the result is a system that can be bewildering to job seekers and the businesses that would hire them. “Most employers find it incredibly complicated. It’s mind-boggling to me, and this has been my profession for the last 12 years.”

  • Typical federal inefficiency that wastes much of our tax dollars

‘Inexcusable’ Delay on TSA Body-Scanner Safety Reports

The Transportation Security Administration has told members of Congress that more than 15 million passengers received full-body scans at airports without any malfunctions that put travelers at risk of an excessive radiation dose. Despite the reassurance, however, the TSA has yet to release radiation inspection reports for its X-ray equipment — two months after lawmakers called for them to be made public. The chairman of a House oversight committee on homeland defense calls the delays “inexcusable.” The TSA’s increased use of full-body X-ray scanners sparked traveler concerns last fall about radiation safety. The TSA says the radiation dose is tiny — equivalent to what a person receives during two minutes inside an airplane at cruising altitude. Fueling concerns about the potential for scanner malfunctions and the TSA’s ability to identify problems: a 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found the TSA and its contractors had failed in the past to detect when some baggage X-ray machines were emitting excessive levels of radiation or had safety features that were missing or disabled.

Federally Funded Arabic Language Program Ripped

Some elementary and intermediate school students will be forced to take Arabic language and culture classes in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb. Several Dallas television stations have reported that the Mansfield Independent School District is instituting the Arabic language studies after receiving a federal grant from the Foreign Language Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Under the program, Arabic classes would be mandatory at an elementary and intermediate school in the district and optional at the middle and high schools. The DOE program identifies Arabic as “a language of the future.”

  • Beyond the intrusion of the federal government making more and more things mandatory, this grant reveals the intent of the current administration to create a foundation of support for greater Islamic influence in America

Asians Increasingly Farming in Southeast U.S.

Asians are part of a farming trend unfolding in rural South Carolina and across the Southeast: Growing numbers of Vietnamese, Korean, Hmong, Laotian and other Asian farmers are moving in and creating communities based on agriculture. Nationally, from 2002 to 2007, the number of Asian farmers jumped 40%, compared with a 7% rise in total farmers. The number of Asian farmers is expanding rapidly here in Dixie, according to lending cooperatives that finance farm loans and to the farmers themselves. About 150 Vietnamese farmers work in southern Georgia. In North Carolina, Asian farming communities have sprouted in Caldwell, Catawba, Lee, Moore and Stanly counties. Florida has numerous plant nurseries owned by Korean families in the Apopka area near Orlando. In rural South Carolina, most Asian farmers raise chickens.

Exposure to Pesticides in Womb Linked to Learning Disabilities

Babies exposed to high levels of pesticides while in the womb may suffer from learning problems, a new study suggests. The study focused on a chemical called permethrin, one of the pyrethroid pesticides, commonly used in agriculture and to kill termites, fleas and household bugs, says lead author Megan Horton of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Most of the pregnant women in this New York-based study were exposed by spraying for cockroaches. Permethrin — among the most commonly detected pesticides in homes — is being used more often today as older organophosphorous pesticides are phased out because of concerns that they harm brain development. Children exposed to the highest pesticide levels before birth were three times as likely to have a mental defect compared to children with lower levels, the study says. Children with the highest prenatal exposures also scored about 4 points lower on an intelligence test.

Child Obesity Linked to Formula, Early Solids

A new study sheds light on ways to fight childhood obesity — before infants are even out of the cradle. Formula-fed babies who begin solid foods too early — before they’re 4 months old — are six times as likely to become obese by age 3, compared with babies who start on solids later, according to a study of 847 in today’s Pediatrics. About 9% of children in the study were obese by age 3. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents delay introducing solid foods until ages 4 to 6 months, 26% start on solids by 4 months old, according to background information in the study. Breast-fed babies face no additional risk of obesity, regardless of when they start solids, the study says.

Some Consumers Resisting New Light Bulbs, Hoarding Old Ones

Faced with a U.S. phaseout of incandescent light bulbs starting next year, some consumers are taking pre-emptive steps: They’re stockpiling the bulbs. Under a 2007 energy law, manufacturers must start phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of more-efficient bulbs such as compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs. While CFLs use at least 75% less energy, some consumers complain the lighting is dimmer, doesn’t look as warm and doesn’t come on right away. Some also worry about the disposal requirements because of the bulbs’ tiny mercury content.

