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  • Bill Seeks To Reopen 9/11 Scholarships Funded By Calif.’s Specialty License Plates

    04/25/2013 5:36:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ap ^ | April 25, 2013 5:15 PM
    Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, introduced SB384 to reinstate the 9-11 Memorial Scholarship Program, after an investigation by The Associated Press and a subsequent review by the state auditor found it was poorly administered. The state collected more than $15 million from selling specialty memorial license plates, but only a sliver of it went to the scholarships. As the AP found, the auditor said the state did not meet its statutory deadline to notify the family members of Sept. 11 victims by the July 2003 deadline prescribed in the law. The state did so only in April 2005, just three months...
  • 'Climate of Fear'? Obama's ATF pick facing probe over retaliation claim

    04/25/2013 5:34:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    fox ^ | 4/25/13 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – An independent government watchdog agency is investigating allegations that President Obama's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives retaliated against employees for whistle-blowing, has learned. The allegations against B. Todd Jones, a Minnesota federal prosecutor who also is serving as acting director of the ATF while his nomination is pending, include claims that he mismanaged the prosecutor's office and presided over a "climate of fear." Specifically, he was accused of retaliating against whistle-blowing with "a suspension and a lowered performance appraisal." In a letter dated July 20, 2012 to the Office of Special...
  • Semi carrying gun powder overturns on I-65 near Lafayette

    04/25/2013 5:34:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 25 April, 2013 | NA
    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A semi truck carrying 80 pounds of gun powder overturned Thursday morning closing one lane of Interstate 65 near Lafayette. It happened around 3:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-65 near mile 171 (between the Ind. 38 and Ind. 26 exits). Investigators says the driver swerved to avoid a deer, then overcorrected in the interstate median and finally ended up in a ditch.
  • Malkin: A National Security History Lesson for Marco Rubio

    04/25/2013 5:34:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    Creatos Syndicate ^ | April 26, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio seems well meaning enough. As second-generation conservative Americans, I know we both share a common passion for this great land of opportunity. But when it comes to comprehending the real agenda of the open-borders zealots he's allied himself with, Rubio doesn't have a clue. And his abject ignorance threatens all of us who cherish American sovereignty and exceptionalism. On Fox News' "The Sean Hannity Show" Tuesday night, Rubio defended his Gang of Eight "immigration reform" bill and insisted that we could and should have a system in place that vets foreign tourists and short-term visa...
  • Israel to make wings for F-35 warplanes

    04/25/2013 5:31:55 PM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wed, Apr 24, 2013 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel Aerospace Industries says it has signed a long-term contract with U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin to produce wings for the F-35 next-generation fighter jet. The state-owned company said Tuesday the contract is for 10 to 15 years and could generate up to $2.5 billion in sales. It says the wings will be made at an Israeli facility that already produces wings for Lockheed's F-16 warplane. The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, with an estimated cost of nearly $400 billion. The program aims to replace a wide range of existing aircraft for the U.S....
  • Flexible No Longer House leader calls on Kerry to disclose missile defense offer to Russians

    04/25/2013 5:31:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/25/13 | Bill Gertz
    A senior House Republican this week called on Secretary of State John Kerry to make public a U.S. offer of cooperation with Russia on missile defenses made recently in Moscow. Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.), chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, stated in a letter sent Tuesday to Kerry that he is concerned about the offer disclosed in statements this week by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “Unfortunately, for the second time in as many weeks, Secretary Kerry has alluded to making deals with foreign countries regarding our missile defense,” Rogers said in a statement. “I suggest...
  • Fox News Special: “See No Evil – The Kermit Gosnell Murders” Airs May 5

    04/25/2013 5:27:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Fox News will air a one-hour special on abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell and his murder charges Sunday May 5 at 9 p.m. ET. The cable news channel has now unveiled the name of the program, which will be called “See No Evil – The Kermit Gosnell Murders.” Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, announced the special to LifeNews in an email this morning and encouraged pro-life advocates to tune in and to let others know about it. “Please spread the word starting now,” he said. “Let’s do all we can to spread the word about this so...
  • Pro-Life Congresswoman Exposes Gosnell on O’Reilly Factor

    04/25/2013 5:25:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A top pro-life congresswoman exposed late-term abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who is on trial for murder, on the O’Reilly Factor program last night. Due to a lack of national broadcast news coverage on these issues, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) organized a letter with 71 of her House colleagues last week to ABC, NBC, and CBS. The letters demand these networks stop blacking out coverage on high-profile abortion controversies. The letter noted instances where the media has covered up the story of Planned Parenthood lobbying in support of infanticide in the Florida State Legislature and in the ongoing murder trial of...
  • Dropped Gosnell Murder Charge Covered 25-27 Week Baby Whose Leg “Jerked”

    04/25/2013 5:22:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The judge in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial today reinstated one murder charge for killing a newborn infant but another murder charge — for Baby F – -was dropped. According to the grand jury report and testimony in the trial of the abortion practitioner,“Baby F” jerked her leg before her spinal cord was severed by Gosnell. In the grand jury report, Gosnell abortion clinic worker Steven Massoff, an unlicensed medical school graduate, testified that he assisted Gosnell with the abortion of Baby F when he saw the baby’s leg “jerk and move.” The report estimates the age of Baby F...
  • Airbrush Much? Maddow Scrubs Obama Pal Ayers from Her History of '60s Era Bombings

    04/25/2013 5:21:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 25, 2013 | Jack Coleman
    These Rocky Mountain right wingers, Rachel Maddow complained last night, there they go again, trying to thwart voting rights. Seems that a conservative group in Colorado mailed out a flier in response to a Democrat state lawmaker filing a bill that would make it easier to vote. (Video clip after page break)Maddow airbrushes away Obama pal Bill Ayers from her history of '60s era bombingsThe flier included a photo of people lined up to vote -- and two people of color had been photoshopped out of the line. The company hired by the group to prepare the flier said something...
  • Kermit Gosnell Doesn’t Testify, Defense Rests With No Witnesses

