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  • Church Council of Norway says no to same-sex marriage. [Vanity]

    04/08/2014 11:43:57 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 14 replies
    8 April 2014 | My grey matter
    I can't post the article but somebody gets it Norway. The Council of the Church of Norway has voted down a proposal to allow same-sex marriages to be performed by Norwegian priests. They Council also said they would'nt even allow 'blessings'. Praise G-d but I am sure this is just round 1 of a long fight.
  • Audit Says Kabul Bank Began as ‘Ponzi Scheme’

    11/28/2012 6:32:40 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 26 Nov 2012 | Matthew Rosenburg
    Kabul Bank became Afghanistan’s largest financial institution by offering the promise of modern banking to people who had never had a saving or checking account. What it really dealt in was modern theft: “From its very beginning,” according to a confidential forensic audit of Kabul Bank, “the bank was a well-concealed Ponzi scheme.” Afghan and American officials had for years promoted Kabul Bank as a prime example of how Western-style banking was transforming a war-ravaged economy. But the audit, prepared this year for Afghanistan’s central bank by the Kroll investigative firm, gives new details of how the bank instead was...
  • What a 2nd Øbama term will look like? [Vanity]

    11/03/2012 5:21:38 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 43 replies
    Vanity Press | 3 November
    I've been invited to give post-election analysis on a local TV station and just need some help with what a 2nd Øbama (if he's reelected)would look like? Thanks FReepers.
  • Then and Now. Economic Statistics against Øbama. [Vanity]

    10/30/2012 9:43:37 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 8 replies
    The Voices in My Head | 30 October 2012 | Me
    I will be appearing on a Norwegian TV program on Election night giving analysis on why Øbama shouldn't/won't be elected. I'm looking for some hard economic numbers on what it was when he took over and what it is now. Any other insight would be welcomed. I am not sure if there will be a Liberal to defend him but I better be prepared. Thanks, my fellow FReepers.
  • 3 dropped as [WI] voter registration workers; felonies flagged

    10/20/2012 5:50:15 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 6 replies
    Three felons - including one man convicted of multiple counts of forgery - have had their status revoked as voter registration workers in Milwaukee and have been referred to county prosecutors after the Journal Sentinel flagged their criminal backgrounds to city officials. The three men had been authorized by the Milwaukee Election Commission as so-called special registration deputies, a role that state election officials say is off-limits to felons under state law. Checks by the newspaper turned up 11 people in all with apparent criminal convictions ranging from misdemeanor sexual assault to felony drug possession who have been authorized to...
  • College football legend Beano Cook dies at 81

    10/11/2012 11:22:55 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 12 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | 11 October 2012 | Staff
    Beano Cook, a longtime staple of the Pittsburgh sports scene and an ESPN college football studio commentator since 1986, has died. He was 81. Cook, a 1954 University of Pittsburgh grad, began his career as a sports publicist for the school from 1956-66. He later worked with a number of organizations, including the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Beano Cook's breadth of knowledge of the history of the college game earned him the moniker, the "Cardinal of College Football." Cook was a studio commentator for ABC from 1982-85 before joining ESPN. He also worked as ABC's press director from 1966-74, and for...
  • Brown fights back over Patrick’s ‘birther’ slap

    10/05/2012 12:51:01 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5 October 2012 | Hillary Chabot
    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown dismissed Gov. Deval Patrick’s claim that he’s a “Bay State birther” because Brown is demanding Elizabeth Warren prove her Native American heritage — saying Patrick has joined the very “Beacon Hill machine,” the governor once blasted. “It’s part of kind of the Beacon Hill machine coming out during the political season,” said Brown as he picked up an endorsement today from former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld in his Boston campaign office. “You know this is a situation of her own making, she hasn’t answered your questions, your questions in particular, so all I ever asked is...
  • A New Breed of Hunter Shoots, Eats and Tells. [Liberals Ruin Hunting]

