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  • Obama to Attack Court Power in His Campaign

    04/05/2012 10:10:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2012 | ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is laying groundwork to make the Supreme Court a campaign issue this fall, taking a political page from Republicans who have long railed against the decisions of liberal judges. The emerging Democrat strategy to paint the court as extreme was little noted in this week's hubbub over Obama's assertion that overturning his health care law would be "unprecedented."
  • Important: Dems mad at RNC chief for comparing women to caterpillars or something

    04/05/2012 10:05:10 PM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | APRIL 5, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    How pathetic is this? Pathetic enough that even TNR can only shake its head sadly at the lameness of the contrived involved outrage. Alternate headline: “Blogger shifts from beer to hard liquor to cope.” HUNT: Let me ask you this. The Democrats of course say you are waging, the GOP is waging a war on women. I know you don’t agree with that, but looking at the polls, you have a gender gap problem. Recent polls show a huge, huge margin for Democrats among women voters. How big a problem is it? How do you close it? PRIEBUS: Well, for...
  • Conn. Democratic debate includes name-calling (candidate called "whore")

    04/05/2012 10:04:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2012 | SUSAN HAIGH
    WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic candidates for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat are questioning whether one of their lesser-known colleagues should be allowed to participate in future debates after she called U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy a "whore" for his support of Israel during a live televised debate on Thursday night. Murphy, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, state Rep. William Tong and Matthew Oakes each expressed disgust over the comments made by Lee Whitnum, a vocal critic of U.S. aid to Israel.
  • Cafe boss facing jail after attending interviews with teenage girls and woman while naked

    04/05/2012 9:50:12 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 5 April 2012 | Ian Garland
    A middle-aged cafe owner is facing jail after exposing himself to a woman and two teenage girls he interviewed for waitress jobs. The victims, a woman in her 30s, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old, all fled Rioco restaurant in York after arriving for interviews and finding owner Dave Richards, 53, standing naked in his office.
  • YOUTUBE: 8 Amazing Holes (you will love the last one)

    04/05/2012 9:40:20 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 9 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-2012
  • With Voter ID out the window, don’t be overwrought by the onslaught of fraud

    04/05/2012 9:35:44 PM PDT · by cold666pack · 6 replies
    Denver Examiner ^ | April 5, 2012 | Sunana Batra
    I’ve been noticing every time I access my banks account online, or my water bill, and particularly by cell phone bill, I am compelled to jump through more hoops than Alex the cat, ‘for my own good’ they insist. Yet at the same time banks beef up their security, force you to create cheat sheets to remember half a dozen passwords just to access your account in an effort to protect your privacy, our elected officials clear the way for your vote to be stolen. Way to go! Yesterday, Colorado Senate Democrats nixed a proposal to ask voters whether people...
  • Indiana: New Poll Shows Dick Lugar With 7-Point Lead

    04/05/2012 9:31:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 5, 2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    Embattled Sen. Dick Lugar (Ind.) has had a rough couple of weeks, and a new poll underscores just how much trouble he is in against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the GOP primary next month. Lugar led Mourdock 42 percent to 35 percent among likely GOP primary voters, according to the Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll released today. While the poll showed Lugar with a single-digit lead, 42 percent is a dangerously low number for a veteran lawmaker and it underscores just how competitive Lugar’s first tough re-election battle has become. Indiana has an open primary, and therefore, independents and Democrats...
  • The Vetting: Obama Exploited Catholics To Push Universal Health Care In Illinois

    04/05/2012 9:26:56 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 7 replies
    Big Government ^ | 04-06-12 | Charles C. Johnson
    In 1999, then-State Senator Barack Obama invoked the late radical Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who passed away in 1996, to promote a universal health care law he co-sponsored and which Illinois voters had overwhelmingly rejected. The bill incorporated language directly from the late cardinal’s 1995 pastoral letter, “A Sign of Hope,” which argued for a “fundamental right” to healthcare, reading, in part: “Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize that right.” Supporters of single payer health care, like Dr. Quentin Young...
  • Neighborhoods of CHA relocations experienced higher crime rates

