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  • The Elephant In the Immigration Room

    02/03/2008 9:55:46 AM PST · by ECM · 22 replies · 456+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 03, 2008 | Lee Cary
    The ignored elephant in the immigration debate is the negative impact of illegal immigration on job opportunities for unskilled, uneducated, native-born U.S. workers -- particularly young African-Americans, but also native-born Hispanics. In their Hollywood debate, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton refused to admit immigration "hits poor and minorities hardest" as the clich goes. While some proponents of a liberal immigration policy admit to anecdotal evidence of the elephant's existence, they typically discount a causal relationship between employed illegal immigrants and unemployed citizens. Granted, it's hard to document employers hiring illegal immigrants over legal applicants; after all, it's against the law....
  • Pushing boundary of visual memory reveals limits of IQ tests

    01/31/2008 2:08:36 PM PST · by ECM · 10 replies · 647+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | January 31, 2008 | John Timmer
    Most of the problem solving we do in order to get through a day involves the use of what's referred to as "working memory." it acts a bit like RAM; we store information we need for the task at hand temporarily, but don't necessarily commit it to permanent memory. A recent study has probed the qualities of visual working memory, and has come to the conclusion that we have a finite and well-defined capacity for visual items, a finding that may have far-reaching implications for one simple reason: that capacity may be what's stressed by IQ tests. The study appeared...
  • GOP Acquires A Taste For Hillary Lite

    01/30/2008 5:58:24 PM PST · by ECM · 38 replies · 378+ views
    IBD ^ | January 30, 2008 4:20 PM PT | IBD
    It was thought that John McCain might have trouble in Florida, a state where only registered Republicans can vote. But he beat Mitt Romney by a not inconsequential margin, and Romney must be kicking himself for withdrawing from the South Carolina battlefield early when he might have derailed the so-called "straight-talk express." It is said that since the Reagan era, every winner of the South Carolina primary has gone on to win the GOP nomination. Unfortunately, McCain is no Reagan. He is now advancing on the strength of two main issues — his status as a genuine war hero who...
  • Brazilian carnival-goers to get access to morning-after pills

    01/30/2008 9:45:01 AM PST · by ECM · 10 replies · 643+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Jan 29 03:59 PM US/Eastern | AFP
    The Brazilian city of Recife is to distribute morning-after pills to women during carnival after public prosecutors on Tuesday rejected a Catholic Church lawsuit claiming the initiative promoted sex and provided "abortions." "The pill has no abortive effect, as the archdiocese claims, and its distribution is in no way an incentive to have sex," the prosecutor who made the decision, Ivana Botelho, told AFP. On top of its legal defeat, the church has come under fire from the Brazilian government for attempting to sway public health policy. "The (Recife) mayor's office is right and the church is wrong, again," Health...
  • Hawaii Government Demands Cartoon be Censored

    01/30/2008 8:10:30 AM PST · by ECM · 42 replies · 1,476+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2008 | Andrew Walden
    A government department of the State of Hawaii is demanding the retraction of a political cartoon published Jan. 18 on the satirical web site http://www.zeroshibai.com/ The demands come in response to images and text ridiculing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' Kau Inoa campaign as "Cow Inoa." Kau Inoa, Hawaiian for "place your name" is building a roll of Hawaiians to participate in a Hawaiian tribal government. Haunani Apoliona, writing in her capacity as "Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs" (OHA) in a Jan. 24 statement demands: "The cartoon should be pulled and the secret author publicly identified." Apoliona...
  • The Base is Wrong About the Gang of 14

    01/30/2008 7:19:07 AM PST · by ECM · 107 replies · 675+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2008 | Richard Baehr
    When conservatives lay out their long list of apostasies committed by John McCain, one of them is always his role in the Gang of 14, the 7 Democrats and 7 Republicans in the Senate who agreed to a judicial compromise in 2005. The deal that was struck eliminated the use of the "nuclear option" by the then-GOP-controlled Senate, and also limited the Democratic minority's ability to use the filibuster to block certain judicial nominees (at the time the deal was stuck, there were no pending Supreme Court nominations, only Appellate Court nominations were being held up). To put it plainly,...
  • Mexico First?

