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  • Congressman's Audience Demands Obama Investigation

    04/06/2012 6:13:52 AM PDT · by TexasVoter · 32 replies
    Center for Western Journalism ^ | 04/05/2012 | Daniel Noe
    Tom Ballantyne Jr., author of “Oh Really, O’Reilly?“, went to a meeting of the Red Mountain Tea Party in Arizona on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Although cameras were not allowed into the meeting, Tom was able to sneak in a recording device. In the video Ballantyne asks Arizona Republican Congressman (and Senate hopeful) Jeff Flake about his views on ForgeryGate, the controversy revolving around Barack Obama’s forged birth certificate and selective service card that the mainstream media on both sides seeks to hide. The results aren’t pretty…
  • Court Tells Obama: Eat Your Own Darn Peas

    04/06/2012 1:51:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | John Ransom
    Thanks to goodness we have Obama to provide us with the many teachable moments in his personal journey of discovery as president of the United States. The country may not be better off, but at least Obama is growing as a person. And why wouldn’t he? He’s personally taken out the world’s largest student loan to cover the four year period of instruction. His $5 trillion in student loan debt disguised as a deficit may not seem economical, but when were student loans ever supposed to have anything to do with economics? They are just resources meant to hasten- and...
  • Gingrich speaks at 9-12 Delaware Patriots meeting

    04/06/2012 1:47:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    WGMD - DELMARVA | April 5, 2012 | Andrew Koch
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich capped his busy Thursday of cris-crossing Delaware by speaking at the 9-12 Delaware Patriots’ Sussex County chapter in the Millsboro Fire Hall. With several candidates for local and statewide offices in attendance, ranging from Glen Urquhart to Tom Kovach, Gingrich outlined his platform and vision for putting America back on the right track. He interacted with the audience from the podium, rolling with shouted remarks from attendees, and even referring to an Android tablet a man in the front row was using to talk about innovation through technology to make the government more efficient. He...
  • Hugo Chavez en Route to Brazilian Hospital with Complications? (to treat radiation burns)

    04/05/2012 10:58:56 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 5, 2010 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Brazilian media is reporting that ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will make an emergency trip to Brazil after allegedly suffering intestinal burns during his radiation treatment in Cuba. Chávez, who in June of last year revealed that Cuban doctors had removed a cancerous tumor from his abdominal region, has been going back-and-forth from the island nation for treatment. The Associated Press reported earlier on Thursday that the Venezuelan leader had returned to his country on Wednesday night from radiation treatment in Cuba. "So far, fortunately there hasn't been any adverse reaction to the treatment," Chavez said Wednesday, according to The...
  • With Voter ID out the window, don’t be overwrought by the onslaught of fraud

    04/05/2012 9:35:44 PM PDT · by cold666pack · 6 replies
    Denver Examiner ^ | April 5, 2012 | Sunana Batra
    I’ve been noticing every time I access my banks account online, or my water bill, and particularly by cell phone bill, I am compelled to jump through more hoops than Alex the cat, ‘for my own good’ they insist. Yet at the same time banks beef up their security, force you to create cheat sheets to remember half a dozen passwords just to access your account in an effort to protect your privacy, our elected officials clear the way for your vote to be stolen. Way to go! Yesterday, Colorado Senate Democrats nixed a proposal to ask voters whether people...
  • The Vetting: Obama Exploited Catholics To Push Universal Health Care In Illinois

    04/05/2012 9:26:56 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 7 replies
    Big Government ^ | 04-06-12 | Charles C. Johnson
    In 1999, then-State Senator Barack Obama invoked the late radical Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who passed away in 1996, to promote a universal health care law he co-sponsored and which Illinois voters had overwhelmingly rejected. The bill incorporated language directly from the late cardinal’s 1995 pastoral letter, “A Sign of Hope,” which argued for a “fundamental right” to healthcare, reading, in part: “Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize that right.” Supporters of single payer health care, like Dr. Quentin Young...
  • "Obamacare's Assault on Religious Liberty" Live Webcast Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Noon EST

