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  • Reward offered in death of Lightning Medicine Cloud

    05/04/2012 6:45:36 PM PDT · by mylife · 160 replies
    greenville herald banner ^ | 5/4/12 | Brad Kellar
    May 4, 2012 Reward offered in death of Lightning Medicine Cloud By BRAD KELLAR CNHI GREENVILLE — A grieving Arby Little Soldier announced Friday a $5,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the person or persons responsible for the deaths of Lightning Medicine Cloud, a white buffalo sacred to Native Americans, and his mother. "The people have taken the heart of a spiritual situation here," Little Soldier said. During a press conference at the Lakota Ranch near Greenville, investigators looking into the deaths declined to release any details as to how the buffaloes died, other than to confirm...
  • Jobs report shows effects of the incredible shrinking U.S. labor force

    05/04/2012 6:44:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 5/4/2012 | staff
    If the same percentage of adults were in the workforce today as when Barack Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 11.1 percent. If the percentage was where it was when George W. Bush took office, the unemployment rate would be 13.1 percent. That helps explain a seeming contradiction in the unemployment numbers — the rate keeps dropping even though job creation has been soft. In April, the U.S. economy added a mere 115,000 jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday. In a normal month, that would not even be enough to keep up with new...
  • Major League Soccer executives to visit Triangle on April 12

    05/04/2012 6:43:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    Indy Week ^ | March 13, 2012
    Executives for Major League Soccer will visit the Triangle next month to meet local fans, media and various business and civic leaders, according to Curt Johnson, president of the Carolina RailHawks. The all-day event will take place Thursday, April 12. Among those representing MLS will be President Mark Abbott and Will Kuhns, the league’s director of communications. Joining them will be various officials for the Carolina RailHawks, David Downs, commissioner for the North American Soccer League and Aaron Davidson, Vice President of Traffic Sports USA, the current owners of the RailHawks. According to Johnson, the day’s events will begin around...
  • Obama Meets His Nemesis (when Greece was still solvent)

    As the Greeks saw it, "nemesis" was an abstract force (personified by the goddess of divine justice of the same name) aimed directly at the destruction of a single individual. Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/obama_meets_his_nemesis.html#ixzz1txHz6xUE
  • Bees Drink Human Sweat, Tears

    05/04/2012 6:38:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 3, 2012
    What’s tastier than meat and cheese? Sweat and tears, for bees anyway. Though they’re not as popular as their honeybee cousins, sweat sucking and tear drinking bees are making a buzz in cities across the country. “They use humans as a salt lick,” John Ascher, who oversees the a database of 700,000 species of bee at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, told the Wall Street Journal. Ascher discovered Lasioglossum gotham, New York City’s very own sweat bee, while walking through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The tiny insects rarely sting and might even go unnoticed on a sweaty...
  • The Case for Sending Senator Lugar Back to Washington (Peggy Noonan Dementia Alert!)

    05/04/2012 6:37:32 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/4/12 | PEGGY NOONAN
    Let's wade into an argument, and on what may well be the losing side. The most recent polls suggest Dick Lugar, the senior U.S. senator from Indiana, first elected in 1976, is on track to lose his primary on Tuesday. I hope he doesn't for a number of reasons but one big one: the Senate needs grown-ups.
  • Rare white buffalo calf killed in North Texas

    Authorities are investigating the death of a rare white buffalo on a North Texas ranch just days shy of its first birthday. Lakota Ranch owner Arby Little Soldier says he found the buffalo, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, dead Monday. The buffalo's mother was found dead the next day.
  • Tea-party reawakening with call for huge rally

    05/04/2012 6:32:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Private pilots who may want to fly near Chicago on the weekend of May 19-20 have been warned they could be shot down, and a Red Cross memo suggests there could be mass evacuations of the city in the event of riots by left-leaning activists protesting the NATO summit. Less than a day’s drive away, however, near Jefferson City, Mo., at the same time there will be an event for Americans who also are worried about the nation. But instead of protests and riots, participants will focus on how to build up America, repair it and stabilize it for future...
  • Amateur Sleuth Helps Stop National Archives Thefts