    01/28/2008 10:14:21 AM PST · by ECM · 18 replies · 1,202+ views
    National Review ^ | January 28, 2008 12:13 PM | Mark Krikorian
    “I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think ‘Mexico first.’ ” These are the words of Juan Hernandez, John McCain’s “Hispanic outreach director,” on Nightline June 7, 2001. *snip* Contrary to some of the more enthusiastic venting on the web, the problem is not that McCain has a Hispanic outreach director; while the government shouldn’t have anything to do with race or ethnicity, it’s perfectly natural for a political campaign to do outreach to any and every kind of voter. In fact, McCain’s “very close” friend, Hillary Clinton, last spring named Raul Yzaguirre to...
  • A Florida voter asks McCain about his open-borders outreach director

    01/27/2008 4:03:34 PM PST · by ECM · 165 replies · 149+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | January 27, 2008 06:17 PM | Michelle Malkin
    Dear Michelle, I attended the townhall meeting earlier today in Polk City and asked John McCain: Your Hispanic Outreach Campaign Advisor, Juan Hernandez, has written a book referring to illegal immigrants as “New American Pioneers.” Hernandez has also stated that illegal immigrants who use social security numbers of American citizens really don’t steal, they have no choice but to make up a number. Are you aware of his statements? Do you agree with him? If not would you consider removing him from your staff? John McCain answered that he supported Juan Hernandez because he holds the same views as he...
  • Israel demands that Egypt restore order at Gaza-Egypt border

    01/26/2008 11:38:59 AM PST · by ECM · 3 replies · 43+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 21:02 26/01/2008 | Amir Oren
    The head of the security-political task force at the Defense Ministry, Amos Gilad, demanded over the weekend that Egypt restore order in Rafah, where thousands of Palestinians have been crossing into Egypt from the Gaza border town through a ruptured barrier since Wednesday. **SNIP** On Saturday, Hamas made an offer to Egypt to restore the Gaza Strip's ruptured border through direct diplomacy with Cairo, challenging a plan by rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to assume control. Egypt is under pressure to seal the Gaza-Egypt border, breached early Wednesday, but is reluctant to be seen as shoring up a 7-month-old blockade...
  • Fla. Sen. Martinez to Endorse McCain (big surprise)

    01/25/2008 11:27:56 AM PST · by ECM · 15 replies · 179+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Jan 25 02:07 PM US/Eastern | LIZ SIDOTI and BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    MIAMI (AP) - Florida Sen. Mel Martinez will endorse John McCain on Friday, The Associated Press has learned, a move likely to give the Republican presidential candidate a crucial boost with the state's Cuban- Americans just days before the primary. The decision is a blow to Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor in a close fight with McCain for support of voters in the Cuban-American community—and to keep his candidacy alive. Two Republican officials disclosed the upcoming endorsement on the condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the announcement. As recently as Thursday night, Martinez indicated he would remain neutral...
  • Campaign Frustrates Some Gay Activists

    01/25/2008 7:23:02 AM PST · by ECM · 14 replies · 140+ views
    AP via Drudge ^ | Jan 25, 6:48 AM (ET) | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) - Few constituencies are as eager for the Republican Party to falter this political season as gay-rights activists. Yet as they observe the Democratic presidential campaign and the rest of the electoral landscape, their high hopes often are mixed with frustration. Even as they expect to support whichever Democrat gets the presidential nomination, many activists are disappointed that the three leading contenders rarely mention gay-rights topics unless responding to a question. "They don't want to broach civil unions, marriage, equalizing benefits for same-sex couples," said Jennifer Chrisler, head of the Family Equality Council, which supports gay and...
  • Hamas bulldozer wrecks another section

    01/25/2008 6:58:40 AM PST · by ECM · 8 replies · 44+ views
    AP via Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 25, 2008 | AP
    Egyptian guards with riot shields formed human chains along the Egypt-Gaza border Friday, but were unable to stop hundreds of Palestinians from rushing into Egypt after a bulldozer wrecked another section of fence along the frontier. Men in black clothing, some of them masked, stood atop the bulldozer as it knocked down a concrete slab under the watchful eyes of Egyptian forces on the other side who shot in the air in an attempt to hinder the flow of Gazans into Egypt. Thousands of Palestinians, many of them carrying empty fuel canisters, managed to push through several openings despite the...
  • Hershey Phases Out Mints Cops Criticized