    04/05/2012 9:10:39 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies ^ | 04/06/2012 | FRANK MAIN
    Crime was worse in neighborhoods where former Chicago Housing Authority residents used vouchers to move into private apartments, a new study found. From 2000 to 2008, violent crime was 21 percent higher in neighborhoods with high concentrations of voucher-holding former CHA residents — when compared to similar neighborhoods without them, the Washington-based Urban Institute found. Property crime also would have been lower without relocated residents in those neighborhoods, the study said. Violent crime dropped about 26 percent across the city over the same time period, according to the Chicago Police Department. The Urban Institute attributed about 1 percent of the...
  • Parents of Dem Jewish Liaison Behind “Jewbag” Controvery are Obama Bundlers, Party Officials

    04/05/2012 9:07:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    weasel zippers ^ | 4/5/12 | zip
    (Politico 44) — The staffer for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who posted the controversial ‘Jewbag’ photo on her Facebook page in 2006 is no anonymous aide — but the daughter of Mark and Nancy Gilbert, two major Florida donors who have raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign. Danielle “Dani” Gilbert, according to party sources, was tapped by Wasserman Schultz to serve as a liaison to the Jewish community, even though party officials and people close to Obama told her that more senior Democrats were already handling those responsibilities. Wasserman Schultz has thus far refused to fire or...
  • Alive and kicking (Air Force’s youngest B-52 Stratofortress turns 50 this year)

    04/05/2012 9:03:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Airman Magazine ^ | 2 April 2012 | Tech. Sgt. Chris Powell
    Alive and kicking Air Force’s youngest B-52 Stratofortress turns 50 this year The Air Force’s youngest B-52 Stratofortress, Tail No. 1040, will hit a milestone this year, when it turns 50 years old. Of course, “young” is a relative term when you’re a long-range, heavy bomber that was created during the height of the Cold War. Tail No. 1040, the last of 744 B-52s to be manufactured, was delivered to the Air Force, in October 1962. “I don’t think anyone really knew this was going to be the last B-52 ever made,” said Robert Michel, the 5th Bomb Wing historian....
  • Smaller Navy Ship Has a Rocky Past and Key Support

    04/05/2012 8:57:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 5, 2012 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    Smaller Navy Ship Has a Rocky Past and Key Support MOBILE, Ala. — The Navy’s newest ship is designed to battle Iranian attack boats, clear mines from the Strait of Hormuz, chase down Somali pirates and keep watch on China’s warships. The ones built here even look menacing, like Darth Vader on the sea. “It’s going to scare the hell out of folks,” said Representative Jo Bonner, the Alabama Republican who represents Mobile and is one of the ship’s biggest boosters in Congress. Mr. Bonner acknowledged that the ship had needed a “tweak” here and there — his allusion to...
  • Source of note sought in Iraqi-American death case

    04/05/2012 8:54:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 5, 2012 | JULIE WATSON
    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- Police investigating the beating death of an Iraqi-American mother of five sought clues at the troubled family's home to try to identify the source of a note that fueled international speculation the killing was a hate crime, according to sealed documents inadvertently released by court staff. The daughter of 32-year-old victim Shaima Alawadi told reporters after the March 21 attack that she found a note near her mother that told the family to go back where they came from.
  • "Obamacare's Assault on Religious Liberty" Live Webcast Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Noon EST

    04/05/2012 8:48:05 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | 04/05/2012 | Paul A. Rahe
    Hillsdale College First Principles on First Fridays lecture: “Obamacare's Assault on Religious Liberty” Funding for this month’s First Principles on First Fridays program has been provided by the Philip M. McKenna Foundation.Paul A. RaheCharles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage, Hillsdale CollegeDownload the Flier.Tuesday, April 10, 201212:00 - 1:00 p.m.Please note that this month’s program will take place on a Tuesday in deference to Good Friday.Paul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage and is Professor of History at Hillsdale College. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University...
  • "Santorum to 'Reengineer' Campaign"

