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  • Iowa Double Murder: Man Confesses Three Decades Later

    05/11/2012 4:12:58 PM PDT · by FourtySeven · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | Thu, May 10, 2012 2:05 PM EDT | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    The grisly murder and robbery of an elderly couple in Waterloo, Iowa, stunned the community three decades ago. But the case remained unsolved until a 66-year-old man walked into a police station and confessed on Wednesday. Jack Wendell Pursel was in court today for an initial appearance, where a judge raised Pursel's bail from $500,000 to $2 million for shooting Richard Huntbach, 85, and wife Goldie, 77. SNIP The convicted felon wanted to make amends with his past, Dan Trelka, director of Waterloo's safety services, told the newspaper. "It's my understanding he found Christ and felt this was the right...
  • We reached our first goal of raising $15,000 for the first phase of our "Tell the Truth" ad campaign

    05/11/2012 4:10:21 PM PDT · by Syncro · 7 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 05/11/2012 | Tea Party Express HQ
    We reached our first goal of raising $15,000 for the first phase of our "Tell the Truth" ad campaign - thank you! Dear Friends, . We accomplished an important goal in the defense of Gov. Scott Walker and his conservative state reforms.  With the election just 25 days away, it was just in time.  Thanks to countless numbers of individual donors like yourself, we are now working hard to put the finishing touches on our first "Tell the Truth" ad that highlights the fiscal successes that Gov. Walker has achieved in his short time in office. . . We...
  • Abortion and Excommunication

    05/11/2012 4:10:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    CatholicPlanet.com ^ | May 20, 2004 | Ronald L. Conte Jr.
    Abortion and ExcommunicationMay 20, 2004 Any Catholic who obstinately denies that abortion is always gravely immoral, commits the sin of heresy and incurs an automatic sentence of excommunication. Canon Law and Church Teaching Canon 1398: “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.” Canon 751: “Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members...
  • GAO: Recoverable Oil in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming 'About Equal to Entire World’s Proven Reserves'

    05/11/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 11, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Video at link Rock Springs, Wyo. (BLM Photo) (CNSNews.com) - The Green River Formation, a largely vacant area of mostly federal land that covers the territory where Colorado, Utah and Wyoming come together, contains about as much recoverable oil as all the rest the world’s proven reserves combined, an auditor from the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Thursday. The GAO testimony stressed that the federal government was in “a unique position to influence the development of oil shale” because the Green River deposits were mostly beneath federal land. It also noted that developing the oil would pose “socioeconomic challenges,”...
  • A tired Obama goes through the motions in George Clooney'$ tent (long article)

    05/11/2012 4:05:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | Many 11, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    Thursday was another big money day for Team Obama. He flew to Seattle in the morning for two fundraisers and then down to Los Angeles for one at the home of George Clooney, who is an actor. California is the political ATM for both parties. According to campaign people, the Clooney fundraiser with about 150 people was a huge success because, they said, it raised about $15 million. Makes it look like once again Hollywood is 120% behind the Real Good Talker out of the Chicago machine. As usual, the Obama accounts are misleading. The campaign has run into considerable...
  • 16% of Polled Turks Say Hitting Wives is Necessary (Islamic culture)

    05/11/2012 4:03:56 PM PDT · by Milagros · 22 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | May 10, 2012
    10 May 2012 / TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL Sixteen percent of respondents in an IPSOS poll say hitting a woman is at times necessary. In the public opinion poll commissioned by CNN Türk on violence against women, 16 percent of those surveyed agree with the statement “If necessary, a woman may be hit.” People do not think it is good and discourage women from staying out late at night, according to the poll respondents. The opinion that “women's place is inside the home” is still dominant in Turkey, the poll finds. Turkey ranks only behind India and leads Japan, China and...
  • France's Hollande: Sarkozy underplayed budget woes (Hussein II - here we go again)