    05/04/2012 6:30:41 PM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Jessica Gresko
    When J. David Goldin saw the recorded interview of baseball great Babe Ruth for sale on eBay he knew something was wrong. There was only one original record of that 1937 interview of Ruth on a hunting trip, and Goldin had donated it to a government archive more than 30 years ago. Now someone was auctioning it off, the winning bid just $34.75. "I took one look at the record label and I said, 'holy smokes, that's my record,'" said the retired radio engineer. From his home in Connecticut, filled with antique radios and tape reels, Goldin launched an amateur...
  • Hiring slows,spells trouble for economy,Obama

    05/04/2012 6:26:10 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jason Lange
    (Reuters) - Employers cut back on hiring in April and more people stopped looking for work, troubling signs for President Barack Obama whose re-election prospects could hinge on his handling of the economy. Employers added 115,000 workers to payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. It was the third straight month in which hiring had slowed, intensifying fears the U.S. recovery is losing momentum.Even a slight drop in the unemployment rate to 8.1 percent had a dark tone because the fall was due entirely to people dropping out of the workforce.
  • Colo. boy, 6, suspended for reciting 'Sexy' lyric

    05/04/2012 6:25:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2012
    AURORA, Colo. (AP) - A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl "I'm sexy and I know it," a line from a popular song. D'Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother after he was sent home Wednesday.
  • “Racist” Fire Captain Brian Beckmann Must Go, Says Petition

    05/04/2012 6:24:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Sunshine State ^ | May 4, 2012 | Mark Christopher
    (IMAGE AT LINK) [Miami, FL] When Miami-Dade fire captain Brian Beckmann let the word know how he felt about the whole Trayvon Martin thing, the reaction was swift in calling for his removal from the force. Sunshine Slate noted back on April 18 that Beckmann posted an offensive rant on Facebook, as originally reported by TheGrio.com. Here is his post in its entirety: “Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman. The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban...
  • Viral video: Lion tries to munch on baby at zoo

    05/04/2012 6:23:03 PM PDT · by Altariel · 13 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 05/03/2012 | Laura Weisman
    A baby boy’s visit to the Oregon Zoo in Portland has given the world a new viral video that’s hard to look away from. As the boy smiles for Mom’s video phone, a lion behind the glass sees the kid as a snack, apparently, trying in vain to chomp through the glass. It’s rather disturbing. And then Mom kind of laughs, a little nervously. Her trust of the glass installers is stronger than mine would have been. Here’s what KGW-TV in Portland reported: The one-year old, named Jack, is dressed in a striped jacket that looked a little like a...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Knowledge is Not Enough!

    05/04/2012 6:23:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Knowledge is Not Enough!by Sebastian R. FamaOn September 20, 2000, Pope John Paul II speaking to 40,000 people gathered for his general audience said, "Through the Holy Spirit, Christians are brought into a personal relationship with God." Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, speaking to a group of religion teachers and catechists at the Vatican was more explicit. He said, "Catechesis is not so much a matter of transmitting knowledge as it is a question of leading people to a relationship with Jesus."Knowledge, as valuable as it is, is not enough. Christianity is much more than a collection of facts. The loving God...
  • The Duke's Bittersweet Final Night

    05/04/2012 6:20:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Northern Star ^ | Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | Alex Fiore
    Sometimes he coughed up blood. Sometimes his knees ached and his back strained when sitting down. When Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington took the stage inside NIU’s University Center on March 20, 1974, the cancer that destroyed his lungs had turned the vibrant young man who introduced jazz to the masses into a shell of his former self. The cancer and pneumonia would claim him two months later, just weeks after his 75th birthday. The greatest jazz composer the world has known was well-traveled. From the Washington, D.C., grit where he was born in 1899 to the smoky Cotton Club of...
  • Jay Leno's Garage: 1975 Custom Plymouth Duster (and the story behind it)

    05/04/2012 6:16:32 PM PDT · by Doogle · 16 replies
    YT ^ | 04/28/12 | Leno
    Jay Leno's 75 Duster and the story behind it.... Before master mechanic and race car driver Paul Annunziata passed away, he wanted to make sure his supercharged 426 Hemi-engined Duster went to a good home. Watch Paul's own history of the car and see what Jay's done to keep Paul's dream car on the road.
  • Marine welder keeps heavy-duty trailers operable in Afghanistan, saves Corps thousands.