    04/05/2012 8:46:36 PM PDT · by taraytarah · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4-5-12 | Robert Costa
    Richard Viguerie, a veteran conservative activist and top Santorum supporter, tells National Review Online that Santorum is “reengineering” his presidential campaign. “You can’t repeat the same behavior and expect different results,” he says. “We’ve got to do things different. We’ve got to reengineer the campaign. We’ve got to add things, take things out, and make changes. Everyone recognizes that, from the candidate on down.” Earlier today, Viguerie, along with a group of movement leaders, met with Santorum at an office in northern Virginia. For over an hour, they discussed ways to revive his bid. “We came up with a number...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Readings, 04-06-12, Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

    04/05/2012 8:44:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 67 replies ^ | 04-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 6, 2012   Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord   Reading 1 Is 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper,he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Even as many were amazed at him—so marred was his look beyond human semblanceand his appearance beyond that of the sons of man—so shall he startle many nations,because of him kings shall stand speechless;for those who have not been told shall see,those who have not heard shall ponder it. Who would believe what we have heard?To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?He grew up like a sapling before him,like...
  • NBC probe centers on staffer in shooting story error

    04/05/2012 8:37:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 5, 2012
    (Reuters) - An internal NBC News probe has determined a "seasoned" producer was to blame for a misleading clip of a 911 call that the network broadcast during its coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to two sources at the network. NBC News brass interviewed more than half a dozen staffers during its investigation of the misleadingly edited 911 call placed by George Zimmerman just before he shot the unarmed Florida teenager, said the sources, one of whom is an executive at the network. The clip aired on the network's flagship "Today" morning show last week. The edit made...
  • Virginia Elementary School Teacher Tells Students “Republicans Are Stupid”…

    04/05/2012 8:36:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    weasel zippers ^ | 4/5/12 | zip
    We’re so stupid that we find it abhorrent when a teacher pushes liberal propaganda on unsuspecting students. Via Daily Caller: A Virginia elementary school teacher told her students that “Republicans are stupid” and “they don’t care about anyone but wealthy people and businesses.” Kristin Martin said this to her 6th grade class as Republican voters were filing into the halls of Powell Elementary School in Fairfax County to vote on Super Tuesday. “It all started when this disabled kid came in and named all the Republicans candidates for Super Tuesday,” one student told The Daily Caller. “She [Martin] said to...
  • Chupacabra Sighting Raises Concerns at UCR

    04/05/2012 8:35:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Highlander ^ | April 3, 2012 | Kevin Keckeisen, Gordon Huang
    Last Tuesday a UC Riverside student took a photo of what he believed was a Chupacabra roaming the parking lot outside of the Student Recreation Center. The sighting has prompted mixed responses ranging from deep concern to awe. “I had just finished working out when I saw it standing next to my car, sniffing the air,” the student told the Highlander on the condition of anonymity. “At first I thought it was a dog, but when I got closer it didn’t look like any dog I’ve ever seen. I had to get a picture of it.” In the picture the...
  • Britain's Royal Air Force considering purchase of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle

    04/05/2012 8:34:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | 05.04.12 | Anshel Pfeffer
    Britain's Royal Air Force considering purchase of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle U.K. looking at the Eitan system, also known as the Heron TP - the largest and most sophisticated drone Israel makes. LONDON - Britain's Royal Air Force has been considering the purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel. The Eitan, also known as the Heron TP, is the largest and most sophisticated drone Israel makes. It is assembled by Israel Aerospace Industries and began operational service in the Israel Air Force two years ago, in a new squadron at the Tel Nof airbase. The Eitan's wingspan is as wide...
  • Obama says 2012 will be a 'fun debate'

    04/05/2012 8:32:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 5, 2012
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday that the 2012 election will be a "fun debate" over two competing visions for the nation, referring to Mitt Romney as the Republican "front-runner" who has backed policies that would undermine middle-class families. At a fundraiser held at a Washington hotel, Obama told supporters that his administration had spent the past three years "cleaning up after some of that mess, and I don't want to have to do it again."
  • Israeli alarm over treaty with Egypt grows

