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  • Why Mining an Asteroid for Water and Precious Metals Isn't as Crazy as it Sounds

    04/24/2012 5:20:08 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 54 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 04/24/12 | Clay Dillow
    Billionaire-backed space startup Planetary Resources has officially unveiled its business plan to much fanfare and with few surprises. The company’s principals--which include X-Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis, Space Adventures co-founder Eric Anderson, and former NASA Flight Director Chris Lewicki--today pledged that Planetary Resources would make the abundant resources of space available here on Earth, and introduced a couple of the company’s own spacecraft that will make such space prospecting possible. The rush for space resources is officially on.
  • Two clinics with ties to notorious abortionist shut down by state

    04/24/2012 5:16:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/24/2012 | Life News
    Allentown, Pennsylvania, April 23, 2012 ( — Two abortion clinics with connections to the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham have been ordered closed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The first, Allentown Women’s Services, was forced to close when it lost its lease at 2200 Hamilton St. in Allentown. The Pennsylvania Department of Health revoked the clinic’s license on April 10, 2012, citing “infrastructure failure” after the building’s landlord terminated the lease, changed the door locks, and stripped the clinic name off all the building’s signage. Local pro-life activists report that Brigham’s medical equipment is still inside the locked office...
  • Beyond Mitt… the Conservative challenge to saving America

    04/24/2012 5:16:46 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-24-12 | Vince
    In 1990 I knew everything I needed to know about Rush Limbaugh. He was a racist. He was sexist. He was an arrogant, rich SOB who didn’t care about the poor. He was a fool who knew nothing about how the world worked. How did I know these things despite never once having listened to his program? Via the media of course. Despite having a Bachelor’s in Political Science, I paid very little attention to actual politics. As a grad student I paid cursory attention to the news and didn’t much venture beyond what I saw on ABC news. One...
  • Everything you need to know about James Cameron's asteroid mining

    04/24/2012 5:15:46 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 28 replies ^ | 04/24/12 | DVICE Staff
    Planetary Resources just wrapped up a press conference in Seattle, officially announcing both its existence and its ambitious plan to mine near-Earth asteroids. We were listening in live, and here's everything you need to know about how this asteroid mining plan is going to work and when it's going to happen. Essentially, Planetary Resources is looking to send spacecraft to mine near-Earth asteroids for resources ranging from precious metals (like platinum) to water. The company has assembled a team of engineers and visionaries with a large helping of financial support from the likes of Larry Page and James Cameron, and...
  • Mom declared brain dead one month ago, gives birth to twins

    04/24/2012 5:14:43 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 10 replies ^ | 4/24/2012 | AP
    Vance Terrell offered encouraging words to his pregnant sister during visits to a western Michigan hospital. It didn't matter that she couldn't see or hear him, and would never hold her twin sons. Christine Bolden, 26, was already brain dead from aneurysms, but doctors kept her on a respirator for a month to allow for the development of babies who were born prematurely at 25 weeks. It was a rare procedure: In 2010, German researchers found just 30 similar cases worldwide dating back to 1982. ...
  • Former Miss America runs for Congress

    04/24/2012 5:13:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 23, 2012 | Michael McGuire
    Miss America 2003 Erika Harold will run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois, she confirmed Monday. Harold was an outspoken conservative during her reign as Miss America. She spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention. A 2003 congressional resolution honoring her noted she has "remarkable achievements and her resolve to empower youth against violence and degradation." Among her achievements, the resolution noted were her service as: •National spokesperson for the Teen Victims Project of the National Center for Victims of Crime; •National Spokesperson for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; •National Advisory for Peace Games; •National...
  • Romney and Santorum aim for early May meeting

    04/24/2012 5:07:57 PM PDT · by VinL · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-24-12 | borger
    Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are likely to meet in early May to discuss a Santorum endorsement, his role as a Romney surrogate and conservative policy issues, CNN has learned. John Brabender, a senior strategist for the Santorum campaign, told CNN that Santorum's goal is to have a policy-oriented session in which he tries to find a "comfort level" about the role "social conservatives, tea party activists and blue collar Republicans will play in the campaign and in the Romney administration." Even so, he said, "we are not walking in there with a litmus test. This is meant to be...
  • Romney and Santorum Aim for Early May Meeting

