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  • Zero Tolerance for Deaf Child’s Name

    02/04/2013 1:13:25 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    The Education Reporter ^ | December 2012 | The Education Reporter
    Parents of a deaf child named Hunter were told by his Nebraska public preschool that they must change his name because he was in violation of the school district’s weapons policy. To sign his name, the three-year-old crosses his index and middle fingers then wags his hands. This sign apparently appeared to school officials to represent a gun. Grand Island Public Schools’ policy section 8470 — Weapons in Schools states: “Students are forbidden to knowingly and voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use any instrument in school, on school grounds or at school functions that is a firearm, weapon, or looks...
  • Ron Paul Can Win

    09/22/2011 5:39:45 AM PDT · by Vintage Freeper · 57 replies
    The Daily Capitalist ^ | 9/17/2011 | Robin Koerner
    Ron Paul Can Win By Robin Koerner, on September 17th, 2011 It’s hard to tell if the idea that Ron Paul cannot win in 2012 is more ignorant, in its complete lack of historical sophistication, or more arrogant, in its claim to certainty amid all the complexity of 300 million lives and the myriad issues that affect them.Sometimes, perhaps once in a few generations, a nation can undergo what a mathematician or physicist would call a “phase change.” The classic example of such a thing is a pile of sand. Every grain you add makes the pile slightly steeper and...
  • 'Avatar' director James Cameron called on to help with Gulf oil leak

    06/01/2010 1:57:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 147 replies · 2,641+ views
    nypost.com ^ | June 1, 2010 | POST WIRE SERVICES
    WASHINGTON — Film director James Cameron may have another blockbuster on his hands. Federal officials are hoping Cameron can help them come up with ideas on how to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said today. The “Avatar” and “Titanic” director was among a group of scientists and other experts who met Tuesday with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for a brainstorming session on stopping the massive oil leak. The Canadian-born Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. “Avatar” and “Titanic” are the two highest-grossing...
  • Why Obama Is Not a Socialist (!)

    09/13/2009 10:55:48 AM PDT · by libh8er · 10 replies · 1,179+ views
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  • Anti-Birthers are Beginning to Worry

    08/02/2009 12:30:13 PM PDT · by pissant · 96 replies · 3,126+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8/2/09 | George Joyce and Larrey Anderson
    Fear and trembling are brewing among the anti-birther brigade. For evidence look no further than a sad and confused polemic in the LA Times against conservative truth-seekers by leftist comedian Bill Maher. In setting out to attack legitimate public concern over such issues as Barack Obama’s birth certificate and Senator John Kerry’s earlier claims about his Vietnam War experience, Maher only deepens the growing American suspicion about the left’s commitment to the truth. Even worse, Maher’s pathetic tirade against conservatives never rises above an eighth-grade schoolyard tantrum, which should raise further concerns about the effects of drinking kool-aid on a...
  • Investors Can't Handle The Truth, So 'Lie To Me' Becomes Mantra

    03/23/2009 7:57:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 750+ views
    Fox Business ^ | March 23, 2009 | Paul B. Farrell
    Maybe "you can't handle the truth!" Remember that line from Marine Col. Nathan Jessup in "A Few Good Men," as delivered by Jack Nicholson? I'm a Marine veteran, served under men like him. Today "you can't handle the truth" is more than a line in a movie. It's a warning that something toxic is spreading across America. You feel it everywhere. We're getting "soft," losing our soul: No, "you can't handle the truth." Investors would prefer drifting along in a perpetual bull market fantasyland. Even when things go south, as they are now, we try desperately to deny reality, dreaming...
  • Did NBC Risk Employees Lives in a Green Agenda Stunt?

