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  • City Official Consults Ouija Board Before Vote

    05/24/2012 11:06:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle
    City official consults Ouija board before vote SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) that he believes he made contact with Milk's spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: "Good riddance to don't ask, don't tell." The Board of Supervisors approved the non-binding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote. Milk was a city supervisor and former naval officer. He was fatally shot in...
  • Kathryn Bigelow Sells Her Artistic Soul to The State

    05/24/2012 11:00:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 5-24-2012 | John Nolte
    Starting with her stunning 1987 debut, "Near Dark," for two decades Bigelow was a true iconoclast, a woman director making some of the most masculine action films of her time and making them in her own way. Finally, it all comes together for her with "The Hurt Locker," and … she joins the club. Maybe she hasn't seen "The Lives of Others." Maybe someone needs to sit her down and explain that as of right now she's the pre-arc playwright shilling for the State in exchange for access, riches, adoration, and acclaim. The only thing worse than those who use...
  • Mother sues Harvard in son’s shooting

    05/24/2012 11:00:03 AM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The mother of a Cambridge man fatally shot inside a Harvard University residence hall in 2009 is suing the school and its officials, alleging that Harvard negligently allowed the mastermind of the killing to operate a “criminal enterprise’’ in the dormitory that resulted in the killing. Denise Cosby filed the wrongful death suit in Middlesex Superior Court last week, saying that the university and its officials failed to protect her son, ­Justin Cosby, 21. He was shot inside Kirkland Hall May 18, 2009, when a drug rip-0ff turned violent. In a joint phone interview Wednesday, Denise Cosby’s attorneys, Issac H....
  • Polls: Cell phone users prefer Obama, landline users like Romney

    05/24/2012 10:47:09 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 24, 2012 | Holly Bailey
    Political pollsters have been under pressure to make sure their samples include Americans who rely solely on cell phones—and the latest NBC News/Marist polls of Florida, Ohio and Virginia exhibit why. As NBC's First Read flags, Romney narrowly pulls ahead in Florida among voters who were polled over landlines—48 percent to 45 percent. But among cell phone respondents only, Obama has a major lead: 57 percent to 34 percent.
  • MUST HEAR: Reporter's Epic Anti-Global Warming Monologue

    05/24/2012 10:39:32 AM PDT · by caseyn · 4 replies
    Canadian reporter Ezra Levant explains how global warming skeptics are demonized by the left and mainstream media even though surveys show regular citizens aren’t so concerned.
  • Paul Fussell, Literary Scholar and Critic, Is Dead at 88

    05/24/2012 10:33:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 23, 2012 | Bruce Weber
    Paul Fussell, the wide-ranging, stingingly opinionated literary scholar and cultural critic whose admiration for Samuel Johnson, Kingsley Amis and the Boy Scout Handbook and his withering scorn for the romanticization of war, the predominance of television and much of American society were dispensed in more than 20 books, died on Wednesday in Medford, Ore. He was 88.
  • Bill Clinton: The Post-Porn Star Money Grab

    05/24/2012 10:12:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies
    TMZ ^ | 05/24/2012
    Just hours after posing with two beautiful porn stars, Bill Clinton got on his knees -- and begged thousands of people for money ... all in the name of Barack Obama. It's the 21st century way of soliciting campaign funds -- sending a desperately-worded email to masses of people across the country ... in this case, people who've subscribed to Barack Obama's newsletter. He writes, "I've been in President Obama's shoes before -- less than six months to go before an election to let you finish what you started. It was tough enough back then, but this election is going...
  • This Gay Marriage Poll Shows An Incredible Shift In Black Support Since Obama's Endorsement