    10/04/2012 6:45:13 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 7 replies
    IHT ^ | 1 October 2012 | Dwight Garner
    Who is the most famous hunter in America? If you’re over 30, the first names that come to mind are probably Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent or Dick Cheney. If you’re under 30, the answer is easier. The most famous hunter in America is Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook. In May 2011 Mr. Zuckerberg made a pledge to consume, for one year, only meat he had hunted or slaughtered himself. He got a hunting license and shot a bison. “My personal challenge,” he explained, is “being thankful for the food I have to eat.” If four new books are...
  • Poster gal released from jail, proud of color scheme [NYC Jihad]

    09/28/2012 11:16:53 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 29 September 2012 | JENNIFER FERMINO, LAURA ITALIANO & REBECCA HARSHBARGER
    <p>The Egyptian-born activist arrested for defacing an inflammatory subway ad that called the enemies of Israel “savages” said yesterday her pink spray-paint protest was inspired by equal parts fashion and pacifism.</p> <p>“It was pink to match my pink raincoat [and] because pink is the least violent color of all,” Mona Eltahawy, 45, said after being arraigned in Manhattan on misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, making graffiti and possession of a graffiti instrument. She is due back in court on Nov. 30.</p>
  • [Norway's PM]Jens[Stoltenberg]presents his re-election team [Names Muslim to Culture]

    09/21/2012 1:00:50 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 14 replies
    News in English ^ | 21 September 2012 | Staff
    Labour Party leader Jens Stoltenberg wants a third term as Norway’s prime minister, and on Friday he revealed a new ministerial line-up aimed to help them all win re-election. At the forefront is Jonas Gahr Støre, who will leave the foreign ministry after seven years to take over the even tougher role as health minister. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called Jonas Gahr Støre "the best health minister we can have," after deciding to transfer the longtime foreign minister to the embattled health ministry. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/Views and News Støre has long been considered the current Labour-led left-center coalition government’s...
  • No more white cadets at South African Airways

    08/20/2012 2:00:38 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 34 replies
    www.fin24.com ^ | 16 August 2012 | Staff
    Cadet pilot training course applications from white men are no longer being accepted by South African Airways (SAA), it was reported on Friday. SAA spokesperson Kabelo Ledwaba told Beeld that the cadet programme was being advertised online as an initiative to bring pilot demographics in line with the country's broader demographics. "Only 15% of SAA's pilots are currently black, and this includes Indians and coloureds. The rest are white, and 91% of them are men." Ledwaba said the airline would appoint male, white pilots when there were vacant posts for which applicants of other races could not be found. Beeld...
  • [Norwegian]Police chief quits, ‘lacked support’

    08/17/2012 1:01:32 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 3 replies
    NewsinEnglish.no ^ | 16 August 2012 | Nina Berglund
    State Police Director Øystein Mæland has become the first casualty of this week’s scathingly critical report on how Norwegian police failed to efficiently respond to last year’s terrorist attacks in Norway. Mæland announced his resignation just as leaders of Norway’s political parties were launching a debate of their own over the report on Thursday night. Øystein Mæland resigned his position as head of Norway's state police on Thursday, saying he lacked enough clear support from the government that hired him just last year. PHOTO: Justisdepartementet Mæland’s resignation came just hours after police officers themselves had said they fully supported both...
  • Julian Assange: Ecuador grants Wikileaks founder asylum

    08/17/2012 4:46:03 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 August 2012 | Staff
    Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK. It said his human rights might be violated if he is sent to Sweden to be questioned over sex assault claims. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK would not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the country and the move was also criticised by Stockholm. Ecuador said it would seek to negotiate arrangements for Mr Assange to leave. "We don't think it is reasonable that, after a sovereign government has made the decision...
  • Rifle Recommendations [Vanity]

    08/13/2012 7:03:40 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 45 replies
    13 August 2012 | Voices In My Head
    I am looking for recommendations for three types of rifles and have a budget of about a $1,000. 1. Semi-auto .22 preferably tube feed 2. Semi-auto big game rifle (deer/elk/moose) with scope 3. Semi-auto or pump 12 gauge rifled for slug and shot. Thanks in advance.
  • Fight Over [Illegal] Immigrant Firings