    05/04/2012 6:16:19 PM PDT · by sean327 · 18 replies
    DVIDS ^ | 28 April 2012 | Sgt. John Jackson
    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Adapt and overcome is a common phrase in the Marine Corps, and Cpl. Sean Castillo, a welder with Maintenance Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion (-) Reinforced, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), is embodying those words everyday in Afghanistan and saving the Marine Corps millions of dollars while doing so. Castillo, 23, a native of Yuma, Ariz., is the son of a retired Marine and the brother of an Army Ranger. He joined the Marine Corps to serve his country and do his part. He became a welder because he loves the trade. “I had a job prior...
  • Wendy’s No Long-Shot (NY's US Senator Gillibrand slayer? Gilli "tied for No. 1 Most Liberal.")

    05/04/2012 6:16:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 3, 2012 | Interview of Wendy Long by Kathryn Jean Lopez
    The Left has accused Republicans of a “war on women,” but New York Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand could wind up running against a woman in the fall. The contest for who will face Democrat Gillibrand is on, and Wendy Long discusses what a Senator Long would look like with Kathryn Jean Lopez. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: What do you have against Senator Gillibrand?WENDY LONG:  National Journal recently came out with its annual congressional rankings — the gold standard in political measuring sticks. Kirsten Gillibrand was tied for No. 1 Most Liberal Member of the United States Senate. She’s metamorphosed from...
  • Just Curious: a Question about The Great One

    05/04/2012 6:15:36 PM PDT · by publius321 · 10 replies
    I was just listening to the GREAT one Mark Levin. He seemed to be in rare form. Does he sometimes have cocktail hour during Friday shows? He was brilliant as always but he seemed to be much more jovial than other weekdays.
  • Michigan welfare recipients get hundreds for car repairs, clothing allowance

    05/04/2012 6:12:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4 May 2012 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan’s welfare recipients may get up to $900 from the state in car repairs every year, but the House of Representatives is trying to cut that to $500. The car repair subsidies are part of a $6.4 million program the Department of Human Services has to help welfare recipients get a job and stay employed. Among many approved expenses, the program also includes up to $1,200 for welfare recipients to buy a car, and up to $500 for clothing allowance for job interviews and work. “You've got to be kidding me,” said Jim Chioda, a tea party activist from Holland....
  • Yachtzee

    05/04/2012 6:07:41 PM PDT · by Vob · 3 replies
    theDestinlog.com ^ | May 04, 2012 3:13 PM | Matt Algarin
    After resigning his position Tuesday for purchasing a $710,000 Marquis Yacht with bed tax money, new developments continued to emerge, as the OCSO in conjunction with the Northwest Florida Mortgage Fraud Task Force issued an arrest warrant for the 52-year-old Bellinger Friday morning. According to a Friday morning press release, an ongoing investigation by the sheriff’s office revealed that Bellinger used TDC funds to purchase his $747,000 home in August 2011. It also shows that some of the funds used might have come from money provided to the TDC by BP following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • The Unemployment Rate Is Meaningless

    05/04/2012 6:03:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | May 4, 2012
    Jobs: Normally, a drop in the unemployment rate would be a welcome sign of an economy on the mend. But in the upside-down world of Obamanomics, the jobless figure is increasingly useless, hiding more than it reveals. In April, the unemployment rate officially declined to 8.1% from the previous month's 8.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But you don't have to look very hard to see that the jobs picture actually deteriorated last month. In fact, the only reason the jobless rate didn't climb in April is because so many people have simply quit looking for jobs and...
  • The main-street Republican values of ... Burning Man?