    04/05/2012 8:32:12 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies
    Space War ^ | 3/5/2012 | Space War
    Israel's concerns that its historic peace treaty with Egypt could be in peril amid the political upheaval in Cairo have intensified with the announcement by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood it will contest presidential elections next month. Amos Gilad, a top aide to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and a former Israeli liaison with Cairo, said Tuesday he was apprehensive that the Muslim Brotherhood, which already dominates Parliament, could suspend or abrogate the 33-year-old peace pact. The treaty, the first between Israel and its Arab adversaries, has been the linchpin of U.S. policy in the Middle East since it was sealed...
  • Winfrey calls her new cable venture a tough climb

    04/05/2012 8:30:39 PM PDT · by quantim · 20 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 5, 8:53 PM EDT | FRAZIER MOORE
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey says creating her new cable network has turned out to be a steep climb. "I'm climbing Kilimanjaro," she told advertisers Thursday at a presentation for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. She quickly explained that her Kilimanjaro is at the offices of OWN. "You know that song, `The Time of My Life'? I've had the climb of my life," she cracked. The network has struggled to build an audience since its launch in January 2011. It recently announced severe staff layoffs and a management shakeup with Discovery Communications, the company that's bankrolled it with $300...
  • Bobby Petrino Placed on Paid Leave

    04/05/2012 8:30:02 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 22 replies ^ | 4.5.2012
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino has been put on paid leave. Athletic director Jeff Long announced the decision late Thursday, capping a stunning day in which it was revealed that Petrino had a 25-year-old female employee with him during a weekend motorcycle ride that ended in a crash.
  • Hawthorne woman could get 5 years if convicted in texting-while-driving case

    04/05/2012 8:27:16 PM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies ^ | 04/05/2012 | Larry Altman
    A Hawthorne woman allegedly texting and driving with her infant daughter in her lap through Torrance faces charges that could send her to jail for five years Shawndeeia Joann Bowen, 29, of Hawthorne, appeared Thursday for arraignment in Torrance court Bowen, who has six children, pleaded not guilty and was ordered to return to court on April 12. She remained in custody on more than $130,000 bail. Bowen was wearing one false eyelash and pink children's elastic underwear on her head when officers pulled her over at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with three children in the car. "When they stopped her,...
  • Mass. RMV doesn't check immigration status, 45 other states do

    04/05/2012 8:23:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    myfoxboston ^ | 05 Apr 2012 | Mike Beaudet
    Mass. RMV doesn't check immigration status, 45 other states do copyright-link only Read more:
  • Boeing;US Navy Conduct Networked Distributed Targeting Capability Fight Test on Superhornet

    04/05/2012 8:20:33 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Boeing ^ | Boeing
    The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a flight test of the prototype Distributed Targeting System-Networked (DTS-N) on a Super Hornet. The system is designed to enhance the F/A-18E/F fighter jet’s targeting capabilities. The test took place in late 2011 at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Advanced Weapons Lab in China Lake, Calif., and was conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-31. DTS-N is based on the Boeing Adaptive Architecture developed by the company’s Phantom Works division. It expands the capabilities of the soon-to-be-operational F/A-18E/F Distributed Targeting System by providing a dramatic...
  • Santorum's private meetings focused on his way forward

    04/05/2012 8:14:24 PM PDT · by gogogodzilla · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 05 April 2012 | CNN Political Unit
    (CNN) – Rick Santorum participated in two meetings with conservative leaders on Thursday which focused on his candidacy, but not on whether rival Newt Gingrich should end his, sources with knowledge of the meetings told CNN. "There was some frustration about the fact that Gingrich wasn't in Wisconsin, and if his vote had gone to Santorum then Santorum would have won, but I would not in any way say that meeting focused on getting Gingrich out," one participant said. This source and others spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity because of the non-public nature of the meeting.
  • Employees Fired for Being “Too Religious” Receive Settlement Payment