    01/24/2008 7:15:13 PM PST · by ECM · 16 replies · 112+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | 5:17 PM EST, January 24, 2008 | PETER JACKSON
    HERSHEY, Pa. - The Hershey Co. is halting production of Ice Breakers Pacs in response to criticism that the mints look too much like illegal street drugs, the company's president and chief executive officer said Thursday. Hershey CEO David J. West disclosed the decision during a conference call about the company's newly released fourth-quarter earnings report. Ice Breakers Pacs, which first hit store shelves in November, are nickel-sized dissolvable pouches with a powdered sweetener inside. The pouches come in blue or orange and bear the Ice Breakers logo. Members of Philadelphia's police narcotics squad said the mints closely resemble tiny...
  • Mexico City Rolls Out Women-Only Buses

    01/24/2008 6:34:06 PM PST · by ECM · 9 replies · 119+ views
    MyWay (Reuters) via Drudge ^ | Jan 24, 8:55 PM (ET) | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Groping and verbal harassment is an exasperating reality for women using public transportation in this sprawling capital, where 22 million passengers cram onto subways and buses each day. Some men treat women so badly that the subway system has long had ladies-only cars during rush hour, with police segregating the sexes on the platforms. But that hasn't helped women forced to rely on packed buses, by far the city's most-used form of public transportation - until this week. Acting on complaints from women's groups, the city rolled out "ladies only" buses, complete with pink signs in...
  • Mama McCain: Son Has No Support From Base

    01/24/2008 6:31:05 PM PST · by ECM · 45 replies · 110+ views
    Time ^ | Thursday, January 24th, 2008 | Time
    Q: How much support do you think he has among the base of the Republican Party? Roberta McCain: “I don’t think he has any. I don’t know what the base of the Repub–maybe I don’t know enough about it, but I’ve not seen any help whatsoever.”
  • The Phony 'Pink Tide'

    01/24/2008 2:13:44 PM PST · by ECM · 3 replies · 59+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 24 Jan 2008 | Raphael C. Rosen
    Chávez. Lula. Kirchner. Morales. Vásquez. Correa. Bachelet. Ortega. Socialism sweeps Latin America as leftist presidents rise. Reading the news today, one can be forgiven for believing that a near-revolution in Latin America is at hand, that the morning of equality for the marginalized masses speedily draws near. The truth is, the socialist "pink tide" washing ashore in Latin America is just foam that Western journalists have gulped down: it is far more rhetorical than real. Reporters equate a bloated but still capitalist state that thrives—and can only thrive—on mass handouts with a socialist one. Don't be fooled. Blue and red...
  • Bono meets Pentagon chief to discuss poverty

    01/23/2008 4:15:39 PM PST · by ECM · 42 replies · 334+ views
    Reuters via Y! UK ^ | 1-24-08 | Andrew Gray
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U2 lead singer and activist Bono visited the Pentagon to discuss Africa and the fight against global poverty with U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, representatives of the two men said on Wednesday. Among the topics at the 20-minute meeting on Tuesday afternoon were U.S. plans to set up a new U.S. military command for Africa, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said. "I think this was a chance for two people who care about the problems facing the continent of Africa to talk about their shared interest in solving those problems," Morrell said of the meeting that was...
  • Biloxi Teacher Accused Of Sexual Contact With Student

    01/23/2008 4:07:36 PM PST · by ECM · 17 replies · 359+ views
    WLOX.COM ^ | Posted: Jan 21, 2008 04:58 PM | WLOX
    A Biloxi school teacher is under investigation for allegedly having sexual contact with a teenage student. Biloxi police say they arrested Rebecca Bogard, 27, on Friday, after the teen's family filed a complaint. Bogard is charged with one-count of sexual battery. Bogard is a first-year Science teacher at Fernwood Alternative School, also known as the Center for New Opportunities. Police say the alleged incident involved a 15-year old male student who attends the school.
  • Venezuelan troops seize food