    07/28/2012 2:27:51 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 27 July 2012 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE and STEVEN YACCINO
    MILWAUKEE — On May 27, about 150 workers from Palermo’s Pizza factory here, representing three-fourths of its production workers, met to sign a petition saying they wanted to unionize. They say they gave the petition to management two days later. Around the same time, Palermo’s delivered letters to 89 immigrant workers, asking them to provide documentation verifying that they had the right to work in the United States. Ten days later, almost all of them were fired. Labor organizers assert that Palermo’s, one of the nation’s largest producers of frozen pizza, was trying to snuff out a unionization drive in...
  • Palestinian Authority thanks IOC for refusing Munich victims memorial.

    07/27/2012 4:53:31 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 26 July 2012 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The Palestinian Authority has thanked the International Olympic Committee [IOC] for refusing to allow a minute's silence at the opening ceremony in London to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Games. Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Football Union, sent a letter to IOC Chairman Jaques Rogge thanking him for his position, the PA's official news agency, Wafa, reported Wednesday. Related: Shahar Ayalon: Munich massacre changed my lifeIsraeli pride grows as flag raised in villageIn his letter, Rajoub, a former PA security commander, wrote: "Sports is a bridge for love, connection and...
  • The Jefferson's Sherman Hensley dies at 74 [Vanity]

    07/24/2012 5:03:21 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 12 replies
    Sherman Hensley best known for his character George Jeffereson on the Jefferson's has passed away at 74 at his home in El Paso, TX.
  • Idaho says 'Five Wives' Vodka offensive to church

    06/01/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 14 replies
    KLEW-TV ^ | 30 May 2012 | Paul Foy & John Miller
    Five Wives Vodka was named in bad taste and won't be stocked or special ordered at stores operated by the state of Idaho, regulators said. The middle-shelf vodka is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago. Idaho State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson said the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of Idaho's population. Regulators in Idaho notified Elite Spirits Distributor that...
  • Some NFL dreams never die.

    05/31/2012 2:35:52 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 9 replies
    ESPN ^ | Rick Reilly
    It's not every day that the Washington Redskins call up a man convicted of rape and ask him if he'd agree to a one-day workout, but it happened Tuesday. Oh, and the Kansas City Chiefs called Tuesday, too. And the Miami Dolphins. And they were three days behind the Seattle Seahawks, who will work him out on June 7. Why are all these NFL teams eager to check out a convicted sex offender, a man who served five years in prison and wore a GPS ankle bracelet for another five? Because Brian Banks didn't do it. A judge in Long...
  • Columbia University janitor cleans up with bachelor's degree

    05/14/2012 3:20:56 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 14 May 2012 | Staff
    NEW YORK— For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out the trash at Columbia University. A refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia, he eked out a living at the Ivy League school. But Sunday was payback time: The 52-year-old janitor donned a cap and gown to graduate with a bachelor's degree in classics. As a Columbia employee, his classes were free. His favorite subject was the Roman philosopher and statesman Seneca, he said during a break from his work at Lerner Hall, the student union building he cleans. "I love Seneca's letters because they're written in the spirit in...
  • Obama embarasses US with another geographical gaffe [Vanity]

    04/16/2012 4:58:22 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 62 replies
    My Grey Matters | 15 April 2012 | Me
    Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who has insisted without success that Washington recognize its claim to the Falkland Islands controlled by Britain, was one of several presidents who left the summit well before its official closure. She missed a verbal gaffe by Obama, who referred to the "Maldives" instead of the "Malvinas" when using the name Latin Americans give to the disputed islands. Will Øbama ever learn anything?
  • Arkansas fires Bobby Petrino

    04/11/2012 12:28:18 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 12 replies
    ESPN ^ | 11 April 2012 | Staff
    Arkansas fired head coach Bobby Petrino on Tuesday, publicly dressing him down for unfairly hiring his mistress and intentionally misleading his boss about everything from their relationship to her presence at the motorcycle accident that ultimately cost him his job. Athletic director Jeff Long announced his decision at an evening news conference and laid out a stunning laundry list of misdeeds by the man he hired away from the Atlanta Falcons four years ago. He made the decision, a conscious decision, to mislead the public on Tuesday, and in doing so negatively and adversely affected the reputation of the University...
  • Norway mass killer deemed sane in new finding.