    05/11/2012 4:02:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/11/12
    France's Hollande: Sarkozy underplayed budget woesAssociated Press – 8 hrs ago PARIS (AP) — French President-elect Francois Hollande suggested Friday that the government of outgoing leader Nicolas Sarkozy underestimated the country's budget problems and wants a new audit of France's books. But Hollande, a Socialist elected Sunday to lead the world's fifth-biggest economy, said that wouldn't hurt his ability to fulfill campaign pledges. Those include higher taxes on the rich, thousands of new teaching jobs and freezes on some government spending. And Hollande stuck to his own deficit reduction goals despite new European Union figures released Friday that paint a...
  • Jindal May Be the Answer to Romney's VP Question

    05/11/2012 4:00:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Scott Conroy
    As the counterweight to a presidential nominee blessed with wealth and privilege, Jindal’s stirring life story as the child of Indian immigrants -- who bestowed upon himself at the age of 4 the all-American name of the youngest son in “The Brady Bunch” -- could be especially appealing. A Rhodes scholar who helmed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals -- the state’s largest agency -- at the almost absurd age of 24, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal’s aptitude and credentials for the nation’s second-highest office would be difficult for anyone to question seriously. Like Jindal, Romney was an academic overachiever who...
  • Dingy Harry Laments Lugar Loss

    05/11/2012 3:59:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Indiana primary got lot of attention this week for a great, great, great outcome. In fact, Dingy Harry is so sad that Lugar is gone. Yes, I've got a sound bite here. Grab sound bite 15. Audio sound bite 15. Dingy Harry, a montage lamenting defeat of Richard Lugar. REID: (whispering) I'm worried when I see dedicated patriots like Senator Lugar drummed out by Tea Party zealots for being too willing to cooperate. But that's what happened on Tuesday. I worry when I hear a candidate for the US Senate campaigning against bipartisanship and compromise between...
  • MILLER: Forced to be fat

    05/11/2012 3:54:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Americans are fatter than ever, but it’s not their fault. That’s according to the latest effort to solve an obesity crisis in the only way liberals know how - with more government. A study released this week from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Duke University and RTI International found obesity rates to be on course to rise from 34 to 42 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. The number of severely obese - defined as about 100 pounds overweight - will double to 11 percent. Today, 68 percent of Americans are overweight and half...
  • Romney and Race: Advice for the GOP’s presumptive nominee

    05/11/2012 3:51:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    City Journal ^ | 7 May 2012 | Harry Stein
    If the Trayvon Martin case reminds us that race remains the great unresolved issue in our national life, it reminds us, too, of how illusory was the hope that Barack Obama might serve as a one-man antidote to America’s long history of racial division. More than three years into Obama’s presidency, ill feeling between the races is more prevalent than at any time in recent memory—a clear result of his style and the substance of his governance. The question is whether the opposition party and its candidate will dare say so. In what promises to be an ugly campaign, already...
  • Wisconsin: Obama 49%, Romney 45%

    05/11/2012 3:47:54 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 11, 2012R
    President Obama still leads Mitt Romney in a head-to-head matchup in Wisconsin but by a much narrower margin. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Badger State finds Obama with 49% of the vote to Romney’s 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, while two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • May 09, 2012: The Official End of Christendom?

    05/11/2012 3:47:27 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 26 replies
    truthxchange.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Fox News journalist, Shep Smith, welcomed President Obama into the 21st century and declared those who still oppose same-sex marriage to be on the wrong side of history. May 9, 2012 was indeed an historic moment. Though President Obama bathed his decision in Christian principles: “…our faith…is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf but it’s also the golden rule…treat others the way you’d want to be treated...” For the first time ever, a sitting US president, considered the most powerful political leader in the world, has endorsed a marital arrangement that formally constitutes the pagan “worship of the...
  • Mitt Romney Finds A Problem-Solver

    05/11/2012 3:44:27 PM PDT · by Signalman · 6 replies
    Redstate ^ | 5/11/2012 | Repair_Man_Jack
    A lot of Social Conservatives looked askance at Mitt Romney’s relatively easy victory in this year’s GOP Primary race. I endorsed Rick Santorumin the GOP Primary myself. Then conceded to reality and decided to suck it up. Thus, I refrain from whinging over various primary season butt-hurts and support my party’s inevitable nominee. Then yesterday happened – now it’s time to commit even for the Mitt! At least that’s what some recent polling suggests is now happening in the GOP. What’s funny is that Mitt really didn’t have to do much to earn this burst of enthusiasm. He just had...
  • Shock Poll: Obama only Leading Mitt Romney by 4-Points in the Very Blue State of Oregon – 5/11/12

