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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...
  • Inmate release part of new North Las Vegas plan to reduce jail staffing

    05/26/2012 7:59:33 AM PDT · by redreno · 16 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, May 25, 2012 | 6:06 p.m. | By Gregan Wingert (contact)
    North Las Vegas released 70 inmates from its jail Thursday, part of a plan to reduce the size of the facility brought on by a rash of correctional officers calling in sick last weekend, a city official said Friday. The release of inmates — all of whom were nonviolent offenders — comes days after city leaders told corrections officers their jobs were in jeopardy as the city tries to balance its budget. Nearly 50 shifts were not covered for three days last weekend due to correction officers calling in sick, he said. The sick calls forced the city to cover...
  • Johnson: Every member of Wisc. legislature received death threats [VIDEO]

    05/26/2012 7:19:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/26/12 | Michelle Fields
    Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that every member of the state legislature in Wisconsin received an email that said “we’re going to put a bullet in your head. We know where you and your family live.” Johnson, speaking in Washington, D.C. at America’s Future Foundation’s annual gala, said that at the height of Gov. Scott Walker’s fight against the unions, every member of the state legislature was threatened. “The story really wasn’t told properly — we had every member of the state legislature get an email that said, ‘We’re going to put a bullet in your head. We know where...
  • Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier sues to see recovered emails

    05/26/2012 6:42:17 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 2 replies
    The Patriot News - PennLlive.Com ^ | May 26, 2012 | Charles Thompson
    A lawsuit filed Friday by former Penn State President Graham Spanier against the university shows the investigation into what others knew about the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse accusations, and when, may be far from over. Spanier, who was removed from office by Penn State trustees on Nov. 9 — four days after Sandusky was charged — is seeking the court’s help in getting access to a trove of emails from 1998 through 2004. According to the lawsuit, filed in Centre County court, the emails were thought not to be recoverable until a few weeks ago. The disclosure about the...
  • Sen. Brown demands Harvard correct record on Elizabeth Warren (Liz is not a proud Cherokee)

    05/26/2012 6:09:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/25/12 | Josh Lederman
    Sen. Brown demands Harvard correct record on Elizabeth WarrenBy Josh Lederman - 05/25/12 01:44 PM ET Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is calling on Harvard University President Drew Faust to correct its diversity statistics after it was revealed that his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, was listed as a minority despite failing to meet federal guidelines to be considered Native American. Brown's demand followed a Boston Globe report Friday showing that both Harvard, where Warren teaches law, and the federal government have specific criteria determining who can be listed as Native American in diversity statistics provided to the government, and that Warren...
  • Piratical feds, town police trying to take couple’s hotel

    05/26/2012 4:50:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    missoulian.com ^ | 22 May, 2012 | George Will
    TEWKSBURY, Mass. – Russ Caswell, 68, is bewildered: “What country are we in?” He and his wife Pat are ensnared in a Kafkaesque nightmare unfolding in Orwellian language. This town’s police department is conniving with the federal government to circumvent Massachusetts law – which is less permissive than federal law – in order to seize his livelihood and retirement asset. In the lawsuit titled United States of America v. 434 Main Street, Tewksbury, Massachusetts the government is suing an inanimate object, the motel Caswell’s father built in 1955. The U.S. Department of Justice intends to seize it, sell it for...
  • Four simple truths about Florida's Zimmerman-Martin case that aren't being discussed by the media

    05/26/2012 4:43:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 25 May, 2012 | Don Kates
    The shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman has been the subject of enormous confusion, not only because the facts are not entirely clear, but more because of public misunderstanding of the relevant law. I hope the following will help clarify things. 1. IT'S NOT THE JOB OF THE POLICE TO INTERRUPT CRIMES AND DEFEND CITIZENS. The police exist to do two things ONLY: patrol thereby deterring crime; and investigating already-committed crimes to apprehend the perpetrators. The police cannot be expected to interrupt crime and defend citizens. This is because police are rarely around when criminals strike. The statistics on...
  • South Knox store clerk shoots teen in botched robbery attempt(TN)

    05/26/2012 4:30:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | 23 May, 2012 | Matt Lakin
    KNOXVILLE — A botched holdup attempt today sent three would-be robbers running and left one shot in the chest, police said. The shooting happened just after 10:45 a.m. at the South Side Market, 1316 Maryville Pike, near the Montgomery Village housing project, Knox County E-911 records show. A store clerk told police three men in masks tried to rob him. He pulled a pistol and shot one of them in the chest, Knoxville Police Department Capt. Nate Allen said. Officers arrived and canvassed the area. They found the wounded man lying on the ground on Cook Drive, Allen said.
  • Europe’s airline CEOs blast “crazy” carbon pricing scheme

