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  • United Methodist Church affirms homosexuality ‘incompatible with Christian teaching’

    05/05/2012 3:26:01 PM PDT · by fwdude · 82 replies ^ | 05/05/12 | Ben Johnson
    AMPA, FLORIDA, May 7, 2012, ( – Members of the nation’s largest mainline Protestant church voted to maintain the doctrine that homosexual actions were “incompatible with Christian teaching” on Thursday. The United Methodist Church voted down two proposals to water down its stance on homosexuality on Thursday. One proposal called homosexuals “people of sacred worth” and acknowledged differing viewpoints on the issue, while another said humans did not know enough about human sexuality to prefer one lifestyle over another.
  • If You Want A Perfect Margarita for Cinco de Mayo - Make Them At Home

    05/05/2012 1:54:06 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 54 replies
    Why do so many cashiers give you change in such a sloppy manner? It seems that cashiers these days do not get any training whatsoever in properly giving you back your change. Back in the 1970s, when I was starting out in the workforce, I had several jobs that involved taking in money and giving change back to customers. Now we did not have those cash registers that automatically calculate your change. So I had to figure it out in my head. Even today, I can instantly calculate the change from a $20 bill. For example, a purchase of $11.56...
  • Pelosi Questions Obama Marijuana Policy

    05/05/2012 1:42:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 5, 2012 | Chris Roberts
    Nancy Pelosi speaks out in support of medical marijuana.If President Barack Obama won't listen to the people, perhaps he'll heed Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi reacted to medical cannabis users' petitions this week when she issued a statement blasting the federal Justice Department's crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana, according to SF Weekly. Obama defended the Justice Department's crackdown in an interview in Rolling Stone. Obama insisted that he can't tell the Justice Department not to enforce laws on the books. In response, Pelosi issued a statement this week of her own, in which she voices her "strong concerns" about the federal...
  • Glow Ammo Cold Tracers: Non-Incendiary Ammo with Much Training and Tactical Potential (VIDEO)

    05/05/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 3 May, 2012 | Max Slowik
    Glow Ammo is a new company that makes cold tracers. Cold tracers are small disks that can be pressed against the base of a bullet and after being shot, emit light. The cold tracers don't use phosphorus or other incendiary substances to emit light, they use a triboluminescent light source. Triboluminescent candyTriboluminescence is a poorly-understood phenomena, but not uncommon just the same. Triboluminescence is the phenomena you see when you peel some kinds of tape off a roll quickly, or when you chomp on a Wint-O-Green Life Saver, you know, in the closet. With someone, hopefully. Anyway, it's caused by...
  • Seniors and Guns: Goldilocks Gun Control

    05/05/2012 1:23:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 4 May, 2012 | revjen45
    A friend of mine describes the antis’ crusade against specific guns as “Goldilocks” gun control. This is the idea that some guns are too big (“vest busters”), some guns are too small (“pocket rockets”), some guns don’t have a “sporting purpose” (“assault” weapons), some guns are too cheap (Saturday night specials), etc. ad infinitum. I say ad infinitum instead of ad nauseum because, unlike Goldilocks, the antis will never find the “just right” gun. I see that Johnathon Purtle of is now trying to apply this same illogic to the age of gun owners. But of course, this isn’t...
  • CBS intentionally violated posted gun show rules in phony undercover stunt

    05/05/2012 1:06:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 May, 2012 | David Codrea
    “‘Bullet Button’ Used To Get Around California Gun Laws,” CBS 5 San Francisco reported Tuesday. “CBS 5 went undercover to a recent gun show at the Cow Palace in Daly City and found ‘California legal’ assault rifles throughout,” they claim. It’s a non-story, really, as their undercover team found nothing illegal—they weren’t even looking for that—or that couldn’t have been obtained openly. The entire purpose of the “investigation” appears to be to gin up public frenzy about a legal device that allows for changing magazines on semi-automatic firearms that comply with California’s specific model and cosmetic features bans. “I've emailed...
  • On Second Thought, Maybe N.C. Was a Mistake

