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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
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 05/05/12 | Ben Johnson
    AMPA, FLORIDA, May 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – 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
    guns.com ^ | 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
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 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 Philly.com/Health 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
    Guardian.com ^ | 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
    TR.com ^ | 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.http://youtu.be/yf6EtBBkwmM
  • 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: www.americaswakeupcall.net Check out the facebook fan page and "like" it at www.facebook.com/americaswakeupcall 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...
  • Police warn Chinatown of robbing hypnotists

    05/05/2012 9:07:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 5, 2012 | Matt Stout and Erin Smith
    A 57-year-old Cantonese-speaking woman claims a trio of thieves hypnotized her into giving them $160,000 in life savings in a bizarre scam that has Chinatown leaders raising alarms about bewitching bamboozlers — and experts raising their eyebrows about the victim’s spellbinding tale.
  • Best recession insurance: Marriage

    05/05/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Janice Shaw Crouse
    Economists refer to the economic benefit that accrues to married couples as the “marriage premium.” A recent CBS television special asked the question, “Why is marriage such an economic turn-on?” The program “MoneyWatch” gave three reasons based on a report from the Pew Research Center’s report, “Women, Men and the New Economics of Marriage”: Economies of scale: Married couples share the cost of necessary expenses, such as health insurance, utility bills and mortgage payments. That is especially significant today when more than two-thirds of men have working spouses and 22 percent of wives make more than their husbands. Married couples...
  • The Coin Analyst: Canadian Mint Plans to Stop Making Cents, and the U.S. Should Do the Same

    05/05/2012 8:37:33 AM PDT · by null and void · 41 replies
    CoinWeek ^ | April 1, 2012 1:13 AM | Louis Golino
    The Royal Canadian Mint‘s 2012 budget, which was issued on March 29, does not include funding for the production of one cent coins, according to Canadian and U.S. media sources. The cost to produce and store the coins, not to mention the hassle of dealing with them, finally drove our neighbors to the north to decide that it no longer makes sense to make cents. According to Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, as quoted in the Globe and Mail newspaper, “Pennies take up too much space on our dressers at home,” Mr. Flaherty added. “They take up far too much...
  • The designer baby factory: ...and embryos implanted in desperate women

    05/05/2012 8:10:51 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 4, 2012 | David Jones
    Above a cheap mobile phone shop in a chaotic street in north Delhi, there is a grimy apartment whose peeling walls are decorated with photographs of adoring mothers nursing their babies. The woman cooing at her child in the biggest portrait is beautiful, white and affluent-looking — in stark contrast to the flat’s five residents, four of whom are pregnant, while the other is being pumped full of hormones in the hope she will soon conceive. They are all uneducated, bare-footed, dirt-poor Indian women from outlying villages — and given the emotional turmoil that awaits them, one would have thought...
  • Rex Murpy: How Obama cheapened a great victory in the war on terror

    05/05/2012 8:09:54 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | May 5, 2012 | Rex Murphy
    How do you make something smaller than it is or should be? How do you shrink an event? One way is to manipulate the event for smaller purposes than those it already has served. The killing of Osama bin Laden is an example. It is of deep significance. Bin Laden was the principal architect of the horrors of 9/11. He was the sinister beacon of “jihadis” worldwide. He was, till the daring of U.S. Navy Seals changed the equation, 10 years after 9/11, still hidden, uncaptured, unpunished. The killing of bin Laden was not a war-ending event. Modern wars, of...
  • Home prices to hit bottom in 19 markets this year (All but 2 are in Blue States)

    05/05/2012 7:25:13 AM PDT · by Homers-odd-I-see · 21 replies
    Market Watch / Yahoo News ^ | May 5, 2012 | Amy Hoak
    Below are the 19 metropolitan areas where Zillow expects Housing prices will hit bottom in 2012: New York Los Angeles Dallas-Ft. Worth Philadelphia Washington, DC Miami-Fort Lauderdale Boston Riverside, Calif. Phoenix San Diego Tampa St. Louis Baltimore Denver Pittsburgh Orlando Las Vegas San Jose Virginia Beach, Va.
  • New Federal Regulations Call For Healthier School Lunches

    05/05/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Mike DeNardo
    PHILADELPHIA - New federal regulations require healthier lunches in schools next year. USDA undersecretary Audrey Rowe lunched on chicken salad yesterday with kids at the Roberto Clemente Middle School. Rowe was in town to highlight new school lunch nutrition standards that take effect in the fall. “We will be expanding on the amount of fruits and vegetables offered to the children. Obviously, even though the products are going to be prepackaged, they’re going to be healthier.” With the new requirements, comes a modest 6-cent-per meal increase in federal reimbursements.
  • Welcome back, Conrad Black

