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  • U.S. Aims to Boost Deportations

    05/26/2012 9:13:56 PM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    McClatchy-Tribune News Service ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Brian Bennett
    In an aggressive effort to boost deportations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun to increase by nearly 25 percent the number of agents assigned to find and deport illegal immigrants with criminal records, pulling 150 officers from desks and backroom jobs to add extra fugitive search teams around the country. The plan was launched when the number of deportations slumped after several years of growth, partly because of the drop in illegal immigration along the Southwest border. But critics, including some inside ICE, denounced the effort as politically inspired to help President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. The move, which...
  • ATF to accept public comments prior to outlawing shotguns (Apr 18, 2011)

    05/26/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 81 replies
    Greeley Gazette ^ | Apr 18, 2011 | Jack Minor
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is taking a rare step of allowing public comments prior to issuing a decision on a study that could result in outlawing certain types of shotguns currently available to citizens. The ATF completed a study regarding the importability of certain shotguns. The basis for a possible ban is based on a loosely defined “Sporting Purpose” test. Using the vague definition almost all pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns could be banned as they are all capable of accepting a magazine, box or tube capable of holding more than 5 rounds. Other characteristics determined to be “military”...
  • Legislation would limit sea-level plans to past patterns (So - you live on a coast?)

    05/26/2012 5:16:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Star News Online ^ | 5/24/12 | Patrick Gannon
    Legislation would limit sea-level plans to past patternsBy Patrick Gannon Last Modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 11:23 a.m. A controversy is churning over projections for sea-level rise through the end of this century and whether they should be used in drafting development policies along the coast today. Draft legislation circulating among state lawmakers, lobbyists and advocacy groups would prohibit state and local government agencies from using projections of accelerated sea rise – due mainly to global warming and the melting of polar ice caps – when forming coasting development policies and regulations. If enacted as written, the measure would...
  • Ditch plans for same-sex marriage, voters tell MPs (UK: Cameron still “liberal conservative”)

    05/26/2012 2:43:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 26 May 2012 | Patrick Hennessy, Political Editor
    Plans to legalize same-sex marriage are the number one issue in MPs’ postbags—with an overwhelming majority of voters opposed to the move—according to a new poll. The survey of MPs from across the political spectrum by ComRes also shows that only one in 25 parliamentarians believes that allowing gay unions is a main priority for voters. The poll comes in the wake of a growing number of Conservative heavyweights declaring that they do not support moves to allow same-sex marriage by law by the time of the next election, May 2015. Last week, Downing Street backed down by signaling that...
  • Florida Voting Purge a Thorny Legal Issue Ahead of Primary (dead folks object)

    05/26/2012 2:13:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/25/12 | William Browning
    Florida Voting Purge a Thorny Legal Issue Ahead of PrimaryBy William Browning | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 23 hrs ago Several civil rights groups sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Thursday outlining their objections to the proposed removal of names on a list of registered voters. WFSU reports that up to 180,000 potentially ineligible voters will be scrutinized as they are cross-referenced in other state databases and a federal one. The groups threatened legal action if the process continues. * Victor Dimaio believes the targets of the purge are minority groups. "The majority of the...
  • Escape from Hunger - A North Korean survivor story

    05/26/2012 1:50:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    city-journal ^ | 25 May 2012 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, by Blaine Harden (Viking, 224 pp., $26.95) Explaining why socialism failed to gain traction in the United States, German academic Werner Sombart famously noted: “All socialist utopias came to nothing on roast beef and apple pie.” Fat and happy aren’t the ingredients for a socialist revolution. A century after Sombart’s observation, Shin Dong-Hyuk shows why starving and miserable aren’t the ingredients for keeping the people in a people’s republic: all socialist dystopias come to nothing on tree bark and barbecued rat. Shin’s amazing...
  • The Vetting: Obama Decried 'Spread of Militarism,' Lauded Anti-Selective Service Group at Columbia

    05/26/2012 1:48:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 26, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    In late 2008—long after the election—the media revealed a long-forgotten article written by Barack Obama while at Columbia. Obama wrote the March 1983 article, “Breaking the War Mentality,” about two campus groups, Arms Race Alternatives (ARA) and Student Against Militarism (SAM). Ben Smith of Politico (now at Buzzfeed) told readers that Obama’s views reflected the “very conventional campus liberalism of the time.” Wrong. Smith and the media failed to investigate what the activists at SAM were actually doing: encouraging students to break the law by not registering for the Selective Service and harassing military recruiters. Obama wrote that SAM “was...
  • The new aggressive Obama (Liar in Chief....)

    05/26/2012 1:27:48 PM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2012 | Fox
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  • Lessons Learned from the Edwards Trial

    05/26/2012 1:00:27 PM PDT · by HIDEK6 · 5 replies
    The Rhino Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | John Hammer
    I learned something about political campaigns at the Johnny Reid Edwards trial last week. I knew that politicians lie, and I knew that people campaigning for politicians lie. What I didn't know is that all the people working for the campaign are lying to each other, or at least that was the case in the Edwards presidential campaign. Harrison Hickman, the pollster for the campaign who testified on Monday, May 14, said that the Edwards campaign wasn't a lot different from the other presidential campaigns he had worked for, and he admitted would send out polling information he thought was...
  • Lessons Learned from the Edwards Trial

    05/26/2012 1:00:09 PM PDT · by HIDEK6
    The Rhino Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | John Hammer
    I learned something about political campaigns at the Johnny Reid Edwards trial last week. I knew that politicians lie, and I knew that people campaigning for politicians lie. What I didn't know is that all the people working for the campaign are lying to each other, or at least that was the case in the Edwards presidential campaign. Harrison Hickman, the pollster for the campaign who testified on Monday, May 14, said that the Edwards campaign wasn't a lot different from the other presidential campaigns he had worked for, and he admitted would send out polling information he thought was...
  • Wisconsin recall: DNC’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz sees no national impact if Democrats lose

