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  • Native Americans on Columbus Day

    10/12/2015 7:14:41 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 28 replies
    Fox 5 NY ^ | 10-12-15 | Rosanna Scotto
    <p>More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.</p> <p>As the U.S. observes Columbus Day on Monday, it will also be Indigenous Peoples Day in at least nine cities for the first time this year, including Albuquerque; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Olympia, Washington.</p>
  • Two of six suspects arrested in gang rape

    07/27/2015 2:39:11 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 39 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 7-27-15 | Staff WXYZ
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police have arrested two of six suspects involved in the gang rape of a woman and the robbery of her friend on the city's west side. They have also identified a third person and are currently looking for him. According to police, Antoine Edward-Ikie Orr, 18, and Jordan Alexander Reese, 17, were arrested on July 23. Chico Lee Bruce, 22, is still at large. On July 16 around 10 p.m., a 21-year-old woman and her 22-year-old male friend were walking in the 10300 block of West McNichols near Wyoming, when six men approached them. One of...
  • Parked in Handicapped zone without plate

    07/16/2015 12:21:21 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 28 replies
    Addiktion ^ | 7-16-15 | Addiktion
    This guy will never park there again.
  • Is it Me or does this years True Detective suck?

    07/13/2015 5:53:22 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 24 replies
    Me | --- | Vanity
    It seems to me to just be dark. I want complex characters not predictably depressing. Its like Gertrude Stein said about Oakland California: there is no there there. I always value FREEPER input.
  • The Jew-Hating Obama Administration (Judeo-Christian hating is more acurate)

    07/05/2014 5:06:21 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 9 replies
    Front Page ^ | 7/2/14 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, three Jewish boys were found dead, murdered by the terrorist group Hamas: Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, 16. Frenkel was an American citizen. The three were kidnapped while hitchhiking some three weeks ago. In the interim, President Barack Obama said nothing about them publicly. His wife issued no hashtags. His State Department maintained that $400 million in American taxpayer cash would continue to the Palestinian unity government, which includes Hamas. Presumably Frenkel did not look enough like Barack Obama’s imaginary son for him to give a damn. Or perhaps Frenkel hadn’t deserted his duty...
  • Detroit spent big to renovate 30 homes under federal program, got low sale prices ($8.7M)

    05/29/2014 2:49:35 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 50 replies
    AP ^ | 5-29-14 | AP Staff
    Detroit spent as much as $537,000 per home renovating 30 houses starting in 2011 under a federal program to fight blight before selling most for less than $100,000 each, according to a newspaper's investigation published on Thursday. The Detroit Land Bank transformed eyesores into gems, with features such as glass-tiled bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, underground sprinkler systems and, in some cases, geothermal heating, The Detroit News reported A goal was to entice middle class families into the East English Village and Boston Edison neighborhoods. Land bank Executive Director Richard Wiener, who took over in January, said officials "are now moving...
  • U.S. economy shrinks 1% in first quarter

    05/29/2014 11:40:03 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 24 replies
    CBC ^ | 5-29-14 | Staff
    Twitter 0 Reddit Share 27 Email Related Stories â– China's economic shift set to throw the West off-balance â– China passes U.S. to become world's largest trader â– U.S. economy ekes out 0.1 per cent GDP growth The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March. The result marked the first retreat in three years, but economists are confident the downturn was temporary. Gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 1 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That was worse than the government's initial estimate last...
  • Arkansas Senate: Cotton (R) 47%, Pryor (D) 43%

    05/29/2014 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 20 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 5-29-14 | Rasmussen
    Republican challenger Tom Cotton still holds a narrow lead over incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in Arkansas’ U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide survey of Likely Arkansas Voters finds Cotton, a U.S. congressman, with 47% support to Pryor’s 43%. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, while six percent (6%) remain undecided. The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Arkansas was conducted on February 4-5, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence
  • Activists at U-M trying to force engineering students to study race and ethnicity

