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  • Elizabeth Warren goes back to CA for fundraiser hosted by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and John Krasinski

    05/08/2012 1:44:16 PM PDT · by matt04 · 37 replies
    Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren is going back to California on May 21 for a big ticket fundraiser hosted by three of the Bay State's favorite sons. Actors Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and The Office's John Krasinski are hosting a $1,000 minimum donation event in the Harvard Law School professor's honor, as she takes on Republican U.S. Scott Brown is what is being billed as the most expensive Senate race in history. The event, called "A Massachusetts Evening," is being held on the rooftop of the Santa Monica building which houses Bad Robot Productions, a TV production company owned...
  • On the Cutting Edge: Bake Sale Bans

    05/08/2012 1:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 8, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Honestly, bake sales in Massachusetts are being banned because they're calorie-laden and unhealthy. But this is something I warned you about back in 2008, November 10th, right after the election.Let's go back to our sound bite archive. Listen to me on this program, November 10th, 2008. If this is what people want, let 'em have at it. At some point this is all going to come back and bite everybody in the rear end. They're not going to know what happened. And the only question is going to be: Is it going to be too late to...
  • Gallup: Half of Americans Support Legal Gay Marriage (Dems/Independents for, Republicans against)

    05/08/2012 1:31:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Gallup ^ | 05/08/2012 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Fifty percent of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages -- down slightly from 53% last year, but marking only the second time in Gallup's history of tracking this question that at least half of Americans have supported legal same-sex marriage. Forty-eight percent say such marriages should not be legal. These results -- based on Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 3-6 -- come at a time when Vice President Joe Biden's remarks on "Meet the Press" Sunday have at least temporarily brought the...
  • Grim News in WaPoVille (Washington Post, It Sucks to Be You:)

    05/08/2012 1:04:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    The Other Mccain ^ | May 7, 2012 | Robert Stacey McCain
    Grim News in WaPoVille Washington Post, it sucks to be you: The Washington Post Co. reported its first-quarter earnings on Friday, and the news coming out of the newspaper division was mostly grim. The unit lost $22.6 million in the quarter, with revenue down 8% and revenue from print advertising specifically falling 17%. Meanwhile, the Post just reported one of the biggest circulation drops of any major newspaper with the lucrative Sunday edition selling 5.2% fewer copies and the daily edition skidding almost 10%. Oh, and newsroom leaders are so distressed about the way the business decline is affecting them,...
  • USAF Drones May Conduct “Incidental” Domestic Surveillance

    05/08/2012 12:39:51 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    FAS ^ | 08 May 2012 | Steven Aftergood
    U.S. Air Force policy permits the incidental collection of domestic imagery by unmanned aerial systems (drones), but ordinarily would not allow targeted surveillance of a U.S. person.  The Air Force policy was restated in a newly reissued instruction on oversight of Air Force intelligence.“Air Force Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations, exercise and training missions will not conduct nonconsensual surveillance on specifically identified US persons, unless expressly approved by the Secretary of Defense, consistent with US law and regulations,” the instruction stated.On the other hand, “Collected imagery may incidentally include US persons or private property without consent.”“Collecting information on specific targets...
  • New on Facebook: Rush Babes for America

    05/08/2012 12:18:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 8, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: All right, let me just tell you about it. We have a new Facebook page, and the Facebook page is: Rush Babes for America. It's at Facebook.com/RushBabesforAmerica. Let me tell you what Rush Babes for America is all about. It's the National Organization for Rush Babes. Snerdley is looking at this with wide eyes like, "My dream has come true!" You're thinking we're gonna start collecting pictures again, aren't you? No, no, no. It's not about that. Rush Babes for America, also known as the National Organization for Rush Babes, is a Facebook page dedicated to the...
  • Hillary Clinton on make-up, hair: Who cares?