  • Another socialist government mandate interfering with individual rights. Mercury disposal is also a potentially worse possibility than inefficient incandescents

Economic News

The 2011 federal budget deficit is headed rapidly toward $1.5 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office says, as spending continues to outpace rising tax payments. Four months into the fiscal year, the deficit was $424 billion, a mere $7 billion less than this time last year, despite the improving economy. Interest on the national debt was the fastest growing part of the budget. It was $80 billion in the first four months of the year, up 9% from 2010.

Think your taxes are too high? As a share of the nation’s economy, Uncle Sam’s tax take this year will be the lowest since 1950. Income tax payments this year will be nearly 13% lower than in 2008. Corporate tax receipts will be lower by a third, according to projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The poor economy is largely to blame. But so is a tax code that grows each year with new deductions, credits and exemptions. In the next few years, many can expect to pay more in taxes. Some increases were enacted as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. And many states have raised taxes because — unlike the federal government — they have to balance their budgets each year.

  • While the public wants less federal debt, they are not willing to pay more taxes or give up their “entitlements.”

Americans are putting more money on their credit cards after two years of cutting back, helping fuel the third straight monthly increase in consumer borrowing. The Federal Reserve reported Monday that consumers increased their borrowing by $6.1 billion in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $2.41 trillion. That represented a gain of 3%.Credit cards rose 3.5%, the first advance after a record 27 straight monthly declines.

China’s central bank raised interest rates for the second time in just over a month in a bid to dampen high inflation and guide blistering economic growth to a sustainable level. The People’s Bank of China announced Tuesday on its website that the benchmark 1-year deposit rate would rise a quarter percentage point to 3%.China’s leaders seek to cool surging inflation that could pose a threat to political stability. Rising prices are especially sensitive in a country where poor families can spend up to half their incomes on food.

Egypt’s central bank stepped in Tuesday to halt a sharp fall in the country’s currency while the stock exchange outlined regulations aimed at thwarting potentially steep losses when it reopens next week. Two weeks of anti-government protests have battered investor confidence. The Egyptian pound dropped to near six-year lows against the U.S. dollar in recent days after banks reopened. They had been shuttered for a week because of the demonstrations.


Egypt’s protesters and opposition groups were infuriated Wednesday by a warning from Vice President Omar Suleiman that if their movement doesn’t enter negotiations, a “coup” could take place causing greater chaos, as a mass demonstration in a central Cairo square entered its 16th day. Vice President Omar Suleiman said there will be “no ending of the regime” and no immediate departure for President Hosni Mubarak. Suleiman’s sharply worded warning cast a shadow over his efforts, backed by the United States, to put together negotiations with the opposition over democratic reforms. The protesters fear the regime will manipulate the talks and conduct only superficial reforms, so they insist they will only enter substantive negotiations after Mubarak steps down. Thousands of protesters chanting “we are not leaving until he leaves” camped overnight in downtown Tahrir Square, the epicenter of their demonstrations, Many have been sleeping underneath the tanks of soldiers surrounding the square to prevent the vehicles from moving or trying to clear the area for traffic.

An Egyptian Islamist terrorist organization founded by the Muslim Brotherhood is re-establishing itself amid the political upheaval in Cairo, WorldNetDaily has learned. Both Egyptian and Israeli security officials said the group, Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, is being reconstituted at the direction of the Muslim Brotherhood. The officials affirmed Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya serves as the de fact “military” wing of the Brotherhood, which originally founded Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya. Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya is suspected of involvement in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and it took credit for the 1995 attempted killing of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. It has carried out scores of deadly terrorist attacks, some targeting foreign tourists. The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to spread Islam around the world. Hamas and al-Qaida are violent Brotherhood offshoots. While the Brotherhood claimed it abandoned violence to push for a peaceful takeover of Egypt, the group’s new spiritual leader, Muhammad Badi, recently has publicly called for violent jihad.

  • While the Muslim Brotherhood publicly claims to support democratic reform in Egypt, behind the scenes it is using other organizations to foment unrest and advance militant Islam


The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned that combat will likely escalate during the spring thaw as Taliban insurgents try to return to areas cleared by the international forces during the past several months. Last year’s surge boosted the international force to about 150,000 troops. NATO and President Hamid Karzai hope to have more than 300,000 Afghan army and police in action by next autumn facing a much smaller organized insurgent force. The Obama administration and NATO plan to begin reducing their troop contingent in July, and to end its combat role by the end of 2014. Last year was the deadliest of the nearly decade-long war for international troops, with more than 700 killed.