    04/10/2012 10:31:02 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 April 12 | Staff
    Anders Behring Breivik was sane when he killed 77 people in attacks he saw as punishing pro-immigration "traitors" in Norway, a psychiatric team said on Tuesday, contradicting a prior report that found him psychotic. The new report could give judges grounds to sentence Breivik to prison instead of a psychiatric facility. Breivik himself has insisted he is mentally stable and demanded that his attacks - the most violent in Norway since World War Two - be judged as political militancy and not the work of a deranged mind. Breivik, 33, has admitted detonating a bomb that killed eight people at...
  • Attorney For Alleged Mega Millions Winner Cannot Say That The Ticket Exists

    04/04/2012 3:15:36 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 32 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 4 April 2012
    The intrigue surrounding a Maryland woman who claims to have won last week’s record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot intensified Wednesday as her attorney held a press conference in Baltimore that yielded few answers. Attorney Edward Smith, who represents alleged winner Marlinde Wilson, told reporters he had not seen the winning ticket, nor did he want to during the 20-minute long session with the media. “I cannot say with any certainty that this ticket exists,” said Smith. Previously, the 37-year-old Wilson told the New York Post she stashed the ticket in a location that only she knew about inside the McDonald’s restaurant...
  • Visiting Marquette Univ., Justice Kagan tells of hunting with Scalia

    04/04/2012 5:59:19 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 53 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4 April 2012 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Though she's not running for anything, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan almost sounded as if she were trying to score points with Wisconsin outdoorsmen Tuesday during a conversation at Marquette University. Kagan, a New York City native who had no experience with guns when she was named to the court in 2010, said she's now used them several times with colleague Antonin Scalia. "He's made a huntress out of me," Kagan told Mike Gousha, host of "On the Issues" at Marquette's law school - and about 240 law students listening in on their talk. The justices have bagged pheasant...
  • Judge sentences Mullah Krekar to five years in prison for making threats

    03/27/2012 8:09:05 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 1 replies
    Newsinenglish.no ^ | 26 March 2012 | Staff
    Norway has been unable to deport radical Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar but found a way on Monday to keep him in confinement at least for a few years. A city judge in Oslo sentenced Krekar on Monday to five years in jail for making threats against a former government minister and several identified Muslims who he felt have abandoned their faith. It was here, at a meeting with members of the Foreign Press Association in Oslo, that Mullah Krekar made death threats against former cabinet minister Erna Solberg. PHOTO: Nina Berglund/Views and News The sentence was exactly what prosecutors had...
  • Job applicants asked to turn over their Facebook passwords

    03/20/2012 7:18:33 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 205 replies · 1+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Shannon McFarland
    When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password. Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn’t see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information. Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn’t want to work for a company that would seek such personal information....
  • Bin Laden's final days -- big plans, deep fears

    03/16/2012 5:28:22 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 16 March 2012 | Peter Bergen
    Tapping away at his computer in the study of the suburban compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that he called home for the last years of his life, Osama bin Laden wrote memos urging his followers to continue to try to attack the United States, suggesting, for instance, they mount assassination attempts against President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus. While he urged his organization on to attack America, bin Laden was also keenly aware that al Qaeda was in deep trouble because of the campaign of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and also because the brutal tactics of his followers had alienated...
  • National medical group cancels Mobile convention, cites immigration law

    03/13/2012 7:38:25 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 20 replies
    Mobile Press-Register ^ | 12 March 2012 | Robert McClendon
    <p>MOBILE, Alabama -- A national medical group that planned to hold a meeting in Mobile has withdrawn its reservation, citing HB56, Alabama’s controversial immigration law.</p> <p>Priscilla Noland, of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, confirmed the decision, but said she could not comment because the group’s membership had yet to be notified.</p>
  • Sandra Fluke, Gender Reassignment and Health Insurance