    04/24/2012 5:05:33 PM PDT · by Mangia E Statti Zitto · 31 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 4/24/2012 | Gloria Borger and Kevin Bohn
    Washington (CNN) - Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are likely to meet in early May to discuss a Santorum endorsement, his role as a Romney surrogate and conservative policy issues, CNN has learned. John Brabender, a senior strategist for the Santorum campaign, told CNN that Santorum's goal is to have a policy-oriented session in which he tries to find a "comfort level" about the role "social conservatives, tea party activists and blue collar Republicans will play in the campaign and in the Romney administration." Even so, he said, "we are not walking in there with a litmus test. This is...
  • S&P reveals why the U.S. lost its AAA rating

    04/24/2012 5:03:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    National Post ^ | April24, 2012 | by Jennifer Ryan
    The U.S. lost its top credit grade in August because of the imminent danger of a “real liquidity crisis,” and Standard & Poor’s made no errors in its analysis, said Moritz Kraemer, managing director of sovereign ratings. S&P cut the rating by one level to AA+ on Aug. 5, criticizing the nation’s political process and saying that spending cuts agreed on by lawmakers wouldn’t be enough to reduce record deficits. Questioned Tuesday on why Finland is graded AAA while the U.S. has lost its top rating, Mr. Kraemer highlighted the differences in both nations’ political environment. “The debt ratio in...
  • No balanced budget, no pay! Aw, just kidding. Never mind.

    04/24/2012 5:01:46 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    Last year the Legislature tricked voters into thinking that they were adopting a measure to dock lawmakers’ pay if they didn’t deliver a balanced budget. Guess what. They were lying to you. Or maybe they were just kidding. I know, you’re shocked...
  • Walker Turns Wisconsin Into Job Loss Leader(public-sector job losses (17,800)

    04/24/2012 5:01:07 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 4/24/2012 | Mike Hall
    So much for Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) stewardship of the Wisconsin economy and his promise that eliminating collective bargaining rights for public employees and massive budget cuts would turn the Badger State into a job growth miracle.A report today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that Wisconsin is the only state in the nation to suffer “statistically significant” job loss during the 12 months from March 2011 to March 2012. In other words, while the rest of the nation is at least holding its own or seeing improvement in job growth, Walker’s Wisconsin experiment is a miserable...
  • Salazar: 'No one knows' if US headed to $9/gal gas

    04/24/2012 4:58:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 4/24/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that "no one knows" if gasoline prices in the United States will reach $9 per gallon, and acknowledged that the possibility is outside his control. "I don't think anyone can speculate what will happen with respect to oil prices and gas prices because they are set on the global economy," Salazar told reporters when asked if gas prices could reach $9 per gallon, as they have been in Greece. "Where it will all end, no one knows. He explained that "what we see happening today are the influences first of unrest in places...
  • Wasserman Schultz: ‘Very likely’ for GOP to lose House, blames tea party

    04/24/2012 4:57:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Wasserman Schultz: ‘Very likely’ for GOP to lose House, blames tea party By Jeff Poor - The Daily Caller 12:34 PM 04/24/2012 Predictions of victory are taboo in sports because they wind up as bulletin board material to motivate the opposition. But that isn’t stopping Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz from making grand projections about her party’s electoral success come November. On Tuesday’s “Starting Point” on CNN, Wasserman Schultz stopped short of Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod’s outright declaration that President Barack Obama would win re-election by saying it was “entirely reasonable” to believe that Democrats would recapture...
  • End The Fed, Ron Paul Rally in Philadelphia--22.Apr.2012

    04/24/2012 4:56:05 PM PDT · by appeal2 · 4 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 04/25/2012 | Kerry Lutz presents I trekked from New York to Philadelphia this past weekend to check out the End the Fed Rally and Dr. Ron Paul's Rally at the Independence Mall. It was very fitting that the birth place of the Constitution and individual liberty would be the venue for over 4,500 people seeking to restore freedom and cut back an increasingly powerful and intrusive government. From the interviews I conducted, it is obvious the "average" person has figured out the governmental scam and is appalled by it. We want our freedom back, and we want the government drastically reduced in size,...
  • Mad Cow Disease Found in US Cow