Car bombs ripped through the oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, killing seven and wounding up to 80 people in the heart of a region of long-simmering ethnic tensions. The blasts struck outside the headquarters of the Kurdish intelligence forces known as the Asayish, on a highway and near a gas station in southern Kirkuk, located 180 miles north of Baghdad. Kirkuk is the epicenter of ethnic tensions among Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen. The city also sits on top of one-third of Iraq’s estimated $11 trillion in oil reserves, and Arabs fear the Kurds want to annex Kirkuk to their northern autonomous region. The regional tensions have stalled a long-awaited national census that would determine the real numbers of the country’s religious and ethnic groups. But the count also could inflame the larger dispute over territory and oil between Iraq’s central government and the semiautonomous Kurdish region in the north.


In a sign of new and serious tensions between the United States and a key counterterror ally, the Obama administration has suspended some high-level contacts with Pakistan and may downgrade the status of an upcoming meeting to boost pressure on the government to release a U.S. Embassy employee who killed two Pakistanis. The dispute over the arrest of the man has become a crisis in U.S.-Pakistan relations and officials said they feared it could threaten future cooperation in a critical theater of the war against extremists and al-Qaeda unless it is resolved quickly. Two top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee said U.S. aid to Pakistan is in jeopardy if the American is not released. Washington insists the detained American has diplomatic immunity and shot the Pakistanis in self-defense as they tried to rob him at gunpoint.


Iran has resumed amassing enriched uranium at a steady pace after possible cyber sabotage and a mysterious albeit brief halt in its nuclear activities late last year, diplomats and experts say. Technical woes, toughened international sanctions and the Stuxnet computer worm may all have figured in hampering Iran’s nuclear progress, potentially pushing back estimates for when it might be able to assemble an atomic bomb if it decided to do so. But despite such problems, the Islamic Republic is pressing ahead with its disputed nuclear energy program and its stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) is continuously growing. It is now believed to have enough material for one or two nuclear bombs if refined much further, even though it is unclear how soon it could build such a weapon.


North Korean military officers abruptly walked out of the first official talks with rival South Korea in months Wednesday, dashing hopes for eased tensions after a deadly artillery attack in November increased war rhetoric on the peninsula. Hopes had been high that the Koreas would agree on details for holding their first high-level defense talks in more than three years. However, they failed to set a date for the next meeting. During Tuesday’s talks, South Korea argued the high-level talks must focus on two attacks against it last year, while the North Koreans demanded the talks discuss other military issues as well, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.


Mexican authorities say three teenage boys were shot to death in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, and at least two of them attended school in Texas. The boys were killed at a car dealership in the city across the border from El Paso. There were no leads on suspects or a motive, and witnesses would give no statements, Sandoval said. At least 60 bullet casings were found at the scene. Two of the boys were U.S. citizens.


Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners stormed a courthouse and set two churches on fire Tuesday in central Indonesia to protest what they considered a lenient sentence for a Christian convicted of blaspheming Islam. Jakarta resident Antonius Richmond Bawengan, 58, was found guilty of distributing books and leaflets that “spread hatred about Islam” and sentenced to the maximum five years in prison. Islamic hard-liners shouted during the rioting that the man should have received the death penalty.


Northern Ireland police arrested three suspected Irish Republican Army dissidents Tuesday over a botched Belfast ambush that involved hiding a bomb on a small child’s bicycle. Police spent four days searching Belfast’s Antrim Road — dubbed “the Murder Mile” during the worst days of the Northern Ireland conflict — following telephoned warnings from an IRA faction that its members had hidden bombs in the area that failed to detonate. Two days into the search, police found one small bomb inside a car. Two days later they found a second bomb taped to an abandoned preschool-sized bicycle. The attackers apparently tried to lure police into the area by vandalizing the window of a shop, then telephoning the police to report the crime. But when police responded, neither bomb in the area detonated.


Pirates have seized a Greek-flagged supertanker with 25 crew members off the coast of Oman. It was the second such seizure in two days. On Tuesday, Somali pirates firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades hijacked an Italian-flagged oil tanker in the Indian Ocean that was heading to Malaysia.


Yet another round of winter weather was bearing down on the Southeast on Wednesday after coating parts of the nation’s snow-weary midsection in white. The new storm comes barely a week after a record-setting weather system pummelled the Plains and the Midwest. Parts of Oklahoma had received up to 12 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Wednesday (8 a.m. ET), according to the state Department of Emergency Management. Wind chills were between 10 and 30 degrees below zero in some areas, and authorities were urging people to stay off the roads. A winter storm warning was in place across portions of nine states — from Texas to Alabama. A winter weather advisory also touched portions of Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The warnings and advisories were expected to move eastward throughout the day.

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