    03/07/2012 9:09:18 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 18 replies
    Sandra Fluke is being sold by the left as something she’s not. Namely a random co-ed from Georgetown law who found herself mixed up in the latest front of the culture war who was simply looking to make sure needy women had access to birth control. That, of course, is not the case. As many have already uncovered Sandra Fluke she is, in reality, a 30 year old long time liberal activist who enrolled at Georgetown with the express purpose of fighting for the school to pay for students’ birth control. She has been pushing for mandated coverage of contraceptives...
  • B.S. Report: Barack Obama [actual title]

    03/02/2012 5:42:16 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 5 replies · 88+ views
    ESPN.com ^ | 1 March 2012 | Bill Simmons
    The B.S. Report made a special road trip to the White House yesterday to make podcast history: the first-ever podcast with a sitting U.S. President. Take that, Marc Maron! Even if we only had 25 minutes, Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons and President Obama covered a bunch of sports-related topics, including how the President manages to make time to follow sports; his feelings on Linsanity and the Bulls' title chances; whether he considered getting involved with the NBA lockout; the wisdom of a college football playoff system; his feelings on concussions and the NFL; what it's like to throw out the...
  • Bill Maher gives $1M to Obama super PAC

    02/25/2012 9:58:43 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | 24 February 2012 | Staff
    U.S. comedian Bill Maher says he is giving $1 million to a super political action committee supporting President Barack Obama's re-election. Maher made the announcement Thursday during a performance of his "Crazy Stupid Politics" show in San Jose, Calif., aired on Yahoo!'s new live comedy Web channel. "I would like to announce tonight a donation to the Obama super PAC, which has the very unfortunate tongue-twister name Priorities USA Action," Maher said. "I know, it was named by Borat ... but tonight I would like to give that PAC 1 million dollars." After the show, he tweeted to his 1...
  • Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani: White House and State Department Condemn Execution Order

    02/24/2012 4:54:55 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 23 February 2012 | Katherine Weber
    Both the White House and the U.S. State Department issued statements Thursday, Feb. 23 demanding the immediate release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned in Iran since Oct. 2009. Nadarkhani's fate took a decisive turn for the worst on Feb. 21, when the American Center for Law and Justice announced that Iranian courts may have issued an execution order for Nadarkhani, who is currently imprisoned on charges of apostasy and attempting to evangelize Muslims. On Feb. 22, Present Truth Ministries issued an emailed press release stating that Iranian courts did in fact issue the death order. Today, the...
  • 'Too many Bulgarians in Bulgaria'

    02/23/2012 2:27:50 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 36 replies
    Aftenposten via Newsinenglish.no ^ | 22 February 2012 | Nina Berglund
    A Norwegian family who traveled on a package tour to Bulgaria filed a formal complaint and demanded a refund, because most of the other guests at the hotel where they were staying were Bulgarians. The Hotel Sveti Toma in Bulgaria, shown here on one of many booking sites. The Norwegian family traveled to Bulgaria, but wanted to vacation with other Norwegians, not Bulgarians. PHOTO: directbooking.ro The family conceded in its complaint that the Hotel Sveti Toma itself and its vacation facilities were fine, reported newspaper Aftenposten on Wednesday. They had wanted, however, to spend their holiday with other Scandinavians, and...
  • Bloomberg to Match Komen Donation to Planned Parenthood

    02/03/2012 5:53:14 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 37 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 3 February 2012 | Staff
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging up to $250,000 to Planned Parenthood to offset funds that were cut by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation. The billionaire mayor has promised to match future donations to Planned Parenthood up to $250,000, mayoral spokeswoman Samantha Levine said Thursday. The health services organization uses the money for breast cancer screenings. Bloomberg, a Democrat turned Republican turned independent, said politics "have no place" in health care. "Breast cancer screening saves lives, and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care," he said in a...
  • 'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead at 75