    04/05/2012 8:48:05 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | 04/05/2012 | Paul A. Rahe
    Hillsdale College First Principles on First Fridays lecture: “Obamacare's Assault on Religious Liberty” Funding for this month’s First Principles on First Fridays program has been provided by the Philip M. McKenna Foundation.Paul A. RaheCharles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage, Hillsdale CollegeDownload the Flier.Tuesday, April 10, 201212:00 - 1:00 p.m.Please note that this month’s program will take place on a Tuesday in deference to Good Friday.Paul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage and is Professor of History at Hillsdale College. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University...
  • Rise in justifiable homicides linked to weak gun control laws

    04/05/2012 7:58:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 49 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Harry J Enten, Gabriel Dance and Karen McVeigh
    Rising numbers of civilian justifiable homicides across the US are closely linked to states with both weak gun controls and stand-your-ground laws, according to a Guardian analysis of FBI and other data, which show a 25% increase in such killings since the controversial self-defence laws started being introduced around 2005. Stand-your-ground (SYG) measures, which have attracted increasing scrutiny since the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighbourhood watch volunteer in Florida, allow citizens to use deadly force when they believe their life is in danger, without requiring them to retreat or try to escape the threat...
  • Bill increases Second Amendment protection

    04/05/2012 7:50:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    news-star.com ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Staff
    SHAWNEE, Okla. — Members of a state House committee have voted to increase the legal protection of citizens’ constitutional rights. Senate Bill 1760, by state Sen. Anthony Sykes and state Rep. T.W. Shannon, would specify that Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights cannot be taken away during a declared state of emergency. “While government may assume greater police powers to preserve public safety during times of emergency, the government should never be allowed to strip citizens of their most basic constitutional rights,” said Shannon, R-Lawton. “This legislation simply makes clear that Oklahomans will continue to have the right to self-defense during emergency...
  • Hunters fighting to stop Thurston Co. gun ordinance(WA)

    04/05/2012 7:45:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    komonews.com ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Bryan Johnson
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Hunters in Olympia say a proposed gun control ordinance is illegal and dangerous, and they're fighting to keep it off the books. The Thurston County Commission is mulling a proposed ordinance that would make it illegal to fire a gun on county shores. "Both the residents and the commissioners are persuaded that discharge of firearms in this area is no longer safe because of population density," said Commissioner Karen Valenzuela. That plan isn't sitting well with local hunters, who say the waters around Olympia are prime locations for duck hunting. The hunters showed up in droves to...
  • U. S. Legislative Immigration Update April 2, 2012

    04/05/2012 6:36:39 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 1 replies
    Obama Administration Expands Backdoor Amnesty | USCIS Proposes Rule to Circumvent Federal Laws on Admission | Court Will Drop DUI Charges for Obama's Illegal Alien Uncle | California Sides with Illegal Aliens before the Supreme Court | Republicans Draft DREAM Act Alternatives in Advance of Elections
  • Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 4.5.2012 | John Hudson
    Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court's authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling. "The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?" asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court's right to wipe away Congress's legislation. "Sans précédent, extraordinaires" reads the article. In the...
  • Muslim Brotherhood envoys met with White House officials in DC [DNC has found a religion to promote]

    04/05/2012 5:13:31 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies
    foxnews.com/ ^ | April 5 2012 | Fox News
    White House officials met this week with envoys from the Muslim Brotherhood, in the latest sign that the Islamist group is returning to prominence in post-Mubarak Egypt after years in political exile.
  • NBC Accuses Federal Judge of Bringing Politics Into Courtroom By Questioning Obama

    04/05/2012 5:11:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 5, 2012 | Kyle Drennen
    On Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams accused a federal judge of bringing politics into the judicial process simply by ordering the Justice Department to explain controversial comments President Obama made against the Supreme Court: "Politics are ideally supposed to stay out of the nation's courtrooms, but that's not what happened this week in a federal courtroom in Texas." In report that followed, correspondent Pete Williams proclaimed: "The political controversy spilled into a Texas federal court, where the rules are designed to filter out politics, interrupting arguments about a challenge to part of the Obama health care law." Williams...
  • Carney: Obama Not Understood Because He Spoke In "Shorthand" Since He Is A Law Professor

