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  • Detroit Schools Spending Blues: Contracts That Bind

    05/12/2012 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    When Detroit Public Schools were assigned an emergency financial manager by the state, we thought he would have the power to turn things around, more or less, with a snap of his fingers. Turns out that’s not the case, due in large part to a thick document known as a teachers contract, or collective bargaining agreement. In Detroit (and most other school districts across the nation) these documents contain seemingly mundane provisions that cost taxpayers and school districts millions of dollars. Those provisions have been sucking a lot money out of Detroit Public Schools, a cash-starved district that can’t afford...
  • Repeal of DOMA gets new attention in wake of Obama's support of gay marriage

    05/12/2012 6:18:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/12/12 | Kevin Bogardus
    Legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is garnering new attention from lawmakers in the wake of President Obama's support of same-sex marriage. The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal DOMA and afford federal protections to legally-married same-sex married couples, like those in New York state and elsewhere, that male and female couples already enjoy. Since Obama's statement Wednesday, the bill has picked up new co-sponsors and Democratic leaders, like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), have said they would support legalizing same-sex marriage. That has given new hope to activists...
  • Facebook Billionaire Gives Up Citizenship to Escape Bad American Tax Policy

    05/12/2012 6:07:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    It is very sad that America’s tax system is so onerous that some rich people feel they have no choice but to give up U.S. citizenship in order to protect their family finances. I’ve written about this issue before, particularly in the context of Obama’s class-warfare policies leading to an increase in the number of Americans “voting with their feet” for places with less punitive tax regimes. We now have a very high-profile tax expatriate. One of the founders of Facebook is escaping for Singapore. Here are some relevant passages in a Bloomberg article.
  • NARAL president leaving at end of year

    05/12/2012 6:04:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | May 11, 2012 | David Nather
    Nancy Keenan’s decision comes as abortion opponents have stepped up attacks. Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced Thursday that she’s stepping down as the head of the nation’s largest abortion rights group at the end of the year.In a statement, the organization said Keenan will stay on until her contract expires. In the meantime, the board will start its search for a successor.“Nancy inspired Americans, from lawmakers to everyday citizens, to proudly proclaim their pro-choice views and act on these values,” said Janet Denlinger, the chairwoman of the organization’s board of directors. Keenan has been in the...
  • Only Obama is Better Off

    05/12/2012 6:01:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Michael Reagan
    The only person I know who is better off today than he was four years ago is President Obama. He's making more money, living in a bigger house and playing more golf. And when his wife goes on a shopping spree with her girlfriends, it's to Spain on the taxpayer's dime. If you asked President Obama if he's better off today, he'd say, "Hell, yeah! And we don't want it to stop!" Meanwhile, as the president skates through the Great Recession, his failure to get the economy back on track has turned a country known for its optimism and belief...
  • Two Prime Ministers, Two Americas

    05/12/2012 5:46:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of an embattled Great Britain on May 10, 1940. At last, his political exile was over. Also that day, Adolf Hitler launched his blitzkrieg against Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg, and his armored panzer divisions ripped through the Ardennes forest. Churchill had been warning against this outcome for a decade. It was Churchill, after all, who foresaw the possibilities of tank warfare in the darkest days of World War I. Surely, Churchill pleaded, there must be a better way to employ brave soldiers than having them “chew...
  • Obama spiritual adviser 'disappointed' by gay marriage endorsement

    05/12/2012 5:41:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/12/12
    A Florida pastor considered to be President Obama's spiritual adviser says he was disappointed by the president's decision to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage. The Rev. Joel Hunter told MyFoxOrlando that the president called him before his announcement aired. Hunter, the evangelical pastor of the 15,000 member Northland church in Longwood, said the decision makes it harder to support the president though he will continue to do so.
  • Lugar Loss Highlights Sour Relationship Between Voters and Politicians

