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  • The Royal Family of Mass. "Non-Profits"(Joe Kennedy-Citizen Energy)

    03/09/2012 9:20:55 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 12 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Howie Carr
    Check out form 990 from Atty. Gen. Marsha Coakley's public-charities website. Good old Joe, ex-Congressman and father of Congressional wannabe JoJoJo Kennedy, made a total of $708,000+ in all of his Citizens Energy dealings in 2010. And guess who Citizens' "director of marketing" is. None other than Mrs. Joe Kennedy, a/k/a Beth. She took home another $261,000. Hugo Chavez must be muy proud of his gringo amigos! (Form 990 link at site)
  • Sharpton: 'It's Against The Law To Organize Unions' In Alabama

    03/09/2012 9:04:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did MSNBC ever vet Al Sharpton? Seriously, with so much of the talk about HBO's Game Change docu-drama focusing on the vetting of Sarah Palin or lack thereof by the McCain campaign, is there any minimum standard of knowledge required to have one's own show on the Lean Forward network? Take Sharpton's mind-boggling misstatement on Morning Joe today. The Reverend Al asserted that in Alabama, "it's against the law to organize unions." Did any of the MJ crew, including Joe Scarborough, Gene Robinson and Steve Rattner, call Al out on his misrepresentation? Of course not. View the video here. k
  • Obama Pal Derrick Bell: “I live to harass white folks” (VIDEO)

    03/09/2012 9:00:56 AM PST · by maggief · 51 replies
    American Pundit ^ | March 9, 2012 | Stephan Tawney
    Derrick Bell, the radical left-wing professor with whom Barack Obama developed a long association, once admitted during a television interview that he, “lives to harass white folks”. Video emerged the other day of Obama as a law school student embracing Bell’s teachings on Critical Race Theory, the idea that the American political and justice systems are inherently racist. Obama says in the video, “Open your hearts and open your minds to the words of Prof. Derrick Bell,” before physically embracing Bell. White House records show Bell repeatedly visited Obama in 2010.
  • Obamateurism of the Day

    03/09/2012 8:48:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot ^ | March 9, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    Worried about the rapid rise in the price of gas? Well, Barack Obama has some advice for you. Quit griping: You’re building trucks that use less oil. And you know that’s especially important right now because most of you have probably filled up your gas tank a time or two in the last week, and you’ve seen how quickly the price of gas is going up. A lot of you may have to drive a distance to work. Higher gas prices are like a tax straight out of your paycheck. And for companies that operate a whole fleet of trucks,...
  • The Sick Man of Europe (Short History of Greece)

    03/09/2012 8:17:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Defining Ideas ^ | March 9, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Not long ago, European Union bankers gave the Greeks a €110 billion bailout—along with stern recommendations to stop cooking their books, to go after tax cheaters, to trim fat public payrolls, to reform ludicrous pensions, and to open up the economy to the private sector. The money men were answered with riots, strikes, and defiance in the streets of Athens. Even as the government has nodded that it would enact prescribed austerity measures, it found ways to delay or subvert them. The Greek message, whether deliberate or not, came off as either, “Don’t tell us how to spend your money,”...
  • NY Imam to Petition for Muhammad's Birthday as a National Holiday (Absolutely not)

    03/09/2012 8:15:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | March 9, 2012 | Luiza Oleszczuk
    NEW YORK - A New York imam has declared that he will start a campaign on April 22 to make the April 26 birthday of the Muslim prophet Muhammad a national holiday celebrated by Muslims and people of other faiths.Mohammad Abdul Qayyoom, head of the Muhammadi Community Center in Jackson Heights in the NYC borough of Queens, published a copy of the petition via the center's Facebook page to be signed by other religious leaders. The interfaith initiative asks for an establishment of April 26 as a federal holiday, "so that we can enjoy this day like the joy of Christmas.""One good thing [about]...
  • Urban Meyer apologizes to LGBT community for slight

    03/09/2012 7:51:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 52 replies
    Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer sent an apology letter to a lesbian and gay advocacy group on campus for his plans to use lavender football jerseys as a form of punishment to players in practice according to and the OSU campus newspaper, The Lantern. The lavender jersey would be given to a player caught "loafing" - or a moment of deceleration - for the second time during a conditioning drill. The concept was created by Ohio State strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti. The school will now use a different color.
  • Families' exodus leaves S.F. with lowest pct. of children in U.S.

