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  • Santorum Backers Look to Change Texas Primary Rules

    04/05/2012 6:40:06 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 40 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | April 5, 2012 | Jay Root
    Rick Santorum, trying to keep his presidential hopes alive despite increasingly long odds, is looking for the political equivalent of a Hail Mary pass from Texas Republicans. Santorum has noted in recent days that some Texas party activists are waging an uphill battle to change the rules of the May 29 primary so that whoever wins would get all 152 delegates up for grabs in the contest. The activists, led by Santorum supporters, say they have enough support to force an emergency meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee, though major hurdles loom beyond that. The Republican National Committee would...
  • Rubio to Santorum, Gingrich, Paul: 'It's Time Now to Concede'

    04/05/2012 6:38:31 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    Tonwhall ^ | 4-5-12 | Kate Hicks
    Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney's highest-profile endorsement, has a message for other GOP presidential (less)hopefuls: pack it in, boys. The primary's over. Ouch. As Tina Korbe reported over on Hot Air, the Florida Senator came out strongly for Romney's chances against Barack Obama, illustrating the kind of tenacity desired of a vice presidential nominee. “I actually think we’re going to have a very good nominee. I think Mitt Romney’s going to be the next president of the United States. And by their own admission, the folks running against Mitt Romney have admitted that they cannot win the primary, that the only...
  • U. S. Legislative Immigration Update April 2, 2012

    04/05/2012 6:36:39 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 1 replies
    Obama Administration Expands Backdoor Amnesty | USCIS Proposes Rule to Circumvent Federal Laws on Admission | Court Will Drop DUI Charges for Obama's Illegal Alien Uncle | California Sides with Illegal Aliens before the Supreme Court | Republicans Draft DREAM Act Alternatives in Advance of Elections
  • Coast Guard fires on Japanese ghost ship [not a WW II thread]

    04/05/2012 6:34:25 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 56 replies ^ | 4/5/2012 | unknown
    The U.S. Coast Guard unleashed cannon fire Thursday at a Japanese vessel set adrift by last year's tsunami, stopping the ship's long, lonely voyage across the Pacific Ocean. A Coast Guard cutter fired on the abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska and more than 150 miles from land, spokesman Paul Webb said. Soon after the cannon fire started, the ship burst into flames, began to take on water and list, Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow said. About two hours later, the vessel hadn't sunk and the cutter resumed shelling, Lt. Veronica Colbath said. The...
  • Energy Dept. offers prize to create mobile apps that already exist

    04/05/2012 6:30:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Daily Calller ^ | 4/5/12 | Paul Conner
    The Department of Energy announced Thursday a $100,000 prize for software developers to come up with mobile applications to tell consumers how much energy they are using. But there’s already an app for that. A quick scan of the iTunes and Android markets shows nearly two dozen existing applications that accomplish the same purpose — helping users keep track of their energy consumption at home. The uMeter app, for example, allows consumers with Wi-Fi-enabled home energy meters to “manage and optimize their energy consumptions, in order to reduce their expenses and carbon footprint,” according to the description. Similarly, the Home...
  • Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 4.5.2012 | John Hudson
    Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court's authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling. "The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?" asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court's right to wipe away Congress's legislation. "Sans précédent, extraordinaires" reads the article. In the...
  • Justice Dept. responds to judicial query, defends Obama comments on high court

    04/05/2012 6:23:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/05/12 | Sam Baker
    Justice Dept. responds to judicial query, defends Obama comments on high courtBy Sam Baker - 04/05/12 02:43 PM ET Tweet The Justice Department shot back Thursday against a federal court’s suggestion that President Obama doesn’t recognize the role of the judicial branch. Three judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Justice Department to file a three-page letter outlining its view of the courts’ powers — a response to comments in which Obama said it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn his healthcare law. Obama’s remarks were “fully consistent” with well-established legal principles, the Justice...
  • In audiotapes, ex-Saints coach Gregg Williams heard urging injuries

    04/05/2012 6:22:18 PM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/5/2012
    (CBS News) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and two other key members of the organization in New York Thursday to hear their appeal on suspensions for their part in "bounty" system. Payton received a one-year ban while former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely by the league. CBS News correspondent Armen Keteyian reports that the release of an audio tape leaves little question what Williams had in mind. ((snip)) "We've got to make sure we do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head. We need...
  • The Passover-Easter Sellout (Oliver North)

    04/05/2012 6:16:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 6, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Passover and Easter — intrinsically linked in the Jewish and Christian traditions — are being celebrated this weekend. For observant Jews, Passover commemorates the Hebrews' liberation from slavery under Egypt's Pharaoh. For faithful Christians, Easter is a celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the grave and the fulfillment of a new covenant between God and man. Biblical passages in Exodus 12, Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20 describe these historical events and the reasons for festivities among people of faith. But this year, these holidays are a time of extraordinary anxiety for Christians and Jews...
  • CLEANED UP VERSION: DEBATE Eric Allen Bell vs Nadir Ahmed - "Is Islam Inherently Violent?"