    05/12/2012 5:39:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    When relationships go bad, an early warning sign is that one side doesn't really hear what the other is saying. That's certainly the case today in the relationship between voters and America's political class. Many in Washington, D.C., took comfort over the past year in polling data showing that fewer voters consider themselves part of the tea party movement. Only 13 percent claim such a tie today, roughly half its peak in 2010. This was reassuring to those in power, suggesting voters were willing to let the politicians return to politics as usual. But the panic returned to Washington this...
  • Obama is Scamming the Disabled

    05/12/2012 4:56:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | John Ransom
    I have to credit our own Mike Shedlock for writing about how Obama’s been able to drive down the topline unemployment number even though unemployment remains as a big problem today as it has ever been. I’m often reluctant to piggy back on a contributor’s work, but when something is really newsworthy, I think it’s justified. Yesterday Mish pointed out that: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. In the last month, actual employment fell by 169,000, but the unemployment rate...
  • Kansas lawmakers pass anti-Islamic law measure

    05/12/2012 4:42:14 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 12 May 2012 | Unknown
    A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature after a contentious debate about whether the measure upholds American values or appeals to prejudice against Muslims. The Senate approved the bill Friday on a 33-3 vote. The House had approved it, 120-0, earlier in the week. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who hasn't said whether he'll sign or veto the measure. The measure doesn't specifically mention Shariah law, which broadly refers to codes within the Islamic legal system. Instead,...
  • May Madness and Mothers Gone Mad

    05/12/2012 4:15:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | Jackie Gingich Cushman
    For mothers with children at home and in school, May can bring madness. It's a month that tends to be filled with end-of-the-school-year projects, performances, concerts, dress rehearsals, parties and more. For instance, last night, after finishing his project at 10 p.m. (yes, way past his bedtime), our 10-year-old son let us know he had to take 25 "poultry items" to school today. (Big shout out and thanks to my husband Jimmy, who picked up 25 three-count Chick-fil-A minis on the way to school this morning). Last week, it was the fourth-grade play. I'm still not sure how I...
  • Still Making Waves

    05/12/2012 3:57:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Quick question: What is the most enduring American pop group of all time? Has to be The Beach Boys, right? They are currently on their 50th anniversary tour across the country, if you can believe it. I saw the boys the other night, and they can still bring it. Lead singer Mike Love is 71, musical genius Brian Wilson is nearly 70, as is keyboardist Bruce Johnston. The audience was primarily aging baby boomers who were not only singing along to the surf tracks; they were memorializing their youth. In 1962, back when The Beach Boys were just getting...
  • Video: MSNBC Host Kicks Conservative Off the Air

    05/12/2012 3:53:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Guy Benson
    The topic?  Romney's decades-old alleged bullying, natch.  And without a shred of irony, host Tamron Hall bullies conservative guest Tim Carney right off the air:   After fight with Tim Carney, MSNBC host Tamron Hall mutes micHall was peeved that Carney had the audacity to call the media out on its "meta" narrative-building BS, so she got all huffy and cut his mic.  For the record, Carney says he actually was addressing the issue he was booked to discuss:   @TPCarney: The question I was sent for the Romney bullying segment was "Does the story matter?" So I was answering...
  • State exam asks N.J. 3rd graders to write essay on secret they had kept

    05/12/2012 1:20:18 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    NJ.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | By Jessica Calefati/The Star-Ledger
    Is it okay to ask a child to reveal a secret? Richard Goldberg doesn’t think so. Goldberg, the father of 8-year old twin boys, was dismayed to learn his third-grade sons were asked to write an essay about a secret they had and why it was hard to keep. The unusual question, which Goldberg called "entirely inappropriate" was on the standardized tests given to public school students in the third through eighth grade every spring.
  • MEPs criticize behavior of (European) low-cost airlines