    03/09/2012 7:37:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 94 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/12 | Heather Knight
    Last year, a family of three earning $111,000 a year could afford just 23 percent of homes for sale in San Francisco - mostly in southern neighborhoods, including Bayview-Hunters Point.The median price of a house in the city in 2010 was $668,000. Just 2 percent of new housing units built in the city since 2001 are single-family, detached homes.These were just a few of the scores of statistics presented at a special Board of Supervisors hearing Thursday to help explain why San Francisco is bleeding families with children - losing 5,278 people younger than 18 between 2000 and 2010, according...
  • Why The Media Wants Romney To Win The Nomination So Badly

    03/09/2012 7:31:24 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Riehl World ^ | January 18, 2012 | Dan Riehl
    Why The Media Wants Romney To Win The Nomination So Badly This recent item in the New York Times below is in good part what's behind the liberal media's desire to see Mitt Romney get the nomination. Now, I don't see Romney quite this way. But the left does. Religion, wealth, a "retro vision of the country." In short, in Romney they see everything they have been working to destroy for decades. They even want to pretend he isn't flawed, hence the over-looking of his many gaffes and retorts that invite his being slammed. But they don't slam him, ......
  • UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER ECONOMIST: Rush Limbaugh Is Right, Sandra Fluke Is A 'Prostitute'

    03/09/2012 7:24:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 8, 2012, 5:29 PM | Grace Wyler
    It has been one week since Rush Limbaugh first called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute," but the controversy shows no sign of dying down. Now University of Rochester economist and former Slate blogger Steven Landsburg has jumped to Limbaugh's defense. In a blog post, Landsburg argued that while the talk radio host's language may have been off-color, Limbaugh's logic was analytically shrewd. Fluke, Landsburg writes, "deserves only to be ridiculed, mocked, and jeered" for saying that women should have access to contraception." He adds that Limbaugh's demand that Fluke and other Georgetown students post...
  • Obama Slammed for Bill Maher's $1 Million Donation After Series of Sexist Remarks

    03/09/2012 6:46:26 AM PST · by rhema · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | MARCH 9, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Three weeks ago, misogynist Bill Maher donated $1 million to Barack Obama's super PAC. A surprise donation Thursday from comedian Bill Maher made a Super PAC supporting President Obama $1 million richer. The promise of the big check came during a live performance of Maher's stand-up show, CrazyStupidPolitics. Maher tweeted later that the donation to Priorities USA Action had been a surprise to Yahoo!, which broadcast the show.Now, in light of the Sandra Fluke debacle and the left's continuing attack on Rush Limbaugh for calling the 30-year-old activist, which he later apologized for (the apology was rejected), ShePAC is out...
  • Former Comptroller General Warns of Greek Scenario in U.S. (We’re just 2 years away)

    03/09/2012 6:46:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 8, 2012 6:44pm | Chris Good
    Former U.S. Comptroller David Walker has warned that the U.S. could slide into a debt scenario similar to what Greece is experiencing. “The truth is if you count total U.S. government debt as compared to many of the European nations that are in the news, we’re already worse than they are, and we’re two years away from where Greece was when it had its crisis,” Walker said in a recent interview with But he said that the size and economic power of the U.S. means it would have more time to right itself before disaster. Walker served as U.S....
  • An American Auto Bailout – For France? (Congratulations, You now own a piece of PSA Peugeot Citroen)