    04/05/2012 2:36:04 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 204 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 5, 2012
    <p>White House press secretary Jay Carney tells the press corps that President Obama's attack on the Supreme Court was misunderstood because he was speaking in "shorthand" since he is a former professor of law.</p> <p>Henry: The president is a former constitutional law professor. One of his professors is Laurence Tribe. He now says, in his words, the president “obviously misspoke earlier this week”, quote “he didn’t say what he meant and having said that in order to avoid misleading anyone, he had to clarify it.” I thought yesterday you were saying repeatedly that he did not misspeak. What do you make of the president’s former law professor saying he did?</p>
  • The Value of Taxes(LOL)

    04/05/2012 3:27:18 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    In any election year, taxes are a political football. And this year, with corporate-backed politicians attacking public workers and the taxes that make public services possible, is no different. Missing from the debate, though, is thoughtful conversation on the real value of taxes. Taxes pay for our schools, our roads. Taxes cover our libraries, our fire stations. Taxes, like public service workers, make America happen. In paying taxes, we demonstrate that we value public services, and the hard-working Americans who provide those services, including many AFSCME members. That’s the argument commentator Melissa Chadburn makes in her recent segment on American...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, April-5-2012

    04/05/2012 2:29:19 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 40 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • When Debt Is Not Debt and a Government isn't a Government

    04/05/2012 1:28:50 PM PDT · by inkling
    Goldwater Institute ^ | April 5, 2012 | Mark Flatten
    Click image to enlarge Open your wallets even wider, Arizona taxpayers. You may already know that every American is on the hook for just under $50,000, each person’s piece of the $15.6 trillion in debt run up by the federal government. But what you may not know is that so much more is owed in your name; about $10,258 for every Arizonan’s share of the $66.5 billion in debt and unfunded obligations borrowed by state and local governments. In a new report, Debt and Taxes, the Goldwater Institute breaks down that debt. It also enters the strange world of...
  • Dallas County Sheriff election on June 5(IA)

    04/05/2012 1:13:59 PM PDT · by marktwain
    Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    According to The Waukee Patch, Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard is going to be challenged for his seat in the June 5 Republican primary by Jim Romar. Sheriff Leonard is a friend of the gun rights community, having been a “shall issue” Sheriff before it was mandated statewide in 2011. Dallas County residents have spoken highly of Sheriff Leonard in regards to how he deals with holders and applicants of the Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons, and it is hard to find anyone who is dissatisfied with his overall stance on gun rights issues. Jim Romar is a retired veteran...
  • Supreme Court ruling on assault weapons ban expected Thursday(IL)

    04/05/2012 1:08:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Andrew Maloney
    SPRINGFIELD — The state’s top court is poised to rule on Cook County’s assault weapons ban Thursday in a case that will determine the fate of one of Illinois’ signature gun-control laws. Attorneys challenging the ban argued that the county’s ordinance — enacted in 1993 and extended in 2006 — is too vague, based on faulty information and should be reconsidered in light of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned Chicago’s ban on handguns. The county ordinance specifically outlaws the sale or possession of “any assault weapon or large capacity magazine.” It describes several traits of prohibited weapons...
  • Class-action sex harassment suit against trucking company backfires

    04/05/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Court ruling makes it harder for EEOC to pursue discrimination cases in the Midwest, maybe nationally CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- They were learning to become truck drivers, but wound up in a nightmare. In detailed accounts to a federal agency, dozens of female employees of one of the nation's largest trucking companies told of being propositioned, groped and even assaulted by male drivers during cross-country training rides. "I was beaten, I was fondled, I was humiliated and I was taught nothing," one trainee, Ramona Villareal, said in a deposition. But rather than leading to a workplace discrimination judgment, the Equal...
  • NEWT, Inc. files Chapter 7

