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  • Video: Zimmerman's Lawyers React To Eyewitness Account

    04/06/2012 8:43:38 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 73 replies
    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/ ^ | 4/6/2012 | Ashleigh Banfield
    CNN's Ashleigh Banfield interviews George Zimmerman's lawyers, in reaction to an eyewitness account of the shooting.
  • Obama: Women are not an interest group

    04/06/2012 8:42:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday showered attention on helping women yet warned in the same motion that they should not be reduced to a uniform political bloc, declaring they are not an interest group and "shouldn't be treated that way." "When we talk about these issues that primarly impact women, we've got to realize that they are not just women's issues," he said at a White House forum on women and the economy.
  • Man arrested on robbery, battery charges in transvestite shootings

    04/06/2012 8:40:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | April 6, 2012 | Cynthia Roldan
    A Palm Beach Gardens man who Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach police say was shooting transvestite prostitutes has been arrested. On Friday, a judge ordered that 22-year-old Luis Rijo De Los Santos be held in lieu of $300,000 bail. De Los Santos, who already is facing charges of robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm, may also be charged with first-degree murder, as one of the men he allegedly shot died from his injuries.
  • Chavez heading back to Cuba for cancer treatment

    04/06/2012 8:36:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2012
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he's heading back to Cuba on Saturday night for his next round of radiation therapy as part of his cancer treatment. Chavez made the announcement in a phone call broadcast on television Friday night.
  • Player cheats, refs miss it. Hockey player's ridiculously sneaky move (video)

    04/06/2012 8:35:25 PM PDT · by rawhide · 25 replies
    sports.yahoo.com ^ | 4-5-12 | By Harrison Mooney | Puck Daddy
    The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings may have clinched a playoff spot well before Thursday's game ended, but they certainly didn't play like it. It was a hard-fought battle right to the final horn and then some, with the Sharks narrowly edging their divisional rivals 6-5 in a shootout. But don't let the high score fool you into thinking there weren't any big defensive plays. Why, Ryane Clowe's pokecheck on Jarrett Stoll with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd period stands out, and not just because it broke up a very threatening-looking 3-on-2 rush and potentially saved...
  • Thomas Kinkade, one of nation's most popular painters, dies suddenly in Los Gatos at 54

    04/06/2012 8:34:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 206 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Mike Rosenberg
    Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light" and one of most popular artists in America, died suddenly Friday at his Los Gatos home. He was 54. His family said in a statement that his death appeared to be from natural causes. "Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,'' his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. "We are shocked and saddened by his death.'' His paintings are hanging in an estimated 1 of every 20 homes in the United States. Fans cite the warm, familiar feeling of his mass-produced works of art, while it has become fashionable for art critics to...
  • The Last Supper (skit; if this happened to another religion, heads would roll)

    04/06/2012 8:33:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    LAST SUPPERI am Catholic, and along with other Christians, this weekend we are celebrating the Holiest of days. Unlike the so-called "religion of peace," which has filled the world with unspeakable violence and misery, we have a sense of humor and are actually not threatened. If something like this was done about the ROP, there would be car bombings, suicide bombings, carnage, and mass death. That is their worthless and bankrupt culture. To Christians everywhere, may you have a blessed Easter.
  • What Is Divine Mercy? The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy Novena

    04/06/2012 8:25:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    DivineMercy.org ^ | not given | St. Faustina, Jesus Christ
    The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy The Divine Mercy Novena of Chaplets A novena is typically nine days of prayer in preparation of a celebration of a feast day. At the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Novena is recited perpetually at the Hour of Great Mercy — the three o'clock hour. The Chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena. He promised, "By this Novena (of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls." Intentions For each of the nine days, our Lord...
  • Sentenced to death for being old: The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one

    04/06/2012 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2012 | John Naish
    When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat. Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age. His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms. Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery...
  • Augusta National Golf Club Membership includes: - Warren Buffet, Sen Sam Nunn, Bill Gates

    04/06/2012 8:21:16 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 29 replies
    Freerepublic.com ^ | April 6 2012 | NLZ
    Notable current members include: Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Sam Palmisano, former CEO of IBM Carl Sanders, former Governor of Georgia Sam Nunn, former United States Senator from Georgia Hugh L. McColl Jr., Former CEO of Bank of America
  • Caught on camera: two OWS protesters busted after recording vandalism for local TV

    04/06/2012 8:20:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, April 6, 2012, 2:05 PM | Joe Kemp
    Two Occupy Wall Street protesters were collared Thursday for vandalizing subways — a day after a local TV news station recorded the crime, cops said. Jeffrey Brewer, 34, and Aaron Minter, 40, spoke to NY1 News on Wednesday and allowed a news team to follow them as they placed decals on a subway car seats, cops said. The stickers read: “Priority Seating for the 1%.” After receiving a complaint about the underground shenanigans, police watched the news segment when it aired on TV, cops said. … Minter — who has prior arrests for burglary and menacing — gave the TV...
  • HE'S ALIVE!

