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  • Brussels to push for EU-wide minimum wage

    05/02/2012 11:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17 April 2012
    The European Commission will propose tomorrow (18 April) introducing a minimum salary in countries like Germany where it does not exist yet, and raise wages where they are considered too low, according to a draft seen by EurActiv. Having a job is not a recipe against poverty in Europe. Indeed, more than 8% of European workers live with salaries that keep them below the poverty threshold, EU figures show. “The risk of in-work poverty is high, particularly in countries with uneven earnings distribution and low minimum wages, among people with temporary contracts and in low work intensity and single parent...
  • Parliament paves way for EU human rights 'czar'

    05/02/2012 11:30:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 19 April 2012
    The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly yesterday (18 April) to change the future direction of the EU's human rights policy and pave the way for a new position of "human rights czar". The report's author, British Labour MEP Richard Howitt (Socialists & Democrats), said the EU had finally "filled the gap" with the United States and would no longer lack the authority to make its case heard whenever human rights are violated across the globe—be it in Iraq, Syria or Burma. "Europe was negotiating improved trade terms with Gaddafi just four weeks before we started dropping bombs on him, and it...
  • Gingrich: Romney’s ‘Conservative Enough’ Compared To ‘Most Radical, Leftist Pres in American Hist'

    05/02/2012 11:11:41 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 107 replies
    Cnsnews.com ^ | May 2 2012 | Edwina mora
    While formally suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that he believes presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is conservative enough when compared to “the most radical, leftist president in American history.” “And my answer is simple: compared to Barack Obama? You know this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.”
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M106 Close Up

    05/02/2012 10:55:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | May 03, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Close to the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and surrounded by the stars of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici), this celestial wonder was discovered in 1781 by the metric French astronomer Pierre Mechain. Later, it was added to the catalog of his friend and colleague Charles Messier as M106. Modern deep telescopic views reveal it to be an island universe: a spiral galaxy around 30 thousand light-years across located only about 21 million light-years beyond the stars of the Milky Way. Along with prominent dust lanes and a bright central core, this colorful composite image highlights youthful blue star clusters...
  • Stay on the course. Christ love is the path to righteousness.

    05/02/2012 10:54:50 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    The mind, the body, the soul, and the spirit. Think everyday where all of your members of your body are focused on; pray that it is on following JESUS. We are not perfect, and we are all a work in progress. But, may the focus, goal, and effort be made to constantly try to follow Jesus from head to toe, heart and soul, mind and spirit; this way we can live it.
  • Judge Tells Doctor It Is 'Inappropriate' To Say He Is A Christian At Work

    05/02/2012 10:48:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 03, 2012 | Victoria Ward and John Bingham
    Judge Tells Doctor It Is 'Inappropriate' To Say He Is A Christian At Work A Christian doctor sacked after emailing a prayer to colleagues lost his claim for unfair dismissal after a tribunal judge ruled that there was no place for religious references at work. By Victoria Ward and John Bingham 03 May 2012 Dr David Drew, 64, told an employment tribunal that he was made to feel like a "religious maniac" after sending out the prayer by St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, to motivate his department. But Employment Judge David Kearsley ruled that if complaints were made...
  • Russia’s Growing Influence in Ukraine: Economics and Energy

    05/02/2012 10:39:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Ukrainian government is negotiating the issue of ruble-denominated government bonds, making the country no longer reliant on IMF assistance. Ukraine’s 2010 IMF assistance package of $15.6 billion was suspended in March 2011 because of Ukraine’s refusal to continue with IMF reforms, in particular raising household utility prices to reduce subsidies to the state gas company Naftohaz Ukrainy. This confirms what the Nikolai Azarov government has been discussing since summer 2011 (see www.kyivpost.com/news/business/bus_general/detail/108197/; ubr.ua/finances/stock-market/ukraina-vypustit-obligacii-v-rubliah-53601). Three November 2011 auctions for three and five-year government bonds with 8.22 and 8.75 percent returns, respectively, failed to attract buyers, and a March issue of...
  • [Angels' Jered] Weaver throws first career no-hitter [vs. Twins]