    03/14/2014 1:08:48 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 54 replies
    DC ^ | 3-14-14 | Robby Soave
    To become a good engineer of business major, a student must first study the all-important subjects of race and ethnicity — at least according to student government leaders at the University of Michigan, who are working to extend the liberal arts college’s race requirements to all colleges of the university. The Central Student Government, aims to reform the requirement that all students in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts study race and ethnicity before graduation. Moving forward, all students–even those in the Colleges of Engineering and Business — would be forced to take a class with a racial...
  • 1823 days in Office: Bush 43% Obama 40%

    01/23/2014 2:45:20 PM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 18 replies ^ | 1/23/14 | Gallup
    At the same point in their 2nd term: 1823 days in Office: Bush 43% Obama 40%
  • The World Is Getting Better and Better Poverty rate slashed 80 percent since 1970

    01/15/2014 1:29:33 PM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 3 replies
    Mich Cap Con ^ | 1/2/14 | Jarrett Skorup
    There often is a tendency for those concerned about the size and scope of government to feel like everything is getting perpetually worse. But a full look at the evidence shows this isn't so. While critics claim that free trade and globalization are merely a "race to the bottom," the world as a whole has been quietly reducing poverty, disease, famines and war by embracing the free market. University of Michigan-Flint economist Mark Perry has a chart showing the remarkable decrease in the world poverty rate, which has fallen 80 percent, from 26.8 percent in 1970 to 5.4 percent in...
  • Why House Republicans Don't Have an Electoral Incentive to Compromise

    10/21/2013 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/3/2013 | Charlie Cook
    Could Republicans lose their House majority if the budget showdown and the upcoming debt-ceiling fight go badly for them? Anything can happen, of course, and the polls showing that Republicans are likely to catch more of the blame than President Obama for Washington's dysfunction are making some Democrats more optimistic about their prospects of regaining control. Still, the odds of a Democratic takeover of the chamber are slim. Even though the gap between Republicans and Democrats in the House is only 17 seats, it would take a pretty big wave to get Democrats up to 218. We have seen waves...
  • Why Democrats aren't likely to take the House in 2014

    10/21/2013 3:09:07 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/7/2013 | Michael Barone
    America's current demography -- with Democratic voters clustered in central cities, certain... Nate Cohn has a good piece in the New Republic explaining to its mostly liberal readers why Democrats don't have a good chance to regain a majority in the House in 2014, despite the supposedly massive unpopularity of House Republicans. The bottom line: There aren't many target seats (only 17 House Republicans represent districts that voted for Barack Obama in 2012) and Democrats don't seem to be running strong candidates in many of them. Another statistic could be cited: Obama carried only 209 congressional districts, while Mitt Romney...
  • Obama Admin's Loose Talk Exposed Dr. Afridi (0bama ball spiking has collateral damage)

    06/01/2013 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-31-13 | Joel Pollak
    Loose talk by senior members of the Obama administration may have condemned Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who assisted America's hunt for Osama bin Laden, to 33-year term in prison on trumped-up charges. According to Fox News, an official 357-page report by the Pakistani government that examined the security failures that allowed the U.S. to evade that country's defenses in the raid on May 2, 2011 concluded that Dr. Afridi was implicated by a "statement by the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was the CIA Director when May 2 happened, confirming the role of Dr. Afridi in making the...
  • Europe’s Meltdown: A Cautionary Tale (Muzzies gone wild)

    06/01/2013 6:26:15 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-1-13 | Pamela Geller
    Muslims rioted in Sweden for a week, burning cars and attacking police. This is just the latest in an unremitting Islamic campaign, a continent-wide jihad initiative leaving death and destruction in its wake. It is a glimpse into the present and future of Europe, due to its disastrous and suicidal immigration policies, and a cautionary tale for America. And it isn’t just in Sweden. It’s in France as well, where there have been periodic Muslim riots, featuring the same car-burnings, screams of “Allahu akbar,” and attacks on police. All over the continent, we see the effects of Muslim immigration in...
  • Carlton Fiske arrested for DUI