    05/12/2012 1:15:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    European Voice ^ | 10.05.2012 / 15:11 CET (May 10) | Dave Keating
    MEPs today (10 May) voted to condemn low-cost airlines, such as Easyjet and Ryanair, for “aggressive business practices” that hurt the regional airports they operate out of. MEPs said such behavior breaches EU competition law. The resolution, drafted by Philip Bradbourn, a UK Conservative MEP, says that excessive booking fees and hand-luggage restrictions are discouraging travelers from buying goods in smaller regional airports. The resolution calls on the European Commission and member states to impose caps on charges for excess baggage, and for a common upper weight limit to be set. …
  • China buying oil from Iran using the Yuan, reveals Tehran ambassador in UAE

    05/12/2012 12:08:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    MercoPress ^ | Tuesday, May 8th 2012 - 22:37 UTC
    Iran is using the revenue to buy goods and services from China, Mohammed Reza Fayyad, Iran's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, confirmed. China is the biggest buyer of Iranian crude oil exports. The country buys some $20-30 billion of oil from Iran each year, but the US has been pressuring Beijing to join an international boycott of Iran over Tehran's nuclear program. The Iranian ambassador's comments, reported by the Reuters news agency, confirmed a report in the Financial Times that claimed that Unipec (a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned oil firm Sinopec) was buying the oil, as was another...
  • The Persistence Of Al-Qaeda

    05/11/2012 11:40:44 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    AFPC Terrorism Monitor ^ | 5/1/2012 | Ilan Berman
    Have we well and truly entered the “post-al-Qaeda era”? A year after Osama Bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. commandos, some experts and commentators are taking to the idea that the threat which preoccupied U.S. foreign policy for the past decade is now all but ancient history. This seems to be what the Obama administration believes as well. In their public pronouncements, high-ranking administration officials continue to maintain that the Bin Laden network poses a problem. But a series of tactical successes against the organization over the past year has led the White House to conclude that, as...
  • Many Blacks Shrug Off Obama's New View On Gays [ALERT:Yahoo, AP Obama Lapdogs]

    05/11/2012 10:29:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 11, 2012 | ERRIN HAINES and JESSE WASHINGTON
    Many Blacks Shrug Off Obama's New View On Gays By ERRIN HAINES and JESSE WASHINGTON ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Like many black Americans, Dorsey Jackson does not believe in gay marriage, but he wasn't disillusioned when Barack Obama became the first president to support it. The windows of his suburban Philadelphia barbershop still display an "Obama 2012" placard and another that reads "We've Got His Back." If Obama needs to endorse same-sex marriage to be re-elected, said Jackson, so be it: "Look, man — by any means necessary." With that phrase popularized by the black radical Malcolm X, Jackson rebutted...
  • Bristol Palin Has A Bone To Pick With Obama Over Gay Marriage

    05/11/2012 9:26:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 50 replies
    ABCNews ^ | May 11, 2012
    May 11, 2012 Bristol Palin Has A Bone To Pick With Obama Over Gay Marriage Bristol Palin, the 21-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has another bone to pick with President Obama. The former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant chastised the president for allowing his young daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13, to influence his stance on gay marriage. In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Obama said that his daughters “have friends whose parents are same-sex couples.” “There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking...
  • Metra Unveils Commuter Rail Security Restrictions For NATO

    05/11/2012 8:35:23 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05/11/2012 | unknown
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Some commuters will have to make alternate plans during the NATO Summit, as Metra today said it will close several stations on the Electric Line. All Metra passengers–not just those on the Electric Line–will also face carry-on restrictions and security screenings from May 19-21. Riders will be allowed one briefcase-sized bag up to 15 by 15 inches and four inches deep. Riders will not be allowed to carry boxes, luggage, backpacks, pocket knives, bikes, food or liquid. This includes all beverages, such as coffee and soda.
  • Washington state health officials declare whooping cough epidemic, seek CDC help as cases soar

    05/11/2012 8:18:08 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2012 | AP
    Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher. It’s the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic. California responded to its crisis two years...
  • A brief history of Bristol Palin's controversies [Jim Robinson quoted]

