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  • A glimmer of hope for the austerity wasteland of South Europe?

    04/30/2012 5:31:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/30/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Mario Draghi's liquidity blitz is beginning to feed through into the EMU money supply. At last. This is the best news in months for Europe. Mario Draghi, in carnival form - now providing liquidity Mario Draghi's liquidity blitz is beginning to feed through into the EMU money supply. At last. This is the best news in months for Europe. As you can see from the charts below (from the ECB's new data), real M1 deposits are rising briskly again in the core. They are rising out of the depths of Hell for Europe's Arc of Depression. That is to say,...
  • The Tea Party's Inner ACLU

    04/30/2012 5:28:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 April 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    A left-right alliance against military detention of terrorists. The tea party movement has generally been constructive, but every so often it runs off the road. A case in point is its emerging condominium with the anti-antiterror left to block terrorist detentions. This strange alliance has developed in response to one of Congress's rare bipartisan achievements—the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That bill affirmed the long-standing distinction between civilian justice and the rules of war by letting the President detain terrorists (including U.S. citizens) captured anywhere and question them as long as necessary. A President can decide to try them...
  • 70+ Urban Youths Brawl at Local Carnival in Southfield, Michigan (Metro Detroit)(video)

    04/30/2012 5:25:47 PM PDT · by massmike · 46 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 04/30/2012 | n/a
    An annual carnival at Northland Mall in Southfield attracted hundreds of teens Saturday, but it quickly got out of control. More than a dozen people were arrested and police say the ugly incident may be gang related. A carnival brawl in the middle of the day, a swarm of flashing lights from the parking lot of Northland Mall down 8 Mile and beyond. For hours, no matter where you looked, you'd likely see a group of kids getting arrested. FOX 2 cameras were rolling when police surrounded one group of at least 8 teenaged boys. One by one, they were...
  • Is Michelle Obama pondering her own future run for president?

    04/30/2012 5:24:56 PM PDT · by bkopto · 21 replies
    Investors ^ | April 30, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Is Michelle Obama considering a Hillary Clinton move and running for the White House after her husband's term(s) are done? It's not the kind of question Barack Obama or his strategists really want aired these days as he builds up his money war-chest and tries to establish the rationale for why voters should forget what he hasn't done and focus on Republican wrongs. According to a campaign aide, the president will "begin" his reelection campaign this Saturday, after more than 100 campaign fundraisers. But the current first lady, who's playing a very active if little-noticed fundraising role across the country...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Mormons

    04/30/2012 5:24:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2006 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Mormonsby Sebastian R. FamaMormonism was started by Joseph Smith (1805-1844) who claimed to have had a vision from God when he was a young man. He claims he asked God which church was the true church. Supposedly God told him that they were all corrupt and that he was being chosen to restore the Christian church. A few years later he claims to have discovered some golden plates written in what he called reformed Egyptian. God enabled him to translate them and shortly thereafter, in 1830, he organized the Mormon Church. Once the plates were translated an angel took them...
  • Lindsay Lohan makes up for missed flight and airport tumble as she glams up for White House bash

    04/30/2012 5:22:17 PM PDT · by opentalk · 12 replies
    DailyMail, UK ^ | April 28, 2012 | Ann Pride and Leah Simpson
    Her journey to Washington DC hit a few bumps along the way but Lindsay Lohan managed to hold it together when it comes to being in the President of the United States' company. The troubled starlet finally touched down in the US capital this morning after missing her scheduled flight because she had been partying into the early hours of the morning. But there were no signs of fatigue for the star who turned up on the red carpet of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Dinner looking outstanding in a plunging ebony gown Plenty of make-up helped the red-head conceal...
  • Missouri House Votes to 'Nullify' Obamacare