    03/09/2012 6:41:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/09/2012 | Jonathan Karl
    Attention U.S. taxpayers: You now own a piece of a French car company that is drowning in red ink. That’s right. In a move little noticed outside of the business pages, General Motors last week bought more than $400 million in shares of PSA Peugeot Citroen – a 7 percent stake in the company. Because U.S. taxpayers still own roughly one-quarter of GM, they now own a piece of Peugeot. Peugeot can undoubtedly use the cash. Last year, Peugeot’s auto making division lost $123 million. And on March 1 – just a day after the deal with GM was announced...
  • Report: Company who dropped ads from Limbaugh’s show asks to be reinstated (Fair weather friends)

    03/09/2012 6:27:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | posted at 10:09 pm on March 8, 2012 | AllahPundit
    Request denied. A Limbaugh spokesman said that California mattress company Sleep Train asked to restart a “voiced endorsement” from Limbaugh that it had publicly cut off last week. The company said at the time that it “does not condone such negative comments toward any person.”…Sleep Train’s departure from the program had been billed by some observers as particularly significant because the mattress retailer had been with Limbaugh show for 25 years. Yet the tone of Sleep Train’s withdrawal statement last Friday hinted it might not be pulling out for the long run…Limbaugh spokesman Brian Glicklich on Thursday forwarded a copy...
  • More than half of Obama's 2008 big fundraisers have been given administration jobs

    03/09/2012 6:23:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 8, 2012 | Rick Moran
    <p>A promise not to hire lobbyists didn't even last 2 months. A promise for sweeping ethics reforms has been all hat no cattle.</p> <p>Big donors considering whether to work the phones raising money for President Obama's reelection campaign might consider the fate of his 2008 bundlers. Many of them, it turns out, won plum jobs in his administration.</p>
  • Santorum renews attack on JFK's speech on church and state (asks prayers for clear articulation)

    03/09/2012 6:20:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Finnegan
    Reporting from Mobile, Ala.— Rick Santorum renewed his criticism of John F. Kennedy on Thursday night for saying during his 1960 campaign for the presidency that he believed “in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” “That’s not America,” the Republican presidential hopeful told a crowd at an Alabama dinner banquet. “That’s France. That’s a naked public square where people of faith are out of bounds.” [SNIP] ......Santorum said he would continue to speak out on the importance of religion in public life. “Please pray for me that I do so more articulately in the future,”...
  • Vetting Obama: Leftists Take Steps To Prevent You From Learning Anything

    03/09/2012 6:18:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 95 replies ^ | March 8, 2012 | Tony Katz
    In partial fulfillment of Andrew Breitbart's promise to "vet" the President this time, the team posted a video of President Barack Obama as a law student at Harvard. It also ran on Hannity tonight. The video shows the young Obama asking his fellow law students to "Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell." Professor Derrick Bell, the object of young Obama's adoration, was an associate of Reverend Jeremiah Wright and a committed radical. Bell was a proponent of Critical Race Theory, which views virtually all relationships through a lens of perceived race-based...
  • The Girl Scouts: Planned Parenthood's 'Tactical Arm'

    03/09/2012 6:18:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/09/2012 | Catherine Glenn Foster
    People often talk about growing up in a time when they didn't have to lock their doors, when their children could go out and play without fear, and when everyone knew (and talked to) their neighbors. It was a time when groups like the Girl Scouts flourished -- when they were viewed as a wholesome club parents could allow their daughters to join without concern that their little girls would be corrupted by feminists with an agenda. As a matter of fact, parents and their daughters would often learn about the Girl Scouts from their churches. But times change, and...
  • Gallup Reports Large Jump in Unemployment to 9.1%, Underemployment to 19.1%