    04/05/2012 12:29:28 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 22 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 4/5/2012 | Domenico Montenaro
    In another black eye for Newt Gingrich, the flagship of what's known in Washington as "Newt, Inc.," has filed for bankruptcy. In a Chapter 7 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, The Gingrich Group LLC, doing business as the Center for Health Transformation, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. (Chapter 7 is "the chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for 'liquidation,' that is, the sale of a debtor's nonexempt property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors," as defined by the federal courts.) The vast majority of Gingrich's net worth is tied up in the Gingrich Group....
  • GOP lawmakers: Obama is “threatening” and “intimidating” the Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 12:23:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:25 pm on April 3, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    The president’s comments yesterday to the effect that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional have aroused ire on both sides of the aisle — but some GOPers are going so far as to suggest the comments essentially amount to an attempt to intimidate the Supreme Court. Mitt Romney didn’t outright say that — but he insinuated it. Republican Mitt Romney wondered if Obama was trying to intimidate the court, but added that “I don’t think that would work.”“I also think it’s quite a curious turn of events to start complaining about an activist...
  • Applications for Concealed Gun Permits Spike in Florida(semi barf)

    04/05/2012 12:17:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    wmfe.org ^ | 5 April, 2012 | James Call
    In 1987, Florida passed the nation’s first “shall issue” concealed carry weapons law. Nearly one million permits have been issued since then, nearly double the number in any other state. The Department of Agriculture issues the permits. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says there are currently more than 700,000 active permits. Putnam says he is not concerned that nearly one in every 20 Floridian has a license to carry a loaded gun in their car, or purse as they go about their daily business. “The fact that over the life of the program, only168 permit holders have had their permit revoked...
  • Coca-Cola Ends Ties to Conservative Law Writers

    04/05/2012 11:18:20 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 37 replies
    AP,ABC ^ | 4/5/12 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    Coca-Cola Co. has terminated its relationship with a conservative group seen by some as an incubator for a string of new state voter ID laws and a marketer of laws like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense statute. The Atlanta-based soft drink maker said its focus with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, was on combating "discriminatory" food and beverage taxes, not on issues "that have no direct bearing" on its business. The decision to "discontinue its membership" came Wednesday, just a few hours after the black online advocacy group ColorofChange began a boycott of the company. Coca-Cola declined to...
  • McConnell to Obama: Back off SCOTUS

    04/05/2012 10:48:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | | 4/5/12 11:59 AM EDT | MIKE ZAPLER
    The Republican backlash against President Barack Obama’s health care-SCOTUS remarks shows no sign of subsiding.In a noon speech today to the Rotary Club of Lexington, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued the GOP counteroffensive, telling the president to “back off” the Supreme Court.“The President crossed a dangerous line this week. And anyone who cares about liberty needs to call him out on it. The independence of the Court must be defended,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said, according to the prepared text of his speech released by his office. "So respectfully, I would suggest the President back off. Let the Court do its...
  • McConnell tells Obama to 'back off' over court

    04/05/2012 10:45:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | April 5, 2012, 12:01PM | By Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted President Obama on Thursday, telling him to "back off" from comments earlier this week where he appeared to question the constitutional powers of the Supreme Court and the possibility that it could overturn his health care law. "The president crossed a dangerous line this week," the Kentucky Republican said to the Lexington Rotary Club, "and anyone who cares about liberty needs to call him out on it. The independence of the court must be defended." On Monday, Mr. Obama suggested it would be "activist" and an "unprecedented, extraordinary step" for the nine "unelected" justices...
  • Holder says court power to review laws 'beyond dispute'

    04/05/2012 10:40:42 AM PDT · by Abathar · 20 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 05, 2012 | uncredited
    Attorney General Eric Holder has provided a formal response to a federal appeals court on whether the administration believes judges have the power to overturn federal laws. Holder said "the power of the courts to review the constitutionality of legislation is beyond dispute," though it should only be exercised in "appropriate cases." The Obama Justice Department is facing an early afternoon deadline to submit its formal explanation over whether the administration believes judges have the power to overturn federal laws. But while administration officials have made clear in the wake of President Obama's controversial comments that they respect that authority,...
  • Obama administration heeds judges' health care order-with link to Holder letter