    05/05/2012 7:22:38 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | May 4, 2012 | National Post Editorial Board
    We will confess to not being “objective” in regard to Conrad Black. He is the man who founded the National Post. Without him, you would not be holding this newspaper in your hands, or reading these words on our website. Instead, the Canadian media scene would resemble the stale left-centre ideological oligarchy that Mr. Black revolutionized back when the National Post came into being in 1998. Yet we are far from the only ones pleased to welcome Mr. Black back to his native land. No less a lefty than Margaret Atwood recently praised Mr. Black for his road-to-Damascus conversion to...
  • Iran readies secret salt desert bunkers for clandestine nuclear facilities

    05/05/2012 7:14:16 AM PDT · by kindred · 7 replies
    Debka File ^ | May 5, 2012 | unknown
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Yukiya Amano declared Friday, May 4, that “Parchin (the suspected site of nuclear-related explosion tests) is the priority and we start with that,” he may have missed the boat. As he spoke, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said it was possible that Iran was already putting in place the infrastructure for building a nuclear bomb in 60 days. In this regard, debkafile’s military sources disclose that Iran had by the end of 2009 early 2012 completed the construction of a new chain of underground facilities deep inside the Dasht e-Kavir (Great Salt Desert) -...
  • Satan's War on Women

    05/05/2012 6:46:22 AM PDT · by kindred · 10 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | DJP, I.F.
    My dear friend, Satan is no dope or buffoon. He is a diabolical genius who fully comprehends the inner workings of Adam’s fallen race and knows how to perfectly play humanity like a fiddle to fulfill all of his demonic anti-God agenda (Isa. 14:12-15, Matt. 4:9, Eph. 2:2-3, Rev. 13:4). He is a human hunter and a destroyer and knows exactly what bait to use to bring down a culture and society which has had the Bible and Almighty God in its beginnings and founding (John 8:44). As one reads through the biblical account of Adam’s fallen race one satanic...
  • Return of risk: The growing movement to let kids play like kids

    05/05/2012 6:40:03 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 58 replies
    National Post ^ | May 4, 2012 | Sarah Boesveld
    At first, parents fretted about the rocky hillside. It screamed danger to some who gathered at a town hall about Lord Selkirk School’s new playground plans three and a half years ago. What if the children were running over the hill, didn’t see the rocks and tumbled down, scraping their knees and elbows or worse? Stormie Duchnycz, principal of the Winnipeg school, and the landscape designer who was working on the plans carefully explained its hidden virtues: The rocky hill would help expose their children to nature, it would be physically challenging and engage the whole of their little bodies....
  • EPA regulations swat town’s mosquito aerial spray efforts

    05/05/2012 6:37:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Delta County Independent (CA) ^ | May 2, 2012 | by Hank Lohmeyer
    New regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency that carry onerous requirements for permitting for applicators, increased threat of lawsuits, and crippling fines for violations have led the area's local spray operator to drop the aerial service. "This is thanks to the Obama EPA," Orchard City Mayor Don Suppes noted. Orchard City's aerial mosquito spraying program, begun several years ago to combat West Nile Virus, has been highly successful and popular with town residents, Suppes said. Various news accounts of new EPA spraying regulations point out the onerous permitting requirements and fines of up to $37,500 per day for violations. New...
  • A Surprising Statistic About The Long-Term Unemployed (Breaking them down by education)

    05/05/2012 6:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/05/2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Pew is out with a new study (.pdf) about the long-term unemployed in America. The long-tern unemployed are people who have been unemployed at least a year, and as you can see (and as you should know by know), the scale of the problem these days is way bigger than it has been during any other period over the last half a century. Click the chart to enlarge. What's interesting is that the population that makes up the long-term unemployed is very different than the unemployed population as a whole. Check out this breakdown of the unemployed and long-term unemployed...
  • Bad News for Obama: Democrats Have a Registration Problem

    05/05/2012 6:15:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    TIME ^ | 05/05/2012 | ADAM SORENSEN
    Demographics will doom Republicans in the out years, Democrats like to say. A coalition of Black and Latino voters along with the socially moderate youth bloc is quickly becoming the left’s safety net, even in tight elections. But as the Washington Post reported Friday, there’s a problem: [T]his is the first time in nearly four decades that the number of registered Hispanics has dropped significantly. That figure fell 5% across the country, to about 11 million, according to the Census Bureau. But in some politically important swing states, the decline among Hispanics, who are considered critical in the 2012 presidential...
  • Twitter vs. secret diplomacy in the Chen Guangcheng saga [Obama/Mainstream Media Caught Lying]