    05/11/2012 8:12:04 PM PDT · by The people have spoken · 15 replies
    The Week ^ | May 11, 2012 | Author not identified
    For better or worse, Sarah Palin's daughter seems to have inherited her mother's gift for placing herself in the spotlight. Bristol Palin on President Obama's support of same-sex marriage: "It would've been nice if the president would've been an actual leader... instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of 'Glee.'" When Obama endorsed legal gay marriage this week, he cited his daughters Sasha and Malia as factors in his evolving stance, noting that some of their friends have gay parents in admirably committed relationships. That was enough to provoke Bristol Palin, who fired off...
  • Obama Shoots Hoops with Clooney, Maguire [Celebrity President in The Age of Oprah!]

    05/11/2012 7:50:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    ABCNews ^ | May 11, 2012
    By Devin Dwyer May 11, 2012 Obama Shoots Hoops with Clooney, Maguire RENO, Nev. — After a night of hobnobbing with Hollywood’s rich and famous, President Obama hit the basketball court this morning for a friendly face-off with actors George Clooney and Tobey Maguire and members of the White House staff, officials said. The game took place inside the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center at the Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles just miles from the Beverly Hilton where Obama spent the night. Cameras were not allowed inside. “Who won the game?” shouted CBS’ Mark Knoller as the president shook...
  • Keith Olbermann not happy with Jimmy Kimmel’s dinner jokes

    05/11/2012 6:52:29 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, April 30, 2012
    KEITH OLBERMANN wasn’t pleased with Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Kimmel repeatedly ragged on the former “Current TV” star, saying “Keith Olbermann burned more bridges than the Arsonist of Madison County,” and “I’d like everyone to look under your seats. Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume,” the Hollywood Reporter writes. Keith, who was recently booted from “Current,” claims the jokes are revenge for turning down an appearance on Kimmel the week before. “I’m not complaining about the Kimmel jokes — I’m fair game. I’m complaining about the revenge element. It...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 12 May 2012

    05/11/2012 6:00:30 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 399 replies
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  • Sweden's Reputation As A Welfare State Is In Trouble

    05/11/2012 5:19:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 11, 2012 | Editor
    Economics: The president has been accused of seeking to turn the U.S. into an Americanized Western European welfare state. If he insists on imitating one particular model, we suggest he follow the Swedish paradigm. Sweden has a reputation as the prototypical cradle-to-grave socialist European nation, and the political left has long yearned for America to be more like the Scandinavian nation. But it's looking through a smudged window. With little notice, Sweden has changed. The turnaround has been driven in no small part by the election of Fredrik Reinfeldt as prime minister in 2006. He took office in October of...
  • Texas reporter alleges firing over stripper work

    05/11/2012 4:58:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 11, 2012
    A stripper who became a newspaper reporter has filed a complaint against the Houston Chronicle, alleging the paper fired her for the exposes she did at her old job.
  • Obama’s ‘Auntie Zeituni’ pens memoir: ‘Tears of Abuse’

    05/11/2012 4:48:23 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5-11-12 | Caroline May
    Just in time to pack your beach bag with some good summer reading, President Obama’s aunt has penned a book sure to connect with a wide swath of Americans. Zeituni Onyango’s new memoir “Tears of Abuse” was released quietly in late March. The Boston Herald’s Howie Carr brought national attention to it Friday in a tongue-in-cheek column based on a fresh press release for the book. According to Carr, Onyango’s book deals with her supposed victimization in America while living off the taxpayer’s dime. “Auntie” Zeituni Onyango indentifies herself as “an advocate for peace and a writer” on her personal...
  • Urban Dictionary Definitions of: FReeper

    05/11/2012 4:33:14 PM PDT · by plaidness · 35 replies
    1. FReeper 86 up, 7 down Issues important to FReepers include: [...] 3) The FReeper is pro life except for illegal aliens (any brown non English speaking person), traffic violators and teenagers who walk across your lawn, all of whom can and should be shot in self defense. [...]
  • Pelosi: Her Catholic Faith 'Compels' Her to Support Same-Sex Marriage