    05/24/2012 10:03:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/24/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Public Policy Polling is out with a new survey this morning on the gay marriage referendum likely to be on the Maryland ballot this fall.  It's historic, because it shows that Maryland is likely to pass—by a wide margin—the referendum holding up the bill that lawmakers passed in late February. It's incredible because of the shift in previous polls, particularly among black voters in Maryland.  Check out this flip: In March, 56 percent of black respondents said they would vote against the law, with only 39 percent supporting it. Now, 55 percent of black voters plan to support it, with only 36...
  • SAPD: Gun-totting homeowner defends his Cadillac Escalade(TX)

    05/24/2012 9:18:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies ^ | 24 May, 2012 | Staff
    SAN ANTONIO -- Police say a car burglary on the city's northwest side was foiled by an alert homeowner with a gun. The homeowner was woken around 1:55 a.m. Thursday by two men busting the side window of the Cadillac Escalade parked outside his home in the 6300 block of Stable Farm, San Antonio police said. One of the suspects allegedly signaled to the homeowner that he had a gun. However, police said the homeowner really did have a gun and fired a single shot through his bedroom window one of the men attempting to steal the Cadillac. Both suspects...
  • Chicago Panhandlers File First Amendment Lawsuit

    05/24/2012 9:14:22 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    The First Amendment protects your right to speak your mind, but does that include the right to ask strangers for money? A group of panhandlers in Chicago say that it does. Eight panhandlers filed a federal suit seeking class action status against the City of Chicago, alleging that police routinely make them move from a high-end section of Michigan Avenue.
  • GunSpec

    05/24/2012 9:05:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gunway ^ | 23 May, 2012 | NA
    I will try to post the cartoon below. If I am not successful, I urge someone with better skills to do so. Thank you.
  • Gun group formed to help people get used to new open carry law(OK)

    05/24/2012 8:59:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | April Hill
    It may take a while to get use to someone next to you in the grocery store with a visible gun. That’s why a newly-formed group is launching a public awareness campaign before the new open carry law begins on November 1st, 2012. Franklin Smith is a former police officer, veteran and one of the founders of the Oklahoma Open Carry Association. He says the people who openly carry are law-abiding citizens. Smith says, "The truth is that criminals just don't open carry their firearms." Hear Smith's entire interview. He says he knows because he was part of another start-up...
  • Oh Look, Zimmerman's Not A Racist?

    05/24/2012 8:59:53 AM PDT · by vitaman · 25 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 05/24/2012 | Karl Denninger
    ORLANDO, Fla. – George Zimmerman accused the Sanford police department of corruption more than a year before he shot Trayvon Martin, saying at a public forum the agency covered up the beating of a black homeless man by the son of a white officer.
  • CBS: The Bain attacks aren’t damaging Romney

    05/24/2012 8:06:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Hot ^ | May 24, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama’s campaign had planned all the way back to September to attack Mitt Romney for his wealth. The “Buffett Rule” and constant references to income inequality were more than just a dogwhistle for Occupiers to launch their protests last fall. It was a strategy to shape the battlefield for a political attack that Team O rolled out explicitly at the beginning of last week. After that much of a windup, the pitch had to be a blazing fastball over the plate … right? According to CBS News, wrong: President Obama is losing ground in the latest polls to Republican...
  • Illegal alien molests 5-year-old girl...asks for probation

    05/24/2012 8:02:32 AM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies ^ | May 22, 2012 | Dave Gibson
    Last month, Jose Luis Hernandez-Dominguez, 47, was sentenced in a Maui courtroom to 10 years in prison for the repeated sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl. . . prosecuting attorney Robert Rivera explained: “He (Hernandez-Dominguez) told her, ‘If you tell your mom, the police will come and get you.’ And that caused this 5-year-old girl to remain silent and go through these sexual assaults that this man perpetrated on her week after week after week.” . .Through an interpreter, Hernandez-Dominguez told the court that though he did molest the girl and had been on Maui illegally for the last six...
  • Aborted Child Born Alive and Left to Die

