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  • Maryland Mega Millions winner says she ‘misplaced’ winning ticket

    04/06/2012 7:12:45 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/06/2012 | Nina Mandell
    The flaky McDonald's worker who claimed she had one of the winning Mega Million Lottery tickets now says she lost the slip. When asked by NBC News if she was going to ever to ask for her share of the dough, Mirlande Wilson replied, "If I find it (the ticket).” The NBC reporter then asked if she had lost the ticket, to which the 37-year-old Baltimore woman replied, "I misplaced it." She insisted she didn’t make up the story though. “I did not make up no story to get no attention,” she told NBC. The strange conversation is just the...
  • Obama's female forum: Just in time for campaign? [JOKER pretends to care about women]

    04/06/2012 7:07:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/6/12
    The White House will host a forum on women and the economy, just as the latest political buzz focuses on the growing gender gap in America. It's the talk of cable news - whichever Republican candidate President Obama faces starts from behind with one of the most important group of voters: women.
  • Canada abolishes long gun registry

    04/06/2012 6:40:32 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 8 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 4/5/2012 | David Kopel
    Canada abolishes long gun registryDavid KopelApril 5, 2012 6:17 pm Yesterday the Canadian Senate voted 50-27 to abolish the long gun registry. Bill C-19 received unanimous support from Conservative Senators, and some support from Liberals. The bill had previously passed the House of Commons. It became the law of the land today, with the Royal Assent of Canada’s Governor-General. The bill does not change Canada’s registration system for handguns, which has been in effect since the 1930s. Nor does it change the registration system for certain long guns which have been classified as “prohibited” or “restricted” weapons. Likewise unchanged is...
  • D.C. Dem to Introduce Bill to Change Eating Habits in ‘Workplace and Community Settings’

    04/06/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 5, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The representative for a district with higher-than-average rates of obesity-related conditions will return from recess a week from Monday to reintroduce her Lifelong Improvements in Food and Exercise (LIFE) Act. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) will say on the House floor, according to prepared remarks, that her bill is intended to tackle a health problem “that cannot be remedied through the health care system alone.” The LIFE Act would give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $25 million “for a coordinated national effort to reverse increasingly sedentary lifestyles and diets that are high in fat and sugar.” That...
  • IRS Commissioner: Paying Taxes Is Pathway to Citizenship for Illegal Aliens

    04/06/2012 6:30:36 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    IRS Commissioner: Paying Taxes Is Pathway to Citizenship for Illegal Aliens By Elizabeth Harrington April 5, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman said Thursday that paying taxes is a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. At the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 12 days before this year's tax-filing deadline (Apr. 17), Shulman was asked about what his agency is doing to collect taxes from illegal aliens. “You know, it’s a great question,” he said. “One of the pathways to citizenship that people believe is a good one is--even if you’re not in this country legally--to pay...
  • Andrea Advocates For Planned Parenthood

    04/06/2012 6:27:40 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is it the role of a "correspondent," as opposed to a pundit, to advocate on a controversial subject? Apparently Andrea Mitchell thinks it's just fine. On today's Morning Joe, Mitchell, NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent, twice spoke in defense of Planned Parenthood. She claimed to distinguish PP's role in providing abortions from the screening services it offers women, and criticized the decision of the Texas state government to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving federal screening funds. But funds being fungible, Mitchell was effectively advocating for all of Planned Parenthood, including its role as the nation's largest abortion provider. View the...
  • Germany to impose tax on the young to help the old

    04/06/2012 5:22:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | April 4, 2012 | Bruno Waterfield
    Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have drafted proposals forcing all those over the age of 25 to pay a proportion of their income to cushion Germany against a looming population crisis. The German Chancellor's ruling party is seeking extra sources of cash to pay for soaring pensions and bills for social care costs at a time when Germany's "baby boomer" generation is ageing amid a decline in the birth rate.
  • Two homeowners with guns confront intruders in Pierce County(WA)

    04/06/2012 4:58:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    nwcn.com ^ | 5 April, 2012 | NA
    BONNEY LAKE, Wash. – Two Pierce County homeowners pulled guns on people trying to break into their homes Thursday morning. Bonney Lake Police said a man was napping at his home in the 8000 block of 205th Avenue East when he heard someone ringing the doorbell. He ignored it, but then heard the person kicking the door. The owner grabbed a shotgun and confronted the intruder. The suspect then fled in a pickup truck, but not before the homeowner fired a shot. Police say there was no indication the car or the intruder was hit. Police said they are searching...
  • MTV's 'Savage' Schoolyard

    04/06/2012 1:40:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    MTV is now trying to lure young viewers with a saucy sex show in the "advice" category. They didn't reach for Dr. Drew or God forbid Dr. Ruth or an actual doctor of anything. They turned to filthy sex columnist and gay activist Dan Savage. The new show is called "Savage U," and it documents Savage touring college campuses to offer snarky/smutty advice to college students. This is MTV's libertine ideology pitched right at children, and Savage is blunt about how he'll be going around the parents. Savage explained to the Los Angeles Times that, "The idea is we're going...
  • Marion Barry and the Left's Hatred of Asian Entrepreneurs