    05/02/2012 10:19:44 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    MLB.com ^ | 5/3/2012 12:58 AM ET | Alden Gonzalez
    ANAHEIM -- The Angels' offense finally kicked into gear in the series finale against the Twins, but that wasn't even close to being the story. On Wednesday night, it was all about Jered Weaver, the ace pitcher who recorded his first no-hitter and the ninth individual no-hitter in Angels history, leading his club to a 9-0 victory that gave them the sweep and three straight wins for the first time this year. Weaver came in having given up just three runs in his last 21 2/3 innings. And prior to a two-out, seventh-inning walk to Josh Willingham, the only baserunner...
  • Ancient migration: Coming to America

    05/02/2012 10:12:27 PM PDT · by Theoria · 92 replies
    Nature ^ | 02 May 2012 | Adam Curry
    For decades, scientists thought that the Clovis hunters were the first to cross the Arctic to America. They were wrong — and now they need a better theory The mastodon was old, its teeth worn to nubs. It was perfect prey for a band of hunters, wielding spears tipped with needle-sharp points made from bone. Sensing an easy target, they closed in for the kill. Almost 14,000 years later, there is no way to tell how many hits it took to bring the beast to the ground near the coast of present-day Washington state. But at least one struck home,...
  • Bachmann endorsement expected in Romney's Portsmouth visit

    05/02/2012 10:07:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 3, 2012 | Julian Walker and Bill Bartel
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will likely get more than face time with Virginia voters when he visits Portsmouth today. He's also expected to nab a key endorsement. Several Republican sources this week said Romney's campaign is developing plans to have U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at the 1:15 p.m. event at Crofton Industries to announce her support for Romney. A darling of evangelicals and tea partyers, Bachmann briefly soared as a Republican presidential contender before withdrawing in January after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. An endorsement from her could lend some social conservative credentials to Romney...
  • US warns Bolivia that nationalisation of Red Electrica company will damage investment

    05/02/2012 10:03:54 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/2/2012 | Telegraph staff
    The US has warned Bolivia that its nationalisation of Spanish energy firm Red Electrica's local grid will damage the country's investment climate. The Bolivian President, Evo Morales, seized the Red Electrica subsidiary on Tuesday, just 15 days after Argentine President Cristina de Kirchner announced the expropriation of Spanish oil giant Repsol's YPF subsidiary. "This comes on the heels, obviously, of the Argentine announcement," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. "We are concerned by the Bolivian government's decision and announcement to nationalize the Spanish-owned electricity company. "These actions against foreign investors really dampen the investment climate in Bolivia, in Argentina,...
  • I need some help for my nine year-old nephew diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

    05/02/2012 10:02:21 PM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 66 replies
    myself | May 3, 2012 | proud American in Canada
    My nine year-old nephew has been diagnosed with Adrenocortical carcinoma. My sister lives near Madison, Wisconsin, and is seeing a doctor there for him. He is on mitotane and probably some other drugs I'm not aware of. Apparently the prognosis is not good, like a one-in-five chance of making it through five years. A friend of mine mentioned the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia; apparently one of the best pediatric cancer specialists works there. My sister is doing everything, and I mean everything. Supplements, massage, Reiki therapy, in addition to everything the doctors recommend. She also has him enrolled in clinical...
  • CSU faculty authorizes strike for next fall

    05/02/2012 9:51:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/2/12 | Timothy Sandoval
    California State University faculty announced today that they have approved a measure to give their union leaders the power to authorize a strike next fall that could delay the beginning of school for thousands of students across the 23-campus university system. At a noon press conference at Cal State Long Beach, the California Faculty Association announced that faculty had approved the measure by 95 percent of those who voted . . .
  • Pack and Go - Traveling with Heat

    05/02/2012 9:47:20 PM PDT · by BookaT · 18 replies
    Here is a nice little tool to plan your summer vacation with. If you don't have solid summer plans this might aid you in planning, to make sure you patronize states that get it. http://apps.carryconcealed.net/packngo/
  • Court: Ex-Bush aide protected from torture lawsuit { John Yoo }

    05/02/2012 9:46:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/2/12 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called "torture memos" of authorizing illegally harsh treatment of "enemy combatants." Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo is protected from such lawsuits because the law defining torture and the treatment of enemy combatants was unsettled in the two years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, when the memos were written, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The memos have been embroiled in national security politics for years after laying out a broad interpretation...
  • Dying mom gets early release of drug thanks to YouTube