    05/11/2012 4:24:30 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 52 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/10/2012 | Christopher Goins
    CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that her Catholic faith "compels" her to "be against discrimination of any kind" and thus for same-sex marriage. A reporter asked Pelosi: “Many of the people that are opposed to gay marriage cite their religion as the reason why they're opposed. You're a Catholic that supports gay marriage. Do you believe that religion and the idea that you can support gay marriage can be separated? And how do you grapple with the idea that you support gay marriage as a Catholic?” Pelosi responded: "My religion has, compels me--and I love...
  • A tired Obama goes through the motions in George Clooney'$ tent (long article)

    05/11/2012 4:05:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | Many 11, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    Thursday was another big money day for Team Obama. He flew to Seattle in the morning for two fundraisers and then down to Los Angeles for one at the home of George Clooney, who is an actor. California is the political ATM for both parties. According to campaign people, the Clooney fundraiser with about 150 people was a huge success because, they said, it raised about $15 million. Makes it look like once again Hollywood is 120% behind the Real Good Talker out of the Chicago machine. As usual, the Obama accounts are misleading. The campaign has run into considerable...
  • MILLER: Forced to be fat

    05/11/2012 3:54:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Americans are fatter than ever, but it’s not their fault. That’s according to the latest effort to solve an obesity crisis in the only way liberals know how - with more government. A study released this week from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Duke University and RTI International found obesity rates to be on course to rise from 34 to 42 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. The number of severely obese - defined as about 100 pounds overweight - will double to 11 percent. Today, 68 percent of Americans are overweight and half...
  • Romney and Race: Advice for the GOP’s presumptive nominee

    05/11/2012 3:51:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    City Journal ^ | 7 May 2012 | Harry Stein
    If the Trayvon Martin case reminds us that race remains the great unresolved issue in our national life, it reminds us, too, of how illusory was the hope that Barack Obama might serve as a one-man antidote to America’s long history of racial division. More than three years into Obama’s presidency, ill feeling between the races is more prevalent than at any time in recent memory—a clear result of his style and the substance of his governance. The question is whether the opposition party and its candidate will dare say so. In what promises to be an ugly campaign, already...
  • Regime Intimidates Romney Contributors

    05/11/2012 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Kimberly Strassel is in the Wall Street Journal today with an amazing piece: "Trolling for Dirt on the President's List." Listen to this: "Here's what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent. Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney. "Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, 'Keeping GOP Honest,'...
  • Calif. seeking No Child Left Behind waiver

    05/11/2012 3:17:56 PM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5/10/2012 | FERMIN LEAL
    California will submit an application seeking a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind act, which has labeled thousands of schools as failing. But the application approved Thursday by the state Board of Education is missing key reforms outlined by President Barack Obama when he offered states relief from the much-maligned testing requirements. Instead, California's application is asking the federal government to allow the state only to use its existing Academic Performance Index, described as a more sensible gauge of academic improvement, to measure school success.
  • Carroll Shelby, legendary car builder and racing champion, dies at age 89

    05/11/2012 3:04:56 PM PDT · by shove_it · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11 May 2012 | Justin Hyde
    Carroll Shelby, an international automotive icon who rose from a bed-ridden childhood in Texas to build one of the most iconic sports cars ever and become a world-champion racer died Thursday at the age of 89 after a lengthy illness. His cars will live forever. A winner at Le Mans in 1959, a driver in everything from Formula 1 to the Bonneville Salt Flats, Shelby's lasting impact will be the cars he built, namely the Shelby Cobra 427 that beat Ferrari in Europe and his variations of the Ford Mustang that he was involved with from the 1960s through...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 5-11-12