    10/29/2012 12:34:58 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 13 replies
    Tribune ^ | 10-29-12 | Dennis Sullivan
    Former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk has been charged with DUI after police in New Lenox said they found him passed out in a pickup truck in a farm field. Fisk, 64, was at the wheel with the engine running when police arrived around 7:25 p.m. Monday, according to Deputy Chief Bob Pawlisz. Fisk was disoriented when officers woke him, and he declined a blood-alcohol test. An open 1.75-liter bottle of liquor also was in the car, Pawlisz said. Fisk was treated at Silver Cross Hospital and released Tuesday morning after posting bail and is scheduled to appear in Will...
  • Feds Give Welfare to the Dead, Deny Medicare to the Living

    10/20/2012 7:28:05 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 3 replies
    New American ^ | 10/19/12 | Michael Tennant
    The federal government has been paying welfare benefits to the dead and withholding Medicare benefits from the living, according to a new report from the Inspector General (IG) of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The report, released October 12, set out to determine whether some individuals were improperly receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments after having their Medicare benefits terminated because they were considered deceased. SSI, which provides income support to needy individuals who are aged, blind, or disabled, is administered directly by the SSA. Medicare, which provides health insurance to the aged and disabled, is administered by the Centers...
  • Wind Farm Groundbreaking Ceremony (Chicomms in Montana)

    10/19/2012 1:01:09 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 26 replies
    KURL ^ | 10/19/2012 | Christine Corrado
    SHAWMUT - Montana is increasingly harnessing the power of wind. Thursday marked the official groundbreaking ceremony for a wind turbine project in Shawmut. Senator Max Baucus set the groundwork for the plant during a 2010 trip to China that brought him face to face with officials from the second largest wind turbine company in the world, Goldwind. "I went and talked to them. I said hey, you know, we're a great state. And a lot of people don't know about Montana." That's when Goldwind agreed to come to Big Sky Country and struck a deal for the 20-megawatt plant. Tom...
  • Romney Widens Lead Over Obama in Electoral College: CU Professors (330 R; 208 0)

    10/16/2012 8:07:46 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 11 replies
    New American ^ | 10-16-12 | Bob Adelmann
    The forecast of the 2012 presidential election by Michael Berry and Kenneth Bicker, political science professors at the University of Colorado, that was released in August has been updated with more current economic information, and the result is the same: a Romney win as the economy continues to falter. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency, and Berry and Bicker are projecting that Governor Mitt Romney will win 330 of the 538 votes up for grabs in November, while President Obama will receive just 208, down from the 213 they predicted in August. It’s the economy. The...
  • Global Climate Warming Stopped 15 Years Ago, UK Met Office Admits

    10/15/2012 11:38:25 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 15 replies
    New American ^ | 10/15/2012 | Alwx Newman
    Despite playing a key role in advancing climate change hysteria, the United Kingdom’s National Weather Service, known as the Met Office, quietly released a report last week conceding that so-called “global warming” actually stopped more than 15 years ago. The startling admission shows once again that United Nations theories and climate models are wildly inaccurate at best, experts say, meaning multi-trillion dollar schemes to deal with alleged human-caused “climate change” are at the very least severely misguided. According to the latest UK Met Office report, first reported by the Daily Mail, there has been no noticeable increase in global temperatures...
  • Anti Obama bumper sticket at Ebay

    10/13/2012 6:33:10 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 26 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10/12/2012 | Mikey_1962
    I like it.
  • Obama Wants Arizona to Re-Fund Planned Parenthood (forcing AZ taxpayers to pay for abortion)

    10/10/2012 12:13:52 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 14 replies
    New American ^ | 10-10-12 | Dave Bohon
    The Obama administration has joined with Planned Parenthood in a suit intended to stop an Arizona law that defunds the abortion giant. The Whole Woman’s Healthcare Funding Prioritization Act, signed into law last May by Republican Governor Jan Brewer (pictured with Obama), defunds abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood. The law offers the state family planning funds instead to entities that provide comprehensive healthcare without an abortion option. On October 4, Obama's Department of Justice filed a brief in the suit, claiming that the state of Arizona is not permitted to decide which groups will receive Medicare money it gets...
  • Forced to live alongside squatter in my Detroit house, woman says. (Peoples Republic of Detroit)