    05/02/2012 9:39:52 PM PDT · by T Minus Four · 4 replies
    KSL ^ | 2 May 2012 | stephanie Grimes
    SALT LAKE CITY — A mom dying of cancer took to YouTube and inspired a pharmaceutical company to release to her a potentially life-saving drug before it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. A compassionate use clause allows for people with no other treatment options to receive experimental treatments prior to FDA approval, which is what Darlene Gant was hoping for on April 16 when she uploaded a 20-minute video to YouTube, pleading with the FDA approve her use of the drug Pertuzumab before its expected June approval date. Gant, 46, had been told earlier in 2012 that...
  • Nanocrystal probes mimic viruses to gain entry into cells

    05/02/2012 9:28:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 20 April 2012 | Jennifer Newton
    US scientists have developed a method to deliver probes into cells to track the cells. Therapies such as those based on stem cells that require whole body tracking using non-invasive imaging, for example magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), would benefit from the probes.Current nanoparticle-based tracking systems rely on probes entering cells passively, which is inefficient because the probes often get sequestered in endosomes (compartments in cells that sort molecules for degradation or recycling back to the cell membrane). Now, a team from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory led by Brett Helms has avoided this problem by coating a nanocrystal probe with...
  • Third NBC staffer dismissed over misleading George Zimmerman 911 call edits

    05/02/2012 9:23:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    KDFW-TV ^ | May 2, 2012
    <p>MIAMI -- A third NBC staffer has lost their job over misleading edits to a 911 call made by murder accused George Zimmerman shortly before his fatal clash with Trayvon Martin.</p> <p>Lilia Luciano, a Miami-based reporter, has been off the air since March 31 and TV Newser reported Wednesday that she had been dismissed from the network she joined just 18 months ago.</p>
  • US Senate candidate Wendy Long predicts Obamacare will be overturned completely

    05/02/2012 9:15:20 PM PDT · by Sun · 14 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 1, 2012 | Michael Gaynor
    Total overturn of Obamacare would be a complete vindication of the rule of law and a complete disaster for President Obama (as well as for Long's chief rival, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's junior United States Senator, an enthusiastic Obamacare supporter who should have known better than to vote for it). On April 2, 2012, SILive's Tom Wrobleski reported that a United States Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare is expected soon and "[t]he justices could uphold or overturn the entire law,...strike down the individual mandate only, or strike the mandate along with other provisions" (www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/us_senate_candidate_wendy_long.html). That's all true,...
  • Miniature Horse Leads Police on Slow-Speed Chase

    05/02/2012 9:10:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    WTSP ^ | May 2, 2012
    Police business is usually pretty serious, but a pursuit in Fargo Sunday was the cause of a few giggles... if not outright guffaws. A miniature horse named Jellybean caused some big trouble for police officers when it escaped and led cops on a slow-speed chase. The little brown-and-white pony was taking part in a Girl Scout pet adoption event when he wiggled out of his halter and went on the lam. Jellybean is in training to be a therapy pet at the Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue in Hawley, MN. The Hightail Rescue program works to adopt out rescued horses...
  • Three Likely Triggers Of The Next Recession

    05/02/2012 9:06:22 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    Street Talk Live ^ | 5-2-2012 | Lance Roberts
    3 Likely Triggers Of The Next Recession Written by Lance Roberts Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Recently I was watching my kids break in our family pool for the first time this year. All four of them stood motionlessly, side by side, staring at the clear blue water with their toes just over the edge of the coping. Knowing that the water is still cold from the winter months the anticipation and trepidation of the "cold shock" kept all four of them glued to the edge. "Who is going first?" I asked. The oldest began to lean over. Knees bent, hands...
  • Pet Detectives Capture Iditarod Dog on the Lam in East King Co. for 6 Weeks