    03/09/2012 6:05:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    In tomorrow's BLS payroll report, economists forecast an increase of 225,000 private jobs and total non-farm payrolls growth of 210,000. ADP expects 216,000 private jobs. I will take the under. Meanwhile Gallup reports U.S. Unemployment Up in February U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 9.1% in February from 8.6% in January and 8.5% in December. The 0.5-percentage-point increase in February compared with January is the largest such month-to-month change Gallup has recorded in its not-seasonally adjusted measure since December 2010, when the rate rose 0.8 points to 9.6% from 8.8% in November. A year ago,...
  • Colorado’s Own Green-Loan Sinkhole (More political pay for play at the Dept. of Energy)

    03/09/2012 6:03:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/08/2012 | Michele Malkin
    There’s no escaping Solyndra Syndrome. Here in my home state of Colorado, citizen journalists have uncovered our own gaping government-green-loan sinkhole. The stench of Chicago-on-the-Potomac is fouling the fresh Rocky Mountain air. Meet Loveland-based Abound Solar, the lucky winner of a $400 million federal loan guarantee from the Obama administration. Earlier this month, the thin-film cadmium-telluride solar-module maker announced layoffs of nearly 300 employees (70 percent of its work force). In addition, the firm froze plans to build a new factory in Indiana. Abound says it will ride out bad market conditions and “hopefully” survive until the market recovers. But...
  • Obama’s Contraception Spin Machine (Administration misreads the Catholic Church yet again)

    03/09/2012 5:52:43 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | March 9, 2012 | George Weigel
    The Obama White House just doesn’t get the Catholic Church in the United States these days. That blunt fact of public life was demonstrated once again by an anonymous “administration official close to the negotiations” over the Health and Human Services “contraceptive mandate.” The official was speaking off the record to the pliant David Gibson of Religion News Service, whose March 6 story took the administration’s latest prevarications at face value.“The White House has put nearly every issue requested by the bishops on the table for discussion and has sought the views of the bishops on resolving difficult policy...
  • The Beautiful, Perky Buffalo Teachers, Courtesy of Taxpayers

    03/09/2012 5:37:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Every so often, a story comes along that is so outrageous, all one can do to soothe the rage is to laugh. And shed a tear. That’s the case in Buffalo, New York. There – for years – teachers in the government education system have enjoyed free plastic surgery procedures, courtesy of taxpayers. Teachers don’t pay a dime and the entire cost is borne by the school district. So a school district that recently announced it is operating with a $42 million deficit paid $5.9 million last year for teachers to get boob jobs, tummy tucks and facelifts. I’m sure...
  • Study Finds Future Lawyers May Snub Politics

    03/09/2012 5:24:18 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    The world of politics has become less enticing for young, soon-to-be lawyers, according to a survey of 758 pre-law students released Thursday by Kaplan Test Prep. (Insert lawyer joke here).
  • Define the meaning of marriage in Minnesota Constitution

    03/09/2012 5:15:00 AM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 3/7/12 | STEPHEN J. HEANEY
    Robert Franklin's call for "some straight talk about the marriage commitment" (Feb. 24) is on the money. He notes the percentages of divorces, cohabitation and out-of-wedlock childbirth. Marriage is in such bad shape, he says, that calling for a constitutional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is like calling for an architect when the house is ablaze. Then, as a reductio ad absurdum, he suggests that we could, if we wanted, make divorce difficult to obtain and enforce laws against fornication. Will we? No, because we have grown beyond such government control of personal choices. There...
  • The Left's Greatest Hits of $#!^ They've Said About Conservatives

    03/09/2012 5:14:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Staff
    Editor's Note: This column was authored by Dr. Stephen Smoot, of Young America's Foundation. Newsweek rhetorically asked America recently, “Why are Obama’s critics (read conservatives) so dumb?” We have to admit that we do fall short of our erudite betters on the Left in the field of expression. Why can’t conservatives rise to their enlightened level of discourse? What is most galling to me is the fact that we cannot even come up with our own witty attacks. Our most visible conservative has to stoop to copying our intellectual betters! Such as when David Letterman referred to Sarah Palin...
  • Obama the Apostate (Reckoning with the Catholic Church)