    05/26/2012 12:11:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 May 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Europe’s airline executives launched a new salvo against the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) yesterday (24 May), just weeks before an international working group is due to make new proposals aimed at resolving the dispute over pricing air carbon emissions. CEOs from 13 of Europe’s top airlines lined up at a press conference in the Brussels airport's Sheraton Hotel to savage the ETS as “crazy” at a time when economic growth was imperative. “Europe can’t afford a trade war at a time like this,” said Willie Walsh, CEO for the International Airlines Group, British Airways parent group. “The Commission has...
  • China’s Hydropower Miscalculation

    05/25/2012 11:47:09 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    Jamestown China Brief ^ | 5/25/2012 | Sabine Johnson-Reiser
    China’s Jinsha River, literally the “Golden Sands” River, could soon live up to its rich name. The approximately 2300-km long upstream section of the Yangtze River is the site of up to 25, planned large-scale (50 MW and above) hydropower projects (Caixun, May 4; Dongfang Zaobao, May 3). China’s state-run hydropower companies, local governments, and energy-hungry cities in the more developed, eastern provinces stand to profit from hydropower construction and electricity generation. Driven by Beijing’s energy and climate goals, this new dam building rush, however, will reduce China’s climate change adaptation capacity and hurt relationships with neighboring countries without providing...
  • Justice Department to Monitor Elections in Texas

    05/25/2012 10:25:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 36 replies
    USDOJ ^ | May 25, 2012 | STAFF
    The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor primary elections on May 29, 2012, in Fort Bend, Harris and Jefferson Counties in Texas, to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights statutes. The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group. In addition, the act requires certain covered jurisdictions to provide language assistance during the election process.
  • Garland Clerk Set on Fire in Robbery Dies

    05/25/2012 10:06:43 PM PDT · by Rastus · 50 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | May 25, 2012
    Police to pursue capital murder charge against suspect Friday, May 25, 2012 | Updated 10:57 PM CDT A 76-year-old convenience store clerk who was set on fire during a robbery at the Garland gas station where she worked has died. Nancy Harris died at Parkland Hospital on Friday evening, Garland police said in a statement. Harris had burns on more than 40 percent of her body. Police said Harris, a clerk at a Fina station in the 3300 block of Broadway Boulevard, was attacked at about 7 a.m. Sunday. Two officers saw her emerge from the gas station with the...
  • Fianna Fáil finally admit truth about the bank guarantee (Irish pols put euro over country)

    05/25/2012 9:21:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Evening Herald (Ireland) ^ | Friday May 25 2012 | Kevin Doyle
    Fianna Fáil's infamous bank guarantee was as much about other European countries as it was about Ireland, the party admitted today. Party leader Micheál Martin has said for the first time that Irish taxpayers were left with a €34-billion ($42.6 billion) bill for basket case Anglo Irish Bank because the Government felt pressure to save the currency. "We did it for the euro," he told the Herald. The admission is unlikely to sit easy with the public, who have been hit with constant austerity since October 2008. But Martin said today that the other eurozone countries "owe Ireland". However, he...
  • Accused killer of Schererville woman still at large

    05/25/2012 8:24:17 PM PDT · by massmike · 10 replies
    The 25-year-old Gary man accused of the May 19 murder of a Schererville waitress is a convicted cocaine dealer. Stephen Lee Henderson, who is still at large and considered armed and dangerous, was arrested by Hammond Police in 2007 for cocaine dealing. He pleaded guilty in 2009 and received a six-year sentence. Typically, Indiana offenders serve half their sentence. Hammond police arrested Henderson in 2007 for cocaine possession, but that charge was dismissed. Indiana State Police arrested him for speeding in 2008. He failed to show up for a court appearance and a judge suspended his driver’s license. Henderson and...
  • Greece: Is Alexis Tsirpas a danger for Europe?