    05/02/2012 9:03:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    King5 ^ | April 30, 2012 | Susan Wyatt
    Pet detectives from Missing Pet Partnership have once again returned a beloved pet to her owners. MPP recovered a skittish husky-mix named Smilla, who, after running in the Iditarod in Alaska, ran her own race throughout eastern King County. Here's their account:: Smilla, who lives in Norway, flew to Alaska in February to run the Iditarod sled race. However, luck was not on the side of her rookie handler, Silvia Furtwangler. On February 9th, one of Furtwangler’s sled dogs “Whistler” escaped while Furtwangler was driving through Anchorage. Whistler was ultimately recovered with “enchiladas and roast beef” (story here http://tinyurl.com/865lajn )....
  • Egypt Man Sends Jinn to Cure Saudis for a Price

    05/02/2012 8:56:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Bikya Masr ^ | 2 May 2012 | Pete Willows
    A number of Saudi nationals suffering from physical and mental problems have fallen victim to an unknown man whom lives in Egypt and claims he can cure them by sending over a ‘Muslim jinn’ [genie] to address their health issues. The Egyptian’s agent in Saudi Arabia arranges a phone call, understandably, to identify the exact nature of their medical emergency, and too, establish which jinn to dispatch in order to properly address the problem. “People who spoke to the man in that country were asked to transfer a specific sum of money to his account so he can send them...
  • Obama Information Czar Cass Sunstein Confronted on Cognitive Infiltration of Conspiracy Groups

    05/02/2012 8:46:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/1/12 | wearechange
    In a rare public appearance, The Obama Administration's Information Czar Cass Sunstein gave a lecture at the NYU Law School in NYC yesterday, prompting Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange to attend. Watch as Luke confronts Sunstein multiple times on an academic paper he co-authored back in 2008 entitled "Conspiracy Theories" in which he called for cognitive infiltration of conspiracy groups by the government.
  • WOW!…Michele Malkin BLASTS Juan Williams For Comparing “Poo-Flinging” #Occupy.. to Tea Party

    05/02/2012 8:39:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 74 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-2-2012 | Jim Hoft
    May 2, 2012WOW!… Michelle Malkin BLASTS Crank Juan Williams For Comparing “Poo-Flinging” #Occupy Terrorists to Tea Party Jim Hoft Michelle Malkin BLASTED lib Juan Williams for comparing the #Occupy terrorists, rapists, criminals and thugs to the peaceful tea party movement tonight on Hannity. Michelle nailed Juan for calling the tea party patriots “racists.” “There is no, absolutely no parallel, between the peace-loving, tax-paying, hard working people of the Tea Party Movement and the anarchist, POO-FLINGING, Marxist Monkeys of the #Occupy Movement!” (VIDEO and more at link below)
  • With Venezuelan Food Shortages, Some Blame [Chavez's] Price Controls [milk, chicken, toilet paper]

    05/02/2012 8:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | WILLIAM NEUMAN
    a full hour and a half before the store would open, about two dozen people were already in line shortages of staples like milk, meat and toilet paper are a chronic part of life here The shortages affect both the poor and the well-off “I’m wasting my day here standing in line to buy one chicken and some rice.” Venezuela was long one of the most prosperous countries in the region, with sophisticated manufacturing, vibrant agriculture and strong businesses, making it hard for many residents to accept such widespread scarcities. many economists call it a classic case of a government...
  • Romney Seeks the Endorsement of Zelig

    05/02/2012 8:26:23 PM PDT · by DBeers · 8 replies
    The Satirical Political Report ^ | April 24th, 2012 | Don Davis
    Romney Seeks the Endorsement of Zelig “I’M PRETTY GOOD AT CHANGING MY POSITIONS, BUT I FIGURED IF THIS ZELIG FELLOW CAN BECOME A NEGRO AND AN INDIAN CHIEF, PERHAPS HE CAN TEACH ME HOW TO ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE 99.9% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.”
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-03-12, Feast, St. Philip and St. James, Apostles

    05/02/2012 8:25:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 3, 2012   Feast of Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles   Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-8 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sinsin accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third dayin accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to Cephas,...
  • So Will Obama Make Speeches To College Graduates?Wont Have Any Encouraging News This Spring.