    05/08/2012 12:02:00 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 67 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 8 May 12 | CAITLIN MCDEVITT
    Hillary Clinton can’t be bothered by chatter about her physical appearance, the secretary of state told CNN’s Jill Dougherty in an interview on Tuesday. Asked about a photo of her wearing very little make-up that was tauntingly posted on yesterday’s Drudge Report, Clinton replied, “I feel so relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now, Jill, because if I want to wear my glasses, I'm wearing my glasses.”
  • RNC official: Romney still deciding position on immigration reform

    05/08/2012 11:58:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/08/2012 | Josh Lederman
    The Republican National Committee attempted to walk back a potentially bruising, botched response Tuesday after an official said Mitt Romney is still making up his mind on immigration. "As a candidate, to my understanding, he's still deciding what his position on immigration is," said Bettina Inclan, the Republican National Committee's (RNC) director of Hispanic outreach. Inclan was speaking at an RNC event unveiling six new regional staffers who will direct Hispanic outreach in swing states. But asked how the RNC will speak with Hispanic voters about immigration, Inclan said she couldn't speak about what policies GOP candidates would put forth....
  • Suspect's wife, mother charged in slaying of Tennessee mom, daughter

    05/08/2012 11:58:38 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 11 replies
    msnbc ^ | May 8, 2012
    Police have arrested the wife and mother of Adam Mayes, the man suspected of killing a Tennessee woman and her oldest daughter and kidnapping the woman's two youngest daughters, authorities said Tuesday.
  • Obama bailed out of North Carolina visit as traditional-marriage amendment goes to voters

    05/08/2012 11:55:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Is the new sensitivity on the gay-marriage issue at Team Obama really all that new? Last week, the White House scheduled a visit to North Carolina today to talk about the economy, which would have been interesting enough in a state with a jobless rate above the national average. With traditional-marriage Amendment One appearing to be headed for victory, the White House changed direction two hours later and said the President was unavailable to speak in the Tarheel State, a fact reported today in North Carolina: President Barack Obama was scheduled, albeit briefly, to visit North Carolina on Election Day...
  • Dinosaur Gas Caused Global Warming?

    05/08/2012 11:55:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 8, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I see this story, and then I realize: We have a lot of new listeners here, a tremendous number of new listeners. We officially know this now. It's beyond common sense supposition. We now know. Because of accurate records, we know. That's as much as I can legally say. But we know. We know it's huge, the new-listen number. Well, I have a story here that if everybody in the audience was up to speed and in total context with how things happen in this program, I would approach it a certain way. But we have people...
  • Pro-Choice White House Requires Registration of Unborn Children for Tours

    05/08/2012 11:51:12 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8 May 12 | Washington Free Beacon staff
    The White House Visitors Office requires that an unborn child—still residing in utero—must be counted as a full human being when its parents register for a White House tour, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. White House Visitors Office director Ellie Schafer sent an email to a Capitol Hill staffer Tuesday morning explaining the process for registering an unborn fetus for a White House tour:...
  • GOP foiled as funds flow to Planned Parenthood

    05/08/2012 11:18:53 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 7, 2012 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Newly empowered Republicans in states across the country are pushing to kill public contracts with Planned Parenthood, only to find their efforts blocked by the Obama administration and federal courts. In New Hampshire, the administration circumvented officials by awarding a $1 million grant directly to the nation’s largest provider of abortion services after state officials blocked a grant to the organization. Every federal district court that has ruled so far has sided with Planned Parenthood. That has helped the administration, which has threatened to cut off states’ Medicaid funding if they refuse to work with the organization. The clashes have...
  • Legal to Kill Bigfoot in Texas

    05/08/2012 11:15:20 AM PDT · by Sic Parvis Magna · 18 replies
    Cryptomundo ^ | 05/04/2012 | Loren Coleman
    A man named John Lloyd wrote to the Texas Parks and Wildlife about killing Bigfoot, and got a response, which said in part: 'An exotic animal is an animal that is non-indigenous to Texas. Unless the exotic is an endangered species then exotics may be hunted on private property with landowner consent. A hunting license is required. This does not include the dangerous wild animals that have been held in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting, which is commonly referred to as a “canned hunt”.'
  • The Left’s National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed

    05/08/2012 11:02:39 AM PDT · by arthurus · 14 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 08 May 2012 | James Simpson
    This report reveals the Left’s vote fraud strategy for the 2012 elections. Like a KGB operation, it is thorough, multi-faceted and redundant. It has overt and covert, illegal and legal elements, the latter of which are designed, at least in part, to facilitate illegal activities later. It is a deliberate, premeditated, comprehensive plan to win the 2012 presidential election at all costs, and is in keeping with the organizational methods, associations and ethics of the Community-Organizer-in-Chief, Barack Obama.
  • John Travolta sued for $2m by masseur 'over sexual assault'

    05/08/2012 10:50:13 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 60 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/8/12 | unknown
    The actor John Travolta is being sued for $2 million (£1.2 million) by an unidentified masseur who claims the Hollywood star assaulted him sexually during a massage in January inside a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to court documents.
  • Cher doesn’t want to breathe the same air as Romney ~ tea bagger masters’

    05/08/2012 10:48:43 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 46 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | Twitchy Staff
    If ROMNEY gets elected I don't know if i can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters
  • They went after cigarettes, I didn't care, now they are going after bake sales.

    05/08/2012 10:37:51 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 38 replies
    5/8/12
    I'm paraphrasing a Catholic Bishop during nazi Germany, who basically said ,they came after the Jews and I didn't care, and now they are coming after me.
  • Attacked by "Tolerance"

    05/08/2012 10:35:21 AM PDT · by thesaleboat · 4 replies
    TFP Student Action-Defending Moral Values on Campus ^ | April 30, 2012 | TFP PRESS RELEASE
    ^Video At Link (TFP Stands for Tradition, Family and Property) "The video speaks for itself. They don't tolerate God's marriage. In fact, our volunteers have been bullied, pepper sprayed, hit with glass bottles, sprayed with pesticide, punched, and spit on for peacefullystating that marriage iswhat it is – the unionbetween one man and one woman." "When you watch same-sex 'marriage' activists destroy your signs, desecrate the Bible, blaspheme, and burn your literature, it becomes clear that the homosexual agenda is not really about tolerance," Ritchie said. "It's about the formation of a strange dictatorship – a dictatorship of pseudo-tolerance and...
  • Questioning Safety of Heavy Passengers on Planes

    05/08/2012 10:18:55 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 51 replies
    NYT ^ | May 7, 2012 | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified that seats be designed for a passenger weight of 170 pounds. But now the average American man weighs nearly 194 pounds and the average woman 165. Now, some engineers and scientists have raised questions about whether airplane seats, tested with crash dummies that reflect the 170-pound rule, are strong enough to protect heavy travelers. “If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash,” said Robert Salzar,...
  • Delta Pulls Ads From ‘Daily Show’ Over 'Vagina Manger'

    05/08/2012 10:18:24 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 5-7-12 | Fox News
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue declared an early victory in his campaign against the Daily Show for a joke about a "vagina manger," after Delta Airlines pulled its advertising from the program. Donohue also pledged in a press release to continue his campaign. His next target: Kellogg's, whose executives can expect to receive photographs of the obscene stunt. Delta spokeswoman Leslie Parker confirmed to BuzzFeed that the airline pulled its advertising last week. Parker said that "We are constantly evaluating our advertising strategy and at this time no longer advertise during The Daily Show," and denied that the decision had...
  • IRS may issue $26 billion in fraudulent tax refunds, watchdog tells Congress

    05/08/2012 10:09:11 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/8/12 | Ed O'Keefe
    The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t know how many identity thieves are filing fraudulent tax returns, and the agency risks issuing approximately $26 billion in fraudulent tax refunds tied to identity theft in the next five years, a watchdog told lawmakers Tuesday. The IRS received 2.2 million fraudulent tax returns in 2011 and found that 940,000 of the returns, with $6.5 billion in associated fraudulent refunds, involved identity theft, according to J. Russell George, head of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). George told lawmakers that the IRS cannot definitively say how many identity thieves are filing fraudulent returns...
  • Rita Wilson Pairs With Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell on 'AM/FM' [Tom Hanks Liberal Wife on AutoTune?]