    05/24/2012 7:51:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    In Vietnam, a family is distraught because their child was born alive, covered in blankets by the hospital, and left to die. In a twisted scenario where one bad decision led to even worse results, the parents had been convinced to abort their child after seeing ultra-sounds that showed troubling birth defects. After the abortion, the child was placed in a bed under blankets until the family could return to recover the body. But upon returning and removing the blankets, family members saw the child and realized the ultrasounds had been wrong—the child had been born healthy. Moreover, the...
  • Ross Mirkarimi is for openess — mostly (SF Sheriff Comedy)

    05/24/2012 7:47:39 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | May 24, 2012 | Melissa Griffin
    California state law guards the confidentiality of records and proceedings when peace officers face disciplinary investigations. Last month when suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was before the Ethics Commission, his attorney Shepard Kopp was asked whether Mirkarimi would be seeking such a closed hearing and this was his response, “We do not intend to argue that these proceedings need to be private. Indeed, we think they should be public. Because I think, at the end of the day, there’s a lot of innuendo and talk about the sheriff dissuading people. The mayor’s written charges say he ‘may have’ tried to get...
  • Couple who both lost a leg in crash sue student for sending messages to boyfriend (shortened title)

    05/24/2012 7:47:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5-24-2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full title - Can you be blamed for texting a driver? Couple who both lost a leg in crash sue student for sending messages to boyfriend, 18, before he hit them with his truck A couple who each lost a leg after a driver careened his truck into their motorbike is suing the man's girlfriend for texting him while he was behind the wheel. David and Linda Kubert, both 59, were in Mine Hill, New Jersey when they saw Kyle Best, then 18, looking down at a text message as he swerved towards them. After the September 2009 crash, police...
  • Which Way is Housing Headed?

    05/24/2012 7:42:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    In a Housing Showdown on Bloomberg TV, Economist Gary Shilling & Mark Kiesel Go Head-to-Head.
  • Senate approves bill striking word 'lunatic' from federal law

    05/24/2012 7:39:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Senate approves bill striking word 'lunatic' from federal law By Pete Kasperowicz - 05/23/12 11:33 PM ET The Senate on Wednesday quickly approved legislation that would remove the word "lunatic" everywhere it appears in the federal code. The Senate approved S. 2367 by unanimous consent, giving the House a chance to act if it wishes, although no House member has introduced a similar bill. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) introduced the bill back in late April with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Conrad said the bill was the result of a conversation with a constituent, who said current law casts a stigma...
  • Slaves to the Government Class

    05/24/2012 7:33:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    Over the past year, a lot of people have been talking about “the 1%” versus “the 99%.” But if you’re concerned about one class exploiting another for economic gain, that’s the wrong way to look at the problem. See an exclusive animation explaining the situation here.The protesters are right about one thing: there are gross class inequities in America. There is one class that works more hours per day, more days per year, for more years of their lives. They have less job security, they pay more for health coverage, and their retirements are not guaranteed. Their incomes...
  • Following Ratings Stumble, CNN Plots Revised Course

    05/24/2012 7:29:15 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 37 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 | Alex Weprin
    There will be changes.” It was broadcast upfront week, and amid the chaos and the talk of CBS’s schedule and the fate of “30 Rock,” the discussion had shifted to CNN. A media buyer for one of the top firms told me that in a conversation with a senior executive at Time Warner, there was an expectation that CNN would be tweaking its programming, an effort to combat ratings fatigue. In a terse statement earlier this month, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said that he and others at the company were “clearly not satisfied” with CNN’s situation, and promised that...
  • Polls: Obama leads Romney in Florida, Ohio and Virginia

    05/24/2012 7:14:46 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | Holly Bailey
    President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney in Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to new polls of the key 2012 swing states, although Obama's advantage has narrowed in recent months. Obama has inched ahead of Romney 48 percent to 44 percent in both Florida and Virginia, according to three new NBC News/Marist polls. In Ohio, the president has a 6-point advantage over Romney, leading his Republican rival 48 percent to 42 percent among registered voters in the state. (The polls have a plus or minus 3 percent margin of error.)
  • The Great Debate