    10/10/2012 5:24:45 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 50 replies
    My Fox Detroit ^ | 10-10-12 | Taryn Asher
    <p>DETROIT -- Heidi Peterson always dreamed of living in a historical home. In May of 2010, she bought one in Detroit's Boston-Edison District for $23,000.</p> <p>After being away for a year, she said she returned to her house last week and found a woman living there. Peterson learned from neighbors she had been living there for a few months.</p>
  • Push to ban football at a New Hampshire high school

    10/03/2012 7:20:32 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 14 replies
    MyFoxDC ^ | 10-3-12 | STAFF
    Dr. Paul Butler is on the school board and says the sport puts players at risk of brain damage later in life. Dover High's athletic director points out that the school is part of a concussion prevention program. The school board chair and vice-chair say they will not support the proposed football ban.
  • Americans Are Already Double and Triple Taxed

    10/01/2012 11:41:27 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 2 replies
    New American ^ | 10-1-12 | Laurence M. Vance
    Unless the Democrats and Republicans in Congress can reach an agreement on an extension, many temporary tax-cut provisions will expire at the end of this year. The so-called Bush tax cut — The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (JGTRRA) — gave us our current six income tax brackets of 10, 15, 25, 28, 33, and 35 percent, a $1,000 child tax credit, a long-term capital gains rate of 15 percent, a qualified dividend tax rate of 15 percent (0 percent for those in the...
  • Teachers Can Be Caught In School Drunk Five Times and On Drugs Three Times Before Being Fired

    09/28/2012 8:36:31 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    MichCapCon ^ | 9-28-12 | Tom Gantert
    Forget zero tolerance. Bay City Public School teachers for years could be caught repeatedly under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol without being fired. Teachers in possession or under the influence of illegal drugs could be caught three times before they lost their job, and they got five strikes if they were drunk on school grounds before being fired. A school district official said the language in the union contract that protects teachers for those instances "was incorporated into the teacher Master Agreement in 1997." Those protections also were included in the Bay City Education Association teacher’s contract that...
  • Kid Rock on WRIF now - Endorsing Romney

    09/28/2012 6:08:15 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 9 replies
    Kid Rock is endorsing Romney on Drew & Mike 101 WRIF FM right now.
  • U.S. Troops Deployed in Iraq Again

    09/27/2012 12:33:39 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 4 replies
    New American ^ | 9-27-12 | Jack Kenny
    A unit of U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq and more U.S. soldiers may soon be on their way, according to a New York Times report on the impact the civil war in neighboring Syria is having on Iraq's "fragile society and fledgling democracy." Buried in the 15th paragraph of the report in Tuesday's Times was the news that "Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions" and that a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers has already...
  • Critics Blast Obama For Gutting 1996 Welfare Reform Law

    08/09/2012 12:42:07 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 4 replies
    New American ^ | 8-9-12 | Brian Koenig
    Republican critics and presumed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are slamming President Obama for reversing a landmark welfare reform law instituted in 1996 under the Clinton administration. The 1996 law enacted a number of reforms, including a time limit on how long families could receive aid, a requirement that recipients must eventually find work, and a provision that replaced a federal entitlement with grants to the states. The debacle underscores the work requirements attached to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the federal assistance program that became welfare in 1996. Currently, the program includes a series of requirements that...
  • Obama Bringing Chicago-Style Politics to Election Season

    08/09/2012 12:21:47 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 7 replies
    New American ^ | 8-9-12 | Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
    It would seem that all of the optimistic talk of “hope” and “change” that marked President Obama’s campaign of four years ago is now ancient history. This election season, as the Obama administration forecasted prior to the completion of the GOP primaries, would be full of nit and grit. As the most recent Obama super PAC ad makes abundantly clear, the president is making good on his word. Priorities USA Action produced an ad — “Understands” is its title — that implicates Mitt Romney in the death of the wife of a steelworker whose Kansas City plant — GST Steel...
  • Obama Blames State and Local Governments, Congress for 14.1 Percent Black Unemployment

