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  • Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

    05/07/2012 9:54:49 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2012 | By Kevin Sieff
    KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks. ****************** But the releases are an inherent gamble: The freed detainees are often notorious fighters who would not be released under the traditional legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence — and U.S. officials warn them that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be detained once again.
  • Christie: Israeli control is best for proper worship at holy sites (lest if Islamists take over..)

    05/07/2012 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Milagros · 26 replies ^ | Apr, 2012
    Gov. Christie: Israeli control is best for proper worship at holy sites Apr 4, 2012 - TIBERIAS, Israel — After Gov. Chris Christie, his family and top staffers made a day-long sojourn through the New Testament today, the ...
  • Joe Biden calls Mitt Romney 'President Romney'...(The box of rocks that keeps on giving...)

    05/07/2012 9:46:06 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 58 replies ^ | 05/07/12 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    It’s almost become expected at this point. In the nearly four years he’s been in office, Vice President Joe Biden has awed the country with his gaffes (see here, here, and here, just to name a few). And on Sunday, he struck again. During an interview with David Gregory on “Meet The Press,” Biden’s mind seemed otherwise occupied when it came to consistently and correctly referring to who he was talking about. For example, at one point, and much to the joy of Republicans, he referred to Mitt Romney as “President Romney.” But as if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, he...
  • Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.7 billion in 2017 and Android to Dominate as OS

    05/07/2012 9:44:26 AM PDT · by bigbob · 18 replies
    Wireless Design and Development ^ | 5/3/2012 | anine E. Mooney
    Smartphones will outperform the overall market for mobile phones, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.9% for the period 2011–17 to reach 1.7 billion units, according to Ovum. Predictions show Android as the dominant operating system over the next five years as handset vendors rush to make it their primary smartphone platform. In its latest forecast*, the leading telecoms analyst house reveals global annual mobile phone shipments will grow at a CAGR of 6.3% between 2011 and 2017, driven primarily by demand from emerging markets where connection growth will continue to fuel handset shipments. New shipments in...
  • Shaq earns doctorate in education at Barry in Fla.

    05/07/2012 9:41:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies ^ | 5/5/12
    Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is a doctor now. O'Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1,100 other students during commencement ceremonies Saturday. The Miami Herald ( reports that O'Neal got on one knee so the chair of Barry's organizational learning and leadership program could drape a light blue hood around O'Neal's more-than-7-foot frame.
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    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | May 7, 2012 | Jim Robinson
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  • Obama’s $25 million ad buy just the beginning, strategists say

    05/07/2012 9:34:49 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies ^ | May 7, 2012 | Amy Gardner
    The Obama campaign began the week by announcing a whopping $25 million ad buy in nine battleground states — and their top strategists told reporters that it is only the beginning. “We’re not letting our foot off the pedal,” said campaign manager Jim Messina in a conference call with reporters Monday morning. “We have a very simple choice between going forward and going back.” Messina, along with senior strategist David Axelrod, told reporters that the ad, called “Go,” is part of a larger campaign effort to convey all that President Obama has done since taking office in the midst of...
  • How To Make Friends By Arguing Religion

    05/07/2012 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 2 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 05/07/2012 | Shout Bits
    Many TV viewers are familiar with Dan Savage's media project It Gets Better, which is designed to chipper-up downtrodden gay youths. Not terribly surprisingly, Savage is also a partisan Democrat who has courted the support of many top Democrats such as Pres. Obama and Sec. Clinton. In a recent speech to some high school students, Savage blamed Christians and the Holy Bible for his perceived injustice against gays. Sadly, Savage displayed only enough biblical knowledge to be offensive. Savage's general theme is that modern society chooses to ignore some things in the Bible, so why not also ignore the proscription...
  • Would-Be Copper Thief ‘Extremely Grave’ After He’s Shocked And Catches On Fire

    05/07/2012 9:33:00 AM PDT · by grundle · 97 replies
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBS) — A would-be copper thief was gravely injured early Saturday morning when he attempted to steal copper wiring from a live Edison vault, according to authorities. Witnesses told CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Melissa Maynarich that the man could be heard screaming in agony.Jeff Grammatico was across the street from the substation when he said, “I heard a boom.” He added, “It made me jump from one side of the room to the other.” He ran to the fence and saw a man burning alive. “It was scary. I was trying to cut the gate to get in....
  • Ron Paul Could Still Win Enough Delegates To Deny Mitt Romney The Republican Nomination

    05/07/2012 9:31:44 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 34 replies
    The American Dream ^ | 5/7/2012 | The American Dream
    Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, Mitt Romney does not have the Republican nomination locked up. In fact, he is rapidly losing delegates that almost everyone assumed that he already had in the bag. To understand why this is happening, you have to understand the delegate selection process. Each state has different rules for selecting delegates to the Republican national convention, and in many states the "voting" done by the public does not determine the allocation of delegates to particular candidates at all. And the truth is that delegates are the only thing that really matters...
  • Mining permit backlog leaves U.S. dependent on China for widely used rare minerals

    05/07/2012 9:30:23 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    human events ^ | may 7, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    Strategic minerals that are essential components in green and high technology such as hybrid cars, iPods and solar panels are readily available in the U.S. but efforts to mine the elements are being stalled by bureaucrats for years, industry officials say. “The United States is heavily reliant on foreign countries such as China for critical minerals that are the building blocks of our economy and imperative to renewable energy development, military technology and the manufacturing of nearly all of our electronic devices,” said Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Resources Committee.
  • Obama Cabinet member Arne Duncan backs gay marriage, one day after Biden comments