    04/30/2012 5:22:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/27/2012 | Jack McHugh
    The Missouri state House voted Thursday to "nullify" Obamacare, making it illegal for federal or state officials to even attempt to enforce the law. This is by far the most rigorous expression of resistance by any state legislative body to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote moves the bill to the Missouri Senate, where its prospects are not known at this time. Missouri House Bill 1534 passed 108-44. According to the 10th Amendment Center, when the votes of members who were absent are added, the bill is likely to have sufficient votes in the House to override...
  • Officials Watch for Terrorists With Body Bombs on US-Bound Planes

    04/30/2012 5:18:48 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 30 Apr 2012 | BRIAN ROSS
    With the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death looming, American and European authorities told ABC News today that they fear al Qaeda may soon try to explode U.S.-bound aircraft with explosives hidden inside the bodies of terrorists. As a result, security at several airports in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East has been substantially stepped up, with a focus on U.S. carriers. WATCH "World News with Diane Sawyer" for more. Additional federal air marshals have also been shifted overseas in advance of the anniversary. A year ago Tuesday night, President Obama announced on live television that...
  • Mark Steyn: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Entertainment

    04/30/2012 5:18:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 29, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    <p>I share John Hinderaker’s general line on the general loathsomeness of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – I dislike both the self-flattering fake self-deprecation of the pols and the fawning defanged jabs of the comics. A ghastly business. But I also share his appreciation for the only novel aspect of last night’s affair. My weekend column addressed Romney’s dog-transporting and Obama’s dog-eating – the former referenced by New York Times columnist Gail Collins some four dozen or so times, the latter not at all by her or any other Times bigshot. And yet there was the President of the United States up on stage doing dog-eating shtick in front of the nation. That represents an amazingly swift victory for the man who, all but entirely via Twitter, injected the topic into the public discourse – Jim Treacher.</p>
  • Who’s up for lunch? A Gull-eating Octopus in Victoria, BC

    04/30/2012 5:14:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    BirdFellow ^ | 27 April 2012 | Ann Nightingale
    One of the great things about being a nature lover is that your powers of observation seem to improve. While others are walking by, oblivious to the activities going on all around them, naturalists notice the creatures and the behaviors, especially if they are out of the ordinary.   The Ogden Point Breakwater is a popular spot with folks out for a weekend stroll. (Photo by Craig Spence, sourced online at Flickr.com) Such was the case on March 24, 2012, a sunny Saturday morning, when Ginger Morneau, her husband Ken, and brother Lou Baker were walking along the Ogden Point...
  • Octomom, mom of 14, today files Chapter 7

    04/30/2012 5:14:16 PM PDT · by TSgt · 33 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 30, 2012 Updated: 4:08 p.m. | LOU PONSI and DOUG IRVING
    SANTA ANA – Nadya Suleman – known as Octomom – filed bankruptcy papers on Monday here in federal court. Suleman's debt could be as much as $1 million – 20 times more than her net worth, according to court documents. The mother of 14 has up to $50,000 in assets. "I have had to make some very difficult decisions this year, and filing Chapter 7 was one of them," Suleman, 36, said through an e-mail sent by her manager, Gina Rodriguez. "But I have to do what is best for my children, and I need a fresh start."
  • Conservatism Without the Righteousness of Almighty God is Bankrupt.

    04/30/2012 5:11:57 PM PDT · by kindred · 16 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 4/29/12 | DJP, I.F.
    In the past five years - before our very eyes - we have seen the nearly complete erosion and virtual extinction of conservative policies and programs in US politics. It seems that The United States is increasingly becoming more like a secular socialist State than the Representative Republic of "In God We Trust" that it was founded upon. Our Judean-Christian heritage, morality and values do not dominate our culture and society as they once did. Another reality is that many have never known any other kind of society than what presently exists. Accountability, responsibility and virtue are “hisses and by-words”...
  • 'Your' Car Won't Be After 2015

    04/30/2012 5:10:46 PM PDT · by Twotone · 59 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 25, 2012 | Eric Peters
    Mandatory "Event Data Recorders" will even know you're speeding in reverse. After a certain point, it's not paranoia. The latest brick in the wall is the predictably named "Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century Act," also known as Senate Bill 1813. (See here for the full text of the bill itself; the relevant section is 31406.) This legislation -- already passed by the Senate and likely to be passed by the House -- will impose a legal requirement that all new cars made beginning with the 2015 models be fitted with so-called Event Data Recorders (EDRs). These are...
  • Will Obama Be Re-elected By Turning The U.S. Into Detroit Writ Large?