    08/08/2012 6:05:52 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 18 replies
    TWS ^ | 8/8/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    In an interview with Black Enterprise magazine, President Barack Obama blames state and local governments, as well as Congress, for over 14 percent black unemployment. "Black unemployment still stands at nearly 14%. How do you communicate that the economy is headed in the right direction?," the editor in chief of Black Enterprise asks Obama. "Most economists will tell you that there is no doubt the economy has gotten stronger, but we are digging ourselves out a deep hole. There are a lot more things we could be doing. To get them done, we need cooperation of Congress. We got the...
  • Police Chief’s $204,000 Pension Shows How Cities Crashed

    08/03/2012 10:21:52 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 15 replies
    S F Chronicle ^ | 7-31-12 | Alison Vekshin, James Nash and Rodney Yap
    Stockton, California, Police Chief Tom Morris was supposed to bring stability to law enforcement when he was appointed to the job four years ago. He lasted eight months and left the now-bankrupt city at age 52 with an annual pension that pays more than $204,000 -- the third of four chiefs who stayed in the position for less than three years and retired with an average of 92 percent of their final salaries. Stockton, which filed for bankruptcy protection on June 28, is among California cities from the Mexican border to the San Francisco Bay confronting rising pension costs as...
  • State (MI) Gives Company $1.65 Million, Creates Zero Jobs and Goes Out of Business

    07/28/2012 11:14:01 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 15 replies
    MiCapCon ^ | 7/27/12 | Matthew Needham and Jarrett Skorup
    The state of Michigan gave one company $1.65 million, with which zero jobs were created or retained after the business went bankrupt. This is one of several instances where projections fell short for a state fund designed to support select businesses. The money was given through the Michigan Strategic Fund, a state program that administers the 21st Century Investments program “to strengthen and diversify Michigan’s economy by investing in venture capital, private equity, and mezzanine funds as a method to create jobs and provide financial assistance for the creation of new businesses or industries.” To date, the direct investment category...
  • Obama believes success is a gift from government

    07/18/2012 4:54:20 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 31 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7-17-12 | Michael Barone
    Perhaps the rain made the teleprompter unreadable. That's one thought I had on pondering Barack Obama's comments to a rain-soaked rally in Roanoke, Va., last Friday. Perhaps he didn't really mean what he said. Or perhaps -- as is often the case with people when unanchored from a prepared text -- he revealed what he really thinks. "There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back," he began, defending his policy of higher tax rates on high earners. "They know they didn't -- look, if you've been successful, you...
  • Obama to American business: You’re welcome

    07/17/2012 7:11:47 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 14 replies
    AEI ^ | 7-17-12 | James Pethokoukis
    It’s always illuminating when President Obama gives his insights on how America’s free enterprise system works. Here he is last Friday at a campaign event in Virginia: There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be...
  • Chinese road builder trips up on European project

    06/06/2012 11:07:33 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6-4-12 | STAFF
    SKIERNIEWICE, Poland -- Chinese companies have wowed the world with superhighways, high-speed trains and snazzy airports, all built seemingly overnight. Yet a modest highway through Polish potato fields proved to be too much for one of China's biggest builders. The A2 highway between Warsaw and Berlin was supposed to be an opportunity for Chinese construction to shine on a European stage after years of megaprojects at home and in the developing world. Poland badly wanted the project completed before the European soccer championships starting June 8, which Poland is hosting for the first time with Ukraine. Instead, a key 30-mile...
  • Book Review: “The Amateur, Barack Obama in the White House”