    05/11/2012 3:42:58 PM PDT · by Justaham · 43 replies
    A new Survey USA Poll shows President Barack Obama only leading Gov. Mitt Romney by four-points in the very blue state of Oregon. The new poll puts Obama ahead 47%-43% over Romney, in a state where Obama won in 2008 by 16%. In a Survey USA Poll done in Oregon in mid-March 2012, Obama held an 11-point lead, 50%-39%.
  • Regime Intimidates Romney Contributors

    05/11/2012 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Kimberly Strassel is in the Wall Street Journal today with an amazing piece: "Trolling for Dirt on the President's List." Listen to this: "Here's what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent. Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney. "Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, 'Keeping GOP Honest,'...
  • The Gay Old Party: Have Republicans Given Up Fighting Gay Rights?

    05/11/2012 3:33:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 09, 2012 | DANIEL ALLOTT
    The Gay Old Party By DANIEL ALLOTT on 5.9.12 Have Republicans Given Up Fighting Gay Rights? President Obama and his lieutenants aren't the only ones whose views on same-sex marriage are "evolving." Republicans -- including prominent conservative office-holders, pundits and activists -- are increasingly endorsing key parts of the gay-rights agenda. What do former Vice President Dick Cheney, Governor Chris Christie, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former Governor Sarah Palin, columnist Ann Coulter and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist have in common? They're all prominent conservatives, and they've all made overtures to the gay community. Cheney publicly endorsed gay marriage...
  • Internet safe spot planned at ".secure" domain

    05/11/2012 3:29:17 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 05/11/2012 | Glenn Chapman
    Internet security specialists have applied for a ".secure" domain that they plan to turn into an online safe zone where bad guys aren't allowed. San Francisco-based Artemis was awaiting word Friday from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on whether it was approved to host websites with ".secure" addresses. "We are creating a safe neighborhood where you know people follow the rules and you can rely on them to do things securely," Artemis chief technical officer Alex Stamos told AFP. "There is not going to be typo squatting or malware... We are going to make it really...
  • Remember the time we bombed Mexico with German rockets?

    05/11/2012 3:28:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | May 11, 2012 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Remember the time we bombed Mexico with German rockets? Germany spent the end of the 1930s and half the 1940s inventing and perfecting missiles. They made so many, they still had a ton of them left over after the end of World War II. So of course, the leftover weapons were confiscated by the United States. And here's one of the things we did with them. Anyone who knows the details about a V-2 rocket has to wonder how any nation managed to make so many of them. The V-2 ran on alcohol and liquid oxygen, only one of which...
  • At a Walmart near you?

    05/11/2012 3:27:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 59 replies
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  • Blunt questions DOL media policy

    05/11/2012 3:26:15 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 10, 2012 | Mark Tapscott
    "Does DOL believe that the new policy is consistent with the First Amendment? What precedents exist for forcing journalists to utilize government-owned systems and networks to report the news," Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, asked Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in a letter today.
  • Majority say Obama’s gay marriage stance won’t change their vote

    05/11/2012 3:21:54 PM PDT · by Justaham · 10 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 5/11/12 | Jonathan Easley
    A majority of voters say President Obama’s decision to come out in support of gay marriage will not sway their decision in the fall election. According to a Gallup poll released on Friday, 60 percent of adults nationally said Obama’s new position makes no difference, while 26 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for the president and 13 percent said it would make them more likely to. The numbers are similar when broken down by party affiliation — 65 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents said it made no difference, while nearly half of...
  • RUSH: Obama Voters LOSING JOBLESS BENEFITS Due to the Manipulation of Workforce Numbers

    05/11/2012 3:19:14 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 24 replies
    www.RushLimbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Obama Voters Losing Jobless Benefits Due to the Manipulation of Workforce Numbers May 11, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Michael in Momence, Illinois. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Thanks a lot, Rush, first-time caller. I'm calling because I was at the unemployment office just yesterday, and they have tables there where people fill out the paperwork that they have -- RUSH: Wait, wait, wait whoa, whoa, whoa, just a second. I need you to go slow here. CALLER: Okay. RUSH: Why were you at the unemployment office? It may seem like an obvious question, but...
  • Calif. seeking No Child Left Behind waiver

    05/11/2012 3:17:56 PM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5/10/2012 | FERMIN LEAL
    California will submit an application seeking a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind act, which has labeled thousands of schools as failing. But the application approved Thursday by the state Board of Education is missing key reforms outlined by President Barack Obama when he offered states relief from the much-maligned testing requirements. Instead, California's application is asking the federal government to allow the state only to use its existing Academic Performance Index, described as a more sensible gauge of academic improvement, to measure school success.
  • Unlicensed driver pleads guilty in fatal Santa Rosa crosswalk hit-and-run crash

    05/11/2012 3:14:59 PM PDT · by whinecountry · 8 replies
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | May 10, 2012 | Paul Payne
    A Santa Rosa man pleaded guilty Thursday to a crosswalk hit-and-run crash that killed a 4-year-old boy and rekindled the debate about unlicensed drivers. Marcos Lopez Garcia, 24, admitted guilt for the three charges against him in the Aug. 18 death of Christopher “Buddy” Rowe near Santa Rosa’s Jacobs Park. Garcia, whose trial was scheduled to begin today, now faces a maximum 5-1/2 years in prison at his June 29 sentencing. The boy’s mother, Michelle Rowe, who was walking Buddy and his two sisters across West Ninth Street at the time of the crash, wiped her eyes with a tissue...
  • WT&^%$ Has Happened to Home Appraisals?

    05/11/2012 3:12:16 PM PDT · by pabianice · 53 replies
    The Nav Log ^ | 5/11/12 | Keith
    Recently, I applied for a new, lower-rate mortgage. My credit rating is perfect and is quoted as 801 (average) by the three financial rating companies. I am a fiscal conservative and my record shows it. I have owned homes since 1977 and have never been late with a mortgage payment, let alone missed one. I have a guaranteed monthly income plus an investment portfolio. In March I applied for a new mortgage to drop my interest rate from 4.8 to 3.8. The contractor who had rebuilt my home to new standards in 2006 unofficially appraised my home for $385K as...
  • France’s New Socialist President Owns Three Homes On Exclusive French Riviera

    France’s new Socialist president owns three holiday homes in the glamorous Riviera resort of Cannes, it emerged today. The 57-year-old who ‘dislikes the rich’ and wants to revolutionise his country with high taxes and an onslaught against bankers is in fact hugely wealthy himself. His assets were published today in the Official Journal, the gazette which contains verified information about France’s government.
  • Carroll Shelby, legendary car builder and racing champion, dies at age 89

    05/11/2012 3:04:56 PM PDT · by shove_it · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11 May 2012 | Justin Hyde
    Carroll Shelby, an international automotive icon who rose from a bed-ridden childhood in Texas to build one of the most iconic sports cars ever and become a world-champion racer died Thursday at the age of 89 after a lengthy illness. His cars will live forever. A winner at Le Mans in 1959, a driver in everything from Formula 1 to the Bonneville Salt Flats, Shelby's lasting impact will be the cars he built, namely the Shelby Cobra 427 that beat Ferrari in Europe and his variations of the Ford Mustang that he was involved with from the 1960s through...
  • Social-conservative group backs Fred Upton's primary foe

    05/11/2012 3:04:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    The socially conservative Eagle Forum has endorsed against Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the latest worrisome sign for the House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman in his race against former Michigan state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk (R). "Now more than any other time in our history, we need solid conservatives, not just 'go along to get along' politicians in Congress," Eagle Forum head Phyllis Schlafly said in a statement. "We know Jack Hoogendyk is a conservative leader whom we can trust to stand strong on the life and marriage issues and to fight to reduce spending by the federal government." Hoogendyk held...
  • Religious Freedom, Limited Gov't, Political Liberty (How Catholic Church empowered Obama)

    05/11/2012 3:02:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Ricochet ^ | May 11, 2012 | Paul A. Rahe
    Do atheists and agnostics have a stake in religious liberty? At first glance, it is hard to see why. But I think otherwise, and I addressed this question (among others) in a public lecture entitled “Obamacare’s Assault on Religious Liberty,” now available on YouTube, that I delivered a month ago today at the Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship established not long ago by Hillsdale College in Washington, DC: "Obamacare's Assault on Religious Liberty" Here I propose to return to one of my lecture’s themes – the connection between religious freedom, limited government, and political liberty....
  • A‘mama grizzly’ upset is possible in Nebraska

    05/11/2012 2:59:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    The Fix ^ | May 11, 2012 | Aaron Blake
    But with just five days until the GOP primary, neither Stenberg nor Kerrey is looking like Bruning’s biggest obstacle. Instead, the until-now-dark-horse candidate in the race, state Sen. Deb Fischer, has asserted herself and — according to politicos in Nebraska — has a fighting chance to usurp Bruning on Tuesday. Fischer, 61, is an eight-year state senator and product of a ranching family whose father served in Gov. Kay Orr’s (R) Cabinet (more on her bio here). Through late April, she had raised less than $400,000 for her campaign, while Bruning and Stenberg have either spent millions (Bruning) or had...
  • Balfour Guilty In Hudson Family Murders

    05/11/2012 2:57:18 PM PDT · by Petruchio · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/11/2012
    William Balfour on Friday was found guilty of killing three members of singer Jennifer Hudson’s family in 2008. [snip] Balfour was found guilty of three counts of murder, as well as home invasion, residential burglary, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle. The murder of the Oscar-winning actress’s family members grabbed national attention nearly four years ago. [snip to end]
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 5-11-12

    05/11/2012 2:56:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 5-11-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Wisconsin Senate: Thompson (R) 50%, Baldwin (D) 38%

    05/11/2012 2:54:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 11, 2012
    Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Tommy Thompson (R) 50% Tammy Baldwin (D) 38% Some Other Candidate 5% Not sure 7% Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Mark Neumann (R) 44% Tammy Baldwin (D) 42% Some Other Candidate 4% Not sure 9% Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Jeff Fitzgerald (R) 41% Tammy Baldwin (D) 45% Some Other Candidate 4% Not sure 9%
  • MSNBC’s Tamron Hall has on-air tantrum at Examiner’s Tim Carney [VIDEO]

    05/11/2012 2:53:55 PM PDT · by Justaham · 36 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/11/12 | Jeff Poor
    The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney probably won’t be getting a call from any of MSNBC’s “NewsNation” bookers about an appearance any time soon. On MSNBC’s “NewsNation” on Friday, host Tamron Hall got into an on-air disagreement with Carney that led to her producers cutting him completely out of an interview segment. The two got off to a rocky start discussing MSNBC’s coverage of a Washington Post story about Mitt Romney’s high school years. But in a follow-up question to Carney, Carney protested the premise of Hall’s entire line of questioning. “[W]hat you’re doing here is a typical media trick,” Carney...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,May 11, 2012

    05/11/2012 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 117 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | May 11, 2012 | Mark Levin
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  • How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved in the State of Nature

    05/11/2012 2:50:00 PM PDT · by AnonymousConservative · 10 replies
    Anonymous Conservative Website ^ | 4/27/2012 | Anonymous Conservative
    This article is a modified version of the main page at http://www.anonymousconservative.com. On the site, we are also promoting a book, examining how our two political ideologies evolved, and all of the science supporting this mechanism. Here on FR, I wanted this post to provide the relevant information from the site, so that Freepers might look it over, and these concepts might begin to enter the realm of political science. I have deleted all the references to the book here, so as to not seem as if I am spamming. In truth, if you pull the free paper that is...
  • Plouffe’s “Philadelphia” Explanation of Loan Modifications and Their Benefit (Ignore Costs/Risks)

    05/11/2012 2:48:28 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/11/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama’s Senior Advisor, David Plouffe, sent out an email today explaining why loan modifications are “good” and not modifying loans is “bad.” I felt like Denzel Washington from “Philadelphia” saying “All right, Mr. Laird Plouffe, explain this to me like I’m a four-year-old, okay?” Well, here is Plouffe’s “Philadelphia” explanation to Americans. Prepare to be insulted. That presentation by President Obama’s housing adviser was … “Here you go, dimwits, let poppa tell you what to do.” And grossly misleading. How about talking to us like we are adults? Their motto should be “Cry Havoc! And let slip the dogs...
  • Islamic school in Toronto apologizes for anti-Jewish material in curriculum

    05/11/2012 2:34:34 PM PDT · by Milagros · 10 replies
    TORONTO An Islamic school in Toronto is apologizing for offensive material in its curriculum that called Jews “treacherous,” contrasted Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis” and told boys to exercise so they are “ready for jihad.” The apology came a day after police and the Toronto District School Board said they were investigating complaints about the material, which was posted on the East End Madrassah’s website. The school has since removed it. The material should never have been part of its curriculum and a team of scholars is reviewing all texts and materials, the school said in a release....
  • Daily Beast Readers Mock Notion of Obama Gay Marriage 'LBJ Moment'

    05/11/2012 2:24:10 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 11, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    One of the best things about the internet is the ability of readers to quickly and easily post their reactions to articles. In the strictly hard copy era before the web, authors who wrote completely absurd articles could be easily shielded from reader reaction. This is no longer the case as evidenced by this Daily Beast article by Lyndon B. Johnson biographer Robert Dallek: Obama’s LBJ Moment with His Gay Marriage Endorsement. Yes, a few days ago Richard Cohen of the Washington Post was yearning for President Obama to become more like LBJ. And now we have Dallek declaring that...
  • GOODBYE, AMERICA: Billionaire Facebook Cofounder Renounces Citizenship (Your taxes are not for me)

    05/11/2012 2:24:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2012 | Nicholas Carlson
    Billionaire Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin is renouncing his citizenship ahead of the company's IPO at the end of next week. Saverin is the cofounder who got booted from the company WAY back in 2005. They made a movie about it. His 4 percent stake is worth about $4 billion and he's going to save a boatload on taxes with the move. Singapore, where Saverin lives, does not have a capital gains tax. He will have to pay an exit tax on his holdings, but it will be at Facebook's valuation now, not after the IPO. “Eduardo recently found it more...
  • JPMorgan Is Tanking After Announcement Of Shock Losses Due To 'Egregious Mistakes'

    05/11/2012 2:23:06 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 10, 2012, 4:52 PM | Joe Weisenthal
    Shares of JPMorgan are off over 6% after hours. The reason? The company has shocked the world by announcing a surprise $2 billion+ trading loss in its synthetic derivatives portfolio. In particular, this paragraph from the company's 10-Q filing is what's causing people to get nervous: Since March 31, 2012, CIO has had significant mark-to-market losses in its synthetic credit portfolio, and this portfolio has proven to be riskier, more volatile and less effective as an economic hedge than the Firm previously believed. The losses in CIO's synthetic credit portfolio have been partially offset by realized gains from sales, predominantly...
  • GALLUP/USA TODAY POLL: Obama's Gay Marriage Endorsement Is Turning More Voters Away

    05/11/2012 2:20:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Here's the first poll, from Gallup/USA Today, measuring the effect of Barack Obama's gay marriage endorsement on voters.  Gallup It has to be a little troubling that a quarter of Independents say they are less likely to vote for him now. It's also rather strange, considering this Gallup poll from this week that found that 57 percent of Independents think gay marriage should be legal. Also, the endorsement does not appear, at least yet, to have had an overly energizing effect on Obama's Democratic base, with only 24 percent more likely to vote for him. Republicans showed a more passionate...
  • Obama’s "Responsible" Reno Homeowners - Are They?

    05/11/2012 2:19:19 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11 May 2012 | Diana Olick
    President Barack Obama visited Val and Paul Keller on Friday. They owe $168,000 on their mortgage. Their home is currently valued at $100,000. Obama forgot to mention something. At the peak of the market in 2007, the Keller's did a $250,000 cash-out refinance! Now they want Obama's help.
  • The President, Gay unions, and the problem of selective Christianity

    05/11/2012 2:04:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 11, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The President’s disclosure that he now accepts so-called “Gay marriage” has received a good bit of political analysis. I am no political prognosticator and this is not a political blog. But when the President invokes Christ and the “golden rule,” to justify his decision, now I think we have something to discuss on a blog like this.We have discussed at great length the problem with homosexual “marriage” before HERE, HERE HERE, and HERE) there is no reason restate it all again. Just click through to read those sorts of articles. Further I make reference in this post to Scripture’s consistent...
  • Above the Ocean in Malibu, a Rare Orchard of Loquats

    05/11/2012 1:53:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 11, 2012 | David Karp
    High on a steep, terraced mountainside in Malibu, with a spectacular view of the Pacific, perches the largest and probably the only commercial planting of loquats in the United States. A pome fruit related to apples and pears, the loquat is one of the great pleasures of spring in Southern California. It has firm but juicy flesh with the texture of cantaloupe and a sweet-tart flavor evoking cherry. The irony is that it is so well-adapted and common as a backyard tree that there's little local demand for the fruit. "They grow almost like weeds here, so people won't spend...
  • Carroll Shelby: 1923-2012

    05/11/2012 1:46:49 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 80 replies
    Auto legend Carroll Shelby died Thursday night at Baylor Hospital in Dallas at the age of 89. Carroll Shelby's shadow stretched out Texas tall across nearly the whole of the world's automotive landscape. A natural as a race driver, he won three U.S. sports-car championships in Ferraris and Maseratis, and for Aston Martin he won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with British co-driver Roy Salvadori. Turning automaker in the 1960s, he fathered the Cobra, an Anglo-American hot rod of crude conception but stunning effectiveness that swept the tracks of North America and wrested a world manufacturer's title from...
  • Mitt Romney's prep school is the one Eminem mocked in '8 Mile'

    05/11/2012 1:46:21 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    MSN ^ | May 11, 2012 | Tim Molloy
    The Washington Post has a very readable look at the prep school Mitt Romney attended when his father was governor of Michigan, and the name of it may have sounded familiar to astute rap nerds. In the climactic, final freestyle in Eminem's 2002 "8 Mile," his character, B-Rabbit, battles the leader of a rival rap crew called Leader of the Free World, Papa Doc, played by Anthony Mackie. B-Rabbit has a black eye from the whole crew jumping him. He's lost his girl. And Papa Doc is the most feared freestyler in the land. But B-Rabbit has done his opposition...
  • Poll: 40 percent say Obama's gay marriage stance will affect vote (This ain't good news for Bam)

    05/11/2012 1:42:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 11, 2012 | Donovan Slack
    Gallup is out with a new poll suggesting a whopping 40 percent of Americans say President Obama's newly public support of gay marriage will affect their votes. Of those, 26 percent say it will make them less likely to vote for Obama, while 13 percent say it will make them more likely to vote for him. The critical number in the poll, though is for independents - 23 percent of whom said the gay marriage support makes it less likely they will vote for Obama. The survey is the first since the president publicly endorsed gay marriage on Wednesday with...
  • First abused then castrated- article and video about Dutch Catholic scandal

    05/11/2012 1:40:26 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 74 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 11 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Hardly anyone knew Henk Heithuis when he was killed in a car accident on 28 October 1958 when only 23 years old. Today, fifty years after his untimely death, the sad fate of the Dutchman is extensively covered in the international press – from the "Spiegel" to the FAZ to the "Telegraph". The media interest has a reason: The name of the young man at the centre of a scandal brings shame on the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands and also reaction in politics. This is because Heithuis, who spent nearly his entire life in Catholic homes and boarding...