    04/06/2012 1:33:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Marion Barry's mouth set him up. The disgraced former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was caught on tape in a 1987 crack cocaine sting, made an even bigger disgrace of himself and his city on Tuesday. Celebrating a Democratic primary victory, the city councilman attacked small businesses owned by "Asians" in his district. Then the race-baiting clown doubled down. Barry told supporters in D.C.'s Ward 8: "We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go." Once pushed out, Barry promised, he would replace the foreign invaders with "African-American...
  • Massachusetts School Removes “God” From Lee Greenwood Song “God Bless the USA”

    04/06/2012 1:23:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/5/2012
    An elementary school in Massachusetts has told kids not to say the word “God” in the Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA” during a recent assembly. Instead, they wanted students to say, “We love the USA.” Many parents were not happy with this move, but some agreed that the principal did the right thing. The school decided that they would pull the song from the assembly all together instead of continuing a debate about it. Michael Graham, a conservative radio talk show host with WTKK in Massachusetts, joined Martha MacCallum on America’s Newsroom to discuss the matter. Graham disputes...
  • Reflective Chavez weeps at Mass in Venezuela

    04/05/2012 11:00:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 6, 2012 12:18am EDT | Daniel Wallis
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wept and asked God to spare his life during a pre-Easter Mass on Thursday after returning from his latest session of cancer treatment in Cuba. Very little is known about the 57-year-old socialist leader's condition, including even what type of cancer he has. Chavez has undergone three operations in less than a year, and received two sessions of radiation treatment. He says the latest surgery was successful, that he is recovering well and will be fit to win a new six-year term at an election in October. Yet big questions remain about his future, and on...
  • China tells military to ignore rumors, obey party

    04/05/2012 10:51:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 6, 2012 1:21am EDT | Chris Buckley
    China's top military newspaper told troops on Friday to ignore rumors on the Internet and steel themselves for "ideological struggle" as the ruling Communist Party faces a leadership transition, in a sign of jitters in Beijing. The Liberation Army Daily did not mention outlandish rumors of a foiled coup in Beijing that spread on the Internet in past weeks, after the abrupt ousting of Bo Xilai, an ambitious contender for a spot in the new central leadership to be unveiled at a party congress later this year. A front-page commentary in the newspaper, however, left no doubt the party leadership...
  • Newark Mayor Booker says he was denied Springsteen tickets after blasting N.J. Devils executive

    04/05/2012 10:43:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 05, 2012
    NEWARK — Call him a "high-class, highfalutin huckster and hustler?" Well then, you can just forget about those Springsteen tickets. A day after Newark Mayor Cory Booker lashed out at Devils managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek — accusing him of exploiting the city — the mayor said the team owner turned down his request for seats to next month’s sold-out Bruce Springsteen concert at the Prudential Center.
  • Bobby Petrino Placed on Paid Leave

    04/05/2012 8:30:02 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 22 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | 4.5.2012
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino has been put on paid leave. Athletic director Jeff Long announced the decision late Thursday, capping a stunning day in which it was revealed that Petrino had a 25-year-old female employee with him during a weekend motorcycle ride that ended in a crash.
  • On Zakat, Jihad and Shariah-Compliance

    04/05/2012 8:03:34 PM PDT · by LSUfan
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 5 April 2012 | Unknown
    Here we have two important links that touch on themes that we have covered extensively over the years: Zakat, Jihad and Shariah-Compliant Finance. The first article from the excellent Gates of Vienna blog, points out that one of the destinations of zakat (tithing in Islam) is “those fighting in the way of allah…” http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/04/on-zakat-and-jihad.html The second article ties zakat to Shariah-Compliant Finance. It is a column out of Malaysia, one of the global centers of Shariah finance, that points out–in detail–Shariah-Compliant companies are in fact liable for zakat payments. Shariah-compliant companies, either fully owned by Muslims, or jointly owned by...
  • Walking Back the Trayvon Martin Hysteria

    04/05/2012 7:42:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 5, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    1) If one suggests that there may not be, at least as yet, enough evidence to overturn the initial police decision of not charging Mr. Zimmerman with a crime, then one is a de facto racist. In other words, the liberal position of letting all the evidence be reexamined in a dispassionate fashion is now illiberal. And the illiberal one of charging someone with a felony without established probable cause is liberal. But just arresting and charging a suspect to let a judge or jury post facto decide whether there was ever probable cause for such an arrest is neither...
  • Republican official: US Rep. Johnson to retire

    04/05/2012 7:53:31 PM PDT · by deek69 · 5 replies
    Veteran Illinois U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson intends to drop his bid for a seventh term and retire, a Republican official said Wednesday. Johnson was expected to make a public announcement of his decision Thursday, said the official, who spoke directly with Johnson but would confirm the decision only on condition of anonymity in order not to pre-empt the congressman's formal announcement.
  • Industrial poultry about to get even crappier — literally

    04/05/2012 7:41:56 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 15 replies
    Grist ^ | 3 Apr 2012 | Rachel Cernansky
  • Man may have killed in self-defense during robbery off Tallassee

    04/05/2012 7:35:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    onlineathens.com ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Joe Johnson
    A man who shot and killed another man Wednesday morning in Athens may have been acting in self-defense during a robbery, Athens-Clarke police said. He told police he shot 23-year-old Travis Sankwon Callaway after Callaway pulled a gun on him outside his home at Pinehurst Apartments off Tallassee Road, according to police. Police questioned the man after the 3 a.m. shooting and later released him. Callaway was dead when officers arrived, police said. Investigators found evidence in the breezeway of 120 Pinehurst Court that appears to support the man’s self-defense claim. “He was the shooter and the victim of a...