    03/09/2012 5:13:08 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 9, 2012 | David Catron
    During a recent conversation about the HHS anti-conscience mandate, a friend, neither Catholic nor particularly religious asked the following rhetorical question about Obama's administration: Do these people know who they're messing with? Her point, of course, was the Church has spent nearly two millennia crushing attempts by secular rulers to dictate the way it carries out its charitable ministries. Commanding Catholic hospitals to fund sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacients isn't like twisting the arm of some roundheel congressman. It's going to take more than the usual Chitown chicanery to cow a venerable, well-funded organization that has brought more than one emperor...
  • How Some Kids With a Van Are Changing the Pro-life Movement

    On March 13, in Dallas, TX, an organization you’ve probably never heard of is going to revolutionize the pro-life movement. It starts with a kid from Philly, a bus in New York, and an idea that brought him quite by accident to the city where Roe v. Wade started — the city where he hopes abortion will finally meet its match. David Pomerantz, 23, does not look like a pro-lifer or a practicing Christian. He looks like a vegan hipster with emo hair. As a matter of fact, he sort of is a vegan hipster with emo hair. If you...
  • Bill O’Reilly Asks ‘Who Is Running Sandra Fluke?’… It ‘All Goes Back To White House’

    03/09/2012 4:35:54 AM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Mediate ^ | March 8, 2012 | Alex Alvarez
    “Who,” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked on his program Thursday night, “is running Sandra Fluke?” He explained to viewers that The Factor believes that the controversy surrounding the activist and Georgetown law student has been manufactured in a calculated move to help the Obama administration. The Factor is having some trouble, O’Reilly explained, tracking down who it is, exactly, that has been setting up Fluke’s media appearances. Just last week, he shared, his show called Fluke on her cell phone, inviting her onto the show. She has yet to call them back. “Very unusual,” said O’Reilly. “There was no...
  • Lesbian denied Communion at her mother’s funeral is also a Buddhist

    03/09/2012 4:33:00 AM PST · by IbJensen · 75 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/8/2012 | Ben Johnson
    GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND, March 8, 2012, ( – The lesbian who is attempting to get a Catholic priest removed from his parish for denying her Holy Communion at her mother’s funeral is a Buddhist who describes herself as a “naturally born agitator” committed to a “culture war.” Barbara Johnson created a national feeding frenzy after alerting the media that Fr. Marcel Guarnizo had refused to give her the Eucharist after asking her not to come forward to receive, because she is a sexually active homosexual. On February 26, Fr. Marcel Guarnizo of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, covered...
  • Judges orders millions paid in NYC firefighter bias case

    03/09/2012 4:29:03 AM PST · by Abathar · 13 replies ^ | Thu March 8, 2012 | Rose Arce
    (CNN) -- A U.S. district judge ordered New York City to pay $128 million in to firefighters who allege the city used an entrance exam that deliberately sought to keep African-Americans and Latino Americans off the force. The judge also ordered the FDNY to hire 293 black and Latino applicants. "It has been in the city's power to prevent or remedy the need for damages proceedings for a decade, and it has not done so," U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garufis said in his ruling on the class action lawsuit. He called it the "consequences of the city's decision to...
  • The Left's War on Christianity

    03/09/2012 4:26:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 9, 2012 | John Hawkins
    My analysis is that most faith based systems depend upon an absolute moral order. The declaration of things as absolutely evil or absolutely good, as sin or virtue, puts liberalism into a horrible position because it’s founded on no judgment on anything. As a result, any faith that is seriously practiced or understood is a challenge to the politics that depend on constituencies that would rather not be told that their choices are bad and their lives are not virtuous. — Hugh Hewitt Most liberals in this country tend to treat Christians one of two ways: either with open,...
  • Someone Take the Wheel

