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  • A perfect formula for budget failure

    04/30/2012 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies ^ | May 1, 20-12 | William D. Cohan
    Erskine Bowles, a true Southern gentleman and co-chairman of President Barack Obama's erstwhile budget-deficit commission, came to New York City from his home in North Carolina the other night to talk sense about the nation's perilous fiscal condition. "I think today we face the most predictable economic crisis in history," he told an audience on April 24 at the Council on Foreign Relations — an audience that might actually be able to help do something about the problem. Without serious debt reduction, it won't take much of an increase in interest rates to create a fiscal crisis the likes of...
  • Who will pay $80 million (or so) for Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'?

    04/30/2012 7:17:44 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    LAT ^ | April 30, 2012 | Christopher Knight
    Edvard Munch's 1895 pastel "The Scream" hits the auction block in New York on Wednesday. No official estimate for its monetary value is printed in Sotheby's catalog, but officials have not been shy about disclosing that they expect at least $80 million for the picture, still in the original frame annotated by the artist. When one of the world's most recognizable images is paired with the highest price any auction house has ever tagged on a work of art, the temptation for snark is nearly irresistible. As in: $80 million? No wonder the guy's screaming.
  • Frank Serpico at NYC Tour Stop Today

    04/30/2012 7:15:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    The Whistleblogger ^ | Hannah Johnson
    Here's the pitch: A tough, yet honorable Army vet joins the NYPD, where he is suddenly thrust into the underbelly of rampant police corruption, and, in the dramatic climax, is shot – and nearly killed – exposing the truth. Sounds like it would be an awesome movie, right? Lucky for you, it is. Even luckier? It's a true story. This afternoon (April 24), GAP's American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability comes to John Jay College with NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico (i.e. the "tough, yet honorable" cop). This Tour stop is highlighted by a discussion with Serpico about his experience...
  • House Drafts Contempt Citation Against Eric Holder

    04/30/2012 7:12:27 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies ^ | April 27, 2012 | Mary Chastain
    Republican House leaders are finally holding Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for some of his actions. Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, drafted a 48-page contempt of Congress citation against him. The charge? Repeatedly obstructing and slowing the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.
  • Bride and Groom Married in 'Redneck' Wedding

    04/30/2012 7:07:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | April 29, 2012 | ANTHONY DeMATTEO
    Camo-clad couple exchange vowsLove and mud were in the air Saturday afternoon in Putnam County. St. Johns County resident Kodie Umphenour, 24, and Interlachen native Carina Pasco, 31, were married just after 1 p.m. in the same Hog Waller Mud Bog & ATV mud pit where he proposed to her one year ago. The county-crossed lovers met on a dating site a little more than a year ago, finding they shared a common passion: mud-bogging. “He’ll do anything for anybody,” Umphenour’s best man, Stephan Doty, said before the wedding, with the groom’s sister, Autumn Umphenour, with him on a four-wheeler...
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Turner, Henry Kissinger Assemble to Mark Disc Release of ‘Cold War’

    04/30/2012 7:00:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 71 replies ^ | April 30, 2012 | Anne Sherber
    NEW YORK — It was hard to imagine, watching Mikhail Gorbachev and Henry Kissinger arrive at the Paley Center for Media in New York April 29, that the two grandfatherly old men were once at the very epicenter of Cold War politics. Gorbachev, once head of the notorious KGB and the USSR’s final president, and Kissinger, Nixon’s Secretary of State, often credited with and blamed for U.S. involvement in Vietnam, were at the Center to support the May 8 Warner Home Video DVD release of Cold War ($68.92). The series, which was produced by and broadcast on CNN in 1998,...
  • Jesse Jackson’s false sermon on Trayvon Martin

    04/30/2012 6:56:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | April 30, 2012 | Marc Caputo, Political Writer
    Civil rights icon Jesse Jackson took to the pulpit and the classroom in Miami to sermonize and implore African Americans to vote and to turn the death of Trayvon Martin into action. “There are lessons in this tragic matter of Trayvon Martin’s death,” Jackson said at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church on Sunday. “It defines white and black in this season -- that racism is alive and doing much too well.” So are half-truths and distortions – if Jackson’s speech is any measure. After mentioning the deaths and martyrdom of black activists and youths, Jackson brought up Trayvon’s death Feb....
  • It Gets Better - Founder apparently has no problem bullying Christians - Glenn Beck Show Video