    11/24/2008 7:24:27 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 45 replies · 2,597+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2008 | Marc Sheppard
    NBC's Ann Curry aborted her quest to find proof of global warming at the peak of Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro. But at about a half mile shy of her goal, she did find proof that sub-zero degree temperatures and thin, low oxygen concentration air might do a 52 year old woman and her crew serious harm, particularly when altitude safety rules take the back seat to ideology. For those of you who may not know, as part of last week's silly "Ends of the Earth" series, itself part of their even sillier "Green is Universal" week, the network dispatched four Today...
  • CBS Columnist: 'Sarah Palin Phenomenon Is Doomed'

    09/15/2008 4:25:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies · 230+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | September 15, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    The CBS MarketWatch columnist, Jon Friedman, has posted a column that appears to have been composed in an alternate universe in an entirely different space/time continuum than ours. It is a universe in which the media somehow built up Sarah Palin and in which the public will also become bored with her. Does this sound like our own universe? Of course not. In our universe, the real one, the media has been tearing down Sarah Palin from day one.
  • Blizzard of Lies [PMS: Palin Maddness Syndrom]

    09/12/2008 7:58:32 AM PDT · by mathprof · 23 replies · 159+ views
    nyt ^ | 9/12/08 | PAUL KRUGMAN
    Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did you hear about how Ms. Palin told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” when it wanted to buy Alaska a Bridge to Nowhere? These stories have two things in common: they’re all claims recently made by the McCain campaign — and they’re all out-and-out lies. Dishonesty is nothing new in politics. I spent much of 2000 — my first year at The Times — trying to alert readers to the blatant dishonesty of the Bush campaign’s claims about taxes, spending...
  • 6 things the Palin pick says about McCain (Kool Aid Time!)

    08/30/2008 8:25:34 AM PDT · by Pharmer · 55 replies · 156+ views
    Politico ^ | 8/30/08 | By JIM VANDEHEI & JOHN F. HARRIS
    1. He’s desperate. Let’s stop pretending this race is as close as national polling suggests. The truth is McCain is essentially tied or trailing in every swing state that matters — and too close for comfort in several states like Indiana and Montana the GOP usually wins pretty easily in presidential races. On top of that, voters seem very inclined to elect Democrats in general this election — and very sick of the Bush years.
  • McCain's Palin pick is the epitome of tokenism

    08/29/2008 7:39:05 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 127 replies · 443+ views
    Salon ^ | 8/30/08 | Joe Conason
    It is hard to think of a more cynical and contemptuous political act this year than John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate. Having served as governor of Alaska for less than two years -- and as mayor of a small town before that -- her qualifications for national office are minimal. Palin is the epitome of tokenism, exactly what conservative Republicans have always claimed to scorn, until today, as the politics of quotas and political correctness. Even Rush Limbaugh is a feminazi now (at least until Election Day). But if Palin's résumé is limited, to...
  • Two-Front Republicans

    08/29/2008 11:03:19 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 52 replies · 261+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 30, 2008 | MATTHEW CONTINETTI
    Denver - THE country is at war. The economy is in shambles. The Republican Party is weaker than it has been in decades. So whom does John McCain choose as his vice presidential nominee? A former beauty queen turned governor from Alaska. Think the 47-year-old Barack Obama is too inexperienced to be president? Mr. McCain says the 44-year-old Sarah Palin, who has two years fewer of experience as governor than Mr. Obama has as a senator from Illinois, is up to the job. Concerned that Americans do not know enough about Mr. Obama, who spent part of his childhood overseas...
  • Hoyer: Some in GOP Engage in Stunts, After House GOP Blocks Real Efforts to Combat High Gas Prices

    08/05/2008 4:43:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies · 94+ views
    House Majority Leader Hoyer Steny Hoyer ^ | August 04, 2008 | House Majority Leader Hoyer Steny Hoyer
    WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Hoyer Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today:   “A smattering of House Republicans are engaging in stunts on the House floor in a transparent political effort to manufacture headlines.  Meanwhile, most of their Republican colleagues returned home burdened with trying to explain why they blocked efforts to combat high gas prices.  Republicans voted against expanding drilling in Alaska, against promoting renewable energy, against establishing the first new vehicle efficiency standards in 32 years, against repealing taxpayer subsidies for major oil companies that are making record profits, against cracking down on price gouging, and against...
  • Pelosi has found her power, in a U.S. House undivided