    03/09/2012 4:02:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 9, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's a great scene in the movie "The Right Stuff" where the original Mercury astronauts are checking out the capsule for their first trips to space. They're horrified to discover that the German scientists in charge of the program see the astronauts as nothing more than living props. There is no window, the scientists explain. There's no emergency hatch or even controls for the astronauts to use. It's all automated. "We want a window," the astronauts demand. The white-frocked experts reluctantly agree to give the astronauts a window and piloting controls because they know the American people would hate to...
  • GCB: Good Christians Bashed

    03/09/2012 3:55:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    At the same time Washington was ablaze with outrage at the idea that Rush Limbaugh insulted a woman as a "slut," ABC premiered a new Sunday night show called "GCB" -- shortened from "Good Christian Bitches." Limbaugh apologized. ABC displays no such contrition. They insulted only those Christians. In the midst of this trashy debut, ABC promoted a new sitcom coming in April titled "Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23." ABC advertised the debut of "GCB" with a photo of actress Kristin Chenoweth in a choir robe cut way above the knee, as if such a thing exists. "Love...
  • Core differences so apparent [Industry innovates, government stagnates]

    03/09/2012 3:35:12 AM PST · by suspects · 5 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 9, 2012 | Michael Graham
    If the first iPad, released in April 2010, were a government program, it would be the most successful Washington initiative in history. Apple has sold more than 50 million iPads so far, and they are expected to sell another 50 million this year alone. Their nearest competitor, Samsung, is expected to sell just 8 million. In fact, 83 percent of all tablet users in the United States had iPads last year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The astonishing success of the iPad has helped make Apple the most valuable company in the world. And what is Apple doing...
  • "Capitalism Gives Us The iPad. Government Gives Us...The Postal System"

    03/09/2012 3:35:04 AM PST · by suspects · 5 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 9, 2012 | Michael Graham
    If the first iPad, released in April 2010, were a government program, it would be the most successful Washington initiative in history. Apple has sold more than 50 million iPads so far, and they are expected to sell another 50 million this year alone. Their nearest competitor, Samsung, is expected to sell just 8 million. In fact, 83 percent of all tablet users in the United States had iPads last year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The astonishing success of the iPad has helped make Apple the most valuable company in the world. And what is Apple doing...
  • Amid Calls to Quit, Gingrich Seems More Subdued (Second in Delegates)

    03/09/2012 2:33:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 8, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    JACKSON, MISS ....Hours before Mr. Gingrich arrived in Jackson, Mississippi’s capital, on Wednesday night, Mr. Santorum brought his own campaign there, calling on a vociferous crowd of several hundred to force out Mr. Gingrich and make it a two-man race with Mr. Romney. “You have an opportunity here in Mississippi to narrow this race, narrow this race to a conservative versus the insider moderate,” Mr. Santorum said. “If we win Mississippi, this will be a two-person race. And if it is a two-person race, we will nominate a conservative as president of the United States.” .....Mr. Gingrich, who canceled plans...
  • Gallup: 50% of Americans Call Obama Presidency 'Failure'

    03/08/2012 11:44:29 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 08, 2012 | Newsmax Wires
    A new Gallup poll released Thursday reports that half of all Americans believe the Obama presidency has been a "failure" thus far. Even the number of those saying it is a success (44 percent) falls far behind the number saying the same for Bill Clinton's administration just before his re-election bid in 1996 (64 percent). Most who believe that Obama's presidency has been a failure are Republicans, but in what could be a grave development for President Obama, 53 percent of independents said the same. Gallup also reports that "President Obama's average job approval rating for the month of February...
  • Fisker Karma car dies in Consumer Reports testing [Another green machine bites the dust]