    05/05/2012 6:08:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 5/5/12
    The celebrated deal that would have ensured that blind dissident Chen Guangcheng would stay in China began to dissolve publicly with a tweet: “GUANGCHENG TALKED TO ME. WHAT MEDIA REPORTED IS WRONG.” The unsettling Twitter message from Beijing activist Zeng Jinyan began a firestorm of debate over whether Chen had been coerced into the deal with threats to his family, an alarming idea that gutted the most important promise behind the agreement -- that Chen would be kept safe.
  • 'Investing' in College? It Pays to Think Like an Investor

    05/05/2012 6:05:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/05/2012 | Jack Hough
    College is the best investment you can make, President Obama told students last month at the University of Colorado. As a metaphor for the benefits of education, that statement is fine. But taken as a claim about the financial returns of a college degree, it poses two problems. The first is that students and their families still lack sufficient data to estimate long-term returns for specific college degrees the way investors do with stocks and bonds. The second problem is one of investment risk. Stock investors can manage risk by buying a diverse basket of shares, but a college student...
  • Juan Williams misses NPR

    05/05/2012 5:41:35 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Capital ^ | May 5, 2012 | GLYNNIS MACNICOL
    Fox News political analyst Juan Williams misses working for NPR “big time.” “Because that’s such an informed and influential audience,” he told me last night at the swanky Industria Studios, a big loft and event space in the far West Village. “And the thing is that audience really liked me and I would often times help raise money for NPR.” Williams, you may recall, was rather spectacularly (and controversially) fired from NPR in 2010 after telling Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he sometimes “gets nervous” when he sees people in “Muslim garb” boarding a plane he is traveling on....
  • NBC Fires Miami-Based Correspondent for Zimmerman 911 Edit [Omitted Zim's Fear Trayvon was Armed!]

    05/05/2012 5:17:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    sfltv.com ^ | 5/3/12
    Lilia Luciano, an NBC News correspondent based in Miami (more like WTVJ studios in Miramar) has been fired by the network for using an edited version of George Zimmerman’s 911 call on the Today show on March 20. In her story the edit omitted the underlined phrase below: Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male. Dispatcher: Are you following him?
  • Bill Permitting the Medical Use of Marijuana Clears the CT Senate

    05/05/2012 5:11:39 AM PDT · by CT-Freeper · 11 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | May 5, 2012 | Daniela Altimari
    Following a passionate debate that stretched on for nearly 10 hours, the Connecticut Senate early this morning gave final legislative approval to a bill that legalizes and regulates the medical use of marijuana. Snip “When I looked at some of the other states that took what I thought was almost a wild, wild west approach of allowing people to grow plants at home and the lack of oversight and regulation, I did not believe it was the right thing for Connecticut to do, to emulate those states and those versions,” [Senate President Donald] Williams said. Snip Unlike other states that...
  • Whooping Cough Surges Again in U.S. (Video)

    05/05/2012 5:06:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2012 | Staff
    Video at link
  • Obama's Payroll Disaster

    05/05/2012 4:19:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Quick Notes About the Unemployment Rate US Unemployment Rate fell .01 to 8.1%  In the last year, the civilian population rose by 3,638,000. Yet the labor force only rose by 945,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 2,693,000.   The Civilian Labor Force fell by 342,000.   Those "Not in Labor Force" increased by 522,000. If you are not in the labor force, you are not counted as unemployed.  Those "Not in Labor Force" is at a new record high of 87,419,000.   By the Household Survey, the number of people employed fell by 169,000.  By the Household...
  • Olga and Julia: Moochers of the World Unite!

    05/05/2012 3:57:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in 2010, I declared that Olga Stefou was a symbol of everything that’s wrong with the Greek welfare state. She was one of the protesters and – if the story captured her thoughts accurately – she displayed an unlimited entitlement mentality. Sort of helps one understand why this cartoon is so accurate.Now we have an American version of Olga. Her name is Julia, and she is just as much of a moocher.The good news, though, is that Julia is only a make-believe leech. She’s been created by the Obama campaign to show how big government can provide cradle-to-grave handouts.The...
  • Moral Duties in a Muddied World

    05/05/2012 3:42:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Vatican City -- In an election season in which the White House has instituted a policy that puts unprecedented limits on the constitutional right to freedom of religion, questions of conscience, duty and spiritual and moral obligation are of critical importance. A conference at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences had some related thoughts and warnings. The Vatican think tank was founded in 1994 and is meant to facilitate a continuing dialogue between faith and reason, between the social sciences and the social thought of the Church. To an American sitting in on the conference, some of its sessions...
  • The Politics of Envy