    04/05/2012 8:10:09 PM PDT · by sreastman · 10 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/5/2012 | Liberty Counsel
    Employees Fired for Being “Too Religious” Receive Settlement Payment Faith Issues/Liberty Counsel Hallmark Management Company has settled with Daniel and Sharon Dixon, after firing and evicting them from a property management position for having a piece of artwork hanging in their office that contained a Scripture reference. Liberty Counsel successfully represented the Dixons in the case of Dixon v. Hallmark Companies and will be awarded $76,250. Daniel and Sharon Dixon were the employees and tenants of a government-subsidized facility, Thornwood Terrace Apartments, in Lake City, Florida. In 2007, a regional manager for Hallmark asked Sharon if the words on the...
  • PAC-3 deployment completed to intercept N. Korean rocket

    04/05/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Mainichi
    Japan completed on Thursday the deployment of its ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture to prepare for North Korea's planned rocket launch sometime next week. With the arrival of the Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki carrying the PAC-3 at Ishigaki Island, the interceptors are now deployed to four locations in Okinawa that also includes its capital Naha, Miyako and Nanjo. Japan is bracing itself for the rocket launch after North Korea announced last month that it will launch an ''earth observation satellite'' to mark the centennial of its state founder Kim Il Sung's birthday on April 15....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Zodiacal Light Panorama

    04/05/2012 8:07:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | April 05, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Sweeping from the eastern to western horizon, this 360 degree panorama follows the band of zodiacal light along the solar system's ecliptic plane. Dust scattering sunlight produces the faint zodiacal glow that spans this fundamental coordinate plane of the celestial sphere, corresponding to the apparent yearly path of the Sun through the sky and the plane of Earth's orbit. The fascinating panorama is a mosaic of images taken from dusk to dawn over the course of a single night at two different locations on Mauna Kea. The lights of Hilo, Hawaii are on the eastern (left) horizon, with the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Centaurus A

    04/05/2012 8:07:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | April 04, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's the closest active galaxy to planet Earth? That would be Centaurus A, only 11 million light-years distant. Spanning over 60,000 light-years, the peculiar elliptical galaxy is also known as NGC 5128. Forged in a collision of two otherwise normal galaxies, Centaurus A's fantastic jumble of young blue star clusters, pinkish star forming regions, and imposing dark dust lanes are seen here in remarkable detail. The colorful galaxy portrait was recorded under clear Chilean skies at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. Near the galaxy's center, left over cosmic debris is steadily being consumed by a central black hole with...
  • Coulter vs. Malkin: Female conservatives clash over Palin

    04/05/2012 8:06:08 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 73 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 4-5-12 | Jeff Poor
    Last Sunday, in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” conservative columnist and author Ann Coulter took what some have seen as a swipe at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, saying that the eventual Republican candidate shouldn’t pick “a novelty candidate” as their vice presidential nominee because it “would ring too much like Sarah Palin.” Conservative blogger and commentator Michelle Malkin challenged Coulter’s characterization, suggesting in a post on Monday that Coulter was part of the “war on conservative women” Malkin had opined on a month ago. If Coulter is indeed waging a war on conservative women by...
  • Kraft abandons conservative group

    04/05/2012 8:04:19 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 42 replies
    politico ^ | April 5 2012
    Kraft Foods, Inc. has become the third corporate titan to abandon a conservative group that supports the type of “Stand Your Ground” gun law at the center of the Trayvon Martin controversy in Florida. Kraft — one of many corporation members of the American Legislative Exchange Council — won’t renew its membership when it expires this spring, Kraft Corporate Affairs Director Susan Davison told POLITICO.
  • On Zakat, Jihad and Shariah-Compliance

    04/05/2012 8:03:34 PM PDT · by LSUfan
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 5 April 2012 | Unknown
    Here we have two important links that touch on themes that we have covered extensively over the years: Zakat, Jihad and Shariah-Compliant Finance. The first article from the excellent Gates of Vienna blog, points out that one of the destinations of zakat (tithing in Islam) is “those fighting in the way of allah…” The second article ties zakat to Shariah-Compliant Finance. It is a column out of Malaysia, one of the global centers of Shariah finance, that points out–in detail–Shariah-Compliant companies are in fact liable for zakat payments. Shariah-compliant companies, either fully owned by Muslims, or jointly owned by...
  • Rise in justifiable homicides linked to weak gun control laws