    03/08/2012 11:17:18 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ben Klayman
    A $100,000-plus Fisker Automotive luxury sports car died during Consumer Reports speed testing this week for reasons that are still unknown, leaving the struggling electric car startup with another blow to its image. "It is a little disconcerting that you pay that amount of money for a car and it lasts basically 180 miles before going wrong," David Champion, senior director for the magazine's automotive test center, told Reuters, on Thursday. In a statement, Fisker said it was assessing the source of the problem that caused its Karma plug-in hybrid to fail. Fisker dispatched two engineers Wednesday night to...
  • Limbaugh Rejects Company That Suspended Ads From Show Over Fluke Remarks

    03/08/2012 10:14:01 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 126 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 03-08-12 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Rush Limbaugh has rejected an advertiser’s apparent attempt to reunite with his show after the company initially dropped its ads from the program following his remarks about contraception advocate Sandra Fluke. The company, Sleep Train, calls itself “the No. 1 Bedding Specialist on the West Coast, and most recognized mattress retailer in the region.” In an email to Sleep Train President Dale Carlsen (obtained by The Blaze), a representative of the show says that Limbaugh personally considered the company’s request, but denied it considering its public comments following the controversy. “Thank you for your requests last week and this week...
  • The Looming Storm in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency

    03/08/2012 10:07:20 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 3/8/2012 | John Ty Grubbs
    Security has worsened significantly in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency this year. In the latest incident, Pakistani fighter jets responded to a series of attacks by bombing militant positions in the Kurram and Orakzai tribal agencies on March 1, killing an estimated 22 Islamist fighters (Dawn [Karachi], March 1; Central Asia Online, March 1). This rise in violence can be attributed to the area’s increasing strategic importance. Physically jutting into Afghanistan, Kurram is an attractive haven for fighters fleeing from drone strikes in North Waziristan and is the ideal entry point into Afghanistan for the Haqqani Network. Therefore, it is crucial for...
  • Netherlands: Bill calling for “less strict” euthanasia

    03/08/2012 9:44:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 3/8/2012 | De Volkskrant
    "The elderly are asking for the right to assisted suicide," says Dutch daily De Volksrant, as the parliament this Thursday discusses a bill presented through a citizens' initiative by an association called Uit Vrije Wil (“Their Free Will’”). The association supports the right to assisted suicide. In a four month period, Uit Vrije Wil gathered 120,000 signatures, including those of many political leaders, in support of a bill to allow assisted suicide for people over 70 years of age if they consider their lives as completed. The association says that the current euthanasia law, passed ten years ago, is very...
  • Pat Robertson: Pot should be legal like alcohol

    03/08/2012 9:21:14 PM PST · by Mariner · 175 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va. -- Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says marijuana should be legalized and treated like alcohol because the government's war on drugs has failed. The outspoken evangelical Christian and host of "The 700 Club" on the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network he founded said the war on drugs is costing taxpayers billions of dollars. He said people should not be sent to prison for marijuana possession. The 81-year-old first became a self-proclaimed "hero of the hippie culture" in 2010 when he called for ending mandatory prison sentences for marijuana possession convictions.
  • It's 'Constitution 101' for Maryland cops

    03/08/2012 8:32:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 7, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    It’s going to be “Constitution 101″ for state police in Maryland, who will be undergoing training on the First and Fourth Amendments as part of a settlement of a lawsuit over the illegal arrests of pro-life protesters there. Confirmation comes from officials with the Alliance Defense Fund, who argued that the officers’ decision to arrest, take into custody and strip-search the protesters simply wasn’t allowed. The ADF noted that the settlement with Maryland State Police will include “training on rights protected by the First and Fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” “Under the terms of the settlement, Maryland State Police...
  • Sebelius: 'No Idea' if Obamacare Increases Deficit

    03/08/2012 8:33:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | March 8, 2012 | Kate Hicks
    You know Kathleen Sebelius well. She's Secretary of Health and Human Services, which, among other things, makes her in charge of implementing Obamacare. You'd think she'd know the law inside and out, and that she'd be able to at least semi-coherently answer questions about it at a Senate hearing. But when Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) asks her about the program's effect on the national debt, she melts into a stuttering puddle, and he schools her on the economics of the law. The most damning exchange occurs when he asks her about healthcare waivers, which would exempt certain employers from having...
  • New video: ShePAC strikes back at misogynist Bill Maher