    05/11/2012 2:56:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 5-11-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • GOODBYE, AMERICA: Billionaire Facebook Cofounder Renounces Citizenship (Your taxes are not for me)

    05/11/2012 2:24:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2012 | Nicholas Carlson
    Billionaire Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin is renouncing his citizenship ahead of the company's IPO at the end of next week. Saverin is the cofounder who got booted from the company WAY back in 2005. They made a movie about it. His 4 percent stake is worth about $4 billion and he's going to save a boatload on taxes with the move. Singapore, where Saverin lives, does not have a capital gains tax. He will have to pay an exit tax on his holdings, but it will be at Facebook's valuation now, not after the IPO. “Eduardo recently found it more...
  • GALLUP/USA TODAY POLL: Obama's Gay Marriage Endorsement Is Turning More Voters Away

    05/11/2012 2:20:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Here's the first poll, from Gallup/USA Today, measuring the effect of Barack Obama's gay marriage endorsement on voters.  Gallup It has to be a little troubling that a quarter of Independents say they are less likely to vote for him now. It's also rather strange, considering this Gallup poll from this week that found that 57 percent of Independents think gay marriage should be legal. Also, the endorsement does not appear, at least yet, to have had an overly energizing effect on Obama's Democratic base, with only 24 percent more likely to vote for him. Republicans showed a more passionate...
  • Mitt Romney's prep school is the one Eminem mocked in '8 Mile'

    05/11/2012 1:46:21 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    MSN ^ | May 11, 2012 | Tim Molloy
    The Washington Post has a very readable look at the prep school Mitt Romney attended when his father was governor of Michigan, and the name of it may have sounded familiar to astute rap nerds. In the climactic, final freestyle in Eminem's 2002 "8 Mile," his character, B-Rabbit, battles the leader of a rival rap crew called Leader of the Free World, Papa Doc, played by Anthony Mackie. B-Rabbit has a black eye from the whole crew jumping him. He's lost his girl. And Papa Doc is the most feared freestyler in the land. But B-Rabbit has done his opposition...
  • Poll: 40 percent say Obama's gay marriage stance will affect vote (This ain't good news for Bam)

    05/11/2012 1:42:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 11, 2012 | Donovan Slack
    Gallup is out with a new poll suggesting a whopping 40 percent of Americans say President Obama's newly public support of gay marriage will affect their votes. Of those, 26 percent say it will make them less likely to vote for Obama, while 13 percent say it will make them more likely to vote for him. The critical number in the poll, though is for independents - 23 percent of whom said the gay marriage support makes it less likely they will vote for Obama. The survey is the first since the president publicly endorsed gay marriage on Wednesday with...
  • Obama’s latest “evolution”: Coal suddenly reappears in energy plan

    05/11/2012 1:25:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    On Wednesday, I pointed out that Barack Obama’s so-called “all of the above” energy plan, as explained on his campaign website, had a very large omission. This graphic represented the energy policy on which Obama was campaigning for re-election:In case the graph on the left isn’t clear enough, here it is by itself:Oddly, the “all of the above” approach excluded coal, which sources 45% of all electricity produced in the US, sustains more than a half-million jobs, and allows for lower prices to consumers and businesses. After nearly losing in coal-dependent West Virginia’s Democratic primary to a felon currently in...
  • The Washington Post Co.’s Self-Destructive Course (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/11/2012 1:20:21 PM PDT · by abb · 18 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | May 11, 2012 | Ryan Chittum
    The Washington Post Company‘s dismal quarterly earnings release last week was received with something of a shrug—more of the same. But the report is worse than the reaction suggests and raises fundamental questions about the Post’s strategy, not just for the newspaper, but for the whole company. If you hadn’t heard, the Washington Post Company is basically a for-profit college/SAT-prep firm that sidelines as a cable-TV provider and newspaper publisher. The august Washington Post (I’ll italicize Post here when referring to the newspaper and won’t when referring to its parent) contributed just 15 percent to its namesake company’s revenue in...
  • Obama: My View on Marriage

    05/11/2012 1:16:04 PM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    The White House ^ | 5/12/12 | Obama
    From: "Barack Obama" Add sender to Contacts To: Dear -- Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer: I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. I hope you'll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:I've always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution....
  • What Mitt Romney Hasn't Done...