    05/04/2012 6:00:15 PM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/03/2012 | by Suzy Khimm
    Go to Burning Man, and you’ll find everything from a thunderdome battle between a couple in tiger-striped bodypaint to a man dressed as a gigantic blueberry muffin on wheels. But underneath it all, says the festival’s co-founder, Larry Harvey, is “old-fashioned capitalism.”
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 5 May 2012

    05/04/2012 5:59:42 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 622 replies
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  • North Texas Thunderstorm Watch

    05/04/2012 5:57:18 PM PDT · by JRandomFreeper · 20 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | 4 May 2012 | National Weather Service
  • An interview with Paul Krugman

    05/04/2012 5:47:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | Ezra Klein
    ...Q: But isn’t the way it would actually go is the Republican Party would say that what we need is tax cuts? A: But that won’t work. Remember, they don’t like tax cuts for ordinary people. They like tax cuts for the rich. That will be very ineffectual. And they want to raise taxes on the undeserving poor. Q: Speaking of Keynes, are you surprised that Europe ended up so far on the other side of, so to speak, the Keynes curve? A: No. I know the Germans. They’ve never believed in any of this. They’re at a point that...
  • Catholic College Disinvites Pro-Abortion Politician at Request of Bishop

    05/04/2012 5:45:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CE.com ^ | May 4th, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    Catholic College Disinvites Pro-Abortion Politician at Request of Bishop Life IssuesMay 4th, 2012 Matthew Archbold For the second time this commencement season, a pro-abortion rights commencement speaker had their invitation rescinded at the request of the local bishop.On Friday, State Representative Democrat Bob Hagan’s reported pro-abortion rights stand led the Youngstown campus of Mercy College of Ohio to rescind its invitation for him to speak at the school’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday at the public urging of Bishop George Murry, S.J..Bishop Murry released a statement regarding his decision. “It recently came to my attention, without any proper review by my office, that the Mercy School...
  • Obama Hollows Out Military: Tanks For The Memories

    05/04/2012 5:44:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 4, 2012
    The Obama Record: The president's defense strategy creates a hollow force and worsens our readiness crisis. Big cuts mean weakening the military's ability to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide for the common defense. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the president's victory lap in Afghanistan on the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the Navy SEALs "an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military." Indeed he has. "He cut the F-22, future combat...
  • Secret Service Hooker I Could've Stolen Top Secret Obama Information

    05/04/2012 5:42:20 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 21 replies
    tmz ^ | 5/4 | tmz
    The Colombian prostitute behind the massive Secret Service scandal claims she had access to top secret government info during her tryst with an SS agent -- because he was passed out drunk. 24-year-old Dania Londono Suarez just appeared on wRadio in Colombia, claiming she even had access to the agent's wallet -- because he had fallen into a deep alcohol-induced slumber ... and left all his possessions completely unattended. Dania did not say if she actually rifled through his stuff. Dania also didn't say if she actually had sex with the agent in question -- but admitted she did enough...
  • George Clooney Fundraiser Could Be A $12 Million Blockbuster For Obama

    05/04/2012 5:38:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 03, 2012 | Dan Eggen
    George Clooney Fundraiser Could Be A $12 Million Blockbuster For Obama - George Clooney and Michelle Obama at dinner. Actor George Clooney sits beside first lady Michelle Obama during the State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House in Washington By Dan Eggen President Obama’s widely publicized fundraiser with actor George Clooney is shaping up to be a Hollywood blockbuster. A May 10 dinner at Clooney’s Studio City, Calif., home has sold out at 150 guests, who are expected to jointly contribute between $5 million and $6 million toward Obama’s reelection effort, people familiar with the...
  • Cat Survives Two-Hour Washing Machine Ordeal In South Africa