    04/05/2012 6:12:13 PM PDT · by damonw · 7 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/4/12 | Eric Allen Bell
    "One day, we 'Islamophobes' will be deemed the voice of reason" Eric Allen Bell Eric Allen Bell's story is very interesting. A liberal and one time contributor to the huge liberal website (The Daily Kos) he used to write Pro-Islam articles for the TDK and other liberal sites, that is until he went to the Middle East to do some research for a film. Then he changed his mind about Islam, wrote 3 articles critical of Islam at TDK and was let go and banned from the site. Just months later Eric is here debating an Islamic Scholar (albeit the...
  • Reporter To Carney: Obama "Made A Mistake And You Can't Admit It"

    04/05/2012 6:10:49 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 38 replies
    real clear politics ^ | April 5, 2012 | unattributed
    CBS News' Bill Plante to White House press secretary Jay Carney on the matter of President Obama's attack on the Supreme Court: "You're standing up there, twisting yourself in knots because he made a mistake and you can't admit it." Plante repeated himself after Carney accused him of righteous indignation.
  • Favorite "Flower" Song - Tell us your Favorites - Freeper Canteen - 6 April 2012

    04/05/2012 6:02:28 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 245 replies
    Our Troops Rock!!!!!! | The Canteen Crew
    ~Favorite "Flower" Songs~ *Killswitch Engage - Rose Of Sharyn* Now we're broken, here I stand alone Wondering what were the last words I said to you Hoping, praying that I'll find a way to turn back time,can I turn back time What would I give to behold The smile, the face of love You never left me The Rising sun Will always speak your name Now were broken, here I stand alone Wondering what were the last words I said to you It won't be long, we'll meet again What would I give to behold The smile, the face...
  • Savings come slowly for hybrid, electric car owners

    04/05/2012 5:57:20 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 14 replies
    Nashville Business Journal ^ | 3/5/12 | Nevin Batiwalla
    If you're thinking about buying a fuel-efficient hybrid, electric or otherwise eco-friendly vehicle as a way to save money over time, do your homework — or be prepared to wait. Buyers who choose Nissan's all-electric Leaf ($28,421) over its approximate gas-powered equivalent, Nissan's Versa ($18,640), will likely wait nearly 9 years until they break even, according to a new report by The New York Times that examines the cost of fuel efficiency. For drivers of the Chevrolet Volt ($31,767), the wait is even longer— 26.6 years.
  • Cyclist leads police in 60mph chase on motorway

    04/05/2012 5:53:12 PM PDT · by rawhide · 19 replies ^ | 4-5-12 | Emma Reynolds
    This unbelievable video shows a reckless cyclist leading police in a 60mph chase down the motorway. Ignoring the blaring siren and pouring rain, the Czech rider tears down the busy road at great speed, before slipping past a white van.
  • Bitcoin, the financial traders' anarchic new toy

    Unlike conventional fiat money and other digital currencies, Bitcoin runs through a peer-to-peer network, independent of central control. Bitcoins are currently worth $4.88 each on online currency exchanges, where they can be bought and sold for about 15 world currencies.
  • Russian Victor Bout jailed for arms running

    04/05/2012 5:43:59 PM PDT · by mgist · 13 replies
    This courtroom sketch by Shirley Shepard shows Viktor Bout (in white) seated ........ A US judge has sentenced Russian "merchant of death" arms smuggler Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell a massive arsenal to anti-American guerrillas in Colombia. . Bout, 45, has been accused of selling arms to despots and insurgency groups embroiled in some of the world's bloodiest conflicts and was the inspiration for the arms smuggler played by Nicolas Cage in "Lord of War" (2005). . US district judge Shira Scheindlin decided to give Bout the minimum required sentence of 25 years on...
  • Super dog! Takes a bullet to save SI rob victim (Pit Bull)

    04/05/2012 5:41:49 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 16 replies
    The New York Post ^ | April 4, 2012 | JAMIE SCHRAM, LIZ SADLER and BILL SANDERSON
    <p>This Staten Island pooch took a bullet to the head to save his owner — and lived to bark about it.</p> <p>Kilo, a 12-year-old pit bull, was shot during a terrifying home invasion robbery attempt as he lunged at a thug posing as a FedEx deliveryman.</p>
  • Queens 'vigilante' busted for beating down fellow tenant

    04/05/2012 5:37:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies ^ | April 5, 2012 | KIERAN CROWLEY, FRANK ROSARIO and CHRISTINA CARREGA
    A self-appointed vigilante at a Queens apartment building was arrested after he choked and beat into a concussion a fellow tenant he did not recognize him as a resident, The Post has learned. Yong Hung Wang, 36, of 35-06 Leavett St., in Flushing, mistook victim John Derounian, 37, for a burglar after Derounian returned to their building Wednesday morning to get his front door key and cell phone, which he had left behind. A shaken Derounian, a paralegal, said he repeatedly told his attacker he was a tenant and even opened his mailbox and showed him his mail. But Wang...
  • current tv Olbermann SABOTAGED Us

    04/05/2012 5:37:01 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    tmz ^ | 4/5 | tmz
    Keith Olbermann is a liar, a bully ... and worst of all -- he's just plain MEAN ... this according to Current TV. The network has fired back at the "Countdown" host ... claiming his $70 million lawsuit is "false and malicious." Current also says Olbermann was a crappy employee ... and got the chop due to "serial, material breaches of his contract, including the failure to show up at work, sabotaging the network and attacking Current and its executives." A rep for the network added, "As the old adage says: 'When the law is on your side, you argue...
  • Pope Denounces Dissident Priests [NEXT: Dissident Laity?]

    04/05/2012 5:28:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 05,2012
    April 5, 2012 Pope Denounces Dissident Priests VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church. Pope Benedict made the rare and explicit criticism from the altar of St. Peter's Basilica in his homily on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises they made when ordained. In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy...