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  • The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit

    02/25/2013 2:23:11 PM PST · by mgist · 8 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 2/23/13 | Patricia Mazzei
    The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit By Patricia Mazzei pmazzei@MiamiHerald.com TIM CHAPMAN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF About 2,000 rejected absentee ballots at Miami-Dade Elections Department, mostly for lack of signatures or review of signatures from the last election. The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25. Within 2 weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They...
  • Wind causing numerous power outages around Central Texas

    02/25/2013 2:22:12 PM PST · by bgill · 53 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 | Julie Chang
    About 10,000 Austin Energy customers are without power Monday afternoon because of high winds, utility spokesman Ed Clark said.... About 1,700 customers are without power Monday afternoon in Pflugerville... Wind has knocked out power for about 1300 customers across Bastrop, Lee and Caldwell counties... San Marcos The citys Electric Utility and Transportation Departments are responding to numerous calls about power outages and six reports of downed trees
  • Oregon gun control bill attracts national publicity; sponsor says it appears dead on arrival

    02/25/2013 2:17:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 25, 2013 | Jeff Mapes
    A bill promoted by Ceasefire Oregon to ban many semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity gun magazines generated a national outcry over the weekend from angry pro-gun activists. Even Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, the c hief sponsor of House Bill 3200, said the bill as introduced goes too far in not only banning the sale of these weapons but in limiting each gun owner to continue possessing just one of these firearms. Greenlick said he also disagrees with a provision that would allow the state police to investigate gun owners who possess one of these weapons to make sure they are safely...
  • Tom Coburn: No deal on background checks if Democrats demand record-keeping of gun sales

    02/25/2013 2:11:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Heres the first hard evidence weve seen that the big meeting of the minds on guns that the medias been touting might be overhyped. Plain and simple, says Coburn, if Democrats demand that records of private gun sales be kept, the compromise is dead. But wait. Kept by who? By the seller, or by the federal government? A Senate aide familiar with the process said Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace erred in the question he posed to Coburn. The aides said there is no discussion of allowing the federal government to keep any records of background checks or sales,...
  • Stocks slump on sequestration, Italy fears

    02/25/2013 2:09:23 PM PST · by John W · 12 replies
    money.msn.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Charley Blaine
    The Dow falls 216 points in its worst day since November, as investors worry that spending cuts will harm the economy. The Italian election, meanwhile, unsettles those who thought Europeans were getting their act together. When Monday began, a lot of investors and traders could be excused for thinking the stock market was holding up quite well -- considering the worries about cuts in federal spending and a resumption of worries about political and economic instability in Italy. But the stock market slid during the day, and then just plain tanked. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 216 points...
  • Gun Control Activist Who Was Shot at VaTech: College Campuses Actually One of the Safest Places

    02/25/2013 2:07:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/25/13 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) - Colin Goddard, who was shot several times in the Virginia Tech shooting massacre and now works as assistant director of federal legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Friday that college campuses are one of the safest places you can be in this country. College campuses are actually one of the safest places you can be in this country. People aged between 18 and 24 who live on college campuses are one of the constituencies that are least likely to ever get hit by bullet, and if you live anywhere else but a campus, that...
  • Young, new Philippine cardinal has extensive international ties

    02/25/2013 2:06:17 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    cns ^ | February 25, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, left, greets his new colleagues after being made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican last fall. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At 55, Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, Philippines, is one of the youngest and newest members of the College of Cardinals, but he is also one of the cardinals most frequently mentioned as a possible pope. His youthful energy, his pastoral experience, his theological training and his communications skills impressed cardinals and bishops from around the world...
  • More gun companies not selling to Police in anti-2nd Amendment states............

    02/25/2013 2:05:13 PM PST · by jda · 11 replies
    Patriot Action ^ | 25 February 2013 | Michael CHILDS
    Some gun manufacturers say they will no longer sell their firearms to New York law enforcement agencies after the state passed a broad assault-weapons ban last month. At least five companies have said they wont sell to New York police since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in January. The bill, known as the NY SAFE Act, included a ban on any semi-automatic rifles or shotguns with military-style features, such as a pistol grip or a folding stock.
  • An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task

    02/25/2013 2:03:30 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | Tim Carney
    John Paul smiles at his brother Joey. (Photo: Katie G. Carney) Timothy P. Carney Senior political columnist The Washington Examiner Nothing can prepare you for seeing your one-year-old nephew in a casket. Nothing can take away his parents' agony. And nobody could have expected how much good work this helpless baby would do in 14 months. John Paul Kilner was born with an advanced case of spinal muscular atrophy. Nearly paralyzed at birth, his body deteriorated further as he grew. My sister-in-law Elena and her husband Pat brought JP home as soon as possible, and began the 24-hour a...
  • Soak the Youth: Ageism in America

    02/25/2013 2:02:14 PM PST · by FreeMerica · 25 replies
    Rancor News ^ | February 25th, 2013 | Tyson
    The Simpon's Helen Lovejoy iconized the phrase, Won't somebody think of the children?, but in an age where every ism has a special interest group and being called any sort of ist is the ultimate character assault our youth receive very little consideration on the big issues of the day. Social Security, often presented as an investment in your future, is merely a wealth transfer from the young to old. Many youth today see the demographic writing on the wall and understand that, like all ponzi schemes, Social Security can't outrun arithmetic forever. Youth are forced to subsidize the lifestyles...
  • URL Related to Obama's "Organizing for Action" Now Goes to NRA Website

    02/25/2013 1:59:54 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://techpresident.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Sarah Lai Stirland
    A Web domain using the name of President Obama's grassroots lobbying group Organizing for Action now points to the National Rifle Association's web site. Derek Bovard, a computer technician in Castle Rock, Colo., registered the domain name organizingforaction.net after seeing a report about the formation of the lobbying group on Fox News last Friday. Bovard, a Republican who voted for Mitt Romney in the last election cycle, says that he bought the domain for $10 and would be willing to part with it for $10,000. He considering donating the name to the Ronald Reagan Library, but overnight decided to point...
  • Dramatic collision in Southern Ocean leaves anti-whaling boat damaged [w/video]

    02/25/2013 1:58:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Grind TV ^ | February 25, 2013 | Pete Thomas
    A controversial group opposing Japanese whaling in the Antarctic region on Monday released video showing one of its ships, the Bob Barker, being sandwiched tightly between two larger vessels: a Japanese whaling ship and a Korean refueling tanker. It also shows what's said to be a flash-bang grenade explosion near the stern of the refueling ship, Sun Laurel. The dramatic incident surely ranks as among the most tense in the years-long history of clashes between the whalers and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
  • The differences between Judaism and Zionism.

    02/25/2013 1:57:31 PM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 61 replies
    JEWS NOT ZIONISTS ^ | G. Neuburger
    Judaism is Torah based and GOD honoring. Zionism is politically based and GODless. http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/differencejudzion.html The role of Zionism in the Holocaust. http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/holocaust-zionism.htm
  • Cardinal Keith OBrien resigns, will not go to conclave

    02/25/2013 1:56:20 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | February 25, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Cardinal Keith O'Brien. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb 25, 2013 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the conclave. "Approaching the age of seventy-five and at times in indifferent health, I tendered my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh to Pope Benedict XVI some months ago.  I was happy to know that he accepted my resignation ‘nunc pro tunc’ – (now – but to take effect later) on 13 November 2012,” Cardinal O’Brien said in a Feb. 25 statement. The...
  • Sequester Will Be Nothing Compared to the Next Budget Crisis at the End of March

    02/25/2013 1:54:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The sequester, ladies and gentlemen. Have you stocked up your food? Have you bought all your water? Have you got all the batteries that you're gonna need? Have you made plans to do without for months and months and months? I'm telling you it's going to be brutal out there. I heard a media person today saying the reason why... Get this, now. The reason why they think this time the sequester's gonna happen -- the reason why there will not be a last-minute solution like there always is -- is because there are no talks. "Nobody...
  • White House says $500K won't guarantee Obama meeting

    02/25/2013 1:47:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    White House says $500K won't guarantee Obama meeting Posted by CNN Political Unit (CNN) - After reports that top donors to the political group formed by President Barack Obama's campaign team would be granted quarterly access to the president, the White House stressed Monday the new organization would remain independent from administration activities. But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't deny that donors to the group, called Organizing for Action, could attend meetings with Obama or members of his staff. "Administration officials can meet with them, including the president, but the fact of the matter is this is an...
  • Why I'm quitting Facebook

    02/25/2013 1:45:29 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/25/2013 | Douglas Rushkoff, CNN
    Editor's note: Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff writes a regular column for CNN.com. He is a media theorist and the author of the upcoming book "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now." (CNN) -- I used to be able to justify using Facebook as a cost of doing business. As a writer and sometime activist who needs to promote my books and articles and occasionally rally people to one cause or another, I found Facebook fast and convenient. Though I never really used it to socialize, I figured it was OK to let other people do that, and I benefited from their...
  • Benedict XVIs new Motu Proprio about the Conclave (date regulations officially changed)

    02/25/2013 1:44:20 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 24, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Holy Father – Pope Benedict XVI now gloriously reigning – released a Motu Proprio (in Latin) by which he empowers the Cardinal Electors to move forward the day of the beginning of the conclave.The canonist Ed Peters has looked at the Motu Proprio Normas nunnullas. My emphases: In the wake of Benedict XVI’s startling resignation, a problem arose: the 17-day delay between the announcement and effective date of the resignation, followed by a minimum 15-day delay before the conclave could legally begin (per UDG 37), meant that the Church was to be, de facto, leaderless for over a month,...
  • John Kerry Invents a Country

    02/25/2013 1:43:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: John Kerry, as you know, is the new secretary of state. His first gaffe has been recorded. Last Wednesday in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the University of Virginia, Kerry delivered his first major foreign policy address, and he invented a country that does not exist... KERRY: They fight corruption in Nigeria! They support the rule of law in Burma! They support democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan (sic) and Georgia. RUSH: There is no Kyrzakhstan. There is no Kyrzakhstan. He was thinking of Kyrgyzstan. Can you imagine if George W. Bush had done this? Here it's Monday and we're just...
  • Check Out Today's Incredible Spike In FEAR

    02/25/2013 1:42:42 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Check Out Today's Incredible Spike In FEAR Joe WeisenthalFebruary 25, 2013If you wanted to digest it all in one chart, it might be this one: A chart of the VIX -- aka "The Fear Index" -- which measures how much people are trying to buy protection against a big downside drop using options. It went ballistic today. This is raw fear, as people buy protection against a big drop.Via Stockcharts.com