    05/26/2012 12:33:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/25/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    Wisconsin recall: DNC’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz sees no national impact if Democrats losePosted by Felicia Sonmez at 03:38 PM ET, 05/25/2012 The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Friday that if Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) doesn’t prevail over Gov. Scott Walker (R) in next month’s Wisconsin recall election, there won’t be any ramifications for Democrats nationally. “I think, honestly, there aren’t going to be any repercussions,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said in a broad-ranging interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers.” “It’s an election that’s based in Wisconsin. It’s an election that I think is important nationally because Scott Walker...
  • NYT Keeps Readers In The Dark (that Scott Walker is Winning)

    05/26/2012 12:28:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 5/25/2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    Via Meadia has been watching the New York Times‘ coverage of the Wisconsin recall race with some bemusement. [....] Let us stipulate that in the view of the Times, Scott Walker is a skunk and a cad. And let us stipulate that everything bad in Wisconsin, all the ill feeling and all the turmoil is entirely because this sinister enemy of all that is noble and good has been riding roughshod over every decent principle in public life. But what Times readers will not learn from this piece is that the skunk is winning. Walker is overwhelmingly favored to win...
  • 15 desperate emails and texts from the Obama campaign ("Throw Bo a bone on his anniversary")

    05/26/2012 11:57:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/25/12
    15 desperate emails and texts from the Obama campaignBy The Week's Editorial Staff | The Week – Fri, May 25, 2012 Did you hear you can win an evening with President Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Anna Wintour? If you're on Obama's mailing list, there's no escaping the news. **SNIP** 7. "Throw Bo a bone on his anniversary" From: BarackObama.com, April 14 Main pitch: "On April 14th, 2009, Barack followed through on his promise to Malia and Sasha — the Obamas welcomed Bo into their home. Now he's got three years under his collar as the First Dog. This April,...
  • Eyewitness recalls violence of Tinley Park restaurant attack

    05/26/2012 11:52:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | May 26, 2012 | Steve Metch
    A horde of masked figures stormed the restaurant in a single-file line, wielding bats, claw hammers and metal batons — their presence announced when one shouted, “‘Hey, bitches, the ARA is going to f--- up this place.’ ” With that, the shrouded thugs went on a rampage, clubbing diners at The Ashford House restaurant on May 19 in Tinley Park. They did not discriminate as to the targets of their violence, even pushing an 80-year-old woman to the ground, according to an eyewitness who’s a former Chicago police officer.“Although the terrorist assault lasted only about a minute, it was the...
  • Mark Steyn: The Facebook Caliphate

    05/26/2012 11:08:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 26, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    So how’s that old Arab Spring going? You remember — the “Facebook Revolution.” As I write, they’re counting the votes in Egypt’s presidential election, so by the time you read this the pecking order may have changed somewhat. But currently in first place is the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, who in an inspiring stump speech before the students of Cairo University the other night told them, “Death in the name of Allah is our goal.” Like! In second place is the military’s man Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister and a man who in... --snip-- No one should...
  • Obama Breaks the First Rule of Lying Believably

    05/26/2012 10:23:42 AM PDT · by yoe · 32 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | May 24, 2012 | Tad Cronn
    The GOP has been “bamboozling” Americans and running up “wild debts,” the president told an audience in Denver this week. If you’re going to be a liar in a political campaign and get away with it, there are some ground rules that must be followed. Now it’s true that if you repeat a lie three times in public, it generally sticks. Especially if you have the help of sycophantic media to trumpet your lie far and wide, comment on what it means to the world, and so forth. Wording is also important, particularly phrased in the form of a question,...
  • Iran has enough uranium for 5 bombs: expert

    05/26/2012 9:25:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 26, 2012 8:48am EDT | Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has significantly stepped up its output of low-enriched uranium and total production in the last five years would be enough for at least five nuclear weapons if refined much further, a U.S. security institute said. The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a think-tank which tracks Iran's nuclear program closely, based the analysis on data in the latest report by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which was issued on Friday. Progress in Iran's nuclear activities is closely watched by the West and Israel as it could determine how long it could take Tehran to build atomic...
  • Bacon Lover In Piggly Wiggly Rampage

    05/26/2012 9:22:07 AM PDT · by Lucas McCain · 25 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | May 25, 2012 | unattributed
    Meet Lonneshia Shafaye Appling. The Georgia woman, 26, was so determined to shoplift beer, bacon, cheese, and chicken wings from a Piggly Wiggly that she punched, spit at, and pepper-sprayed store workers who confronted her as she tried to flee the supermarket Wednesday afternoon, according to cops.
  • Brother of blind Chinese activist goes missing: lawyer

    05/26/2012 9:21:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 26, 2012 4:07am EDT | Sui-Lee Wee
    The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has gone missing, a lawyer said on Saturday, days after he fled his village in northeastern China to seek help for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of Chen Guangcheng, fled his home in Shandong province and arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to seek legal help for his son, Chen Kegui, who is being held on an attempted murder charge. He appears to have become the latest target of the government's reprisals against Chen Guangcheng's family...
  • House to examine plan for United Nations to regulate the Internet

    05/26/2012 8:18:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 05/26/12 08:10 AM ET | Brendan Sasso
    House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet. The proposal is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and would give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet. Next week’s hearing is expected to bring more attention in the U.S. to the measure, which would give the UN more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system. It would also allow foreign government-owned Internet providers to charge extra for international traffic and allow for more...