    04/30/2012 6:56:00 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 12 replies ^ | April 30, 2012 | Glenn Beck
    WARNING: THIS IS VERY OFFENSIVE!!! This is what Dan Savage, a homo community leader, thinks about Christians
  • ‘Angry Queers’: Christians are ‘scum,’ deserve ‘hammers through their windows’

    04/30/2012 6:49:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 81 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/30/2012 | Ben Johnson
    <p>Warning: This story includes vulgar language as quoted in an e-mail from an extremist homosexual rights group.</p> <p>PORTLAND, OREGON, April 27, 2012, ( – The group that allegedly smashed up a Portland church hopes its “small act of vengeance will strike fear into the hearts of” Christian leaders who teach traditional sexual morality, according to an e-mail message the group released to the public.</p>
  • Google Scrubs References to Shooters Name (Vanity)

    04/30/2012 6:46:35 PM PDT · by loucon · 18 replies
    04/30/2012 | loucon
    Over the weekend, CNN carried a story about the "The fine line between self-defense and murder" ( At last check this story has 8331 comments! Searching Google News for "Daniel Adkins" (3 results) does not return a link to this story. You must search for "Daniel Adkins" to bring the story up.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=3cdb24598c494ce6&biw=1352&bih=565 (2 results {Bing 5}) Sorry for the long link, but WTF. Is a "white Latino" any the less important than a "black American"? ...and before you shred me, I don't think these cases are equivalent!
  • Stand strong in the LORD. Love toward one another always.

    04/30/2012 6:44:23 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 15 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Trust only in the LORD, not in man, and the love that you must show to all people will be easy to show.
  • "Forward Forward" A Hitler Youth Anthem

    04/30/2012 6:37:04 PM PDT · by B.Lyle · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/1/2012 | vanity
    A few people have commented on the fact that Obama's 2012 campaign slogan 'Forward' has a long history in socialist and communist ideology. The most chilling and in your face example I've seen so far is from the National Socialist Hitler Youth Anthem "Forward,Forward." The themes of youth have always been a big part of Obama's campaigns, but seeing his campaign slogan being sung by actual Hitler Youth Members really brings it all together and creeps me out. As I said on Twitter, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to release it as campaign material. Forward Forward
  • Wind farms are warming the earth, researchers say

    04/30/2012 6:27:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 30, 2012 | Eric Niller
    New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomenon that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution. Researchers used satellite data from 2003 to 2011 to examine surface temperatures across as wide swath of west Texas, which has built four of the world's largest wind farms. The data showed a direct correlation between night-time temperatures increases of 0.72 degrees C (1.3 degrees F) and the placement of the farms. "Given the present installed capacity and the projected growth in installation...
  • SpaceX test fires rocket ahead of ISS cargo launch

    04/30/2012 6:24:20 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/30/12
    SpaceX on Monday successfully test-fired its Falcon 9 rocket in a dress rehearsal for the May 7 launch of its Dragon spacecraft on a cargo-bearing mission to the International Space Station. The test, known as a static fire of the rocket's nine main engines, lasted just two seconds, but allowed engineers to "run through all countdown processes as though it were launch day," SpaceX said on its website.
  • Secretary Clinton All But Mum On Chen Guangcheng Case [Shameful and Disgusting! A New Low!]

    04/30/2012 6:23:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 30, 2012
    Secretary Clinton All But Mum On Chen Guangcheng Case April 30, 2012 Hours before she was scheduled to leave for China on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton avoided giving details about how the U.S. would address the plight of a blind Chinese dissident who escaped from house arrest. U.S. officials have declined to confirm reports that activist and attorney Chen Guangcheng is under protection at the American Embassy in Beijing. His plight has been diplomatically dicey for the United States, which faces competing pressures to cooperate with China and press it to stop human rights abuses. Clinton, who...
  • New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, Socialism (FORWARD!)

    04/30/2012 6:22:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 93 replies
    WashTimes ^ | April 30, 2012 | Victor Mortan
    The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism. Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called "Forward (generic name of socialist publications)." "The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications," the online encyclopedia explains. The slogan "Forward!" reflected the conviction of...
  • Is God Dead in North Korea?