    05/25/2012 5:38:41 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Der Freitag, Berlin ^ | 5/25/2012 | Jan Pfaff
    The leader of Greece’s leftist alliance SYRIZA is the new bright hope of Greek politics. Steering a course between pragmatism and the rhetoric of class warfare, he has unsettled Berlin, and not just those who back Angela Merkel's austerity policies. Syriza's leader Alexis Tsipras in Athens, May 24, 2012. Alexis Tsirpas’s visit to Berlin this Tuesday, fresh from Paris, can be seen as a show of his new self-confidence. Invited by the Left Party, he is out to recruit followers for his ideas in the country that has been by far the most unswerving on the austerity policy. The CDU...
  • Mexico gang launches car bomb near US border

    05/25/2012 5:27:32 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    chron.com ^ | 5/25/2012 | chron.com
    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Suspected drug cartel gunmen opened fire on a hotel being used as a police barracks then attacked it with a car bomb Thursday, wounding eight officers less than 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the U.S. border, Mexican officials said. A Tamaulipas state official said authorities believed the Zetas cartel, one of Mexico's two most powerful criminal organizations, carried out the attack on the Hotel Santa Cecilia in Nuevo Laredo, a city across the border from Laredo, Texas. The Zetas, founded by Mexican special forces defectors, have carried out a number of sophisticated attacks, but Thursday's...
  • The Party of Civil Rights

    05/25/2012 5:10:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 21, 2012 | Kevin D. Williamson
    This magazine has long specialized in debunking pernicious political myths, and Jonah Goldberg has now provided an illuminating catalogue of tyrannical clichés, but worse than the myth and the cliché is the outright lie, the utter fabrication with malice aforethought, and my nominee for the worst of them is the popular but indefensible belief that the two major U.S. political parties somehow “switched places” vis-à-vis protecting the rights of black Americans, a development believed to be roughly concurrent with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the rise of Richard Nixon. That Republicans have let Democrats get...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 5-25-12

    05/25/2012 3:01:50 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 5-25-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • ‘Clean Coal’ Means No Coal

    05/25/2012 2:59:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 25, 2012 | Nash Keune
    Two weeks ago, the Obama campaign quietly edited its website to highlight the president’s support for “clean coal.” In place of a section for “energy efficiency” with no mention of coal, BarackObama.com now boasts that the stimulus package “invested substantially in carbon capture and sequestration research.” The administration’s position on coal has, shall we say, evolved. In 2001, the EPA released an endangerment finding stating that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide threaten public health and the environment by contributing to climate change and that therefore they could be regulated under the Clean Air Act. Since then, as Bryan Walsh...
  • SC congressional candidate arrested for drunk driving with co-ed in the car

    05/25/2012 2:21:56 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 24 May 2012 | Paul Conner
    Here’s how to ruin your chances at winning a U.S. congressional seat: Get arrested for driving under the influence and unlawfully possessing a firearm, with a female college student who is not your wife in the car.
  • U.N. inspectors find high-grade uranium traces in Iran

    05/25/2012 2:11:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 25, 2012 5:04pm EDT | Fredrik Dahl
    United Nations nuclear inspectors have found uranium particles refined to a higher-than-expected level at an underground site where Iran has installed more than 50 percent more enrichment centrifuges, a U.N. watchdog report said on Friday. It said Tehran had told the U.N. agency that the presence of traces of highly-refined uranium—still well below potential nuclear weapons-grade material—"may happen for technical reasons beyond the operator's control". The United States—which like its Western allies and Israel accuse Iran of seeking to develop atomic bomb capability—said the Iranian explanation could be correct and a leading U.S. expert said he saw nothing "nefarious" in...
  • Is the Constitution a Republican Plot?

    05/25/2012 2:04:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michael G. Franc
    It’s one of the clearest, easiest-to-understand provisions in the Constitution. And Harry Reid’s Senate flouts it routinely.The Origination Clause in Article I, Section 7 states: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” In addition to clarity, this provision has an even greater virtue: It serves a very good purpose.The Founding Fathers required revenue measures to originate in the House because they wanted this authority to belong to the legislative body closest to the people. Plus, the Framers wanted the larger states...
  • Poll: Maj. of N.J. residents call climate change a 'real concern,' want gov't to take larger role

    05/25/2012 1:55:48 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | May 25, 2012 | By Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger
    After a year of erratic weather, a large majority of New Jersey residents consider climate change and global warming a real concern — and they also expect government to start taking a bigger role in protecting the environment, according to a Kean University/NJ Speaks poll released today. The possible effects of climate change and global warming were a concern for 71 percent of respondents in the poll, and nearly all of those, 69 percent, said human activity has contributed to global warming and other environmental problems.
  • Egypt vote: Brotherhood advances to second round