    04/24/2012 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 24, 2012 | Carrie Gann and Dan Childs
    The Department of Agriculture today confirmed a case of mad cow disease found in a dairy cow in central California. In a press briefing today, John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said the cow's meat did not enter the food supply and the carcass will be destroyed. The animal was found at a rendering facility run by Baker Commodities in Hanford, Calif. The disease was discovered when the company selected the cow for random sampling, Baker Commodities executive vice president Dennis Luckey told The Associated Press. The Agriculture Department confirmed today that the cow is the fourth discovered in...
  • Some advice about George Clooney [junk email from Obama]

    04/24/2012 4:52:06 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 5 replies
    obama spam | 04/24/2012 | Ann Marie Habershaw
    [Name Deleted to Protect the Patriot]-- I have some advice for the two people who will be selected to go to a party for the President at George Clooney's house: Choose your guest wisely. Whoever you pick to join you is going to owe you big time. Think about it -- and chip in $3 or whatever you can today to be automatically entered: [donation link deleted.... :-] - Ann Marie Ann Marie Habershaw Chief Operating Officer Obama for America P.S. -- Regarding your airfare and hotel, we've got it covered. Just get your name in the mix today.
  • Father records teachers bullying his autistic son

    04/24/2012 4:51:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    KMOV Channel 4 News ^ | April 24, 2012
    A New Jersey father took drastic measures because he believed teachers were bullying his autistic son. The men sent his son to school with a tape recorder, which captured a teacher talking in front of children about how drunk she got the night before. “I’m doing the happy dance. I’m so very happy,” one of the teachers can be heard saying. “You know why?...I had a bottle of wine with my girlfriend last night…I forgot to eat dinner. The father took the audio to his child’s school district, where officials fired one of the teachers involved after hearing the tape....
  • Social Security Faces Unfunded Liability of $8.6T, or $73,167.83 Per Household

    04/24/2012 4:47:48 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Social Security Faces Unfunded Liability of $8.6T, or $73,167.83 Per Household By Christopher Goins April 24, 2012 ( - Social Security faces an unfunded liability of $8.6 trillion, according to the 2012 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds. The unfunded liability is the amount that has been promised in benefits to people now alive that will not be funded by the tax revenue the system is expected to take in to pay for those benefits. (The Social Security trustees calculate the unfunded liability for a period...
  • Former Vice President Al Gore scheduled to speak at Hampshire College

    04/24/2012 4:47:41 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Former Vice President Al Gore will be in town Friday as the keynote speaker at the inauguration of Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash. Gore, who served as vice president under President Clinton for two-terms, ran unsuccessfully for president in 2000. In 2007, Gore won the Nobel Prize with the U.N Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “An Inconvenient Truth,” a film about his campaign to educate people about global warming, won two Oscars in 2006. In 2005, he co-founded Current TV. Lash has been serving at the college's sixth president since July. ... The theme of the inaugural is “Educating for...
  • Gingrich Calls Romney’s Planned Speech ‘Presumptuous’ and ‘Insulting’

    04/24/2012 4:47:18 PM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    ABC ^ | 2-24-12 | Dover
    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is hinging his troubled and indebted campaign on a win in Delaware tonight, telling reporters following him in North Carolina that he “will have something to say this evening once we see some results from today.” Gingrich hit the presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, for giving a speech titled, “A Better America Begins Tonight,” which a senior Romney adviser said will show Romney in a “new light.” The senior adviser added that the general election campaign has begun. “I think it’s a very substantial mistake for Gov. Romney to be pretending these primaries aren’t occurring and...
  • Hugh Hefner warns of GOP ‘war on sex’