    04/30/2012 6:20:34 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Voice of the Martyrs ^ | May 2012 Newsletter | Steven Lear
    On Dec. 17, 2011, Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s “Dear Leader” and son of self-proclaimed god Kim Il Sung, passed on to eternity. That same day, a handful of North Korean defectors graduated from Underground University, a VOMsponsored school where North Korean Christians learn how to reach their countrymen with the gospel of Jesus Christ... Kim Il Sung established a new guiding philosophy called “juche,” meaning “self-reliance,” that reflected a warped imitation of Christianity. As the son of Christian parents and the grandson of a Christian pastor, he appointed himself Supreme Leader and godhead, with his son, Kim Jong Il,...
  • Looks like an onion skin, but it could be electricity(new environmentalist regulations)

    04/30/2012 6:16:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Sergio Squatrito knows all about food waste. At Carla's Pasta, his family's company in South Windsor, in addition to an array of easy-to-prepare pasta and other Italian specialties, the company produces 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of food waste a day. "We've tried four different ways of getting rid of our food scraps and all of them have failed," said Squatrito, who is vice president of operations. "I have nothing against the waste companies handling our trash, but there's got to be a different mousetrap." That's pretty much Connecticut's thinking, too. Faced with statewide data that showed food waste is, by...
  • Obama says he's 'not a perfect president'

    04/30/2012 6:16:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | April 30, 2012 | Jennifer Epstein
    President Obama acknowledged Monday to a major union that he hasn't been "a perfect president," but stressed that he's stuck to his promise to keep working for them. "When I was running for this office, I told people, I'm not perfect, I'm not a perfect man -- Michelle can tell you that," he said, straying from his prepared remarks, at the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference, before adding that he's "not a perfect president." Obama has, at times, had a rocky relationship with the labor movement, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars working to elect him...
  • DOJ Employee Contempt for Mississippi Citizens on Facebook

    04/30/2012 6:00:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 29, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    PJ Media has obtained Facebook postings from Department of Justice Voting Section employees demonstrating contempt for the states for which they have oversight authority under the Voting Rights Act, including for voter ID approval. One such posting demonstrates open contempt for Mississippi, a state which recently passed a photo voter identification law. The same Voting Section employees have the power to approve the law. On her Facebook page, Voting Section supervisory civil rights analyst Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi says about the people of Mississippi:“Disgusting and shameful. Hey, that should replace the state motto: ‘Mississippi: Disgusting and Shameful’. . . forget the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Logistics Base, Georgia ~ 02 MAY 2012

    04/30/2012 6:00:03 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 79 replies
    Serving the Best Troops and Veterans in the World!! | The Canteen Crew
          ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is a United States Marine Corps base located in Albany, Georgia. The primary mission of the units on the base is to rebuild and repair ground-combat and combat-support equipment and to support installations on the East Coast of the United States. Today, one of MCLB Albany’s most important facilities is the Marine Corps Logistics Command's Maintenance Center.The base was commissioned on March 1, 1952, as the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies. At that time, Marine Brigadier General R.P. Coffman...
  • Washington, Where Nothing’s Funnier than Government-Sponsored Gun-Running(gunwalker)

    04/30/2012 5:56:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 30 April, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    The Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is a self-congratulatory mutual masturbation marathon that’s ostensibly a “roast” of the President. No matter who’s in the big chair, at best it’s a drunken festival of strained jokes, rictus-like grins and too-hearty knee slaps. Even with Lindsay Lohan in attendance. But as non-threatening as most of the routines are toward the current commander-in-chief, who the majority in the room would be only too happy to fellate if it would mean single-payer healthcare and Priuses for all, Jimmy Kimmel managed to work in a dig at the big guy (ever so tiny as it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-01-12, Opt. Mem. St. Joseph, the Worker

    04/30/2012 5:53:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 05-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 1, 2012   Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus.The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord.The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When he...
  • Hugo Chávez’s agony

    04/30/2012 5:52:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2012 | CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
    President Hugo Chávez’s Cuban doctors have already told him that he will most likely not be alive by October’s elections. It’s not a certainty but a statistical estimate. People his age who are affected by the aggressive cancer that afflicts him, complicated by the generalized metastasis that has spread, usually have only a few months to live. It is only a macabre average. One of Chávez’s first reactions was to phone a friendly chief of state to tell him about it. Hereafter, he will do increasingly stranger things. Like any other moribund person, he needs encouragement, compassion, loving pats on...
  • The Obama Bounce Test