    04/05/2012 7:58:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 49 replies ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Harry J Enten, Gabriel Dance and Karen McVeigh
    Rising numbers of civilian justifiable homicides across the US are closely linked to states with both weak gun controls and stand-your-ground laws, according to a Guardian analysis of FBI and other data, which show a 25% increase in such killings since the controversial self-defence laws started being introduced around 2005. Stand-your-ground (SYG) measures, which have attracted increasing scrutiny since the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighbourhood watch volunteer in Florida, allow citizens to use deadly force when they believe their life is in danger, without requiring them to retreat or try to escape the threat...
  • Republican official: US Rep. Johnson to retire

    04/05/2012 7:53:31 PM PDT · by deek69 · 5 replies
    Veteran Illinois U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson intends to drop his bid for a seventh term and retire, a Republican official said Wednesday. Johnson was expected to make a public announcement of his decision Thursday, said the official, who spoke directly with Johnson but would confirm the decision only on condition of anonymity in order not to pre-empt the congressman's formal announcement.
  • Bill increases Second Amendment protection

    04/05/2012 7:50:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Staff
    SHAWNEE, Okla. — Members of a state House committee have voted to increase the legal protection of citizens’ constitutional rights. Senate Bill 1760, by state Sen. Anthony Sykes and state Rep. T.W. Shannon, would specify that Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights cannot be taken away during a declared state of emergency. “While government may assume greater police powers to preserve public safety during times of emergency, the government should never be allowed to strip citizens of their most basic constitutional rights,” said Shannon, R-Lawton. “This legislation simply makes clear that Oklahomans will continue to have the right to self-defense during emergency...
  • Europe and the Law of Sticky Wages (technical)

    04/05/2012 7:45:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/5/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    How is wage erosion going to play out across Europe’s Arc of Depression? The EMU strategy of wage deflation across half Europe is simply not doable The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has an essay on its website showing that US wages in the industries in most trouble have scarcely dropped at all since the onset of the Great Recession - despite economics - even though the country has one of the most flexible labour markets in the world. You can erode real wages through inflation, but it is nigh impossible to cut them in absolute terms. They are...
  • Hunters fighting to stop Thurston Co. gun ordinance(WA)

    04/05/2012 7:45:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Bryan Johnson
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Hunters in Olympia say a proposed gun control ordinance is illegal and dangerous, and they're fighting to keep it off the books. The Thurston County Commission is mulling a proposed ordinance that would make it illegal to fire a gun on county shores. "Both the residents and the commissioners are persuaded that discharge of firearms in this area is no longer safe because of population density," said Commissioner Karen Valenzuela. That plan isn't sitting well with local hunters, who say the waters around Olympia are prime locations for duck hunting. The hunters showed up in droves to...
  • Walking Back the Trayvon Martin Hysteria

    04/05/2012 7:42:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 5, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    1) If one suggests that there may not be, at least as yet, enough evidence to overturn the initial police decision of not charging Mr. Zimmerman with a crime, then one is a de facto racist. In other words, the liberal position of letting all the evidence be reexamined in a dispassionate fashion is now illiberal. And the illiberal one of charging someone with a felony without established probable cause is liberal. But just arresting and charging a suspect to let a judge or jury post facto decide whether there was ever probable cause for such an arrest is neither...
  • Industrial poultry about to get even crappier — literally

    04/05/2012 7:41:56 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 15 replies
    Grist ^ | 3 Apr 2012 | Rachel Cernansky
  • Man may have killed in self-defense during robbery off Tallassee

    04/05/2012 7:35:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Joe Johnson
    A man who shot and killed another man Wednesday morning in Athens may have been acting in self-defense during a robbery, Athens-Clarke police said. He told police he shot 23-year-old Travis Sankwon Callaway after Callaway pulled a gun on him outside his home at Pinehurst Apartments off Tallassee Road, according to police. Police questioned the man after the 3 a.m. shooting and later released him. Callaway was dead when officers arrived, police said. Investigators found evidence in the breezeway of 120 Pinehurst Court that appears to support the man’s self-defense claim. “He was the shooter and the victim of a...
  • Video of man beaten, stripped prompting anger on Internet