    05/04/2012 5:30:18 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    http://www.myfoxny.com/ ^ | May 5,2012 | NewsCore
    JOHANNESBURG -- A cat survived after it was tossed around inside a washing machine for almost two hours in Johannesburg, the South African newspaper The Star reported Friday. Karin Bennett, 63, heard meowing noises coming from close to her washing machine and began to search for her cat Tabitha.
  • Political "Death of A Salesman" : Romney's Pathetic Self-Implosion before Tampa (Vanity)

    05/04/2012 5:24:56 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 87 replies
    None ^ | 2012-05-04 | Patton-at-Bastogne
    . 2012-05-04 I haven't yet located Jim Robinson's post entitled "Frank discussion re our loss to Obama/Romney and the future direction of FR and tea party movement". I'm sure that it's content was great. I would like to be very careful in my next few words. To summarize: "Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will be the 2012 GOP Nominees in Tampa". I am neither an alleged spiritual prophet, or a pollyana madman. I have worked much in politics, including with Pat Buchanan, Dole-96, Bush-43 (Florida "Ballot-Chad" Protestor") and Newt Gingrich in Florida this year. Something in my gut intuition tells...
  • The Battle of Athens (Tennesee)

    05/04/2012 5:21:11 PM PDT · by MrsPatriot · 8 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | May 3, 2012 | Mark Alexander
    As a direct descendent of Tennessee Patriots who were veterans of every major conflict in defense of American Liberty from the American Revolution forward, I stand in awe of my home state's distinguished list of Patriot sons and daughters. From 19th-century notables like Andrew Jackson*, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Nathan Bedford Forrest** and Sam Davis, to a long list of 20th-century Patriots headed by Alvin York, warriors from the "Volunteer State" have distinguished themselves in battle with honor and courage.
  • US should return stolen land to Indian tribes, says United Nations

    05/04/2012 5:18:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/4/2012 | Chris McGreal
    A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination. James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes. Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, indigenous communities in Alaska and Hawaii, and Native Americans now living in cities, he encountered...
  • UNC report reveals widespread problems in Afro-Studies department

    05/04/2012 5:15:01 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 26 replies
    WRAL ^ | 5/4/2012 | Aaron Schoonmaker
    A nine-month internal investigation into the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill revealed unauthorized grades, forged signatures and other irregularities according to a 10-page report released Friday. ... According to the report, which covered courses from the start of the summer session in 2007 to the end of the summer session in 2011, at least 45 courses taught by Nyang’oro were “found to be aberrant” – or atypical. The courses have evidence of work and grades, but no indication that a professor taught or communicated with the students or even reviewed...
  • Obama Campaign Champions Government Dependency

    05/04/2012 5:14:22 PM PDT · by bthockey · 8 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 5/4/12 | Bryan Thomas
    President Obama's re-election campaign has released an interactive web page (named The Life of Julia) that attempted to compare and contrast a future America under Barack Obama to a future America under Mitt Romney. In this interactive site, viewers can click through the life of a fictional character named Julia who is dependent on the government from age 3 to age 67 (and beyond of course). I have to admit, it was weird that Obama campaign didn't talk about the right her parents had to kill Julia before she was born (because human lives are obviously disposable). It is extremely...
  • Feds to review shooting death of ailing veteran in New York

    05/04/2012 5:13:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    cnn.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Rose Arce
    New York (CNN) -- Federal prosecutors will investigate the case of a white police officer who shot and killed an ailing 68-year-old black veteran in his own apartment, a spokeswoman said Friday. "Consistent with our office's practices in cases of this kind, we will review all of the available evidence with respect to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain, including the evidence collected during the state's investigation, to determine whether there were any violations of the federal criminal civil rights laws," said Ellen Davis, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. She spoke one day...
  • Occupy the Southern Poverty Law Center

    05/04/2012 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 5/4/2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In light of the May Day arrests of the Cuyahoga 5, the Occupy Wall Street–affiliated group of men who planned to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, I called the Southern Poverty Law Center to find out of they had any plans to start tracking the Occupy movement. The first person I spoke to was so shocked by the question that she paused for a good 15 seconds before promising to put me in touch with a representative. This she eventually did, however, and after a game of cat-and-mouse — the person she’d found for me was busy “hosting...
  • Unemployment–behind the official numbers (the myth of the retiring baby boomers)