    05/05/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 30, 2012 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If national Democratic strategists chose Charlotte, N.C., for the party’s national convention because they liked the facilities, the hotel accommodations or the weather in early September, then I guess I can’t yet quibble with the choice. But if David Axelrod and the president’s other political advisers picked the Tar Heel State to make some broader political point, then they goofed. Simply put: North Carolina looks like a mess for Democrats. The state’s Democratic governor, Beverly Perdue, is so unpopular — her job approval has been fluctuating from 30 percent to 40 percent for months — that she wisely decided not...
  • The Life of Zachary

    05/05/2012 12:26:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    City Journal ^ | May 4th, 2012 | Nicole Gelinas
    Imagining how the next generation will fare in the Obama administration’s scenario The Obama reelection campaign has created a fictional character, “Julia,” whose starring role in an online slideshow, “The Life of Julia,” has gone viral online. Julia’s story is meant to show voters “how President Obama’s policies help one woman over her lifetime.” Viewers are supposed to understand that Obama-administration policies—including funding Head Start for pre-kindergartners, mandating that insurers cover birth-control prescriptions, and preserving Medicare—have made Julia’s life better. For instance, at age 31, Julia “decides to have a child,” benefiting from “maternal checkups, prenatal care, and free screenings...
  • US should return stolen land to Indian tribes, says United Nations

    05/05/2012 12:22:32 PM PDT · by tom h · 53 replies ^ | Friday 4 May 2012 | Chris McGreal
    UN's correspondent on indigenous peoples urges government to act to combat 'racial discrimination' felt by Native AmericansA United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination. James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes. Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian...
  • Why is the NJ State Police Allowing Prohibited Persons to Get Guns?

    05/05/2012 11:57:49 AM PDT · by Revtwo · 9 replies
    Website ^ | 5-4-12 | Evan Nappen
    Is the NJ State Police incompetent or is this a conspiracy to criminally entrap unsuspecting gun owners? Although this law has been in effect for over eight years, the NJ State Police has failed to ask about it on New Jersey’s gun permit application forms and Certificates of Eligibility.
  • Our debt mess (Obama's manipulation of Jobs Stats)

    05/05/2012 11:54:16 AM PDT · by radar101 · 3 replies
    The Register-Citizen ^ | May 04, 2012 | EDITORIAL
    The wreckage created by the disastrous Obama economy has taken many forms. One of the most alarming is the move from long term unemployed to permanent Social Security Disability benefits. As a way of surviving many long term unemployed have signed up for SSI benefits which tend to become life long subsistence. A shocking report by Investors Business Daily reports that in April alone more than 225,000 workers applied for Social Security disability benefits, and nearly 90,000 were enrolled, according to new data from the Social Security Administration. Top economists note that the shrinking labor force has masked the true...
  • Americans renounced their citizenship in record numbers in 2011

    05/05/2012 11:17:27 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies ^ | 03 May, 2012, | staff reporter
    If you think residing in America is taxing, just talk to one of the many expatriates who is contributing to a shocking statistic recently discovered: across the globe, people are renouncing their US citizenship in record numbers. At least 1,788 Americans officially threw away their US citizenship in 2011, exceeding the totals from 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined. The Internal Revenue Service has been keeping a tally of US citizens driven to renouncing that title since only 1998, but last year’s number has officially raised the bar when it comes to calling America quits. What’s more, experts say, is that...
  • 9/11 trial begins at Guantanamo with protest by defendants [Updated]

    05/05/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2012, 10:14 a.m. | Richard A. Serrano
    The arraignment of accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four top Al Qaeda lieutenants opened Saturday in a heavily guarded island courtroom with the so-called “Gitmo 5” launching a silent protest, refusing to cooperate, listen to translations or even answer fundamental questions about a process that could end their lives. The long-awaited trial began with defense lawyers speaking for the alleged terrorists and arguing that the protest was over their clients’ anger about alleged CIA torture and mistreatment at the prison on the southern rim of Cuba. … (Updated at 10:14 a.m., May 5:) Three hours into the...
  • Traffic Stop Highlights Arizona Law [Obama's Immigration Detains Woman for 3 days]