    05/02/2012 8:24:18 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 3 replies
    When it comes to the economy this spring/summer,Obama is backed into a corner if/when he decides to speak to a few groups of college graduates. What can he possibly tell them as they are assuming they will find work in their field of choice? 2012 will remain stagnant until Romney wins in November. Obama may as well tell every college graduate of the 2012 class that,I'm sorry, I have failed you,looks like at least half of you will be moving in with your parents,and the other half will be working for McDonald's or making solar panels. Right?
  • Garlic 100 Times Better Than Antibiotics For Food Poisoning

    05/02/2012 8:22:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    International Business Times ^ | Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | Amir Khan
    Garlic may be the best weapon against a type of bacteria responsible for millions of cases of food poisoning in the United States every year, according to a new study. Researchers from Washington State University discovered that a compound found in garlic was 100 times more effective than antibiotics at killing Campylobacter, most common cause of food-borne bacterial illness in the United States. The compound, diallyl sulphide, which is responsible for the garlic smell that sticks to your hands when you cook, worked better and faster than the common antibiotic treatments for Campylobacter, erythromycin and ciprofloxacin. Eating massive quantities of...
  • Chainsaw and Samurai Sword Used in Neighbours' Clash Over Loud Music

    05/02/2012 8:16:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Wyndham Weekly ^ | 02 May, 2012 | Nick Ralston
    A neighbourhood dispute over loud music and erratic driving has escalated into a bloody brawl in which a chainsaw partially severed a man's arm. Doctors are attempting to reattach the arm of Mark Jorgensen, 29, after the altercation in in Fenton Close, Minto, last night. Do you know more? Email us, message us on Twitter @smh or text 0424 SMS SMH (+61 424 767 764) with information and images. Another man, Troy Thornton, 26, lost a finger in the dispute. His sister, Nicole Thornton, claimed he was attacked with a samurai sword. Mr Thornton, a father of two, lives in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Movie ‘Freedom is Our Lives’

    05/02/2012 8:13:15 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    Knights of Columbus "Columbia Magazine" ^ | 4/26/2012 | by David Naglieri
    For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada unveils a time when Mexican Christians, in the pursuit of religious freedom, had to choose between their faith and their lives. A new major motion picture, For Greater Glory, tells the epic, untold story of the Cristero War and a nation’s quest for religious liberty Gen. Enrique Gorostieta Velarde (Andy Garcia) leads the Cristeros into battle in the new film For Greater Glory, which opens June 1 and tells the true story of the Cristero War in Mexico in the 1920s. Actor Andy Garcia sits astride a black horse amid acres of...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Divination

    05/02/2012 8:06:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2006 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Divinationby Sebastian R. Fama Ouija Boards, psychic hotlines, Tarot Cards and ESP are some of the more common forms of Divination. Many think of occult practices as being harmless entertainment while others see them as a source of comfort. Few seem to realize that such acts can produce serious consequences. But some will ask, "How can that be? What’s wrong with letting people know that a deceased relative or friend is happy and in a better place? Isn’t the ability to see the future a gift from God? And what about ESP? Surely that’s a gift from God."Actually none of...
  • Appeasing Islamists? Libya Drops Ban on Religious Parties

    05/02/2012 8:03:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/2/12 | Billy Hallowell
    Last week, Libya’s transitional government issued a ban on religiously-based political parties. Now, just days after the initial decision — one that infuriated Islamist groups — was made, officials have decided to backtrack. AFP has more regarding the decision to, once again, allow religiously-rooted political parties: Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council on Wednesday dropped a controversial ban against parties organised along religious, regional, tribal or ethnic lines. Members of the NTC judicial committee on Wednesday read out an amended version of its law governing the formation of political parties, making no mention of the ban. Originally, The Blaze reported that...
  • What's The Department Of No Labor Up To These Days ?

    05/02/2012 8:00:49 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 8 replies
    Alan Levy's brain and the commissars at the Department of No Labor | 05/02/12 | Alan Levy
    In today's episode of "My Government Scares The Crap Out Of Me", let's take a look at the Department of Labor's "environmental justice" program. First, before we get started, I thought it would be really, really swell to hear from an expert on "environmental justice". So, without further ado, I bring you Chairman Obama's former "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones. Take it away, Vannie! *********************************** "Mother Jones: Can you briefly explain what 'environmental justice' means to you? Van Jones: Environmental justice is the movement to ensure that no community suffers disproportionate environmental burdens or goes without enjoying fair environmental benefits."...
  • Lugar, Mourdock in Dead Heat in New Poll