    05/25/2012 8:51:13 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 10 replies
    New American ^ | 5-25-12 | Bob Adelmann
    This book is more about the man — his hubris, his arrogance, his naiveté — than it is about his ideology because the author, a member of the insider Council on Foreign Relations, an influential group that promotes the diminishing of our country's constitutional structure and the ceding of U.S. sovereignty to a transnational global government such as the United Nations, no doubt shares that ideology. Klein is a certified member of the establishment elite, having graduated from Columbia University with two degrees and having been a foreign affairs editor at Newsweek magazine and a former editor of the New...
  • M1 Garand: Our New Service Rifle (Original 1938 Review)

    05/18/2012 11:00:10 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 84 replies
    American Rifleman ^ | August 1938 | Maj. G.H. Drewry
    For more than thirty years the Ordnance Department endeavored to obtain a satisfactory semi-automatic or self-loading rifle to replace the bolt action Springfield. These efforts were not confined to the development within the Department. Invitations were extended periodically to gun designers in this country and abroad to submit weapons for test, and tests were made of those received which showed any promise of meeting the specifications prescribed. During this period of thirty odd years many rifles were received and tested. Mechanisms embodying every known principle of operation were represented in the many types submitted. After many tests of various calibers,...
  • The Green River Formation: World's Largest Oil Shale Deposits

    05/16/2012 11:06:09 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 33 replies
    New American ^ | 5-15-12 | Bruce Walker
    A stretch of largely vacant federal lands in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado may hold more recoverable oil than all the rest of the world put together. That is what Anu Mittal, Director of Natural Resources for the General Accounting Office, informed the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment in her written testimony on May 10: The Green River Formation — an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming — contains the world's largest deposits of oil shale. USGS [U.S. Geological Survey] estimates that the Green River Formation contains...
  • Around world, Obama's presidency a disappointment

    05/12/2012 8:36:00 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 5-12-12 | DON MELVIN and ROD McGUIRK
    In Europe, where more than 200,000 people thronged a Berlin rally in 2008 to hear Barack Obama speak, there's disappointment that he hasn't kept his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and perceptions that he's shunting blame for the financial crisis across the Atlantic. In Mogadishu, a former teacher wishes he had sent more economic assistance and fewer armed drones to fix Somalia's problems. And many in the Middle East wonder what became of Obama's vow, in a landmark 2009 speech at the University of Cairo, to forge a closer relationship with the Muslim world. In a...
  • Challenging the Congressional GOP Establishment

    05/12/2012 7:27:56 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 6 replies
    New American ^ | 5-11-2012 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    The Republican Party establishment is under assault in a much more fundamental way in 2012 than it was in the Tea Party revolution of 2010. ThereÂ’s a battle brewing between the big-government establishment, sometimes called neoconservatives, and both the Ron Paul and Tea Party factions of the party. Nowhere has this insurgency into the Republican Party been more apparent than in Utah, where a strong Tea Party movement ousted establishment GOP Senator Bob Bennett in a 2010 primary. Tea Party activists resented BennettÂ’s increasingly liberal voting record in general and his vote for the 2008 TARP bailout of big banks...
  • Wisconsin Recall Election: Walker 50%, Barrett 45%

    05/12/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 10 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 5/12/2012 | Rasmussen
    Embattled Republican Governor Scott Walker holds a five-point lead over his newly nominated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in Wisconsin’s special recall election. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey shows that 50% of the state’s Likely Voters prefer Walker while 45% choose Barrett. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate and another two percent (2%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Wisconsin was conducted on May 9, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports.
  • Justice Dept. Wants to Track All Cellphones Without a Warrant

    05/11/2012 5:19:24 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    New American ^ | 5-11-12 | Bob Adelmann
    In its relentless never-ending quest for more power to track and follow American citizens through their cellphones, the Department of Justice (DoJ) requested last week that Congress give them easier access to location data stored by cellphone service providers. Jason Weinstein, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s criminal division, argued that requiring a search warrant to gain such access would “cripple” his department’s efforts to investigate crime and criminals. Said Weinstein, There is really no fairness and no justice when the law applies differently to different people depending on which courthouse you’re sitting in. For that...
  • Federal 'Stimulus' Spent $34.5 Million In Michigan For Only 183 Total Jobs ($188K/job)