    04/05/2012 10:19:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 5, 2012 | By Bill Mears
    <p>Administration lawyers met their deadline and filed a three-page, single-spaced letter -- following the specific instructions of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing a challenge to the health care law. The letter affirmed the government's stance that federal courts indeed have the authority to decide the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act -- and any other law Congress passes.</p>
  • Questions the worthless MSM(Media) should be asking Obama on Judicial Activism and Restraint

    04/05/2012 10:06:56 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 29 replies
    4/5/2012 | sickoflibs
    Obama recent statements on the US Supreme Court Judicial Review: Obama: “ I'd just remind conservative commentators that for years what we've heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint — that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Obama said. “Well, this is a good example. And I'm pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.” ...... and....... Obama: “’I am confident,” announced the president of the United States, “that the Supreme Court will not take what would...
  • Americans Give Up their Freedom and Take Path to Slavery

    04/05/2012 9:36:00 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/5/2012 | Eliana Benador
    Recently, a rather unusual phenomenon within traditional opposition to mainstream media may announce a fundamental change. News hit the wires announcing that NewsCorp, Rupert Murdoch’s conglomerate company, is undergoing a renewed uprise among shareholder activists calling for his resignation as chairman -in the aftermath of his son James’ resignation as chairman of its British pay-TV giant. Catholic Father Seamus Finn, shareholder activist at Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, seems to be spearheading shareholders’ concerns about the Murdochs. But, is it only that? We cannot possibly forget the looming presence of someone who has been actively encroaching our media, our businesses,...
  • Beware the Taxmageddon

    04/05/2012 9:27:21 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press/Heritage Foundation ^ | 4/5/2012 | Heritage Foundation-Mike Brownfield
    Brace yourself. In a mere 271 days, you and your fellow Americans will be hit with a tax hike the likes of which this country has never seen. The Washington Post aptly called the unprecedented $494 billion tax hike “Taxmageddon,” and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke described it as a “massive fiscal cliff.” Whatever your preferred imagery, it’s a really big deal. Despite all the warnings, President Barack Obama has kept his silence while Congress has made no apparent effort to prevent this impending calamity to families and the economy. The prevailing wisdom is that “something will get done” in...
  • Justice Scalia and the Judicial Rope-a-Dope

    04/05/2012 9:10:41 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/05/12 | Joe Palazzolo
    In a recent question-and-answer session at the University of Southern Mississippi, Justice Antonin Scalia refused to comment on President Barack Obama’s less-than-exact observations on the Supreme Court. * * * “We don’t respond to criticism,” Scalia said. “Judges use what’s known as the rope-a-dope trick. It’s judicial tradition.” * * * So the question is this: Once President Obama wears himself out, will the Supreme Court go for the knock out?
  • Rubio Working on GOP Version of DREAM Act to Let Younger Illegal Aliens Stay Legally In U.S.

    04/05/2012 8:51:40 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/3/2012 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he is working to craft an alternative version of the DREAM Act that would allow younger illegal aliens who came to the United States "through no fault of their own" to stay here legally and, if they wished, get in line to become a citizen. "There is nothing that prohibits them from getting citizenship,” Rubio told the Tampa Bay Times in an April 3 interview in which he explained his plan. “We just don't create a new pathway. The bottom line is they would have a visa of some sort and like they...
  • Mark Levin: President Has Attacked the Supreme Court

    April 4, 2012 Mark Levin: President has attacked the Supreme Court Author and radio host on Obama's controversial remarks
  • Problems With the Truth: Confessions of a 22-Year Rick Santorum Observer