    05/08/2012 10:04:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Billboard ^ | 5/7/12 | Gary Graff
    Rita Wilson says her love of music -- and ability to sing -- "was kind of a private thing I kept to myself. You don't want to be that person who's like, 'Oh yeah, and now I'm a singer... And yet, here I am, I guess." Wilson, who's acted in nearly 30 films and produced "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and the film adaptation of "Mama Mia!," releases her debut album, "AM/FM," on May 8. It's the result of a turn as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" on Broadway during the summer of 2006 that she says "reignited the love that...
  • Bowl-a-Thon Group Touts Raising Funds for 14-Year-Old’s Abortion

    05/08/2012 10:04:01 AM PDT · by Sopater · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 7, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), who last month raised over $400,000 for abortions through its Bowl-a-Thon, touted that it provided money for a 14-year-old’s abortion as part of the group's “real stories of abortion access.” On its website in a post entitled, “Getting an abortion means getting a second chance,” NNAF highlights the story of Darcy, a 14-year-old who terminated her pregnancy with the help of the group’s “George Tiller Memorial Fund.” “I'm pretty smart for 14, I think,” Darcy writes. “I love biology, especially the stuff on animals. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be a vet...
  • 'Champagne socialist' Francois Hollande...in a £12,000-an-hour private jet (trunc)

    05/08/2012 9:47:50 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Francois Hollande has triggered accusations of hypocrisy by making his first trip as France's newly elected socialist president in a £12,000-an-hour private jet. The left-wing leader - who has promised massive tax hikes for the rich - was whisked into Paris in the luxurious Falcon 900 aircraft within hours of winning the election on Sunday night
  • Gov. Christie's approval rate highest ever amongst N.J. residents

    05/08/2012 9:41:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 05/08/2012 | By Matt Friedman/Statehouse Bureau
    TRENTON — Fifty-six percent of New Jersey voters approve of Gov. Chris Christie, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll this morning. That’s Christie's highest ever rating in a Fairleigh Dickinson poll. “It’s hard to imagine that a minority party governor could really do much better,” said poll director Peter Woolley. “Unless maybe he runs into a burning building and rescues an old lady. But that trick has been taken.” Thirty-three percent of voters disapprove of Christie. The poll also found 50 percent of voters think the state is headed in the right direction, while 41 percent say it’s...
  • Rasmussen: Three-Way Race: Romney 44%, Obama 39%, Ron Paul 13%

    05/08/2012 9:38:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 05/08/2012
    Texas Congressman Ron Paul appears more interested in influencing the direction of the Republican Party than in running as an independent presidential candidate. But perhaps Democrats should be careful what they wish for: Even if Mitt Romney’s remaining GOP challenger should run as a third party candidate, new Rasmussen Reports surveying finds Romney the winner of a three-way race. The latest national telephone survey shows that 25% of Likely U.S. Voters think Paul should run as a third party candidate. Sixty-one percent (61%) disagree, but 13% more are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The national survey...
  • How the West Is Spending Its Way to Tyranny

    05/08/2012 9:10:09 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 May 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    There has been much talk about how Arab Spring “democracy” will allow the rise of Islamist parties and thus devolve into tyranny. What is seldom discussed, however, is how the vaunted Western republics that lecture the world on the finer points of freedom are heading toward the same fate. While there are many reasons for this, an easily grasped one is exemplified by Sunday's elections in France and Greece. Upset about austerity, voters in the former elected their second socialist President in history, Francois Hollande; as for Greece, while no party received enough votes to govern unilaterally, an unprecedented showing...
  • Intellectuals with Thomas Sowell: Chapter 2 of 5