    08/03/2008 6:33:28 AM PDT · by Califreak · 55 replies · 115+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | August 3, 2008 | Albert R. Hunt
    Other than John McCain and Barack Obama, no U.S. politician is riding higher than Nancy Pelosi. The speaker leads the most unified party in the recent history of the House of Representatives. She might add at least a dozen, and probably more, members to her 37-seat margin this November. She played an important, if subtle, role in facilitating Obama's nomination. Pelosi is the toast of television talk shows as she peddles her new book, "Know Your Power." She even held her own on Jon Stewart's satirical comedy program, "The Daily Show." Just last week, the Republican candidate, McCain, pointedly praised...
  • GOTCHA! (You won't believe it!)

    05/28/2008 9:32:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 244+ views
    The Scoop ^ | May 27, 2008 | Ernest Partridge
    A Democrat campaigning for the White House must feel like a soldier advancing through a mine field. At any moment, he or she is one step away from being blown out of the contest. And the poor wretch is surrounded by a ravenous mob of media hounds, each of whom is eager to set off the fatal charge. Gotcha! Still worse, almost all the media volleys are fired toward the port side. If a Republican or (so-called) “conservative” makes a gaffe, as they do almost daily, their “misspeak” is usually politely ignored. Or if it is simply too awful to...
  • Author Admits Acclaimed Memoir Is Fantasy (Love and Consequences)

    03/03/2008 10:00:47 PM PST · by lowbridge · 32 replies · 208+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2008 | MOTOKO RICH
    In “Love and Consequences,” a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods. The problem is that none of it is true. Margaret B. Jones is a pseudonym for Margaret Seltzer, who is all white and grew up in the well-to-do Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, with her biological family. She graduated from the Campbell Hall School, a private Episcopal day school in the North Hollywood...
  • Does Congress Realize We're at War?

    02/16/2008 11:41:07 AM PST · by no nau · 29 replies · 85+ views
    National Review ^ | Joel Arends
    At midnight tonight America will become much more susceptible to a terrorist act. It will happen because the Democrat-controlled Congress failed to reauthorize the Protect America Act. This legislation gives our military, intelligence, and law-enforcement communities the tools they need to conduct surveillance on terrorists. Yet, instead of fighting to make us safer Congress, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, blocked a vote on this bill all week and then went home on a twelve-day recess. America is at war. I can attest to that after serving in Iraq as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the Army’s First Calvary Division. My...
  • Global warming blamed for unusual cold spell

    As Hong Kong shivers through its second-longest cold spell since 1885, scientists point to global warming to explain the abnormal cold weather phenomenon worldwide. "We are seeing extremely unusual weather across the world," said polar researcher Rebecca Lee Lok-sze.
  • The Implausibility of Nuclear Terrorism (idiot column of the century + triple barf alert)

    02/12/2008 12:54:31 PM PST · by meandog · 32 replies · 131+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 2/12/08 | Steve Chapman
    Death tugs at my ear and says, 'Live, I am coming.'" Were Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. alive today, he might ascribe that line not to death but to nuclear terrorism. Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have had to live with the knowledge that the next time the terrorists strike, it could be not with airplanes capable of killing thousands but atomic bombs capable of killing hundreds of thousands. The prospect has created a sense of profound vulnerability. It has shaped our view of government policies aimed at combating terrorism (filtered through Jack Bauer). It helped mobilize...
  • Politically Punk'd? Seriously, McCain vs. Clinton?