    04/06/2012 8:15:19 PM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | Don Francisco sung by Dolly Parton
    If you want a true blessing on this, the most sacred of days, listen to this rendition of He's Alive. The most amazing part of the production of this song was that it was performed Live on National T.V. in 1989 during the Country Music Awards and what a blessing it was (and is). Whatever happens to us as a Nation, we must remember that this is truly what it is all about. I hope this blesses you as much as it has me. He's Alive! He's Alive! He's Alive and I'm Forgiven! (as I so desperately need His forgiveness)...
  • Insight: Key Democratic donors cool to pro-Obama Super PAC

    04/06/2012 8:11:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 6, 2012 | Alina Selyukh
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two months after President Barack Obama reluctantly embraced fundraising for big-money "Super PACs," many major Democratic donors still have not given to such political groups because they are dismayed by how PACs are being used in the presidential campaign. Billionaire investor George Soros and insurance executive Peter Lewis - who together have donated more than $50 million to Democratic political groups since 2004 - are among scores of donors close to the Obama campaign who remain on the sidelines as PACs that can receive unlimited donations seek to load up before the November election. Their reluctance helps...
  • The Rebirth of Birthers?

    04/06/2012 8:11:26 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies
    http://www.americanthinker.com ^ | 4/6/12 | William Sullivan
    Two years, three months, and seven days after his inauguration, Barack Obama finally offered evidence to prove his eligibility for the presidency. On the White House website, officials posted an electronic document purported to be a scan of Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate. It was a grand "I told you so" moment for the media and the left, which had worked feverishly to marginalize "birthers" as the radical counterpart of the zany "truther." Birthers, on the other hand, merely demanded that the president, who is required by the Constitution to be a natural born American citizen, show proof of his...
  • Cardinal Keith O’Brien to Call on Christians to Wear the Cross [Scotland]

    04/06/2012 8:08:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    CHRISTIANS should wear a cross on their clothes every day as “a symbol of their beliefs”, according to the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland. In his Easter Sunday homily on Sunday, Cardinal Keith O’Brien will call on Christians to make the cross “more prominent in their lives”. Speaking at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, he will tell them to “wear proudly a symbol of the cross of Christ on their garments each and every day of their lives”. He will say: “I know that many of you do wear such a cross of Christ, not in any ostentatious...
  • Maryland offering $200 gift cards for dead snakehead fish

    04/06/2012 8:05:15 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/06/2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Getting paid to fish sounds like a dream come true to some. But does it have the same appeal if you're going up against a "fish from hell" that can travel on land and sink its teeth into a steel-toed boot?
  • Baa Baa Little Sheep: How private school abandoned nursery rhyme's lyrics…sparking PC accusations

    04/06/2012 8:01:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 06:07 EST, 6 April 2012 | UPDATED: 19:29 EST, 6 April 2012 | Claire Ellicott
    Quite what the little boy who lives down the lane would make of it is open to conjecture. But parents at one school made their feelings plain when they heard their children reciting “Baa Baa Little Sheep”. They accused the Ł2,700-a-term ($4,288.68 ATTOW) Park Hill primary school of changing the words from “Baa Baa Black Sheep” for the sake of political correctness. The school, in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, insists this was not the reason, and that the change was merely a way of teaching children to read by adding different words. Adults who attended its Easter concert, however, were...
  • Insiders Poll: Enthusiasm Wanes for Rubio as VP Pick; Rob Portman Rising

    04/06/2012 8:01:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Journal ^ | 04/06/2012 | Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
    Political Insiders in both parties have noticeably cooled on the vice presidential prospects of Marco Rubio. Democratic and Republican strategists alike said Republican senator from Florida was the strongest GOP option for vice president in this week's National Journal Insiders Poll, but he carried only slim pluralities among both groups. That's a significant drop-off from the same survey taken in October, when 60 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats and considered him the party's best possible running mate. Now, just 34 percent of GOP insiders and 28 percent of Democrats say Rubio is the party's best hope...
  • Rick Santorum’s daughter Bella in the hospital again