    05/08/2012 9:05:47 AM PDT · by Huntress · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 5/8/12 | Thomas Sowell & Peter Robinson
    Thomas Sowell talks about how important the role of intellectuals in this era plays because of how dominant they are in this society.
  • Washington Post Still in Sad, Strange Decline (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/08/2012 8:57:43 AM PDT · by abb · 32 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | May 7, 2012 | Joe Coscarelli
    Late last week the hallowed Washington Post announced a first-quarter operating loss of $22.6 million as print ads sank 17 percent year-over-year and online revenue dipped 7 percent, too. Weekday circulation is now under 500,000, falling almost 10 percent, while the company's onetime moneymaker, the education unit Kaplan, lost some millions as well. Journalists at the paper are well aware of the problems and last month had a dark-sounding "secret meeting" to talk things out. Adweek reports that ten of the paper's top staffers met with president and general manager Steve Hills over sandwiches to chat "about the challenges that...
  • George Zimmerman to Be Arraigned Tuesday [Obama/Sharpton Lynch Mob Happy?]

    05/08/2012 8:52:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 5/8/12 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    George Zimmerman is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Sanford Tuesday afternoon on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who remains free after posting $150,000 bond,won't attend the Tuesday hearing, according to his attorney, Mark O'Mara. O'Mara filed a written plea of not guilty and waived Zimmerman's appearance at the arraignment. Zimmerman, 28, has said he was acting in self-defense in the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, 17, in a Sanford gated community.
  • Report: Netanyahu Mulling Ulpana 'Seizure'

    05/08/2012 8:16:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/5/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly said Sunday that saving Beit El's threatened Ulpana neighborhood is a "challenge the public can tackle." Now, following the Supreme Court's rejection on Monday of his government's petition for a 90 day extension in which to determine a solution to the problem, the need for a solution is imminent. Arutz Sheva learned on Tuesday that Netanyahu is weighing his options for averting the destruction of the five homes slated for demolition against a ticking clock. Sources close to Netanyahu say the short time allotted – a mere two months – would make drafting legislation and...
  • Vikings stadium plan gets Minnesota House approval

    05/08/2012 8:00:08 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    Sports Network ^ | May 08, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN – The new stadium plan for the Minnesota Vikings has received approval from the state's House of Representatives. After passing by a margin of 73-58, the proposal will next move to the state Senate. "It's the first hurdle, a couple more to go, but we're really excited," said Vikings vice president Lester Bagley.
  • Pinellas Humane Society medical director leaves post after boyfriend's arrest

    05/08/2012 7:51:44 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 41 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 8, 2012 | Lorri Helfand
    The medical director at the Humane Society of Pinellas left her post late last week, days after her live-in boyfriend, a former Humane Society employee, was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography and having sex with their dog. The nonprofit animal shelter, citing a policy against commenting on personnel issues, was tight-lipped about Katerina Williamson's departure and wouldn't say whether she was fired or left her job voluntarily. Shelter officials also wouldn't say whether her departure was related to her boyfriend's arrest on May 1. "I'm not at liberty to discuss personnel matters," said Humane Society director of development...
  • Arraignment for George Zimmerman today (Update: no arraignment today)

    05/08/2012 7:39:01 AM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 118 replies
    ActionNewsJAX.com ^ | Keith St. Peter
    George Zimmerman's Arraignment Hearing to be live streamed today at 1:30 pm ET
  • Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83

    05/08/2012 7:24:31 AM PDT · by Borges · 10 replies
    NY Tmes ^ | 5/8/12 | MARGALIT FOX
    Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83 and lived in Ridgefield, Conn. The cause was complications from a recent stroke, said Michael di Capua, his longtime editor. Roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendak’s books were essential ingredients of childhood for the generation born after 1960 or thereabouts, and in turn for their...
  • Obama Administration Warns That Working Outdoors Can Kill You