    04/24/2012 4:45:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/24/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Hugh Hefner in an editorial for the May issue of Playboy magazine slammed the GOP presidential field as "repressed conservatives" who are "pounding on America's bedroom door." Hefner warned readers of his empire’s flagship magazine that members of the Republican Party are waging a “war on sex.” The phrase — which serves as the title of the editorial — is a new spin on a raging political battle over contraception and federal funding for Planned Parenthood that Democrats have called the “war on women.” But Hefner makes an argument some Democrats have rejected by returning the fraught debate to the...
  • Temple Denial

    04/24/2012 4:42:07 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Benny Morris
    Leafing through a popular Palestinian tourist guidebook, Palestine: A Guide, by Mariam Shahin, I came across the following sentence concerning the Temple Mount compound (in Arabic, al-haram al-sharif, the noble sanctuary) on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem's Old City: "It is this whole area that fanatic Israelis want to destroy in order to 'rebuild' a temple, which they claim once stood there." Of course, there are a handful of Israeli "fanatics" who would like to destroy the compound's two Muslim mosques—the Dome of the Rock and al-Aksa—and rebuild the Jewish Temple on the site. The overwhelming majority of Israelis reject them...
  • Miller pushes for a broader tax increase in Maryland budget talks

    04/24/2012 4:40:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. is pushing for broader income-tax increases and a last-ditch attempt at expanding gambling as lawmakers look toward a possible special session, but the House appears reluctant to embrace either proposal. Mr. Miller will meet Tuesday with Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to discuss the scope of a potential special session, during which the General Assembly likely would pass several tax and revenue increases to cancel out $512 million in cuts resulting from their failure to pass the increases at the regular session’s close. Mr. Miller is waging...
  • Conservative Consumers Must Get Informed, Stand Ground

    04/24/2012 4:39:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 24, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Who is Rashad Robinson? And why has his fringe, race-baiting organization been able to pressure several major corporations into abandoning a pro-limited-government legislative association -- all for a few cheap social-justice brownie points? Conservative consumers need to get informed, get active and stand their ground against free speech-squelching progressive activists who have demonized the American Legislative Exchange Council. This isn't just a battle over ALEC. It's a war against the left's shakedown artists taking aim at our freedoms of speech and association. ALEC, as I reported last week, is the four-decade-old policy organization of state legislators and like-minded business people...
  • 'Turks clashing with NATO allies over Israel'

    04/24/2012 4:37:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-24-12 | HERB KEINON
    Israeli official: By blocking Israel's involvement in NATO events, Turkey also keeping 6 other regional countries from taking part. Turkey’s opposition to Israeli participation in NATO events blocks the inclusion of six other regional countries, something irritating other NATO states and increasingly becoming a contentious issue inside the alliance, Israeli diplomatic officials said Monday. According to the officials, the issue was raised last week at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. The officials denied Turkish media reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blocked Israel’s participation in the NATO summit in Chicago at the end of May, saying...
  • Energy development at U.S. dams could power more than 4 million homes

    04/24/2012 4:37:31 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory ^ | April 18, 2012 | Emma Macmillion
    In a study of the energy-producing potential of untapped U.S. dams, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers found that 54,000 dams not currently used to generate power have the capacity to generate more than 12 gigawatts, enough to power more than 4 million homes. ORNL and Idaho National Laboratory researchers conducting a hydropower resource assessment for the Department of Energy calculated that the 100 dams with the highest energy potential could generate 8 gigawatts of power. The top 10 power-generating dams are along the Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, Tombigbee, Arkansas and Red rivers. Equipping existing dams with power-generating plants avoids additional environmental...
  • Fighting nature

    04/24/2012 4:36:00 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4-24-12
    Nature presents many truisms. Water doesn't flow uphill. Bears eat what they want, where they want. There's no such thing as a squirrel-proof bird feeder. If you need evidence of the latter, simply type the words "rube, Goldberg, squirrel" into your favorite Internet search engine and enjoy the videos of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed creatures making their way through the most mindless of obstacle courses to get to the nuts. While water doesn't flow uphill for reasons dictated by the laws of physics and we humans are inclined to impart human qualities such as persistence and ingenuity to squirrels and bears that...
  • Florida Man Mistakes Girlfriend for a Hog, Shoots Her