    04/06/2012 7:56:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/06/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Some news just snaps all other news into perspective. The Santorum campaign sent out a statement today requesting prayers and privacy for their family, as their youngest daughter, Bella, is in the hospital. Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: “Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital. The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery.” Rick Santorum had already announced a brief hiatus in campaigning. This is the second time this year that Bella, who suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18, has had to be hospitalized. In January,...
  • Visiting the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is Now Possible Without Ever Leaving Your Home

    04/06/2012 7:55:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Holy Land is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Every year millions of people come here to see and walk in the same places that Jesus once did two thousand years ago. But from now on it will not be necessary to travel to Jerusalem in order to visit every corner of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, a tour of the place where Jesus was buried after his crucifixion. Through the web, a virtual pilgrim can now walk through the streets of Jerusalem even if they are thousands of miles away. The website also...
  • Atheist's Reason Rally and Lawsuits Threaten to Make us a Godless America

    04/06/2012 7:53:51 PM PDT · by InHisService · 12 replies
    Survival - By Mary Kirchhoff ^ | 4-6-12 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    "Mock them, ridicule them in public. Don't fall for the convention that we're all too polite to talk about religion." – Richard Dawkins - prominent atheist, author and keynote speaker _________________________________________________ They came out in force: rallying for “reason” and a secular, Godless America. The Reason Rally, held on Saturday, March 24th, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was an opportunity like no other for Christian bashing and spewing hatred of Christians.
  • Clarence Thomas: Let’s face it, Q&A during oral arguments isn’t helpful

    04/06/2012 7:51:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/06/2012 | AllahPundit
    I don't agree, but I'd never fault a judge for being eager to listen. “I don’t see where that advances anything,” he said of the questions. “Maybe it’s the Southerner in me. Maybe it’s the introvert in me, I don’t know. I think that when somebody’s talking, somebody ought to listen.”He said the lawyers presenting their cases are capable and don’t need guidance from the justices: “I don’t need to hold your hand, help you cross the street to argue a case. I don’t need to badger you.”…“We have a lifetime to go back in chambers and to argue with...
  • Obama Misquotes Bible on Wealth Redistribution

    04/06/2012 7:45:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/06/2012 | W.A. Beatty
    Liberals/Progressives/Democrats say the Bible is off-limits when it addresses the subject of homosexuality, homosexual marriage, abortion, or any issue liberals favor but the Bible condemns. But it's permitted to be used when wealth-redistribution is being discussed. The only problem is that when President Barack Hussein Obama quoted from the Bible, he both took his quotation out of context and got it wrong. On Friday, March 30, 2012, in an address to supporters at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, Obama condemned what he called "you're-on-your-own economics," arguing for policies that involve transferring wealth from one group of citizens to...
  • Hungary Makes Waves With New Constitution

    04/06/2012 7:45:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 4/6/12 | Edward Pentin
    Ambassador Says Document Can Promote a 'Christian Renaissance' in EuropeROME, APRIL 6, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Hungary’s Ambassador to the Holy See is rather perplexed by the negative reaction of some European figures and institutions to his country’s new Constitution -- a document he sees as offering a possible impetus to a "Christian renaissance" in Europe. "We think it’s a little bit strange to hear such voices," Ambassador Gábor Győriványi told ZENIT March 27th. "The real founding fathers of the European Union planned to base the Union on Christian values, and expressed the notion that European democracy can only be viable if...
  • Former Modesto teacher arrested for sexual contact with another teen

    04/06/2012 7:39:29 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    MODESTO --A former California teacher who made national headlines when he left his job and family to move in with an 18-year-old student was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually abusing a different student more than a decade ago, police said. Christopher Hooker, 41, was arrested at his home and booked in Stanislaus County Jail on one count of oral copulation with a minor. Police said the case stems from a 1998 relationship he had with a 17-year-old student when he was a teacher at Davis High School in Modesto. The girl was a student at a different school, police...
  • What Do Women Want? (If the GOP nominee wants to win the presidency, he must find out)

    04/06/2012 7:37:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2012 | Anne Sorock & Frank Miniter
    “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” — William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, III.i _________________________________ President Barack Obama took 57 percent of the women’s vote in the 2008 presidential election (men split their vote 50–50 between Obama and John McCain). But can Obama win the women’s vote again? For clues to how women are likely to vote in the 2012 presidential election — and why some candidates are resonating more than others — we turned to a new technique now being used by some marketing companies. First, we should put the polls in context. Obama’s campaign team knows...
  • March 2012 Jobs Report Is Worst Since October