    04/30/2012 5:52:09 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 12 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
    I received a tip from someone about how checks can be purchased online with the Obama design on them. He thought I could do something with it... At first I thought I would make a graphic spoofing it, but then I thought of something that was more unusual, and potentially more fun. It's an interactive Flash graphic (my first one, hopefully not the last). So I can't post here, I can only put it put it up at the original post (here.)
  • White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes

    04/30/2012 5:48:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies ^ | 4/30/12 | AP
    White House counterterrorism official John Brennan publicly described how Al Qaeda targets are chosen for drone strikes, the first time the Obama administration has described the widely known practice so openly and in such detail. Brennan, speaking in Washington on Monday, says President Obama wants to be more transparent with the American public a year after a raid by Navy commandos killed Usama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. "Yes, in order to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States and to save American lives, the United States government conducts targeted strikes against specific Al Qaeda terrorists, sometimes using remotely piloted...
  • A Tale of Two Altitudes: how stratospheric temperature is de-coupled from the surface temperatures

    04/30/2012 5:48:34 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | April 30, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    On the battle between Arrhenius and Ångström.Story submitted by John Kehr, The Inconvenient SkepticAny serious discussion about the Theory of Global Warming will eventually include the absorption band argument that started more than 100 years ago between Arrhenius and Ångström. One of the arguments presented by Ångström was that the main CO2 absorption band is between 14-16 micron and that band is also absorbed by water vapor (which is correct). The counter to this by Arrhenius was that it didn’t matter in the upper atmosphere where there was no water vapor. Of course none of this matters because radiative heat...
  • When did the umps start NOT to require the 2nd baseman to touch the bag on a double play?

    04/30/2012 5:41:51 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 169 replies
    Pharmboy ^ | 4-30-12 | Me
    I have noticed this for a LONG time, but I have never asked about it, nor have I ever seen it discussed. I am watching my Mets against Houston, and the Astros have a man on first. Sharp grounder to third, and Wright backhands it and throws to Murphy at second, and Murphy is AT LEAST 1.5 feet off the bag when he catches it, wheels and throws to first; BUT the ump calls the Astro OUT at second.When did this start??
  • Elizabeth Warren campaign, challenged on Native American heritage claims

    04/30/2012 5:40:49 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 Apr 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Massachusetts senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren described herself in law-school professional directories as a Native American minority from 1986 to 1995. The white Democratic candidate has so far offered no evidence that she is, in fact, part Native American, suggesting that she may have falsified that ethnic credential to advance her academic career in the early affirmative-action era. But “it is true,” a Warren spokeswoman told The Daily Caller on Monday, “and we’re working on digging up some sort of evidence to appease you.” Another Warren spokeswoman shot back at the campaign of incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown, whom Warren is...
  • SEALs slam Obama for using them as 'ammunition' in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing

    04/30/2012 5:36:42 PM PDT · by dewawi · 190 replies
    Red siren at Drudge on this.
  • Elijah Cummings to Darrell Issa: Stop ‘witch hunt’

    04/30/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/30/12 | DARIUS DIXON
    Rep. Elijah Cummings warned Rep. Darrell Issa against turning a potential contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal into “an election-year witch hunt,” he wrote in a letter late last week. “Holding someone in contempt of Congress is one of the most serious and formal actions our Committee can take, and it should not be used as a political tool to generate press as part of an election-year witch hunt against the Obama Administration,” the Maryland Democrat wrote Friday to Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Last...
  • Kuwait wants to sell 20,000 Bedoon to neighbors (ethnic cleansing in racist Arab apartheid)

    04/30/2012 5:32:49 PM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    Bedoon Rights ^ | Apr 9, 2012
    Bedoon Rights – Kuwait wants to sell 20,000 Bedoon to neighbors [Documenting the human rights situation of Kuwait's statelesss community] Apr 9, 2012 – After his tour in the Gulf, Al-Mustqabal newspaper reported that Saleh Al-Fidhala, head of Central Agency, plans to deport 20,000 Bedoon to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates while the rest will get the citizenship or have identification cards until their cases get examined again 10 years after issuing those cards. This plan comes as a humiliation for the Bedoon community and activists who expressed their refusal for such a derogatory policy practiced against...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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?"