    05/02/2012 7:52:47 PM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 2, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Richard Lugar and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock are in a dead heat according to a poll released Wednesday that was conducted for the Lunch Pail Republicans, a pro-labor group that announced its support for Lugar on the same day. Lugar leads Mourdock 44 percent to 42 percent, separation that is within the margin of error. Fourteen percent of respondents said they were undecided. The live-caller poll was conducted entirely on Tuesday. One-day polls typically arouse a bit more skepticism than surveys conducted over the course of several days. But most observers expect a close election and the findings of...
  • Amazon cuts sales tax deals with states, not feds

    05/02/2012 7:48:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/1/12 10:58 PM EDT | By MICHELLE QUINN
    Amazon may have just upended Congress — to the chagrin of those pushing for a federal online sales tax bill. The online retail company last week inked deals with Texas and Nevada to begin collecting sales taxes on purchases. The company has brokered seven such agreements in recent months while bills to standardize collection of Internet sales taxes nationwide are mired in politics on Capitol Hill. That puts lobbyists and others who have been fighting for a federal bill in a quandary: If the biggest states begin to see sales tax revenue from Amazon’s collections, is it still worth the...
  • Political Kittens

    05/02/2012 7:43:05 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 14 replies
    5/2/12 | None
    A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS. Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a tall, grinning man. "Hi there little girl, I'm President Obama. ... What do you have in the basket?" he asked. "Kittens," little Suzy said. "How old are they?" asked Obama. Suzy replied, "They're so young, their eyes aren't even open yet." "And what kind of...
  • Allen West, Joe McCarthy and the Communists

    05/02/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 7 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | May 1, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    Rep. Allen West (R-FL) overstated the case when he recently declared “I believe there is about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.” He clarified his assertion by stating that he was actually referring to members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus which, he contended, were Marxist in their orientation. At least on that point he was absolutely right. The Congressional Progressive Caucus which, as Rep. Allen West claimed, includes about 78 members of Congress, maintains a direct affiliation with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) which is the American branch of Socialist...
  • Clinton urges China to protect human rights

    05/02/2012 7:36:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2012
    BEIJING (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton cautioned China to protect human rights Thursday, in remarks that rejected Beijing's criticism of the U.S. for getting involved in the case of a blind dissident whose fate overshadowed the opening of annual talks between the powerful countries. Clinton said at the opening of the talks on foreign policy and economic issues that the U.S. believes "all governments have to answer our citizens' aspirations for dignity and the rule of law and that no nation can or should deny those rights."
  • California tax revenue $3 billion less than target

    05/02/2012 7:34:19 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 1, 2012
    The legislative analyst’s office has a new number that is adding to California’s financial headache: $3 billion. That’s the total amount that tax revenue has lagged behind goals set by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration in the current fiscal year. The shortfall was detailed in a report released on Tuesday by the nonpartisan office, which provides budget advice to lawmakers. Much of that gap comes from a disappointing April, the most important month for income taxes. Income taxes were $2.07 billion short of the $9.43-billion goal, and corporate taxes fell $143 million short of an expected $1.53 billion, according to the...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update May 2012

    05/02/2012 7:27:23 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 13 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 2 May 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during April 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 April 2012. Highlights in this update include: * Romanian arms blacklisted; Second Batch of BTR4s ready for delivery while rumors continue of contract cancelation; 50/14 and 53/14 Brigades upgrading to Mech/Armor; Iraqi Army Upgrade Status Chart added. * EC120Bs for KRG Police/SAR; Contract awarded for support of 30 Bell 407s; third AN-32B delivered; F16 training at Al Asad; 24 F16s by end 2014?; Iraq to join GCC to provide Air Defense?
  • Pics: Here's a Real Shark with a Real Laser Attached to Its Fin

    05/02/2012 7:24:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    DVICE ^ | May 2, 2012 | Raymond Wong
    Pics: Here's a real shark with a real laser attached to its fin Through the collective power of Facebook "Liking," Wicked Lasers promised a shark with a laser attached to it. Internet, here's your shark with a laser mounted on its fin. The laser isn't on the shark's head, but this will do (for now). Did you really think that Wicked Lasers would arm a shark with a powerful weapon that would give it the ability to sear other marine life? Get real. True, Wicked Lasers and marine biologist Luke Tipple did mount an S3 Krypton laser to a lemon...
  • Bill Ayers to University Students: America‘s ’Game Is Over‘ and ’Another World’ Is Coming