    04/25/2013 5:17:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell will not testify in his murder trial and his defense attorney decided to not call a single witness on his behalf to defend him from the murder and other charges he faces. Reporter Joseph Slobodzian, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who has doggedly reported from the Gosnell murder trial since day one, says the defense case on Gosnell’s behalf has concluded today — after five weeks of prosecutors calling on former Gosnell staffers to make jaw-dropping testimony about the horrors they were involved in and witnessed at Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic. Today, Gosnell’s co-defendant, Eileen...
  • Congress Quietly Repeals Their Ban On Insider Trading

    04/25/2013 5:14:17 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 31 replies
    Say Anything Blog ^ | April 17, 2013 | Robb Port
    he Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, or STOCK Act, was a law passed last year designed to prevent insider trading among lawmakers and government officials by requiring them to post disclosures of their financial transactions online. I use the past tense, because the current Congress has very quietly killed it: Both parties and both houses of Congress hated the disclosure portion of the law so much that it was repealed last Friday (4/12/13) without debate—the measure was sent to the President by unanimous consent. The ordeal took about 10 seconds in the Senate and 14 seconds in the House,...
  • ...DNA tests on six-inch skeleton of 'alien-looking' creature...prove it was...human...

    04/25/2013 5:13:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | 19:13 EST, 24 April 2013 | David Mccormack
    Dr Steven Greer, who led the project and documentary, has hit back at critics who claim the body is a hoax. 'The CAT scan clearly shows internal chest organs -lungs and what appears to be the remains of a heart structure,' he said. 'There is absolutely no doubt that the specimen is an actual organism and that it is not a hoax of any kind. 'This fact has been confirmed by Dr. Nolan and Dr. Lachman at Stanford.'
  • Jury Will Consider Hundreds of Counts Against Abortionist Gosnell

    04/25/2013 5:11:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    life news ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    In a surprise move, the defense in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial has rested without calling a single witness. The news comes on the heals of a clarification by Judge Jeffery P. Minehart about a mix-up in the dismissal of one of the murder charges yesterday. Closing arguments are set for Monday. Yesterday’s dismissal of nine criminal charges against accused murderer Kermit Gosnell stunned many who have followed this macabre case involving babies born alive during illegal late-term abortions then intentionally killed amid squalid conditions at Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic. Today, Judge Jeffery P. Minehart clarified that he...
  • You Only Need One Guess On Who Is Both The Best Known And Most Disliked Member Of Congress

    04/25/2013 5:06:23 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 24 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | The Looking Spoon
    Somewhere over the rainbow....This, according to Gallup.
  • Food stamps: A case study on the need for competitive federalism

    04/25/2013 5:05:07 PM PDT · by upchuck · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 25, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    ...The usual refrain among Republicans is that Congress should always be looking to “return power to the states.” But as George Mason University law professor Michael Greve explains in his book, The Upside-Down Constitution, the manner in which the federal government empowers states matters. Through “competitive federalism,” states are free to tax and regulate their own citizens as they see fit, and citizens and businesses can then move between the states. This is Greve’s Constitutional ideal. But under “cartel federalism,” which is what most of our federalist system has degenerated into, the federal government taxes everyone and then gives grants...
  • The Chuck Schumer, Marco Rubio Split on Immigration Reform

    04/25/2013 5:04:46 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 13 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | April 25, 2013 | Lauren Fox
    Schumer wants one big bill, Rubio could support a step-by-step approach. The landmark Affordable Care Act at 974 pages is still a powerful reminder of how sweeping legislation coming out of Washington can get messy fast. The analogy is so compelling that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell still wheels all the regulations the bill has created on stage for speeches. Stacked page by page, the display towers above McConnell at 7-feet-3-inches. It's the continuous reminder, aides say, that sometimes Washington passes well-intentioned legislation that snowballs into an implementation nightmare. So as Congress debates the many facets of immigration reform from administering...
  • Israeli army to halt use of white phosphorus

    04/25/2013 4:59:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2013 5:08 PM EDT
    Israel’s army said Thursday that it would soon halt its use of white phosphorus shells after years of international criticism for using the incendiary munitions in crowded Palestinian areas. … White phosphorus can be used legally in some battlefield situations, but Israel’s use of it in Gaza drew war crimes allegations by the U.N. …
  • Pope Francis To Investigate Roman Curia On TV Show “Undercover Boss”

    04/25/2013 4:56:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | 4/25/2013
    ROME–Executives from CBS confirmed Wednesday that Chief Executive Officer of The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church Pope Francis would be appearing in this season’s finale of the hit television show Undercover Boss. The finale, slated to appear in late May, will feature the Pontiff taking on an alias and fictional backstory as he navigates his way through different parts of the Vatican in an attempt to investigate the inner workings of the Curia. Series Creator and Producer Stephen Lambert told Eye of the Tiber that it was one of the most difficult episodes he’s ever worked on. “Usually it’s the CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS or something, so it’s typically a lot easier...
  • "Penmanship" is now 'handwriting' as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes

    04/25/2013 4:54:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/23/2013 | Laura L. Myers
    Washington state's governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as "fisherman" and "freshman" with "fisher" and "first-year student." Lawmakers have passed a series of bills since 2007 to root out gender bias from Washington statutes, though a 1983 state mandate required that all laws be written in gender-neutral terms unless a specification of gender was intended. "This was a much larger effort than I had envisioned. Mankind means man and woman," said Democratic state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle. The new gender-neutral references, for...