    05/07/2012 9:28:55 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies ^ | May 7, 2012
    Another top Obama administration official appeared to break with the president Monday by publicly declaring his support for gay marriage -- something President Obama has not done. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in a television interview Monday morning, said unequivocally that he supports gay marriage. Asked if he thinks gay couples should be able to legally marry, he said: "Yes, I do."
  • 18th State Poised to Demand Balanced Budget Amendment

    05/07/2012 9:27:27 AM PDT · by SCharles · 4 replies
    US Daily Review ^ | 5.7.12 | US Daily Review
    The New Hampshire House of Representatives recently passed a resolution (HCR 40) that, if approved in the Senate, would make New Hampshire the 18th of 38 states needed to draft and ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Representative Ulery (District 27), the House Sponsor, stated, “a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) will force Congress to do what they seem incapable of doing, that is reduce spending and tell the American people the truth about the cost of our nation’s unfunded entitlement promises.” Co-founder of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force and Economics Professor (Ret.), Dr. Barry Poulson noted,...
  • Quix's Recent Warrior At Heart Men's Camp Experiences & Perspective

    05/07/2012 9:27:22 AM PDT · by Quix · 22 replies
    The curious space between Quix's ears | 7 May 2012 | Quix
    QUIX’S WARRIOR AT HEART CAMP EXPERIENCES & PERSPECTIVES This past Thursday evening through Sunday noon, I was blessed by a precious wheel-chair-bound church brother (agent orange afflicted vet) with a pre-paid WARRIOR AT HEART CAMP weekend at CAMP RED CLOUD high up in the Colorado mountains from Lake City Colorado. It is reportedly the most remote camp facility of its type in the Nation. The structure of the experience was somewhat conventional. A) There were the John Eldridge WILD AT HEART videos. Warrior At Heart is an off-shoot of that movement began by John Eldridge (RANSOMED HEART). B) There...
  • Obama's Lies & France's New, Hot, First Mistress

    05/07/2012 9:21:30 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-7-2012 | MOTUS
    Four words of the day: Lies, lies, damned lies. (h/t Juno) My, my my! Where is all this hostility coming from? Exhibit 1, from Jack Cashill: What Does “Composite Girl” Tell Us About Obama in which we are told: “the real problem with Dreams is the inexcusable dishonesty throughout the book. The promiscuous use of composites is merely a symptom of the larger problem.” Why doesn’t he just come right out and call Big Guy a liar? Oh wait. I guess he just did... ...Although the fact that Ms. Trierweiler once slapped a male colleague for making a “sexist” remark...
  • Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights

    05/07/2012 9:21:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 30, 2012 | MICHAEL B. MUKASEY
    The first anniversary of the SEAL Team 6 operation that killed Osama bin Laden brings the news that President Obama plans during the coming campaign to exploit the bragging rights to the achievement. That plan invites scrutiny that is unlikely to benefit him. Consider the events surrounding the operation. A recently disclosed memorandum from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta shows that the president's celebrated derring-do in authorizing the operation included a responsibility-escape clause: "The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven's hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are...
  • Army: no bullet wound found in soldier Skype death

    05/07/2012 9:18:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2012 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army investigators said Monday they found no bullet wound nor evidence of foul play in the death of a soldier in Afghanistan who died during a Skype video chat with his wife. Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark collapsed while speaking to his wife on May 1 from his base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, southwest of Kabul. His wife, Susan Orellana-Clark, has suggested that Clark was shot, citing a hole visible in the closet behind him that she believed was a bullet hole.
  • Three US Soldiers Killed In Roadside Bomb Explosion In Afghanistan

    05/07/2012 9:16:18 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    RTT News ^ | 5/7/2012 | staff
    Three US soldiers were killed in an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. An International Security Assistance Force statement did not disclose their nationality, deferring casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities, but reports quoting western officials said three American marines were the victims of an explosion that hit the vehicle they were traveling in south of a military base in Ghazni province.
  • Knives are banned at Tampa’s GOP convention, but guns are OK

    05/07/2012 9:12:36 AM PDT · by bkopto · 25 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 2, 2012 | Fred Grimm
    Don’t come messing around the Republican National Convention with an “air rifle, air pistol, paintball rifle, explosive blasting cap, switchblade, hatchet, ax, slingshot, blackjack, metal knuckles, nunchakus, mace, iron buckle, ax handle, chain, crowbar, hammer, shovel or any club or bludgeon.” All this along with “any other instrumentality used or intended to be used to cause physical or personal damage.” Except, of course, for the most obvious instrument intended to cause physical or personal damage. The city didn’t prohibit guns. It can’t. Gov. Rick Scott, who could, won’t. He rejected a request from Mayor Bob Buckhorn asking for an “executive...
  • In D.C., low-cost apartments disappearing at rapid rate

    05/07/2012 9:02:38 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/6/12 | Annys Shin
    For a year, Julio Benitez, 61, has complained to his landlord about the unpatched walls, leaky bathtub and broken electrical outlets in his apartment. Down the hall, where Paul Fisette, 28, moved in a month ago, everything is new, from the paint to the appliances. When the garbage disposal broke recently, the landlord replaced it by 11 a.m. the next day. Welcome to the New Hampshire, where the underprivileged and upscale exist under the same roof, part of a shift in the District’s housing stock that experts say is likely to change the face of the city for decades to...