    01/23/2008 4:03:40 PM PST · by ECM · 21 replies · 43+ views
    Reuters via tvnz.co.nz ^ | Jan 24, 2008 12:14 PM | Reuters
    Venezuela's top food company has accused troops of illegally seizing more than 500 tonnes of food from its trucks as part of President Hugo Chavez's campaign to stem shortages. The leftist Chavez this week created a state food distributor and loosened some price controls, seeking to end months of shortages for staples like milk and eggs that have caused long lines and upset his supporters in the OPEC nation. The highly publicised campaign has also included government crackdowns on accused smuggling, with the military seizing 1,600 tonnes of food and sending 1,200 troops to the border with Colombia. Jose Anzola,...
  • Saltwater 'cures kids colds'

    01/21/2008 3:13:51 PM PST · by ECM · 26 replies · 422+ views
    News24 ^ | 21/01/2008 17:18 | News24
    Chicago - For parents worried about how to treat children's colds now that some medicines have been called into question, the answer may be a dose of salt water. A nasal spray made from Atlantic Ocean seawater eased wintertime cold symptoms faster and slowed cough and cold symptoms from returning among children ages 6 to 10, researchers in Europe reported on Monday. It may be that the salt water has a simple mechanical effect of clearing mucus, or it could be that trace elements in the water play some more significant role, though the exact reason why such a solution...
  • Rivals Blast Obama's Praise for Reagan

    01/18/2008 2:48:37 PM PST · by ECM · 25 replies · 65+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Jan 18 05:12 PM US/Eastern | NEDRA PICKLER
    RENO, Nev. (AP) - John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Barack Obama's praise of the Republican Party and Ronald Reagan—an anathema for many Democrats, particularly union members considered crucial to winning Nevada's Democratic caucuses Saturday. Obama responded by suggesting Clinton would be a "president whose plans change with the politics of the moment"—one of his most direct critiques of the New York senator yet. The intensity reflects what polls suggest could be a tight contest Saturday as Nevada plays its most prominent role ever in a presidential nominating campaign. Nevada was granted a coveted spot right after Iowa and...
  • George Clooney named U.N. messenger of peace

    01/18/2008 12:34:51 PM PST · by ECM · 54 replies · 637+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:25pm EST | Patrick Worsnip
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named actor George Clooney, who has campaigned for refugees in Darfur, as a U.N. "messenger of peace" on Friday to promote the world body's peacekeeping efforts. Clooney is the ninth U.N. messenger -- people chosen from the fields of art, music, literature and sports who have agreed to help focus attention on the United Nations' work. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said Clooney would have a special emphasis on peacekeeping. She said he had been "recognized for focusing public attention on crucial international political and social issues." Clooney, who is currently in Sudan, will...
  • California's sweeping budget cuts draw fire

    01/17/2008 5:35:51 PM PST · by ECM · 12 replies · 92+ views
    Financial Times ^ | January 17, 2008 | Matthew Garrahan
    Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tough stance on climate change and a recent willingness to engage with Democratic rivals in the California state legislature has won praise and backing from across the US political spectrum. But a series of drastic spending cuts announced in the last few days, aimed at reducing a gaping $14.5bn (€9.9bn, £7.4bn) budget deficit has taken the sheen off the former movie star’s tenure as California governor. Mr Schwarzenegger has caused a public outcry with a series of measures aimed at curbing spending. The radical proposals include cutting the state’s education budget, closing some of its most popular parks...
  • Drug-resistant staph found to be passed in gay sex

    01/14/2008 4:51:33 PM PST · by ECM · 99 replies · 465+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:17pm EST | Amanda Beck
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A drug-resistant strain of potentially deadly bacteria has moved beyond the borders of U.S. hospitals and is being transmitted among gay men during sex, researchers said on Monday. They said methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is beginning to appear outside hospitals in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Sexually active gay men in San Francisco are 13 times more likely to be infected than their heterosexual neighbors, the researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "Once this reaches the general population, it will be truly unstoppable," said Binh Diep, a researcher at the...
  • Suitcase of Cash Tangles U.S. and 2 Latin Nations in Intrigue