    05/10/2012 12:33:22 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 6 replies
    MichCapCon ^ | 5-10-12 | Anne Schieber
    If jobs are any measure, 14 Michigan "green" companies that were awarded $34.5 million in taxpayer funded grants and loans aren't generating much heat. According to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the companies have reported a total of 183 jobs. While a final report will not be issued until June, calls and emails to the companies indicate the total number will not be much higher. The state awarded the grants and loans in 2009 and 2010 under its Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing Program. The money came from federal stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The federal government...
  • Obama's New "Zero-Tolerance" of Whistleblowers Betrays Promised Protection

    05/10/2012 10:34:45 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 1 replies
    New American ^ | 5-10-12 | Joe Wolverton, II
    After his election in 2008, Barack Obama posted to his administration’s new website — — that he would protect whistleblowers. The then-president-elect promised: We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Not that politicians have a habit of keeping campaign promises, but President Obama’s policy of zealously pursuing, prosecuting, and punishing those who report abuses in government is remarkable for its relentlessness. Edward Wasserman, speaking last month at the 6th Annual Logan Symposium...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Romney 49; Obama 44; Ind 3; Undec 3)

    05/08/2012 6:39:41 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 27 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 5-8-12 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Mitt Romney earning 49% of the vote and President Obama attracting 44% support. Three percent (3%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecided. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). The uptick for Romney comes as investor confidence has fallen six points in the wake of last week’s disappointing jobs report. Looking ahead five years, just 44% of Americans believe the nation’s economy will be stronger than it is today. That’s the lowest level...
  • Sky-high Electric Bills Courtesy of Obama EPA’s War on Coal

    05/07/2012 6:11:09 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 23 replies
    New American ^ | 5-4-12 | William F. Jasper
    “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” — Candidate Barack Obama, 
San Francisco Chronicle interview, 
January 17, 2008 “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” — Candidate Barack Obama, 
Same interview as above “We’re going to have to cap the emission of greenhouse gasses. That means that power plants are going to have to adjust how they generate power … but a lot of us who...
  • Greenland’s Not-So-Rapidly Flowing Glaciers

    05/05/2012 7:03:47 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 13 replies
    New American ^ | 5-4-12 | Rebecca Terrell
    Greenland's glaciers are flowing at a slower pace than predicted, according to a team of experts who published results of their research in the latest issue of Science magazine. Studies at the turn of the 21st century forecasted as much as a doubling of glacier velocity by 2010, threatening a drastic rise in sea level. However, according to the new research from the University of Washington and Ohio State University, "Observed acceleration indicates that sea level rise from Greenland may fall well below proposed upper bounds." The team collected satellite data from 2000 to 2010 tracking more than 200 of...
  • Obama's Chicago Politics: Thuggery Not Civility

    05/04/2012 8:44:43 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 3 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | 5-4-12 | Michael Barone
    It has been reported that the Obama campaign this year, as in 2008, has disabled or chosen not to use AVS in screening contributions made by credit card. That doesn't sound very important. But it's evidence of a modus operandi that strikes me as thuggish. AVS stands for Address Verification System. It's the software that checks whether the name of the cardholder matches his or her address. If a campaign doesn't use AVS, it can wind up accepting contributions from phony names or accepting contributions from foreigners, both of which are illegal. The 2008 Obama campaign pocketed money from "John...
  • Mom accused of sex with estranged son she found on Facebook. (Projectile vomit warning)

    05/03/2012 7:28:31 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 60 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 5-3-12 | Eric Morales
    After not seeing her son in 16 years a northern California woman is accused of tracking him down over the social networking site and having sex with him. In early March, Police in Napa, California served a search warrant on a local hotel where they found the 32-year-old Mistie Atkinson and her now 16-year-old son according to the New York Daily News. Atkinson a resident of Lake County, is charged with incest, oral copulation with a minor, contact with a minor for a sexual offense and sending harmful material to the 16-year-old. According to the Napa Valley Register the police...