    04/05/2012 8:17:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 4, 2012 | Jerry Bowyer
    I’ve known Rick Santorum for 22 years, having first met him in 1990 before he’d won his first campaign for Congress. I interviewed him on WORD-FM, an evangelical Christian radio station where I was a frequent guest host (and eventually a full-time host) early in his campaign. If I was not the first media personality to interview Rick, I was one of the first. I had Rick as a guest at the request of my friend, Mark Rogers, who was running Rick’s campaign. Over the years I interviewed Rick at least a dozen times and debated him several times as...
  • Sloppy mainstream reporting on basic gun facts points to pervasive failure

    04/05/2012 7:30:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 April, 2012 | David Codrea
    Police seized some guns in Nashua, NH, writer Carl Bussjaeger noted over the weekend on Bear’s Blog. “At least two papers and a TV station are carrying the story on their web sites,” he explained. “Notice that I used the singular form of ‘story’ despite multiple venues. All three ‘reports’ look to be slightly paraphrased re-issues of the same law enforcement press release.” Why was Bussjaeger concerned, and why should we be? “What originally caught my eye in this story was the claim that three ‘AK-47 assault rifles’ and a submachine gun (UnionUseless Leader says ‘Tec 9 machine pistol"’, Nashua...
  • SAF Sues Over Public Housing Gun Ban In Warren Co, Illinois

    04/05/2012 7:22:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 April, 2012 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Warren County, Illinois Housing Authority, seeking an injunction against the WCHA’s ban on personally-owned firearms by residents of government-subsidized housing. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ronald G. Winbigler, a resident of Costello Terrace in Monmouth. Mr. Winbigler is a physically disabled former police officer who wants to have a handgun in his residence for personal protection. The lawsuit seeks equitable, declaratory and injunctive relief challenging the WCHA ban. It was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Rock Island Division....
  • President Obama's Bullying Pulpit

    04/05/2012 7:04:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    President Obama this week took advantage of the fine spring weather and a meeting with Canada’s and Mexico’s leaders to make an extraordinary statement in the White House Rose Garden. He responded to questions about his health care takeover. ObamaCare is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The nine Justices are expected to rule on the measure by this June. Their ruling could come right in the middle of a heated presidential election campaign. Mr. Obama sternly lectured those members of the high court who are about to vote on the legislation formally titled the Patient Protection and...
  • Henninger: The Supreme Court Lands in Oz

    04/05/2012 6:09:28 AM PDT · by Lacey · 44 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/05/2012 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    'I am confident," announced the president of the United States, "that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." And so it was on Monday that Barack Obama, anticipating a loss before the Supreme Court, added the third branch of government to the list of villains he will run against in his re-election campaign. Many are saying the president should know Marbury v. Madison. He does. It doesn't matter. If something gets in his way, Barack Obama hammers it—whether...
  • Court's Obama order a 'hissy fit'

    04/05/2012 6:07:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | April 5, 2012 | by Jeffrey Tobin. CNN Senior Legal Analyst
    (CNN) The Fifth Circuit's homework assignment to the Department of Justice is a disgrace -- an embarrassment to the federal judiciary. Still, it's a useful window on the contemporary merger of law and politics. This is not judging. This is a judicial hissy fit. The Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of the health care law, and the president will, as he must, abide by that judgment whether he agrees with it or not. In the meantime, however, the president, like all Americans, enjoys the right to express himself on what the court should do in that or any other...
  • Marine to argue free speech case at hearing

    04/05/2012 5:38:53 AM PDT · by shove_it · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5 Apr 2012 | JULIE WATSON
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A Marine facing dismissal for running a Facebook page criticizing the Obama administration is now backed by a team of lawyers and federal congressmen as he fights to stay in the military and test its age-old policy of limiting the free speech of service members. Sgt. Gary Stein will appear before a military board at Camp Pendleton on Thursday to argue his case. The 26-year-old Marine has been rallying for support since he was notified last month that the military was moving to discharge him after determining he was in violation of the Pentagon policy...
  • Judge Napolitano: I Think the President Is Dangerously Close to Totalitarianism (Video)