    04/24/2012 4:33:41 PM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies
    ABC ^ | 4-23-12
    Life at home for one Florida man got a lot more complicated when he accidentally shot his girlfriend in both legs thinking she was a hog. Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies say 52-year-old Steven Egan was hog hunting Saturday night with girlfriend Lisa Simmons at a hunting camp off a rural county road in Flagler, in the northern part of the state. Around 7:30 p.m., officials said, Egan shot at a hog and then left Simmons behind in the tent to go look for it. When he heard a noise in the woods he fired his gun again, thinking it was...
  • Obama: Secret Service in scandal were 'knuckleheads'

    04/24/2012 4:28:33 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 4/24/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    "What they were thinking, I don't know. That's why they're not there anymore," he added. Six Secret Service employees left the agency last week, while another five are on leave and one has been cleared of any wrongdoing. A dozen others, all members of the military, are being investigated for misconduct by the Pentagon. Obama's appearance began with the president and host doing one of Fallon's regular bits, Slow Jamming the News, cracking jokes on student loans. "I'm President Barack Obama, and I, too, want to slow-jam the news,” Obama said as he emerged from behind a curtain. A background...
  • Half-hour until the polls close in CT - VOTE FOR NEWT!

    04/24/2012 4:26:50 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Vanity | 4/24/2012 | Dr. Thorne
    Just got back from voting in my town in Connecticut. There were a total of 95 votes here! Only 95! If those who have not voted will rush to the polls in the last 1/2 hour, there is a possibility of having an inordinate impact for Newt! Move it, FReepers!
  • New Romney spokesman deleted tweets

    04/24/2012 4:26:37 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 4/24/2012 | Mark Hosenball, REUTERS
    WASHINGTON - Before joining Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign last week as a spokesman, Richard Grenell was a prolific - and inflammatory - voice on Twitter, posting biting commentary on subjects ranging from Newt Gingrich's weight to Michelle Obama exercising in the White House. No more. Since he joined Romney's campaign as foreign affairs spokesman, many of Grenell's most provocative musings on Twitter have been deleted in a cleanup that is the latest reminder of how social media has become a sideshow - and at times more - in the 2012 campaign. ...
  • Gov't says transgender people protected under law

    04/24/2012 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 24, 2012 | SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the government says transgender people are protected under federal employment discrimination laws. The decision from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission late last week says employers cannot discriminate on the basis of gender identity.
  • GOTV in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware (Not Romney)

    04/24/2012 4:26:03 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 15 replies ^ | April 24, 2012 | Steelers6
    RESULTS: April 24, 2012 - Multi-state Events Republican Presidential Primaries Five states – Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – hold contests on April 24. The five states hold a combined total of 231 total delegates. Of that number, 204 delegates are stake in the primaries
  • Wikipedia May Redefine Term “Pro-Life” in Every Abortion Entry

    04/24/2012 4:25:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/24/12 | Ryan Bomberger
    Yesterday, official discussion ended in Wikipedia’s effort to possibly redefine the abortion debate according to its contributors’ worldviews. Wikipedia, which ranks 6th in the United States and globally as the most accessed website, is not known for its accuracy nor impartiality. From reporting people dead  before their death (Ted Kennedy, Miley Cirus, Sinbad) to defaming the famous (Bill Gates, Rush Limbaugh, Fuzzy Zoeller) to contributors posing as authoritative figures and then being debunked (supposed professor of religion exposed as 24 year old college dropout) the online encyclopedia is a constant source of controversy. Wikipedia’s bias toward abortion is nothing new....
  • Doomsday Prepper Singles – Survivalist Dating in 2012

    04/24/2012 4:23:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    PR Web ^ | April 20, 2012
    Are you single and a survivalist? The dating scene is changing. The end of the world as we know it is fast approaching, according to avid doomsday preppers. has developed a unique dating website for survivalist and doomsday prepper singles. With the explosion of information and interest surrounding the looming apocalypse, the fear of an economic implosion, nuclear threats, earthquakes, the Yellowstone super volcanic eruption, solar flares, and a possible viral pandemic, it's not surprising that interest in survival and doomsday preparation is growing at an amazing rate. The National Geographic Channel has a new, reality TV series “Doomsday...
  • The Most Oppressive Tyranny