    02/02/2012 6:05:16 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 9 replies
    Spin.com ^ | 1 February 2012 | Marc Hogan
    The creator of Soul Train would wish viewers love, peace, and soul at the end of each episode, and now he's left us for good. Don Cornelius, who hosted the nationally syndicated music show from its inception in 1971 until 1993, was found dead early this morning at his Sherman Oaks, California, home, according to the Los Angeles Times. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, sources told the newspaper on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing. Cornelius was 75. In the 1970s and 1980s, Soul Train helped draw attention to music by African-American artists, with memorable performances...
  • Obama’s Old Car on eBay for Mere Million Obama’s Old Car on eBay for Mere Million

    01/31/2012 4:06:02 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 30 january 2012 | Marti Lotman
    Online auction junkies could tear a page out of Ferris Bueller’s playbook with a unique eBay opportunity this week: Pony up a million bucks and you’ll hold the reins of all the horsepower of the Chrysler Saloon President Barack Obama used to lease. The joyride to rival Bueller’s could cost you more before the auction ends Wednesday, as the $1 million is just the starting bid. On the other hand, nobody had bitten by Monday afternoon, so maybe the price could come down. According to the seller, Obama leased the gas-guzzler from 2004 through 2007 before trading up to a...
  • White House Source: President Will Have to Vacate Oval Office Next Year

    01/29/2012 4:50:11 PM PST · by bjorn14 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 29 January 2012 | Carol Ross Joynt
  • Gingrich Never Fined on Ethics Matter, Records Show

    01/26/2012 6:04:40 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 25 January 2012 | David A. Patten
    Associates of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are stepping forward to rebut accusations from Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney that he resigned in “disgrace” and paid an ethics “fine.” Gingrich insisted during a candidates debate Monday that reports he was fined $300,000 for House ethics violations are inaccurate and records back up his claim the payment was not a fine. A Newsmax examination of the House Ethics Committee report, and the record of the House debate in January 1997 as recorded in the Congressional Record, supports Gingrich’s contention that the $300,000 he paid was a “reimbursement” or “sanction” related to...
  • The best .177 cal. (air) pellet gun to buy [Vanity]

    01/07/2012 8:05:33 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 108 replies · 2+ views
    My Brain | 7 January 2012 | Me
    I live in Norway and as most of you know the handgun laws here are insane but I discovered that .177 cal. pellet guns are exempt from the avalanche of paperwork and most other rules. With the increasing criminality in Oslo I was thinking of getting one to at least act as a deterent or precieved equalization of the situation. It is better than having nothing. Prefer CO2 powered. Thanks in advance.
  • At 84, she lacks ID, but not will to fight voter ID law [but ACLU will]

    12/15/2011 2:55:04 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 90 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 14 December 2011 | Bill Glauber
    The biggest opponent of the state's new voter ID law just may be an 84-year-old woman who stands less than 5 feet tall, has lived in the same house nearly her entire life and has served on her Village Board since 1996. Ruthelle Frank doesn't have a driver's license, doesn't have a birth certificate and hasn't been able to get a state identification card, which means that she could be out of luck the next time she tries to vote. "The whole thing upsets me," Frank said Wednesday. "You could live in the U.S. of A., live in the same...
  • ACLU sues Wisconsin over photo ID law

    12/14/2011 1:27:50 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukke Journal Sentinel ^ | 14 November 2011 | Jason Stein
    The American Civil Liberties Union sued the State of Wisconsin on Tuesday over a new law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification, charging that the measure violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit says that the state is infringing on some citizens' right to vote and to be treated equally under the law and amounts to a kind of poll tax on voters who lack the documents needed to get an approved ID. Republican lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker, who is named in the lawsuit along with a long list of other state officials, have said they believe the measure...
  • Obama establishes an Office of Manufacturing Policy

    12/12/2011 12:39:54 PM PST · by bjorn14 · 37 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12 December 2011 | John Schmid
    At a time when economists say U.S. manufacturing policy is in "disarray," the Obama administration on Monday said it has created a new Office of Manufacturing Policy to be co-chaired by the Commerce Department Secretary and the director of the White House National Economic Council. "At this make or break time for the middle class and our economy, we need a strong manufacturing sector that will put Americans back to work making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America," President Barack Obama said in a statement. Wisconsin leads the nation with the highest share of its workforce employed...
  • From local roots, Bradley Foundation builds conservative empire. [Good Article]