    05/24/2012 7:11:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Here I am on the campaign trail, frenetically promoting my book, "The Death of Liberalism." I appear on scores of radio interviews, in and out of the studio. I appear on Fox News and C-SPAN. I hardly have time for dinner, but it could be more demanding still. I could be invited to appear on mainstream media, as it is still quaintly called. Yet I am not. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC do not call. I, the editor of a major magazine from the right that has been around for 45 years, have written a book arguing...
  • N.C. Vote Proves Rush Is Right on Marriage

    05/24/2012 7:01:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Maggie Gallagher
    President Obama is apparently tired of pretending he opposes gay marriage. Good. Good, because lying to the American people is always wrong, and because now the American people will have a clear choice: a president who supports gay marriage, or a president who sides with the majority of the American people, including 61 percent of North Carolinians. I'm tired of pretending, too. Conservative elites, including those at Fox News, have shamefully kowtowed to the politically correct opinion on gay marriage. Some do so reluctantly because they have been cowed into believing defeat is inevitable. Some do so because they think...
  • Romney: How does six percent unemployment by the end of my first term sound? (Promises, promises)

    05/24/2012 6:59:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/24/2012 | AllahPundit
    Normally I hate self-imposed benchmarks since there’s plenty of downside to them and little upside. But in this case, what does he have to lose? Halperin: Would you like to be more specific about what the unemployment rate would be like at the end of your first year?Romney: I can’t possibly predict precisely what the unemployment rate will be at the end of one year. I can tell you that over a period of four years, by virtue of the policies that we’d put in place, we’d get the unemployment rate down to 6%, and perhaps a little lower. It...
  • Confirmed: 2nd Catholic uni dropping insurance ("If you like your health plan, you can keep it"?)

    05/24/2012 6:54:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/24/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The inevitable conclusion from last week's statement from Ave Maria University has arrived, perhaps a little more quickly than most would have imagined. Six days ago, the Catholic university followed in the footsteps of Franciscan University, which explicitly dumped its student coverage because of the HHS contraception mandate. Ave Maria also objected to the HHS mandate, but said that large cost increases might end up driving their decision. Today they announced that the 15% of their student body that relied on their relatively inexpensive health insurance would have to look elsewhere, and the university made clear the full extent of...
  • United no longer offers early boarding for passengers with children

    05/24/2012 6:54:41 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 50 replies ^ | May 24, 2012
    As if it wasn't hard enough traveling by air with children, United Airlines won't be offering early boarding to families in coach with small children. United quietly made the policy shift in late April and joins other airlines including American Airlines and US Airways that have dropped family pre-boarding. The airline says the move was "to simplify the boarding process and to reduce the overall number of boarding groups," United spokesman Charles Hobart told USA Today. Previously, families with small children flying coach were allowed on aircraft before general boarding -- a convenience for parents to get their children and...
  • Eurobonds: The Fiscal Version of Co-Signing a Loan for Your Unemployed Alcoholic Cousin...

    05/24/2012 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve written many times about the foolishness of bailing out profligate governments (or, for that matter, mismanaged banks and inefficient car companies). Bailouts reward bad past behavior, encourage bad future behavior, and make the debt bubble bigger – thus increasing the likelihood of deeper economic problems. At the risk of stating the obvious, there’s a reason for the second word in the “moral hazard” phrase.But I’m not surprised that politicians continue to advocate more bailouts. The latest version is the “eurobond,” sometimes referred to as “fiscal liability sharing.”It doesn’t matter what it’s called, though, since we’re talking about the foolish...
  • Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones

    05/24/2012 6:43:53 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | May 23, 2012
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft. Drones have been used overseas to target and kill high-level terror leaders and are also being used along the U.S.-Mexico border in the battle against illegal immigration. But now, these drones are starting to be used domestically at an increasing rate. The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed several police departments to use drones across the U.S. They are controlled from a remote location and use infrared sensors and...
  • On gay marriage, Obama’s critics and supporters alike think he may shift again (More "evolution")