    04/30/2012 5:10:36 PM PDT · by TomServo · 5 replies
    IBD ^ | 4/30/2012 | THOMAS SOWELL
    A small headline in the 2nd section of the Wall Street Journal last week told a bigger story than a lot of front-page banner headlines. It said, "U.S. Firms Add Jobs, but Mostly Overseas." Just as there is no free lunch, there is no free class warfare. Some people may be inspired by President Obama's talk about making "the rich" pay their undefined "fair share" of taxes, or taking away corporations' "tax breaks." But talk is not always cheap. It can be very costly to those working people who are looking for jobs that the Obama administration's anti-business policies are...
  • Under ObamaCare, Medicare Is Literally A Death Trap For Seniors

    04/30/2012 5:08:23 PM PDT · by TomServo · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | 4/30/2012 | PETER FERRARA
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, described the Medicare reforms proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as "literally a death trap for seniors." White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Ryan's reforms would "change Medicare as we know it."
  • Senate Democrats “celebrate” three years without a budget

    04/30/2012 5:07:50 PM PDT · by Pasadena2k · 4 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 27 2012 | Andrew Stiles
    Sunday, April 29, 2012, is an anniversary unprecedented in the history of American politics, marking three years since the Democratic-led Senate last complied with federal law by passing a budget. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 stipulates that Congress must approve a budget resolution by April 15 of each year. In the Senate, only 51 votes are needed to pass a budget, as budgets are one of the few pieces of legislation invulnerable to a filibuster. Democrats currently control 53 seats. Democratic lawmakers have offered myriad excuses for their refusal to offer a budget, none of which hold up to...
  • Please do not post the "Maxine" character to Free Republic

    04/30/2012 5:07:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 48 replies
    rec'd via email | April 30, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Received a takedown request from the copyright/trademark holder. Please do not post the Maxine character to FR. Even as parodies. They respect our rights to free speech, but do not appreciate Maxine voicing our opinions. If you spot a post of Maxine (examples: google/search/images/maxine ), please alert the moderators via abuse report so we can remove it. Thanks, Jim
  • Tea Party Drives Educational Reform With Free Market Principles

    04/30/2012 5:05:19 PM PDT · by TomServo
    IBD ^ | 4/30/2012 | MATT KIBBE
    After the Tea Party's meteoric rise to prominence in 2009 and 2010, some political observers are asking, "Where did the Tea Party go?"
  • -- LAX TRAFFIC ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012 -- (Labor Union Demonstration)

    04/30/2012 5:04:20 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 4 replies
    Los Angeles World Airports ^ | April 30, 2012 | LA World Airport
    (Los Angeles, California – April 30, 2012) Passengers, visitors and workers traveling to/from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) between 12 noon and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, are advised to expect vehicular traffic congestion and possible delays due to a temporary closure of westbound and eastbound Century Boulevard (airport ingress and egress) between Airport Boulevard and the LAX Central Terminal Area. Outbound passengers are advised to add 45 minutes to their drive time to LAX to ensure they catch their departing flights. The temporary closure of the two blocks in both directions of Century Boulevard will be in...
  • Double whammy for Florida Dems as DOJ, local court green light new maps

    04/30/2012 5:04:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 30, 2012 | Josh Lederman
    The Department of Justice gave its approval Monday to Florida's new congressional map, while a circuit court rejected Democrats' injunction request — a double whammy for Democrats who argue the new map unfairly favors Republicans. The Obama administration's pre-clearance was required under the Voting Rights Act, which requires that states with a history of racial discrimination have their maps approved to ensure that minorities are not denied proper representation. "The Attorney General does not interpose any objection to the specific changes" to the maps, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote Monday in a letter to members of Florida's state government....