    12/02/2011 6:49:10 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 1 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2 November 2011 | Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber & Ben Poston
    Less than a week after being elected governor, Scott Walker and his wife met privately with one of the most powerful philanthropic forces behind America's conservative movement. It wasn't the Koch brothers - the bogeymen for the American left. On Nov. 8, 2010, the Walkers broke bread at the upscale Bacchus restaurant in the Cudahy Tower with the board and senior staff of the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. With more than $600 million in assets, the Bradley Foundation provides a cornerstone for the conservative movement in Wisconsin and across America. It has been the financial backer behind public...
  • Bernie Fine fired by Syracuse

    11/27/2011 5:07:07 PM PST · by bjorn14 · 114 replies
    Espn.com ^ | 27 November 2011 | Staff
    Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired Sunday in the wake of an investigation of child molestation allegations against him. In statement released Sunday night, Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, says Fine has been "terminated, effective immediately. The move came at the direction of Chancellor Nancy Cantor. The 65-year-old Fine was in his 36th season at his alma mater. He had the longest active streak of consecutive seasons at one school among assistant coaches in Division I. Fine's firing comes in the wake of new revelations Sunday, including a third accuser. Two...
  • Report: Treatment of [Penn State]players questioned

    11/22/2011 2:47:05 PM PST · by bjorn14 · 13 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | 22 November 2011 | Staff
    Former Penn State student disciplinarian Vicky Triponey tells The Wall Street Journal that football players were treated "more favorably than other students accused of violating the community standards as defined by the student code of conduct." Triponey, who resigned her post as the university's standards and conduct officer in 2007, spoke to the newspaper after it obtained a 2005 email from her to then-president Graham Spanier and others in which Triponey expressed her concerns about the disciplinary process as it pertained to football players. Coach Joe Paterno "is insistent he knows best how to discipline his players ... and their...
  • 10 Most Depressing States

    11/17/2011 9:13:31 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 78 replies · 1+ views
    Health.com ^ | 15 November 2011 | Staff
    States of mind On its own, where you live isn't enough to make you depressed. Personal circumstances and genes also play an important role in mental health, so an area that feels like a downer to one person may be home sweet home to another. That said, mental distress is unusually and persistently common in some states, whether due to economic troubles, lack of access to health care, or other factors. Using data from federal health agencies, Health.com has identified the 10 states with the highest rates of depression, psychological distress, and other indicators of poor mental health. Here they...
  • Lawyer: Loophole may limit [Paterno] plaintiffs.

    11/12/2011 4:05:44 PM PST · by bjorn14 · 29 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | 12 November 2011 | Tom Farrey
    Joe Paterno could face civil lawsuits as a result of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, and if that happens, one attorney said his legal representatives may try to work around what he considers a flaw in Pennsylvania state law. Plaintiffs currently over the age of 20 can pursue lawsuits only in cases of sexual abuse that involved "forcible compulsion." That definition includes rape, but may not involve acts such as inappropriate touching. Shanin Specter, a litigator in Philadelphia who has been contacted by the family of one of the alleged victims, also said the loophole could potentially eliminate some...
  • Penn State sex scandal reaches San Antonio

    11/12/2011 6:36:37 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 16 replies
    San Antonio News-Express ^ | 11 November 2011 | Craig Kapitan
    Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who caused jaws to drop in Pennsylvania and throughout college sports last week when he was charged with molesting eight boys, could end up with legal woes in San Antonio as well. District Attorney Susan Reed and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus have discussed the possibility of building a criminal case against Sandusky stemming from his visit to San Antonio with the Penn State team in 1999 for the Alamo Bowl, authorities confirmed Thursday. “We are investigating the possibility that an offense may have happened while here in San Antonio,” Sgt....
  • Casey, Toomey Withdraw Support for Paterno Medal of Freedom Bid

    11/11/2011 11:12:59 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 63 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | 11 November 11 | Catherine Brown
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