    05/05/2012 3:34:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Why are so many liberals obsessing about inequality? Why does the president keep talking about rich people as part of his re-election campaign? Two things to remember about the pundits: (1) the chattering class has to chatter about something and (2) the worst thing for a professional chatterer is to be ignored. One thing to remember about the president: he desperately wants to be re-elected. Here’s the overall problem: The political left has no solutions to our most pressing problems. Whether the issue is economic growth or runaway entitlement spending or non-performing public schools, left-of-center solutions were tried and found...
  • Woman Charged With Prostitution Using Hot Dog Cart To Solicit Clients

    05/05/2012 3:29:26 AM PDT · by Conservative Vermont Vet · 53 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | May 4, 2012 | Carol Gusoff
    Detectives with the Narcotic Vice Squad in Nassau County were investigating Catherine Scalia, 45, of East Rockaway, and became aware she was offering up more than kraut and relish from her hot dog cart on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin, according to police. Scalia was arrested Thursday after authorities said she offered to engage in sexual conduct at her home with an undercover detective in return for money. The undercover officer bought two hot dogs and noticed suggestive business cards offering services you don’t usually get from a food vendor, CBS 2′s Carol Gusoff reported.
  • Colo civil unions bill gets OK by another panel

    05/05/2012 3:10:38 AM PDT · by massmike · 6 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 05/05/2012 | Associated Press
    A bill to allow civil unions for gay couples in Colorado must survive two more votes in the Republican-led House before it gets to the governor's desk, but it appears closer than in any other year to becoming law. If the legislation passes, Colorado would join more than a dozen states that allow gay marriage or civil unions. Hawaii and Delaware began allowing civil unions earlier this year. The measure does not allow gay marriage but does grant gay couples rights similar to marriage, including enhanced inheritance and parental rights, and the ability to be involved in partner's medical decisions....
  • (EU Civil Servant) Unions complain of threats to staff

    05/05/2012 2:11:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    European Voice ^ | 03.05.2012 / 05:19 CET | Dave Keating
    Eurocrats should go hang themselves, according to stickers placed last week on the cars of staff working in Brussels for the European Union institutions. Three staff unions representing EU civil servants sent a letter to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, on Monday (30 April) warning that incidents of anti-EU aggression were increasingly alarming. They want the EU institutions to work with the Belgian authorities to increase protection for EU employees. Last week, EU civil servants found stickers on their cars that read, “Eurocrate, sers-toi de ta cravate” (Eurocrat, make use of your tie). The stickers showed...
  • Central European nations agree to set up joint combat force

    05/05/2012 2:03:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EUBusiness.com ^ | 04 May 2012, 21:12 CET | (via AFP)
    Defense ministers from Visegrad Group states grouping the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia agreed Friday to create a 3,000-strong joint combat unit to be put at the EU's disposal. "We want to put into place a combat unit for EU forces before the end of the first quarter of 2016," Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra told reporters at Litormerice, north of the capital Prague. "This will be a strong joint unit of more than 3,000 personnel," he added. The unit will be under Polish command and its first exercise is due to take place in 2015, before it becomes...
  • Child-proof the Internet or face regulation, warns EU Commission

    05/05/2012 1:59:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 03.05.12 @ 17:52 (May 3) | Benjamin Fox
    The European Commission has threatened to table a comprehensive set of child internet safety rules if the software industry fails to self-regulate to protect children online. Unveiling its "European strategy for a better internet for children' on Wednesday (2 May), the Commission said that with 75% of children regularly accessing the web, targeted measures were needed to protect them online and improve digital literacy. Among its proposals, the EU executive has called on the IT industry to draw-up an EU-wide mechanism allowing children to report harmful content, age-appropriate privacy settings, and make stricter use of age rating to prevent children...
  • Europe faces 3 national elections on 'Super Sunday'

    05/05/2012 1:51:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04 May 2012 | Georgi Gotev, Marie Herbet, Smiljana Vukojčić, Yannis Roubatis
    On Sunday (6 May), the French will elect a new president, the Greeks will hold general elections, and EU hopeful Serbia will designate their new president, Parliament and local authorities. The stakes appear high not only for the individual countries concerned but also for Europe as a whole. In France, outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing likely defeat against Socialist contender François Hollande, who has a comfortable lead of at least five percentage points in several opinion polls. A debate between the two contenders on Wednesday night, watched live by more than a third of the electorate, was seen as...