    05/08/2012 7:19:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Obama Administration Warns That Working Outdoors Can Kill You By Susan Jones May 8, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – “Let’s Move,” says the Obama White House. But Obama’s Labor Department is telling some workers to slow down. On Monday, the administration launched a national campaign warning people how dangerous it is to work outside in hot weather. "Drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas are incredibly important in the hot summer months," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the Labor Department,...
  • Boom Boom Room owner sentenced to life in prison

    05/08/2012 7:18:40 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 7, 2012 | Paula McMahon
    The man convicted of running an Oakland Park brothel called the Boom Boom Room was sentenced to life in federal prison Monday. James "Red" Mozie, 35, was convicted of eight counts of child sex trafficking, one count of conspiring to commit child sex trafficking and one count of producing child pornography by taking cell phone photos of an under-age girl.
  • Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel [Gov't Regulation is their solution]

    05/08/2012 7:02:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 109 replies
    America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday. In an ambitious 478-page report, the IOM refutes the idea that obesity is largely the result of a lack of willpower on the part of individuals. Instead, it embraces policy proposals that have met with stiff resistance from the food industry and lawmakers, arguing that multiple strategies will be needed to make the U.S. environment less "obesogenic." The IOM,...
  • 'Forward!' with Obama, Axelrod, Jarrett and Frank Marshall Davis

    05/08/2012 6:52:58 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 8, 2012 | Paul Kengor
    There has been some interesting commentary in the conservative media regarding the new Obama campaign slogan for 2012: "Forward!" The slogan debuted on April 30 -- May Day eve -- in a seven-minute video by the Obama campaign, with the "O" in "Forward!" familiarly styled upon the Obama logo.
  • Heritage Employment Report: Jobs Do Not Bloom in April

    05/08/2012 6:47:07 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 6 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 4, 2012 | By Rea Hederman, Jr. and James Sherk
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 115,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate declined to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent. However, further declines in the percentage of Americans in the labor force explain this slightly lower unemployment rate. Indeed, the labor force participation rate dipped to a 30-year low as many unemployed workers simply left the labor force. The April report is further evidence that the job market has cooled from its more rapid growth in the first quarter. This slowdown will likely spur calls for more stimulus spending. However, government spending comes at the...
  • Why Obama is 'The One'

    05/08/2012 6:42:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2012 | Kevin McCullough
    In 2008 the Obama campaign made a big deal about how singularly unique (I know rhetorically repetitive--just like his campaign) then candidate Obama was. He was "The One" who could take our post racial nation to a plateau of greater unity. He was "The One" who would leave behind the "bitter divisiveness" of previous administrations. He was "The One" who would create a greater tomorrow, by calling us to ALL be "one." Without ever using the term "messiah" it was clear the campaign's effort was to make him as messianic a figure as possible. A strategy I was on record--at...
  • AXELROD CALLS ROMNEY BACKERS 'CONTRACT KILLERS'

    05/08/2012 6:35:08 AM PDT · by JesseWatters · 24 replies
    FoxNation.com ^ | May 7 | Staff
    On the same day the Obama campaign revealed the first in a series of political ads devoid of political attacks, Senior Campaign Advisor David Axelrod derided several Romney backers as "contract killers." In a conference call with reporters Monday, Axelrod said the positive spin on the new ads, focusing on Obama's accomplishments rather than reverting to political attacks, doesn't preclude the campaign from reacting when it sees fit. "We're also going to be prepared, and I want to be clear, to respond to the attacks that we expect to continue from-- not just from the Romney campaign but from the...
  • The Truth When It Hurts