    05/25/2012 1:54:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    AP via My Way News ^ | May 25, 7:55 AM (ET) | Maggie Michael
    The candidate of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood won a spot in a run-off election, according to partial results Friday from Egypt's first genuinely competitive presidential election. A former prime minister an a leftist were in a tight race for second place and a chance to run against him to become the country's next leader. The run-off will be held on June 16-17, pitting the two top contenders from the first round of voting held Wednesday and Thursday. The victor is to be announced June 21. The landmark vote—the fruit of last year's uprising that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak—turned into a...
  • Female Juror Flirts With John Edwards

    05/25/2012 1:52:07 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 25, 2012
    Here’s a riddle: What comes in group of four and is the color of French’s Mustard? After a week of deliberations, the four alternate jurors have become the prime distraction for the assembled press corps and spectators in the courtroom. On Thursday the alternates – three women and one man – caused something of a stir when they showed up in matching bright yellow shirts, hardly bothering to suppress their snickering as the judge addressed the main panel of jurors. Today they are all wearing red. For nearly four weeks, 16 jurors heard all the evidence in Edwards’ case....
  • EU: Greece faces German future as euro exit looms

    05/25/2012 1:05:02 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/25/2012 | Emma Rowley, and Philip Aldrick
    Germany has reportedly drawn up a six-point plan to rescue Greece and the eurozone’s other failed economies in the same way East Germany was rebuilt after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to revitalise the eurozone’s weaker countries with a package of privatisations, according to German weekly Der Spiegel. This would be overseen by an agency modelled on the Treuhand or “trust agency” which sold off most of the East’s state-owned businesses. Berlin also wants to relax employment laws to bring them in line with the German model and to set up special economic zones to...
  • Spain: Catalonia calls for help from central government to pay debts

    05/25/2012 12:56:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/25/2012 | Matthew Sparkes
    European stock markets tumbled and Spain's borrowing costs shot up as the country's wealthiest autonomous region, Catalonia, called for assistance from central government to pay its bills. Catalonia, which represents one fifth of the Spanish economy, has more than €13bn in debt to refinance this year “We don't mind how they do it if it allows us to have enough liquid assets in order to pay, and do it in time, because we all have bills to pay at the end of the month. And this has to be at an homogeneous cost: if not at the European average values,...
  • Priest Removed From Ministry Due To Sex Abuse Allegations Now Works At PHL

    05/25/2012 12:49:20 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 6 replies
    CBSPhilly ^ | 5/24/2012 | Ben Simmoneau
    The CBS 3 I-Team has learned that a Catholic priest who was removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations now holds a sensitive security post at Philadelphia International Airport. The security checkpoint between Terminals D and E is a busy place where thousands of people – including lots of kids – pass through every day. But you might not believe who the I-Team observed working as a TSA supervisor at that checkpoint this week: Thomas Harkins. Until 2002, Harkins was a Catholic priest working at churches across South Jersey. But the Diocese of Camden removed him from ministry because...
  • Homeland Security IG Investigates Fast and Furious

    05/25/2012 12:44:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 22, 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson
    CBS News has learned a second Inspector General (IG) is investigating Operation Fast and Furious: Homeland Security. As CBS News previously reported, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) assigned to Fast and Furious, which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) out of Phoenix, Ariz. During that case and similar weapons trafficking operations, ATF allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The idea was to capture the "big fish" in a cartel. The strategy was called to an abrupt halt after...
  • Trayvon Martin day at D.C. school

    05/25/2012 11:55:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WJLA-TV ^ | May 25, 2012 | Scott Thuman
    HOLD OFF ON THE SKITTLES, FOR NOW… My fellow political junkies…allow me to briefly stray from usual fare of R’s vs. D’s and delve a bit into a subject I’ve been knee deep in lately. A couple of weeks ago I was sent to Florida to, as the boss put it, “dig up something new” on the Trayvon Martin case - a daunting assignment since it’s a story much of the media world had already thoroughly exposed…or so we thought. While we were successful in finding some undiscovered nuggets in the investigation, what I really determined after surveying the neighborhood...
  • Oh My: Police Accuse Al Sharpton And Wyclef Jean of Laundering Money For Drug Kingpin....

    05/25/2012 11:50:07 AM PDT · by geege · 18 replies
    Weasell Zippers ^ | 05/25/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Police suspected singer Wyclef Jean and activist and TV host Reverend Al Sharpton of being involved in laundering drug money, Brooklyn federal court has heard.....More