    05/04/2012 4:59:52 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 10 replies
    QandO ^ | May 4, 2012 | Bruce McQuain
    The eight hundred pound gorilla in the room when one discusses the unemployment rate is its accuracy. 8.1% of what? Apparently, it is 8.1% as measured by those still receiving unemployment benefits, i.e. “actively” seeking work (a requirement to continue to receive the benefits). Here’s the reality: In April the number of people not in the labor force rose by a whopping 522,000 from 87,897,000 to 88,419,000. This is the highest on record. The flip side, and the reason why the unemployment dropped to 8.1% is that the labor force participation rate just dipped to a new 30 year low...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Apple Has Destroyed 490,000 American Jobs

    05/04/2012 4:57:06 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 202 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 1, 2012, 12:02 PM | Eric Platt and Ben Duronio
    After taking heat for shipping jobs to China and contracting to employers with questionable labor conditions, Apple (rather publicly) took credit for creating more than half a million jobs in the U.S. 514,000 to be exact.  That figure included nearly 50,000 employees in its retail network and its corporate headquarters, where products are designed. But it also included FedEx and UPS employees who deliver its products and employees at Corning who make glass for iPads and iPhones. So Apple basically counts anyone vaguely associated with the company or its products as a job that Apple created. But what about the...
  • Egypt: two killed, hundreds injured and 170 arrested in Cairo clashes

    05/04/2012 4:47:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/4/2012 | Foreign Staff
    At least two people have been killed, one of whom was a soldier, in clashes between antimilitary protesters and soldiers in Cairo following skirmishes outside the defence ministry, according to hospital officials. Almost 300 people were also hurt in the clashes, which took place three weeks ahead of presidential elections, according to the official MENA news agency. The Egyptian army also arrested 170 people. On the day Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak turned 84, hardline Islamists were in the forefront of street fighting with the troops for the first time, a shift for groups that previously had largely stayed out...
  • Mark Steyn: Fauxcahontas and the melting pot

    05/04/2012 4:45:30 PM PDT · by radioone · 36 replies
    OCregister ^ | 5-4-12 | Mark Steyn
    Have you dated a composite woman? They're America's hottest new demographic. As with all the really cool stuff, Barack Obama was doing it years before the rest of us. In "Dreams from My Father," the world's all-time most-unread bestseller, he spills the inside dope on his composite white girlfriend: "When we got back to the car she started crying. She couldn't be black, she said. She would if she could, but she couldn't. She could only be herself, and wasn't that enough..."
  • To help jobs picture, raise the minimum wage

    05/04/2012 4:45:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    CNN.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | By Christine Owens
    (CNN) -- A basic premise of work in America is that your paycheck will inch up over time to reflect hard work, experience and rising living costs. But a lot of people aren't making any more this year than they did last year -- in fact, they're making less. As April's jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, in nominal terms, wages are going nowhere fast. When wage growth slows, its saps the whole recovery. How are we going to reboot an economy that relies on consumption when millions of us are falling behind? Here's one way to...
  • How to Lose Worse Than John McCain

    05/04/2012 4:32:35 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    SteveDeace.com ^ | May 4th, 2012 | Steve Deace
    One of my 10 Commandments of Political Warfare states: Never Abandon Your Base (unless they’re morally wrong). Yesterday, the Mitt Romney presidential campaign violated that commandment. In what can only be described as one of the absolute dumbest things a Republican presidential nominee can say, unless that nominee is purposefully trying to throw his base under the bus, Romney campaign spokesman Eric “Etch-a-Sketch” Fehrnstrom described Christians who believe what the Bible says about marriage, gender identity, and sexuality is true as “voices of intolerance” within the Republican Party. This is the sort of insidious put-down of Christians one would expect...
  • Liz Cheney eyes the political stage