    02/07/2008 10:34:12 PM PST · by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh · 32 replies · 124+ views
    Does anyone else have a hard time accepting that the 2008 Presidential race is really going to be between Hillary Clinton and John McCain? Where's the camera crew and Ashton Kutcher? We must be getting Punk'd. How can anyone with intelligence and a conscience vote for Hillary Clinton? Are Democrats as a whole really that stupid and evil? And seriously, the best the Republican party can do is George Bush and then John McCain? Is true conservatism dead?
  • Media myths about the Jena 6 (A local journalist tells the story you haven't heard)

    10/23/2007 10:58:14 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 107 replies · 640+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2007 | Craig Franklin
    By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics. There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing...
  • Reid Praises Rush

    10/19/2007 1:21:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 79 replies · 125+ views
    cBSNews ^ | Oct 19, 2007 | Carrie Budoff Brown
    (The Politico) News flash: Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) just praised Rush Limbaugh on the Senate floor. Yup, the same Reid who lashed out at the radio show host earlier this month and rounded up 40 Democratic senators to sign a letter to Clear Channel boss Mark May, urging him to repudiate Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" comment, which was interpreted by some as an attack on soldiers who oppose the Iraq war. But oh, how the storyline has changed. Limbaugh put the letter up for auction on Ebay, and it is now fetching more than $2 million. The proceeds will benefit...
  • Getting Desperate, Bush Plays The Terror Card (Bill Press Barf Alert)

    09/13/2006 2:13:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 43 replies · 728+ views
    http://www.billpress.com/ ^ | September 7, 2006 | Bill Press
    Getting Desperate, Bush Plays The Terror Card In a way, you can’t blame him. He can’t defend his record on the economy, health care, immigration or Social Security. He certainly can’t defend the war in Iraq. There’s only one way George Bush and Republicans can possibly win in November — and that’s to scare the hell out of the American people. So it’s no surprise that President Bush gave four speeches in one week, all trying to tie an unpopular war in Iraq to a still-popular (barely) war on terror. If you believe George Bush — and fewer and fewer...
  • Ted Kennedy: White House 'Tarnished' by 'Scandal after Scandal'

    11/06/2005 11:31:12 AM PST · by wagglebee · 144 replies · 3,690+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/6/05 | NewsMax
    Sen. Ted Kennedy blasted the Bush administration Sunday morning for "subsuming" the nation in "scandal after scandal," saying: "Clearly there has to be a cleaning of the White House." Asked about reports Saturday that Bush ordered his staff to attend ethics training classes, Kennedy told NBC's "Meet the Press": "I think ethics has to be more than a class, doesn't it . . . Ethics has to be a much more basic and fundamental issue." "Clearly there has to be a cleaning of the White House," Kennedy railed. "We have a damaged presidency and a tarnished White House . ....
  • Confederate States Of America (2005)

    12/31/2004 2:21:30 PM PST · by Caipirabob · 4,988 replies · 26,331+ views
    Yahoo Movies ^ | 12/31/04 | Me
    What's wrong about this photo? Or if you're a true-born Southerner, what's right? While scanning through some of the up and coming movies in 2005, I ran across this intriguing title; "CSA: Confederate States of America (2005)". It's an "alternate universe" take on what would the country be like had the South won the civil war.Stars with bars:Suffice to say anything from Hollywood on this topic is sure to to bring about all sorts of controversial ideas and discussions. I was surprised that they are approaching such subject matter, and I'm more than a little interested.Some things are better left...
  • Post Office Treats Christmas Stamp Like Pornography; Sells It from 'Under the Counter'

    12/08/2004 12:21:57 AM PST · by torqemada · 152 replies · 3,881+ views
    Human Events ^ | Mike Thompson
    Saturday after Thanksgiving is the traditional day to purchase stamps for my annual Christmas card mailing... [snip] So, shortly before noon on that most recent post-turkey day, I sauntered into a neighborhood "U.S. Postal Store," [snip] and headed for the stamps-only section. I quickly found a packed wall of display racks offering a panoply of first-class postage devoted to the various elements of the year-end holiday season, specifically: 1) Christmas, featuring colorful, contemporary designs of Santa Claus with an array of inanimate, secular Yule symbols; 2) Kwanzaa, with not just one but two stamps promoting a totally fabricated "harvest holiday"...