    04/06/2012 7:33:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2012 | Kevin Hassett
    This was the worst jobs report since last October. The economy added 120,000 jobs in March, about half the pace of the previous three months. The futures markets are responding as if this report is extremely disappointing, but that seems like an overreaction. The fact is, the weather has been about as good as it has been in a century. Warm, dry weather in January and February meant that a statistically typical number of weather-related disruptions didn’t occur, inflating those jobs numbers. March weather was great too, but weather starts to get better that time of year anyway, so a...
  • Court order closes 42 off-highway routes in Eldorado forest

    04/06/2012 7:32:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/6/12 | Carlos Alcalá
    The Eldorado National Forest will close 42 popular off-highway-vehicle routes that cross meadows due to a February court order, Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy announced this week. The routes could be closed through this year's recreation season while the U.S. Forest Service conducts an environmental analysis ordered by the court. U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton said the Forest Service had failed to comply with the National Forest Management Act when it designated routes as open for motor vehicle use,
  • THE SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS [Good Friday Must-Read by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen]

    04/06/2012 7:31:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    OpusAngelorum ^ | April 06, 2012
    THE SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS Text from the book: “Life of Christ” by Bishop Fulton Sheen Our Lord spoke seven times from the Cross; these are called His Seven Last Words. In His goodness, Our Blessed Lord left His thoughts on dying. He was representative of all humanity. In this sublime hour He called all His children to the pulpit of the Cross, and every word He said to them was set down for the purpose of an eternal publication and an undying consolation. There was never a preacher like the dying Christ; there was never a congregation like...
  • When Redemption Is Real: Chuck Colson didn’t fall from grace, he ascended to it

    04/06/2012 7:30:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2012 | Rich Lowry
    For the first time in 34 years, Chuck Colson won’t be in a prison for Easter. The famous Watergate figure and Christian convert usually spends the day ministering to prisoners, but is recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. Colson, 80, is a giant of our time. He is a reminder of the true meaning of redemption, a concept that has been debased in our Tilt-a-Whirl media culture that can’t distinguish between notoriety and fame. In contemporary America, redemption begins sometime between the first check-in into rehab and the first cable-TV interview, and reaches completion when...
  • Gays come out for justice for Trayvon Martin

    04/06/2012 7:19:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | April 5, 2012 | Jonathan Capehart
    You know about the complaint many African Americans have about gay men and lesbians equating — in any way — their shared struggle for equal rights with the civil rights movement. Well, going hand-in-hand with that is an annoyance with the seeming one-way nature of the gay appropriation. In other words, the gays want everyone to understand their plight, but they do nothing to lend their voice and support when the blacks could use it. That changed with the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. On Monday, 23 groups representing the varied concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender...
  • Schultz's Dem Guest: 'Take Out' Republican 'Occupiers'

    04/06/2012 7:16:24 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    So much for civility. With Ed Schultz goading her on, a Dem state senator from Ohio referred to Republican elected officials as "occupiers" and urged women among other things to use their "passion" to "take out" the "right-wing occupiers." Nina Turner, the state senator in question, used language that would have caused an MSM outrage had a Republican used it to call for people to "take out" Dem "occupiers." View the video here.
  • Here's why Romney will be the nominee - GOP-E chicanery

    04/06/2012 7:15:17 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies
    I've been catalogging the chicanery of the GOP-E for a while now. Take a look at this: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_delegate_count.html Notice how high the percentage of conservative states are proportional? Notice how low the percentage of progressive states are winner take all? Of course, there's overlap. But the trend is obvious. This whole thing was friggin rigged from the beginning, by the big wigs and power brokers, in order to get their big government republican darling into the nomination. Here's the count I took of the 50 states: Proportional red states - 25 Proportional blue states - 16 Winner Take All Red...
  • Employers add fewer jobs than expected

    04/06/2012 7:09:59 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    crainsnewyork.com ^ | April 6 2012 | By Associated Press
    Employers pulled back sharply on hiring last month, a reminder that the U.S. economy may not be growing fast enough to sustain robust job growth. The unemployment rate dipped, but mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work. The Labor Department says the economy added 120,000 jobs in March, down from more than 200,000 in each of the previous three months. The unemployment rate fell to 8.2%, the lowest since January 2009. The rate dropped because fewer people searched for jobs. The official unemployment tally only includes those seeking work.
  • Obama: ‘Google, Facebook Would Not Exist’ Without Government Funding