    05/08/2012 6:33:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    What Barack Obama has going for him in 2012 is, well, put it this way: human nature. Witness the French. Witness the Greeks. Part of being human is wanting all you can get without paying any more for it than absolutely necessary. In the context of 21st century governance, this translates into a popular plaint heard throughout Europe and the United States: Namely, suffering is for the birds! The French and the Greeks, worn out by government austerity measures intended to bring their resources more in line with their enormous debts, threw out their governments over the weekend. Sometimes sacrifice...
  • Obama's 'likeability' fading fast

    05/08/2012 6:33:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/08/2012
    Ever since he burst on the national scene, up from obscurity as an Illinois State Senator addicted to voting present, his purported "likeability" has been cited as one of Barack Obama's principal political assets. Polling has historically shown that even as the public may disapprove his policies, they tell pollsters that they like him personally. To be honest, he has always left me cold, because I recognize in him the sort of figure I encountered many times in my academic career: someone who masks his lack of substance with a big smile, jokes (sometimes mean jokes at the expense of...
  • Chris Christie’s Obamacare Acquiescence

    05/08/2012 6:29:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2012 | Townhall.com Staff
    Editor's note: This piece was written by Mike Proto. New Jersey is on the cusp of taking its biggest leap towards planting the roots of Obamacare in the Garden State. Last March, the state Legislature passed a bill that would establish the law’s bureaucratic health care exchanges and now time is running out to stop it. If Gov. Christie does not veto the New Jersey Health Exchange Act by May 10, Obamacare will become entrenched in New Jersey as state law. Since taking office in January of 2010, Governor Chris Christie has established a persona as a no-nonsense, straight talker,...
  • Austerity is blamed (It was never tried and found wanting... it was never really tried at all)

    05/08/2012 6:25:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/08/2012 | Richard Rahn
    Denial is leading to collective economic suicide in Europe and the United States. The French on Sunday elected a socialist president who wants to raise taxes on those elusive rich and keep spending as if there is no tomorrow. Many on the left, including European socialists, the New York Times and its economist Paul Krugman, are falsely claiming that Europe and even the United States are being saddled with austerity. Their claim is that governments are not spending enough to reduce unemployment. They want higher taxes on the most productive plus bigger government. They suffer from a collective memory loss....
  • Obama would enable a nation of Julias

    05/08/2012 6:24:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | May 7, 2012 | Rich Lowry
    In the competition for the creepiest campaign material of 2012, we might already have a winner. It is "The Life of Julia," the Obama re-election team's cartoon chronicle of a fictional woman who is dependent on government every step of her life. The phrase "cradle-to-grave welfare state" originated with Clement Attlee's socialist government in post-World War II Britain. Back then, it was meant as a boastful description of a new age of government activism. Subsequently, it became a term of derision for critics of an overweening government. In the spirit of Attlee, the Obama campaign revives the concept of "cradle...
  • The Death of Liberalism

    05/08/2012 6:23:17 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 08 may 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    Infantile. The characteristics of a baby or child, says Webster's. Being infantile is a charming characteristic -- in a baby or child. In adults? Adults charged with the serious responsibility of discussing or actually running public policy? Never good. As seen here in this story about Occupy Wall Street, replete with photo of a protester defecating on a police car. R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. has been observing and writing about this kind of ludicrous behavior that he terms the "Infantile Left" for some 40-plus years through the magazine that he created and you are reading, The American Spectator. What brought...
  • To the Class of 2012. Attention graduates: Tone down your egos, shape up your minds.

    05/08/2012 6:18:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/08/2012 | Brett Stephens
    Dear Class of 2012: Allow me to be the first one not to congratulate you. Through exertions that—let's be honest—were probably less than heroic, most of you have spent the last few years getting inflated grades in useless subjects in order to obtain a debased degree. Now you're entering a lousy economy, courtesy of the very president whom you, as freshmen, voted for with such enthusiasm. Please spare us the self-pity about how tough it is to look for a job while living with your parents. They're the ones who spent a fortune on your education only to get you...