    04/24/2012 4:22:58 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-24-12 | The Looking Spoon
    A favorite quote from a great and brilliant man. Created for OMG! for America
  • Congressman Canseco says TSA agent assaulted him during a pat-down

    04/24/2012 4:20:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies ^ | April 24, 2012 | Brian New
    U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco said he was assaulted by a TSA agent at the San Antonio International Airport. The Texas Congressman said the security agent went too far during a pat-down earlier this month. "The agent was very aggressive in his pat-down, and he was patting me down where no one is supposed to go,” said Canseco. “It got very uncomfortable so I moved his hand away. That stopped everything and brought in supervisors and everyone else." Canseco told the KENS 5 I-Team the agent said he too was assaulted when Canseco pushed his hand away. According to TSA, neither...
  • Michelle Obama: 'Stay away from the haters'

    04/24/2012 4:20:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 4/24/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Michelle Obama on Tuesday urged a group of girls to ignore "haters" and to instead focus on the positives in their lives. "Put the negative things aside, because that’s always going to be there. There’s always going to be -- what do we call it, girls? There’s always going to be haters out there?" the first lady said to laughs at a Girls Inc. event in Omaha. "Don’t focus on that." SNIP "Gravitate to the positive," she added. "Stay away from the haters, OK?"
  • Coercing Churches? Parish the Thought!

    04/24/2012 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2
    Washington Update Email | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perkins
    Coercing Churches? Parish the Thought! Hutchinson City, Kansas isn't exactly a hotbed of liberalism. But 40 miles from Wichita, this conservative town of 42,080 is the latest target in a nationwide campaign to steamroll our first freedoms. Back in November, a handful of Kansas Equality members filed a letter with the local city council, demanding that the town add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes under the Human Relations Code. To some people, that sounded innocent enough -- until Hutchinson leaders explained what this could mean for everyone from the local cupcake shop to the Baptist church. Suddenly,...
  • House GOP pulls its budget punches

    04/24/2012 4:16:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/24/12 | Andrew Taylor - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are opting for the politically safe route as they follow up their tightfisted, tea party-driven budget with less controversial steps to cut spending. Instead of big reductions in Medicaid and Medicare, top GOP lawmakers are sticking mostly with familiar proposals like cutting money for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and federal employee pensions while reaching out to Democrats to help pass annual spending bills. At issue is follow-up legislation to the sweeping budget document that passed the House last month. Under Congress' arcane budget process, it's simply a nonbinding blueprint that sets...
  • 10-man Blues Reach Champions Final (Chelsea v. Barcelona)

    04/24/2012 4:09:01 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 7 replies
    BARCELONA, Spain -- Chelsea eliminated defending champion Barcelona and reached the Champions League final with a grueling 2-2 tie Tuesday night, winning the semifinal on 3-2 aggregate despite playing most of the game a man short.
  • EU: Nightmare week for Angela Merkel as austerity bloc crumbles

    04/24/2012 4:08:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/24/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Europe's political centre is starting to crumble, replicating the pattern of the early 1930s as the crisis ground into its third year under a similar mix of fiscal and monetary contraction. Elected governments have already been swept away - or replaced by EU technocrats without a vote, indeed to prevent a vote - in every eurozone state where unemployment has reached double-digits: Spain (23.6pc), Greece (21pc), Portugal (15pc), Ireland (14.7pc) and Slovakia (14pc). The political carnage has been striking. Ireland's Fianna Foil, creator of the Irish free state, has lost every seat in Dublin. Greece's Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) -...
  • Confederate Memorial Day in Dixie

    04/24/2012 4:07:35 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 24, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Some folks call the War Between the States, 1861-1865, a lost cause but stories of the heroic- brave men and women who stood for Southern Independence are still cherished in the hearts and souls of many people throughout the South.
  • Interior Secretary: ‘Not Even Harry Potter’ Can Bring Down Gas Prices