    04/06/2012 7:07:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 6, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama insisted Thursday that without government spending, “Google, Facebook would not exist.” Obama made the remark at a campaign fundraiser while criticizing the budget passed by House Republicans. Obama said the Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget would, among other things, cut funding for research. “I believe in investing in basic research and science because I understand that all these extraordinary companies that are these enormous wealth-generators -- many of them would have never been there; Google, Facebook would not exist, had it not been for investments that we made as a country in basic science and research,”...
  • From Brother to Brother, a Kidney, and a Life

    04/06/2012 7:06:43 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 6, 2012 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    When restaurant customers learned that the waiter they called Angel was in the hospital with kidney failure, they stuffed bills into a collection jar to help support his family. His brother offered something more precious: a healthy kidney to restore his life. But for two years, the obstacles to the transplant seemed insuperable. Angel, the father of two American-born children, is an illegal immigrant. And a maze of conflicting health care and immigration policies meant that while the government would pay for a lifetime of dialysis, costing $75,000 yearly, it would not pay for a $100,000 transplant that would make...
  • Apple Virus

    04/06/2012 7:03:59 PM PDT · by TexasSecede79366 · 44 replies
    I know Macs are based on Unix so I'm very particular who has access to the root password. I'd also had an alpha version of CLAM. The last access to my root was a version of Tux. (Remember Tux Racer in Linux?) but this was like Tux/Mario.Shortly after playing the game my mouse went nuts,then my keyboard developed a mind of it's own.I rebooted into "Bootcamp" and XP and it ran fine. Long story longer,it was not a hardware problem but a software one. I pulled the network capability and it took almost an hour for the restoral CD to...
  • Following the Truth: No Greater Love… [Catholic and Open]

    04/06/2012 6:57:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Apr 6th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    No Greater Love… Apr 6th, 2012by Gary Zimak.   Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)On this day, approximately 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ suffered and died on a cross so that you and I can one day live in the eternal happiness of His kingdom. He gave everything, holding nothing back. As we look over our lives, what have we done to express our gratitude? Speaking for myself, I have to admit that the answer is “not much”. As a matter of fact, not only haven’t I...
  • A Nation of Candor? The conversation Eric Holder doesn’t want us to have about race

    04/06/2012 6:55:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    City Journal ^ | 4 April 2012 | Harry Stein
    On February 18, 2009, less than a month into President Obama’s supposedly postracial presidency, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder commemorated Black History Month by declaring America “essentially a nation of cowards.” The reason: “We, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. . . . If we are to make progress in this area we must feel comfortable enough with one another, and tolerant enough of each other, to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.” Holder’s words left many commentators flabbergasted. Too little discussion of race? Race has long been...
  • How Santorum Has Helped Romney Beat Obama! Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert!(video)

    04/06/2012 6:54:30 PM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 4/6/2012 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, In this video commentary, I discuss how Santorum has made it possible for Romney to do well among independent voters in the fall elections. Find out how!
  • Housing secretary pushes mortgage write-downs

    04/06/2012 6:54:06 PM PDT · by blueyon · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/6/2012 | Reporting by Margaret Chadbourn; Editing by Richard Chang)
    The Obama administration wants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which finance the bulk of U.S. mortgages, to start reducing loan balances for troubled borrowers, but with safeguards to prevent them from purposely defaulting to obtain relief.
  • Ozzie Guillen: "I Get Drunk" After Every Game

    04/06/2012 6:53:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Apr 6, 2012 | David Hill
    Marlins manager stays out of trouble by tethering himself to the hotel bar on road tripsMiami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has a very particular postgame routine on road trips, one that he detailed to CBS Sports on Thursday. Simply put, he drinks – a lot. "I go to the hotel bar, get drunk, sleep," Guillen said. "I don't do anything else." Win or lose, Ozzie will booze. "I get drunk because I'm happy we win or I get drunk because I'm very sad and disturbed because we lose," he added. "Same routine, it never changes. It's been the same routine...
  • Following the Truth: Don’t Just Feel Sorry For Jesus… [Catholic and Open]

    04/06/2012 6:52:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    FollowingtheTruth ^ | Apr 4th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Don’t Just Feel Sorry For Jesus… Apr 4th, 2012by Gary Zimak  For several years, my reaction to Our Lord’s Passion was the same:How could the authorities do this to Jesus?How could people cry out “Crucify Him”?What did He ever do to deserve this?How could Peter and Judas betray their friend?These people were really nasty!But eventually the sadness passed (usually by the evening of Good Friday) and nothing really changed in my life. As I started to learn more about my faith, however, I realized that my sins were responsible for the Lord’s suffering. Although that was a big revelation, the...
  • Asexuality comes out of the closet