    01/12/2008 11:08:24 AM PST · by ECM · 9 replies · 109+ views
    NYT ^ | January 12, 2008 | SIMON ROMERO and ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
    CARACAS, Venezuela — One day last August, an airport policewoman in Buenos Aires noticed something peculiar as she was monitoring a baggage scanner: the appearance of six perfect, dense rectangles inside a suitcase. She asked the passenger, Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, one of eight people aboard a private plane chartered by Argentina’s national oil company that flew from Caracas, to open the case. “He became frozen and did not say a word,” the policewoman later said in a radio interview. When he did open it, nearly $800,000 in cash spilled out. Mr. Antonini, a businessman with Venezuelan and American citizenship,...
  • Chertoff on final Real ID rules: "Reconfiguring our society"

    01/11/2008 12:10:57 PM PST · by ECM · 69 replies · 228+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | January 11, 2008 - 12:43PM CT | Jon Stokes
    "There comes a point in time where all the discussion and analysis has to stop. We are now six years away from 9/11. Simply kicking this problem further down the road is a time-tested Washington way of smothering a proposal with process," said Chertoff. "The time has come to bite the bullet." Or, as Jack Bauer might say (while in the midst of breaking half a dozen laws in the name of stopping an impending attack), "We're running out of time!" Chertoff summarized the major features of the final rules as follows: People must provide documentation that proves who they...
  • Candidate X is Finished (great point!)

    01/07/2008 12:35:34 PM PST · by ECM · 2 replies · 75+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | January 7, 2008 09:26 AM | Ragnar Danneskjold
    Just about every day for about two months now, we've all been reading columns from the talking heads telling us that "Candidate X is finished." Of course, the identity of "Candidate X" has varied depending on which of the heads is doing the talking and at which point in time. (The one constant has been Fred Thompson, whose political demise has been predicted by the partisans of Rudy and Mitt since around April of last year.) As of late, the "dead" candidates have generally Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and (of course) Fred Thompson. Before that, it was Mike Huckabee and...
  • Huckabee's Attack Ad Runs After All

    01/04/2008 2:30:45 PM PST · by ECM · 8 replies · 43+ views
    Factcheck.org ^ | January 4, 2008 | Brooks Jackson, Joe Miller, Jessica Henig and Lori Robertson
    Update, Jan. 4: According to the Campaign Media Analysis Group of TNS Media Intelligence, the ad aired three times on the day Huckabee made his announcement, and it aired seven times in the following two days. As of Jan. 2, the most recent date for which CMAG has tallied information on the ad, Huckabee's attack ad had run four times on KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, and had appeared on Davenport stations WQAD-TV, three times; KLJB-TV, twice; and WHBF-TV, once. When we contacted the Huckabee campaign for an explanation, a representative expressed surprise to hear the ad had been on the...
  • Warner goes Blu-ray exclusive

    01/04/2008 1:22:21 PM PST · by ECM · 40 replies · 92+ views
    Engadget ^ | Jan 4th 2008 3:47PM | Darren Murph
    In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. "Warner Bros.' move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want," said Meyer. "The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in...
  • Christmas Atheists

    01/04/2008 12:57:05 PM PST · by ECM · 102 replies · 171+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 4, 2008 12:30 PM | Michael Novak
    Over the last two weeks, leading American atheists have registered complaints about all the attention given to Christmas in the United States. These atheists have issued three challenges. First, they insist that being atheist does not mean being immoral. Second, they want other people to see that atheists are law-abiding, compassionate, and generous to others—that one does not have to be Christian or to feel “the Christmas spirit” to care for the poor and the needy. Third, they insist that monotheists have a harder time being tolerant of others than atheists do. Atheists, they think, are more humble, tolerant, and...
  • Snow Flurries Possible In Central Florida During Hard Freeze

    01/02/2008 9:43:56 AM PST · by ECM · 20 replies · 640+ views
    Local6 ^ | 12:13 pm EST January 2, 2008 | Local6
    "There will be clouds that are similar to the clouds that are generated in the Great Lakes states when we have lake-effect snow," Local 6 meteorologist Larry Mowry said. "I'm going to call for the possibility of snow flurries early Thursday morning near the coastline." Mowry said residents in Daytona Beach, Titusville, Palm Bay and Melbourne may see the snow flurries Thursday. The hard freeze warning was issued for areas north of Interstate 4 and counties located south of I-4 were under a general freeze warning.
  • New Year'sDay Flooded By Gay "Marriages" In New Hampshire