    04/24/2012 4:03:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/24/12 | Matt Cover
    “Not even Harry Potter” can bring down rising gas prices and nobody knows when they will stop rising, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday. “No-one has the ability – not even Harry Potter – to simply wave a magic wand and say that we’re going to have gas prices at $2 or $2.50 or $3. It just doesn’t work that way,” said Salazar, whose department controls oil and gas drilling on federal lands. The comments came after a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on energy issues. Salazar said prices were set by “global economics.”
  • EU: German Chancellor Angela Merkel defends austerity in face of open rebellion in Europe

    04/24/2012 4:02:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/24/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    Angela Merkel launched a staunch defence of Europe's fiscal pact as politicians from the Netherlands, Spain and Greece scrambled to keep their own austerity measures on track. In a rare concession, the German Chancellor admitted that austerity alone would not solve the crisis but she insisted that the wave of political opposition to fiscal discipline was wrong. "We're not saying that saving solves all problems," Ms Merkel said at a conference in Berlin. "[But] you can't spend more than you take in. You can't live your whole life this way. Everybody knows this." European markets regained some of their losses...
  • Secret Service scandal reveals Obama's leadership deficit

    04/24/2012 4:02:20 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/24/2012 | Lori Handrahan
    The scandal involving Secret Service personnel and US military elites who engaged prostitutes while assigned to protect our president and our national security is so much more than a misguided "boys-will-be-boys" incident. It is a national security breach that exposes President Obama's leadership deficit. Congressman Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee is now asking (and Colombian media claims a local investigation is also underway) were any of the women involved in the incident under 18-years-old. In other words, were they children? By the international legal definition of trafficking, found in the UN Protocol to Prevent,...
  • Obama’s Swiss Banker

    04/24/2012 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    The WASHIGTON FREE BEACON ^ | April 24, 2012 | By Andrew Stiles
    One of President Obama’s largest financial backers is a key executive at the largest Swiss bank in the world, complicating his criticism of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Robert Wolf is president of Swiss financial giant UBS Investment Bank and chairman of UBS Americas. He has been one of Obama’s most prolific fundraisers dating back to 2006, when the former Senator from Illinois initiated his run for the White House. Wolf has bundled more than $500,000 for the president’s reelection, campaign records show. He is but one of many wealthy bankers Obama has turned to in an effort to win...
  • NBC: North Korean nuclear test could happen as early as Tuesday night

    04/24/2012 4:00:15 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    North Korea could carry out an underground test of a nuclear weapon as early as Tuesday night as the North's reclusive leadership dramatically tries to up the stakes with the U.S. and the West, U.S. officials told NBC News. U.S. officials say North Korea may already have an arsenal between 12 and a "few dozen" far more advanced weapons, many more than generally believed.
  • Planned Parenthood in red alert over undercover sex-selection abortion exposé

    04/24/2012 4:00:11 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/24/12 | Kathleen Gilbert
    NEW YORK, April 24, 2012 ( - Planned Parenthood has raised the alarm over a “secret hoax campaign” it fears is currently being conducted by pro-life undercover investigators regarding abortions obtained because the unborn child is not the desired gender. Lila Rose is the President of Live Action, which Planned Parenthood suspects may be behind astring of "suspicious incidents" at its clinics. The nation’s largest abortion chain told The Huffington Post Monday that a string of “suspicious incidents” at abortion facilities across the country have led officials to believe another exposé was in the works. Those incidents allegedly involved a...
  • Chris Ethridge, founding member of Flying Burrito Brothers, dies

    04/24/2012 3:56:21 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    la times ^ | 4-23-12 | randy lewis
    Members of the International Submarine Band chose a name for their new group that practically assured it would never rise above cult status. Sure enough, that band disappeared with barely a trace after making a handful of recordings in the mid-1960s. But after ISB members Gram Parsons and Chris Ethridge teamed up with ex-Byrds singer and songwriter Chris Hillman and steel guitarist Pete Kleinow to form the pioneering country-rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers, the ISB won itself permanent footnote status in the history of pop music. Ethridge, who died Monday at 65 at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian,...