    05/05/2012 10:24:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/5/12 | Miriam Jordan
    A week after Supreme Court arguments over Arizona's illegal-immigration law, the arrest, detention and subsequent release of an undocumented woman following a traffic stop added a real-world example to the courtroom debate about how the statute could play out. Araceli Mercado Sanchez, who is married to an American soldier and is in the process of legalizing her U.S. residency, was pulled over Tuesday for making an illegal turn, and sent to immigration authorities when she couldn't produce a driver's license or Social Security card requested by a sheriff's deputy. Federal authorities released her late Thursday after she had spent two...
  • Compton School Board Member On Leave After Trayvon Martin Slur

    05/05/2012 10:24:27 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    KTLANews ^ | May 05, 2012 | Skyy Fisher
    Compton School Board Member On Leave After Trayvon Martin Slur VIDEO: Watch Jim Nash's Report Skyy Fisher May 5, 2012 COMPTON, Calif. (KTLA) -- A Compton school board member has taken a leave of absence after outrage sparked over inflammatory comments he made about shooting victim Trayvon Martin on an internet podcast. Civil rights groups are calling for Skyy Fisher's resignation after he unleashed a profanity-laced tirade on an internet podcast during which he referred to Trayvon Martin a "f****t black dude" and called his own school Superintendent a "b***h."
  • Michelle Obama, The First _________ (fill in the blank)

    05/05/2012 10:15:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 19 replies
    e-mail, youtube ^ | May 5, 2012 | knarf
    I looked to see if this had been posted and found nothing.
  • California’s 4th year of mass teacher pink slips spurs concerns about layoff process

    05/05/2012 9:55:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/05/2012
    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified teacher Mike Newman sighed when he saw the now familiar certified letter in his mailbox last month — a pink slip, for the fourth year in a row. “Here we go again,” said Newman, a 14-year classroom veteran who’s had his previous three layoffs rescinded and hopes for the same this year. “We keep thinking it’ll get better sooner or later, but it’s not.” A new term is being bandied about in California schools these days — “the RIFing season,” which refers to the “reduction in force” letters notifying teachers they may be laid...
  • The Village Can Help, But Children Raised By A Mum And Dad Do Best [Says Gay Author]

    05/05/2012 9:48:50 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 04, 2012 | Graeme Archer
    The Village Can Help, But Children Raised By A Mum And Dad Do Best Raising children well is the most difficult, and important, human activity: gay parents Julianne Moore and Annette Bening in 'The Kids Are All Right' By Graeme Archer 04 May 2012 I don’t have any paternal instinct; zilch. Perhaps this is selfishness. But there’s more than enough love and companionship in my existence. The universe is indifferent to “Graeme Archer”; that I will at some point be swept away, like a sandcastle by the waves, leaves me oddly content. Wash me, thoroughly, of my iniquity, says the...
  • Why Christians and Patriots CANNOT vote for Mitt Romney (Vanity)

    05/05/2012 9:22:38 AM PDT · by Waywardson · 286 replies
    America's Wake Up Call ^ | 5/5/2012 | Craig Bergman
    Attention all Patriots: Tune in to America's Wake Up Call: Talk radio sponsored by Tea Party of America and Patriots for Christ. Hear Craig Bergman and Jamie Johnson make the case for why Christians and Patriots CANNOT vote for Mitt Romney. This Saturday at 1pm CST on 99.3 FM in the Des Moines, Iowa area or live streaming on the web at: Check out the facebook fan page and "like" it at Long live the Republic! In Liberty,
  • Human choices drive climate changes

    05/05/2012 9:14:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Morning Sentinel ^ | May 5, 2012 | by David F. Robinson
    FARMINGTON -- Maine is going to look a lot different in 100 years if climate change trends continue on the same upward trajectory. Moose may all but disappear from the forests, replaced by migrations of white-tail deer. The forests themselves will probably be taken over by trees found today as far south as Maryland, rather than the red spruce that make Maine's woods unique. Even black-capped chickadees, the state bird, may start to head farther north for cooler climes. These are just a few of the potential changes in store for Maine according to many scientists, who have been predicting...