    01/01/2008 10:03:58 AM PST · by ECM · 20 replies · 231+ views
    AP via Pat Dollard ^ | January 1st, 2008 | AP
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Dozens of gay and lesbian couples entered into civil unions in New Hampshire in the early moments of New Year’s Day as a new state law legalized the partnerships after midnight. Organizers said they checked in 37 couples for an outdoor ceremony on the plaza of the New Hampshire Statehouse—the building where the law was adopted and signed in 2007. Participants bundled up against below- freezing temperatures. “We’ve been together 20 years; we’ve been waiting for this moment for 20 years; finally the state will recognize us as we are,” said Julie Bernier, who posed for...
  • Did Bhutto Martyr Herself?

    12/30/2007 4:31:50 AM PST · by ECM · 28 replies · 224+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2007 | James Lewis
    What would you say about a politician who refused to tolerate sensible security measures just a few weeks after a major assassination attempt came within a hair's breadth of killing her, using a baby wrapped in a bomb? That bomb in Karachi killed an estimated 140 people, including the child. Bhutto only survived because by some miracle --- or by some intuition of danger --- she bent down behind the metal shielding of her open truck a few seconds before the bomb went off. *snip* The US government could have offered her improved security ---- and probably did. Her own...
  • Beijing air pollution 'as bad as it can get,' official says

    12/28/2007 9:41:36 AM PST · by ECM · 22 replies · 262+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Dec 27 05:22 AM US/Eastern | AFP
    Beijingers were warned to stay indoors on Thursday as pollution levels across the capital hit the top of the scale, despite repeated assurances by the government that air quality was improving. "This is as bad as it can get," a spokeswoman for the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau told AFP. "Level five is the worst level of air pollution. This is as bad as it has been all year." According to the bureau's website, 15 out of the 16 pollution monitoring stations in urban Beijing registered a "five" for air quality rating. The main pollutant was suspended particulate matter, which is...
  • Problem Teacher List Made Public

    12/21/2007 9:30:24 PM PST · by ECM · 21 replies · 159+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Dec 21 01:05 PM US/Eastern | ROBERT TANNER
    A confidential, nationwide list of 24,500 teachers who have been punished for a wide array of offenses was made available to the public Friday by a Florida newspaper. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune created a searchable database of the teachers' names after waiting for years to gain access to the list. The paper began seeking the material as part of its earlier reporting on teacher sexual misconduct in Florida. It obtained the list from the Florida Department of Education. The list, gathered and maintained by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, does not provide any information on...
  • In Yet Another Stem-Cell Miracle, Dems Have Dropped The Subject

    12/11/2007 5:53:43 PM PST · by ECM · 11 replies · 364+ views
    Investor Business Daily ^ | Tuesday, December 11, 2007 4:30 PM PT | SEAN HIGGINS
    John Edwards had a lot he wanted to say at the Democratic National Committee's fall meeting on Nov. 30. In a fiery speech, he ran down a litany of issues such as Iraq, health care and workers' rights, going well over his allotted 10 minutes and stepping on the other presidential candidates' time. But as lengthy as his remarks were, there was one issue he never mentioned: stem cells. He wasn't alone. Barack Obama didn't address the topic in his speech, either. Nor did any of the other candidates present. Stem cells also slipped the minds of DNC chairman Howard...
  • NYC to Consider Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban

    12/08/2007 11:33:36 AM PST · by ECM · 65 replies · 147+ views
    AP via MyWay ^ | Dec 8, 7:27 AM (ET) | SARA KUGLER
    NEW YORK (AP) - The horse-drawn carriages that clip clop around Central Park could be banned under City Council legislation to be introduced at the urging of animal advocates who say the horses are treated inhumanely. Councilman Tony Avella, who plans to introduce the bill next Wednesday, said the horses that have entertained tourists and New Yorkers for decades are exposed to cruel conditions and are at risk of injury or death as they weave through city traffic. In September, a horse died after it was spooked by street musicians with drums and bolted down Central Park South. It was...
  • Boston firefighter stabbed ("don't want any gringo here")