    05/02/2012 7:22:26 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 123 replies
    Bill Ayers spoke at the University of Oregon last week on the subject of teaching and organizing for “social justice.”  His speech was not free of the radical sentiments he is well-known for espousing (especially in the company of America’s youth). Case in point: he spoke of the end of America, a new world, and what our role ought to be in all of it. Almost as interesting as Ayers’ speech itself, perhaps, was how the leftist radical was introduced by the university students.  One girl, who described herself as a doctoral student at the university, spoke of the privilege...
  • Chinese Activist 'Very Disappointed' in the U.S., Says Officials Lied To Him

    05/02/2012 7:15:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2, 2012 | Max Fisher
    A little over 12 hours after blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was released from the U.S. embassy in Beijing, which he had fled to after escaping house arrest, Chen now says that American officials encouraged him to leave the safe haven of the embassy building, in part by making promises that they failed to keep. In an interview with CNN's Steven Jiang, he expressed deep disappointment with the U.S. and with President Barack Obama personally. He said that embassy officials were no longer picking up his calls and that he already felt his rights being "violated" by the Chinese government,...
  • The "General Welfare" Clause, Justification for Obamacare?

    05/02/2012 7:10:35 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    KrisAnneHall.com ^ | May 02, 2012 | KrisAnne Hall
    The federal government has assumed great responsibility to tax and provide for our citizens under the interpreted authority of the general welfare clause in the Constitution. Our Departments of Transportation, Education, Agriculture, and Interior are all justified by the general welfare clause. Most recently one of the main justifications of the Healthcare Act is that Congress has authority to create such a law because of the general welfare clause. But how Constitutional is this assumed authority? What would our founders say about this current view of federal power?
  • Evangelist Graham takes out ad on marriage amendment (NC Amendment One)

    05/02/2012 7:08:35 PM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    WXII12.com ^ | 05/02/12 | WXII12.com/AP
    WINSTON-SALEM - Billy Graham on Wednesday released a statement on the proposed marriage amendment in North Carolina. The 93-year-old Graham has a full-page advertisement scheduled to run in 14 state newspapers.
  • Teen makes plea deal in Monon shooting

    05/02/2012 7:08:03 PM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies
    wishtv.com ^ | 05/02/2012 | n/a
    An Indianapolis teen pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in connection with a June shooting on the Monon Trail, and attempted murder charges against him were dismissed. Devon Moore, 16, was charged as an adult after police said he shot Gary Bravard, 58, seven times on June 16 as Bravard walked home from work on the Monon Trail in the Nora area, near 86th Street and Westfield Boulevard. The incident had started as an attempted robbery, police said, and Bravard was shot after he refused to comply with Moore’s demands. A charge against Moore of carrying a handgun without a license...
  • Venizelos [Greek Socialist Leader] Says Greece May Be Pushed Out of Eurozone

    05/02/2012 7:07:48 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Greek Reporter.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | By Andy Dabilis
    PASOK Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos ATHENS – After two years of pay cuts, tax hikes, slashed pensions, a reduced minimum wage and the slated firing of 150,000 public workers imposed during his watch as Finance Minister, new PASOK Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos has now admitted that it could all fail and Greece could still be pushed out of the Eurozone of countries using the euro as a currency. Greece administered the austerity measures on orders of the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) in return for two bailouts of $325 billion to prop up an economy...
  • Edvard Munch's "The Scream" fetches $120M at auction

    05/02/2012 7:00:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    CBS News.com ^ | May 2, 2012
    One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — sold Wednesday for a record $119,922,500 at auction in New York City. The 1895 artwork — a modern symbol of human anxiety — was sold at Sotheby's. The buyer's name was not released. The previous record for an artwork sold at auction was $106.5 million for Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," sold by Christie's in 2010. The image has become part of pop culture, "used by everyone from Warhol to Hollywood to cartoons to teacups and T-shirts," said Michael Frahm of the London-based art advisory...