    04/06/2012 6:50:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    scpr.org ^ | April 6, 2012
    We’ve come a long way since the late '40s, when Kinsey report shocked the world with its frank discussion of the many varieties of sexual intimacy. And thanks to the sexual revolution, the gay rights movement and years of public awareness-raising, people these days feel comfortable identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. But there’s another category that’s remained in the shadows. As reported this month in The Atlantic, approximately one percent of the population self-identifies as asexual – that is, feeling no sexual attraction to others. According to the website of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), there...
  • ‘America Is Better Than Glenn Beck’: College Textbook Includes Anti-Beck Writings

    04/06/2012 6:44:09 PM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/6/2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    “Today’s Tea Party adherents are George Wallace legacies.” “[Glenn] Beck is an ignorant, divisive, pathetic figure.” If those sentences sound to you like they’re straight out of the op-ed pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times, you’d be right. But they can also be found in a college textbook assigned to students at a community college in Texas. America Is Better Than Glenn Beck: Anti Beck Writings in College Textbook“Read, Reason, Write: An Argument Text and Reader” is a critical reading and analysis book assigned to freshmen at Lone Star College-University Park in Houston. Its 10th edition...
  • Nasa scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery

    04/06/2012 6:40:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | April 6, 2012 | Severin Carrell
    Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a "great moral issue" on a par with slavery, according to the leading Nasa climate scientist Prof Jim Hansen. He argues that storing up expensive and destructive consequences for society in future is an "injustice of one generation to others". Hansen, who will next Tuesday be awarded the prestigious Edinburgh Medal for his contribution to science, will also in his acceptance speech call for a worldwide tax on all carbon emissions. In his lecture, Hansen will argue that the challenge facing future generations from climate change is so urgent that a...
  • A society that persecutes Christ is heading for terrible trouble (Essay on atheists, secularists)

    04/06/2012 6:36:04 PM PDT · by Stoat · 17 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 6, 2012 | Charles Moore
    This week before Easter, I chanced upon the following two quotations. The first says: “Not for 2,000 years has it been possible for society to exclude or eliminate Christ from its social or political life without a terrible social or political consequence.” The second says: “Religion taught by a prophet or by a preacher of the truth is the only foundation on which to build a great and powerful empire.” The first is by Margaret Thatcher, opening her foreword to a book called Christianity and Conservatism, which appeared in 1990. The second appears in Tom Holland’s outstanding new book...
  • US To Accept Civilian Nuke Program In Iran

    04/06/2012 6:20:06 PM PDT · by edpc · 47 replies
    YNet ^ | 6 Apr 2012 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has signaled Tehran that the Washington would accept an civilian nuclear program in Iran if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei can back up his recent claim that his nation “will never pursue nuclear weapons,” the Washington Post reported Friday. According to the report, the verbal message was sent through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met with Khamenei last week. A few days prior to leaving for the trip, Erdogan held a two-hour meeting with Obama on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit in Seoul, in which they discussed what the Turkish leader...
  • Lockheed Martin to celebrate delivery of 4,500th F-16

    04/06/2012 6:12:02 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies
    F-16.net ^ | Apr 2, 2012 | Bob Cox
    In late 1969, a conspiracy was hatched in secret all-night meetings in Washington, D.C. area hotel rooms that would have a profound impact on military aviation and Fort Worth. A handful of people were at the meetings: two rebel Air Force colonels, a Pentagon analyst and a General Dynamics engineer. Their goal was to create a fighter jet -- a relatively simple, inexpensive plane that could be sold by the hundreds. Fortunately, the conspirators succeeded, probably beyond any of their wildest dreams. On Tuesday, Lockheed Martin will celebrate delivery of the 4,500th F-16, the direct result of those late-night meetings....
  • The Orange County Register will send 70 reporters to the Angels opener

    04/06/2012 6:07:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/06/12 | Kevin Kaduk
    The Orange County Register will send 70 reporters to the Angels opener >br>By Kevin Kaduk | Big League Stew – 10 hours ago This just in: There's been a run on notepads and digital recorders in southern California. That's because the Orange County Register plans to have 70 of its 100 reporters — yes, that's a seven followed by a zero — covering Friday night's opener between the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium. A "news mob," the paper calls it. As a point of comparison, Wikipedia lists 48 regular members of the White House press...