    04/05/2012 3:53:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 4/4/2012 | Jim Hoft
    Don’t hold back, Judge. FOX News contributor Judge Napolitano told Neil Cavuto today, “I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism. A few months ago he was saying the Congress doesn’t count. The Congress doesn’t mean anything. I am going to rule by decree and by administrative regulation. Now he’s basically saying the Supreme Court doesn’t count. It doesn’t matter what they think. They can’t review our legislation. That would leave just him as the only branch of government standing.”
  • The Book That Drove Them Crazy - "The Closing of the American Mind" 25 years later

    04/05/2012 3:36:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | April 5, 2012 | Andrew Ferguson
    "The Closing of the American Mind"If I had reread The Closing of the American Mind 10 years ago, when my own children were themselves under 10, I confess I would have thought Bloom’s portrait of educational decline was overwrought. And then they grew up and went off to college. ..............[Allan] Bloom wrote a moment before the population of modernity’s Holy Trinity - Marx, Freud, and Darwin - decreased by two-thirds. Marx lost his allure, at least nominally, after the collapse of the murderous regimes that had been built from his ideas. Freud was demoted from scientist to cultural observer, and...
  • Dem Reps Sponsor Resolution Blaming 'Racial Bias' For Trayvon Shooting

    04/05/2012 2:33:04 AM PDT · by ct_libertarian · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/04/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    There is little to no evidence that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because Martin was black. But that hasn’t stopped members of the Congressional Black Caucus from sponsoring a resolution linking Martin to gun control and lamenting supposed racial profiling of the teenager: Honoring the life of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law, and admonishing involved parties to pursue full investigations into all homicides, regardless of defenses asserted by the offender. Whereas on February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African-American youth, was horrifically shot and killed while walking from...
  • Critique of (Im-)Pure Conservative Labels

    04/05/2012 2:30:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 5, 2012 | Paul Jacobson
    .... the most egregious leftist verbal booby traps.... Pro-choice: This label, used almost universally by conservatives, goes down with one knockout punch: a choice to do evil is never a morally legitimate choice. Stick to "pro-abortion" because it's a truthful label no matter how much leftists may pretend that they "oppose abortion personally."................. Fair: This word has been unconscionably manipulated by the left. "Fair" is a perfect "wax nose" label: its common meaning is so ambiguous that it can be pummeled by leftists into any shape that suits their propaganda of the moment. To make the word even more recondite,...
  • Mine union boss: Coal industry could suffer same fate as bin Laden

    04/05/2012 1:16:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 4, 2012 | Andrew Restuccia
    The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine Workers of America said this week. “The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” Cecil Roberts, president of the powerful union, said during an interview Tuesday on the West Virginia radio show MetroNews Talkline.
  • White House in damage control over Obama Supreme Court remarks (No Comments Allowed!)

    04/04/2012 11:55:15 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2012 | By Alister Bull (<-- No joke!)
    The White House was forced on the defensive on Wednesday as it sought to explain controversial remarks President Barack Obama made earlier in the week about the Supreme Court's review of his signature healthcare reform law. "What he did was make an unremarkable observation about 80 years of Supreme Court history," Carney told reporters during a White House briefing dominated by the topic.
  • Holder: Justice Department will respond to judge

    04/04/2012 7:30:11 PM PDT · by quantim · 29 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 4, 9:28 PM EDT | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department will respond "appropriately" to a federal appellate judge in Texas who demanded a letter recognizing federal courts' authority to strike down laws passed by Congress. Holder spoke a day after 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith questioned President Barack Obama's remarks this week about an "unelected" court possibly striking down the president's health care overhaul. Smith, during oral arguments in a separate challenge to the health law, asked the Justice Department for a three-page, single-spaced letter affirming the federal court's authority. When asked...
  • President Obama Smooth Player In Political Lying Game

    04/04/2012 7:01:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 4, 2012 | THOMAS SOWELL
    One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring. That talent was displayed just this week when he was asked whether he thought the Supreme Court would uphold ObamaCare as constitutional or strike it down as unconstitutional. He replied: "I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." But how unprecedented would it actually be if the...