    05/11/2012 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh, com
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'll tell you, here's what I know. Here's what I know, and this is after only an hour of... and, by the way, you must know, I have to tell you what this feels like. Guilt. I only did an hour of show prep, but I feel like I'm skipping school today. I feel like I'm not fulfilling expectations, so we'll see. This is what I know. Mitt Romney was not at Chappaquiddick. Mitt Romney has not been accused of rape. Mitt Romney did not have an affair with a mob babe. He didn't have an affair...
  • Trayvon Martin's mom tapes Mother's Day appeal against 'Stand Your Ground' laws

    05/11/2012 12:20:21 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn
    The mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old whose death in Florida earlier this year ignited a controversy over "Stand Your Ground" self-defense legislation, taped a Web video in time for Mother's Day to advocate for policy change. In the video, released Friday by the Second Chance on Shoot First campaign, Sybrina Fulton urges viewers to send Mother's Day cards to governors nationwide, particularly in the 26 states that have passed "Stand Your Ground" laws, urging them to "re-examine" the legislation. "This will be my first Mother's Day without my son, Trayvon," Fulton says in the video. "On Sunday, I'm going...
  • Obama and the Hypocrisy of Liberals on Gay Marriage

    05/11/2012 12:17:06 PM PDT · by The Anti-Democrat · 2 replies
    5-11-12 | Me
    Since it took the "coolest man in America" years of soul-searching and some "unwelcome prompting" from Dimwit Biden to finally come out of the closet on gay marriage, one must wonder: (1) how can liberal media chatterheards and their leftist Hollywood phonies be so quick to condemn anyone who opposes gay marriage when their standard bearer (who is eminently smarter than the rest of us) took years to see the light; (2) why is Biden being forced to apologize for (allegedly) forcing Obama to simply "do the courageous" thing - shouldn't he receive praise for prompting the otherwise cowardly Prez;...
  • Vice President Bite Me Wants Credit for Turning on the Gay Money Spigot

    05/11/2012 12:11:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The White House is not going to push the gay marriage plank into the party platform. As of now, the White House is not going to. Obama, the Democrats... No, Obama. Obama is not going to move to have gay marriage become part of the party platform. Those of you on the Democrat side in the gay population, you have to understand: Not one thing changed for you. Obama totally left it up to the states. He said he was perfectly fine with it. All he said was that he thinks gay people should be able to...
  • Is Jon Lovitz for real or is he drawing out Hollywood’s closet conservatives?

    05/11/2012 12:09:44 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 5-11-2012 | Bookworm
    Here’s an old, bad (really bad) joke: During the 1973 war, the Israeli Army determined that at least one third of all Arab forces arrayed against them were named Mohammed. They quickly developed a new tactic. The IDF troops would take cover and holler out, “Mohammed!” In response to the call, one third of the Arab troops would jump out of their cover, and the Israeli forces would pick them off.You couldn’t fool the Arabs for long. They figured out that at least one third of all IDF troops arrayed against them were named David. They too quickly developed a...
  • Time magazine cover -- forget the breast, what about the boy?

    05/11/2012 11:54:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 91 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5-11-2012 | Dr. Keith Ablow
    Jamie Lynn Grumet, the 26-year-old mother featured on the cover of Time magazine breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, has done more this week than become the poster woman for “attachment parenting,” the sometimes laudable movement that advises parents to be physically and emotionally available and responsive to their children. She has shown the limits of such a concept, and the ways in which it can be twisted into a bizarre, contemptible caricature of itself. Grumet is a model, and models have to have at least healthy dose of narcissism (television journalists like me, too, by the way). But I fear Grumet...