    04/05/2012 7:17:23 PM PDT · by VastRWCon · 202 replies
    <p>This week, a video was posted online of a seemingly lost and disoriented man being swarmed by a group of young people, then sucker punched, robbed, and stripped naked of his clothing on a downtown Baltimore street. Black on White, where is Jesse and Al???</p>
  • Holder sends letter to Fifth Circuit: Courts are supposed to presume that laws are constitutional...

    They asked for three pages single-spaced. He gave them two and a half. Impeach. Seriously, though, given the immense interest in this story when it broke Tuesday, there was no way O wasn’t going to use the letter as an opportunity to plead his constitutional case on ObamaCare. The court wanted a statement of the DOJ’s position on judicial review but Holder naturally gave them a little more than that. First, the obligatory — and slightly peevish — acknowledgment that, yes, Marbury v. Madison is still good law: Holder - "In considering such challenges, Acts of Congress are “presumptively constitutional,”...
  • Trayvon Martin case looms over beating of 78-year-old Ohio man

    04/05/2012 6:55:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 37 replies
    foxnews ^ | April 5 2012 | foxnews
    A 78-year-old Ohio man says he was a victim of a hate crime when he was severely beaten by group of youths -- who allegedly said "this is for Trayvon," referring to the unarmed black Florida teen killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. "[Get] that white [man]. This is for Trayvon ... Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man]," the boys are quoted as saying in a police report cited by the Toledo Blade.
  • Hate Crime, It’s the Thought That Counts [Trayvon Martin]

    04/05/2012 6:48:56 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 12 replies
    What Would The Founders Think ^ | Recent - date not shown | Martin and Marcia
    In light of all of the racially incendiary “reportage” of a media elite bent on creating a narrative to fit their agenda (regardless of whatever the facts are), it seems appropriate to go beyond the murky circumstances surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin.
  • Dueling Economic Visions In the U.S.: On Your Own vs. On the Dole

    04/05/2012 6:44:07 PM PDT · by billflax · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/05/2012 | Bill Flax
    Dueling visions fight for America’s future. It isn’t so much conflicting economic theories seeking similar ends, but fundamental disagreements over the scope of government. The competing sides champion very different ideals. The debate pits forces seeking safety through government against those striving to live free of government interference; between those thinking it one’s responsibility to provide for his own and those who essentially suggest the state exists so we don’t have to. President Obama repeatedly pillories Republicans for espousing “On your own” economics while seemingly esteeming “On the dole” economics himself. He rails that the rich should fork over their...
  • Puerto Rico warns Occupy Movement to clean up mess (freeloaders to get the bill)

    04/05/2012 6:40:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/05/12
    Puerto Rico warns Occupy Movement to clean up messAssociated Press – 2 hrs 26 mins ago SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico officials threatened the island's Occupy Movement with legal action Thursday if its supporters do not clean up a public park they occupied for five months and abandoned suddenly this week. The group has 48 hours to respond, said Mari Batista, director of San Juan's Sports and Recreation Office. "The amount of garbage, waste and rubble left behind is impressive," she said. "They were supposedly defending the environment, fighting for a better Puerto Rico ... what they...
  • 'Appropriate And Right' To Host Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: White House

    04/05/2012 6:40:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies ^ | April 5, 2012 | Jeremy B. White
    The White House defended Thursday the Obama administration's meetings with a delegation from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, saying it needs to establish dialogue with the now-dominant Islamic party. The Obama administration's overtures to the Brotherhood reflect the reconfigured contours of Middle East politics. During the years when Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt as a steadfast American ally, the United States was deeply skeptical of the Brotherhood, which embraces a conservative Islamic vision and has close bonds with radical groups like Palestinian Hamas. But Mubarak's ouster last February, and the Brotherhood's status as a key player in Egypt's fledgling democracy, have upended that...