    05/04/2012 4:30:55 PM PDT · by rawhide · 49 replies
    politico ^ | 5-4-12 | Jonathan Martin
    Liz Cheney has been making the rounds at Wyoming political events this spring and her desire to move back to the state has Republicans from Cheyenne to Washington buzzing about a potential future campaign. With little fanfare, Cheney, a former State Department official and the eldest daughter of the former vice president, has spoken at six events in different corners of the sprawling state this year. She has been especially busy on the GOP dinner circuit. Cheney has already hit four county Lincoln Day Dinners and keynoted the dinner following the Wyoming GOP convention last month. She also accompanied and...
  • Hundreds of candidates removed from [South Carolina] ballots after court ruling

    05/04/2012 4:27:44 PM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    wsoctv news ^ | May 4, 2012 | Greg Suskin
    Bob Cook is one of hundreds of political candidates in South Carolina wondering what to do next. The Lancaster Democrat was running for his first-ever political office, a state house district. "I thought about it for a couple of weeks, and in January I decided to officially announce I was running," Cook said. Since then, it's been a seven-day-a-week job for Cook. Talking to voters, raising awareness of issues and hitting the campaign trail daily. "You lay in bed at night, twelve or one in the morning and think to yourself, ‘What more could I do today?’" This week, the...
  • Soldier in Afghanistan dies in Skype chat with wife

    05/04/2012 4:27:37 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies
    AP via JamaicaObserver ^ | May 04, 2012 | staff reporter
    The wife of an Army officer serving in Afghanistan witnessed her husband’s death as the two video chatted via Skype, his family said Friday. The circumstances of Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark’s death were not immediately available. The Pentagon said it was under investigation, and his brother-in-law said he didn’t have details. “We are entrusting the military with investigating and with finding out what happened to Capt. Clark,” Bradley Taber-Thomas told The Associated Press. Clark, a 43-year-old Army chief nurse, grew up in Michigan and lived previously in Spencerport, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester and his wife’s hometown. He joined the...
  • Private Buses Need Permits To Drive Into New York City

    05/04/2012 4:27:27 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 16 replies
    NY1 News ^ | 4/23/2012 | Unattributed
    Private buses will have to get a permit from now on if they wish to drive into New York City. This gives the city the Local lawmakers and the Department of Transportation joined forces to make the first of its kind system a reality. In addition to issuing permits, the new legislation will designate pick-up and drop-off locations and require the city to consult with community boards about new stops. "The volume of intercity buses on our streets is overwhelming. These buses idle, they make noise and they create dangerous conditions on our roadways," said Manhattan Councilwoman Margaret Chin. Calls...
  • Harvard on Whether It Listed Warren as a "Native American" Through 2011: No Comment

    05/04/2012 4:26:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Team Warren is also curiously silent on this very simple question.  Draw your own conclusions, America:   Harvard Law School lists one lone Native American faculty member on its latest diversity census report — but school officials and campaign aides for Elizabeth Warren refused to say yesterday whether it refers to the Democratic Senate candidate … The 2011 report indicates that “Race/Ethnicity designations are from self-report data,” meaning whoever is listed as a Native American told the school of their tribal lineage. Robert C. Clark, a professor and former Harvard Law School dean, is listed as part Choctaw in a...
  • Muslim woman wins $5 million verdict from AT&T for discrimination

    05/04/2012 4:26:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2012 | Carey Gillam
    (Reuters) - A Kansas City woman who converted from Christianity to Islam has been awarded $5 million in punitive damages by a jury who found the telecommunications giant AT&T created a "hostile work environment" after her conversion, according to a judge's order issued Friday. Susann Bashir, a 41-year-old married mother, sued AT&T unit Southwestern Bell for what she said was a pattern of offensive and discriminatory conduct by her supervisors that began when she converted to Islam in 2005, six years after she started working for the company as a network technician. After Bashir started wearing a religious head scarf...