    12/06/2007 12:22:07 PM PST · by ECM · 100 replies · 1,991+ views
    Fire Rescue 1 ^ | 12/04/2007 | Laurel J. Sweet
    BOSTON — A Boston firefighter is mending from what could have been deadly stab wounds he suffered early yesterday morning when he was allegedly jumped in East Boston while off duty by a group of Hispanic males who told him they "don't want any gringo here." Though police are not classifying the incident as racially fueled, the Boston Police Department's Community Disorders Unit is investigating. The 32-year-old jake, whose name officials were not releasing, is white. Ironically, the firefighter's life was likely saved because he sought refuge from his alleged assailants at Engine 5 on Saratoga Street - the station...
  • US jet intercepts ballistic missile for first time

    12/04/2007 3:52:23 PM PST · by ECM · 15 replies · 300+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Dec 4 07:35 PM US/Eastern | AFP
    A US F-16 fighter used an air-to-air missile to destroy a sounding rocket in its boost phase for the first time this week in a test of a new missile defense concept, US spokesmen said Tuesday. The system -- named the Net-Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCDE) -- breaks new ground in that it would arm fighter aircraft or drones with missiles fast enough to intercept a ballistic missile as it lifts into space. The aircraft would have to get to within a 100 miles of the launch site to catch the ascending missile in the first two to three minutes...
  • The Nazis Were Marxists

    11/25/2007 11:50:06 AM PST · by ECM · 134 replies · 1,556+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 25, 2007 | Bruce Walker
    The Nazis were Marxists, no matter what our tainted academia and corrupt media wishes us to believe. Nazis, Bolsheviks, the Ku Klux Klan, Maoists, radical Islam and Facists -- all are on the Left, something that should be increasingly apparent to decent, honorable people in our times. The Big Lie which places Nazis on some mythical Far Right was created specifically so that there would be a bogeyman manacled on the wrists of those who wish us to move "too far" in the direction of Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater.
  • Retailers Post Robust Start to Holidays

    11/24/2007 8:33:38 PM PST · by ECM · 17 replies · 158+ views
    AP via MyWay ^ | Nov 24, 10:32 PM (ET) | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
    NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's retailers had a robust start to the holiday shopping season, according to results announced Saturday by a national research group that tracks sales at retail outlets across the country. According to ShopperTrak RCT Corp., which tracks sales at more than 50,000 retail outlets, total sales rose 8.3 percent to about $10.3 billion on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, compared with $9.5 billion on the same day a year ago. ShopperTrak had expected an increase of no more than 4 percent to 5 percent. "This is a really strong number. ... You can't have a...
  • Sen. Reid Will Keep Senate Working to Block Bush

    11/16/2007 4:48:28 PM PST · by ECM · 47 replies · 109+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, November 16, 2007 1:20 PM | Kenneth Williams
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will keep the U.S. Senate in session over the Thanksgiving break because he wants to block President Bush from making any recess appointments. Roll Call is reporting that Sen. Reid inserted a statement into the record Friday stating that he will "hold the Senate in a series of pro forma or nonvoting sessions" to prevent Bush from exercising his appointment power. Reid said, “While an election year looms, significant progress can still be made on nominations. I am committed to making that progress if the President will meet me halfway.
  • Federal Grand Jury Indicts Barry Bonds

    11/15/2007 2:29:59 PM PST · by ECM · 39 replies · 67+ views
    AP ^ | 2:24 pm PST November 15, 2007 | AP via NBC11.com
    Baseball superstar Barry Bonds was charged Thursday with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying when he said he did not use performance-enhancing drugs. The indictment, unsealed Thursday by federal prosecutors in San Francisco, is the culmination of a four-year federal probe into whether he lied under oath to a grand jury investigating steroid use by elite athletes. The indictment comes three months after the 43-year-old Bonds, one of the biggest names in professional sports, passed Hank Aaron to become baseball's career home run leader, his sport's most hallowed record.
  • Top court refuses to hear appeal from U.S. army deserters (in Canada)