    03/08/2012 8:29:55 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    Michelle Malkin.Com ^ | March 8, 2012 10:52 PM | Michelle Malkin
    A little scene-setting for you before I bring you this brand spanking — emphasis on the spanking — new video from my friends at ShePAC. As I noted earlier this morning, I discussed the miscreant Bill Maher and called him what he was: An invertebrate (and yes, I meant “invertebrate,” not “inveterate” — though both would do) coward. I also said that countless conservative women out there are fed up and pushing back. ShePAC, which supports principled conservative women in public office, has just released a video exposing the depths of Maher’s misogyny. The ladies’ hands are probably red from...
  • Obama Biographers, Journalists Covered Up Radical Derrick Bell Video

    03/08/2012 8:04:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | March 7, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    Nearly every single Obama biographer and profiler has mentioned the contentious racial climate of Harvard Law School during the time that Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review. Some have even mentioned the speech that Obama gave at a protest where he literally embraced Bell. Yet none, seemingly, bothered to track down and report on the content of the speech itself--or on Bell's radical ideas. A PBS election special in 2008 showed footage of the protest but dubbed over critical portions of Obama's speech in which he endorsed Bell. A selectively edited clip released by Buzzfeed yesterday included...
  • Sophia Bush disappointed in Obama, scared of GOP field (Hollywood Alert)

    03/08/2012 7:52:09 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 32 replies ^ | 1/17/12 | Hollie McKay
    One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush has long been involved in political issues, including touring college campuses to encourage young people to vote to making appearances in Texas in support of the 2008 Obama campaign. Apparently Bush even contemplated a career in politics herself, until coming to the conclusion she couldn’t make much of a difference.
  • White House Attack Dog Targets Limbaugh Sponsors

    03/08/2012 6:26:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Censorship: The pressure on Rush Limbaugh's advertisers is from a group that meets regularly with the White House and runs an Obama Super-PAC funded by unions. The group Media Matters acts like a lobbyist but is not registered as one. It operates in the shadows, outside congressional oversight and unaccountable to voters. This makes its collusion with the White House in the heat of a presidential race a serious matter worthy of investigation. Targeting Limbaugh, a staunch Republican, is no coincidence. If the Obama campaign can silence him, it can knock out the party's most powerful voice for firing up...
  • Planned Parenthood Fraud Totals $100 Million in Tax Dollars

    03/08/2012 6:12:31 PM PST · by victim soul · 4 replies
    LifeNews.Com ^ | 2.24.12 | Catherine Glenn Foster
    Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has described 2011 as “the most difficult year in [Planned Parenthood’s] history.” Well, welcome to 2012. The Alliance Defense Fund, in conjunction with the Susan B. Anthony List, released its summary report on publicly available federal and state audits that identify waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood and state family planning programs and reveal systemic misuse of nearly $100 million taxpayer dollars. The audits speak for themselves in detailing Planned Parenthood’s misuse of the money that’s been funneled to state family planning programs and Planned Parenthood affiliates. Ten state...
  • Income Inequality Myths Of Left Exposed Once Again

    03/08/2012 6:02:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 8, 2012
    Economy: The president's strategy this election year is to divide the supposedly battered 99% from the evil, super-rich 1% doing the battering. But reports of America's income inequality are greatly exaggerated. That financial "inequality" gets treated as a serious issue is proof of an epidemic of economic illiteracy, since the rich do the job-generating in our economy. Now, Manhattan Institute senior fellow Diana Furchtgott-Roth has just added some essential new analysis exposing class-warfare fallacies. Examining Labor Department data, "The Myth of Increasing Income Inequality," published this week, show "that inequality as measured by per-capita spending is no greater today than...