    11/15/2007 11:50:08 AM PST · by ECM · 3 replies · 755+ views
    CanWest News Service via Canada.com ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2007 | Meagan Fitzpatrick
    Canada's top court will not hear the case of two Americans who sought refugee status here after deserting the U.S. army in 2004 to avoid being deployed to Iraq. In a decision released Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected a bid by Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey to stay in Canada as refugees. The court's ruling backs previous ones by the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Immigration and Refugee Board. Before Thursday's ruling, the Federal Court of Appeal last rejected the claims by Hinzman and Hughey, who crossed the border rather than face possible court...
  • Pelosi Says No Money For Troops Unless Bush Starts Immediate Withdrawal

    11/08/2007 11:43:13 AM PST · by ECM · 54 replies · 51+ views
    AP via Pat Dollard ^ | Nov 8 12:18 PM US/Eastern | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote as early as Friday on legislation that would pay $50 billion for the war in Iraq but require that President Bush start bringing troops home. The money is about a quarter of the $196 billion requested by Bush. It would finance about four months of combat in Iraq, Pelosi told reporters on Thursday. “There will be no blank check for the president,” she said at a Capitol Hill news conference. The bill would set the requirement that troop withdrawals begin immediately.
  • California Sues EPA Over Auto Emissions

    11/08/2007 10:29:31 AM PST · by ECM · 17 replies · 30+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Nov 8 02:11 PM US/Eastern | SAMANTHA YOUNG
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California sued the federal government on Thursday to force a decision about whether the state can impose the nation's first greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks. More than a dozen other states are poised to follow California's lead if it is granted the waiver from federal law, presenting a challenge to automakers who would have to adapt to a patchwork of regulations. The state's lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., was expected after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed last spring to take legal action. "Our future...
  • Female U.S. corporate directors out-earn men: study

    11/07/2007 2:13:13 PM PST · by ECM · 9 replies · 69+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 7, 2007 3:33pm EST | Martha Graybow
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - They may be a small minority in corporate boardrooms, but women directors typically earn more than men, a new U.S. study has found. Female directors in corporate America earned median compensation of $120,000, based on the most recently available pay data, compared with $104,375 for male board members, research group The Corporate Library said in its annual director pay report on Wednesday. At the same time, the study said, women in corporate boardrooms are outnumbered eight to one. "This makes being a director one of the few jobs in the U.S. economy where the pay differential...
  • Ralph Nader Sues Democratic Party

    10/30/2007 2:14:15 PM PDT · by ECM · 32 replies · 325+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Oct 30 04:38 PM US/Eastern | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer advocate and 2004 independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader sued the Democratic Party on Tuesday, contending officials conspired to keep him from taking votes away from nominee John Kerry. Nader's lawsuit, filed in District of Columbia Superior Court, also named as co-defendants Kerry's campaign, the Service Employees International Union and several so-called 527 organizations such as America Coming Together, which were created to promote voter turnout on behalf of the Democratic ticket. The lawsuit also alleges that the Democratic National Committee conspired to force Nader off the ballot in several states.
  • Controversial DNA scientist retires (DNA linked to IQ and race flap)

    10/25/2007 6:05:43 PM PDT · by ECM · 79 replies · 110+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Thu Oct 25, 10:06 AM ET | AP
    James Watson, the Nobel laureate who sparked an international furor last week with comments about intelligence levels among blacks, has retired from his post at a prestigious research institution. ADVERTISEMENT Watson, 79, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York announced his departure Thursday. Watson was chancellor of the institution, and his retirement was effective immediately.
  • Kansas Planned Parenthood Clinic Charged

    10/17/2007 3:12:07 PM PDT · by ECM · 5 replies · 137+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Oct 17 05:08 PM US/Eastern | ANDALE GROSS
    A Planned Parenthood clinic was charged Wednesday with providing unlawful abortions and other crimes by a county prosecutor who had engaged in a high-profile battle with the clinic when he was Kansas attorney general. Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline charged the Overland Park, Kan., clinic with 107 counts, 23 of them felonies. Besides 29 misdemeanor counts of providing unlawful late-term abortions, the clinic is charged with multiple counts of making a false writing, failure to maintain records and failure to determine viability. Case documents have been sealed, according to a court order. The first hearing is set for Nov....