    05/24/2012 6:38:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/24/2012 | By Sandhya Somashekhar
    Supporters and critics of President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage agree on one thing: He may not be finished evolving on the subject. Despite his comments that he thinks the matter should be left to the states, many gay rights advocates strongly believe that it must be dealt with nationally — and that Obama is quietly on their side. Conservative critics of the president suspect the same, citing this as one way the president might tack left if reelected. And some Obama supporters who are uncomfortable with same-sex marriage fear that in a second term, he would come under enormous...
  • Saving Greece, Europe, and the United States (The world's major economies are close to bankruptcy)

    05/24/2012 6:35:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/24/2012 | By Raymond Richman and Howard Richman
    Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, and the U.S. are close to bankruptcy, and they all have the same problems: profligate government, large trade deficits, and bewildered economists.Moreover, the G8 statement was ruling out any real solution to the huge unemployment problems of the Southern Eurozone. All of the Eurozone countries with high unemployment rates have negative trade balances (as measured by current account balance divided by GDP), and all the ones that are doing well have positive trade balances. Furthermore, the worse the trade balance, the higher the unemployment rate as shown in the graph below.This is not surprising...
  • Arabic mandatory at [New York] city public school

    05/24/2012 6:33:43 AM PDT · by iowamark · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | 05/24/2012 | SABRINA FORD
    An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday. Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes — putting it on equal footing with science and music courses. One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic — as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French — is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing. “She proposed this to the parent association. They...
  • In the House, Is 80 Over the Hill?

    05/24/2012 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    When Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost the GOP primary to challenger Richard Mourdock this month, Beltway types saw the voters' verdict as a victory for the tea party and a defeat for the kind of Republican who could work across the aisle. I think Lugar, 80, lost because he is out of touch with Indiana. He started the primary registered to vote at an Indiana home he had sold in 1977. The Lugars have resided in Virginia ever since. Lugar had been working in Washington for so long that he didn't realize he needed to keep up at least the...
  • US Jobless Claims Slip By 2K In Week (seasonally adjusted 370,000 in the week ended May 19)

    05/24/2012 6:23:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 05/24/2012
    WASHINGTON -- The number of U.S. workers filing first-time applications for unemployment benefits ticked down last week, suggesting the labor market is slowly mending. Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000 in the week ended May 19, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the first time in three weeks that claims fell. The prior week's figure had been revised slightly higher from initial estimates. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswsires had forecast that 370,000 new claims would be filed last week. The report suggests that employers are laying off slightly fewer workers than in prior...
  • Is this a nation of laws? [Illegal Alien living in multimillion-dollar house convicted]

    05/24/2012 6:22:56 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    The Columbia County illegal-alien building contractor got 15 months in federal prison last Tuesday for harboring illegal aliens himself. Diaz had managed to ensconce himself here illegally in a very nice multimillion-dollar house and build up a substantial contracting business on the back of other illegal immigrants – using the cheap labor to leverage an unfair business advantage over legal contractors who abide by our laws. Yet, Diaz had considerable local support in the courtroom – otherwise sensible business people who somehow thought this guy was getting a raw deal. To heck with the rest of Columbia County and their...
  • Melanie Sturm: Think Again (Julia's War on Feminism)

    05/24/2012 6:12:30 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 8 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | May 24, 2010 | Melanie Sturm
    When Gloria Steinem popularized the saying “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” I wasn't old enough to wear a bra, never mind burn it. However, thanks to that feminist credo and its infiltration of 1970s popular culture, women of my generation grew up believing we could make it on our own, like Mary Tyler Moore. While her theme song cautioned, “This world is awfully big, girl,” our confidence rose with Mary's cap, tossed triumphantly to “You're going to make it after all.” Indeed, we did make it, though presidential campaign operatives peddling the “War on...
  • Bill Clinton's star-studded fundraiser is branded the 'worst party ever'

    05/24/2012 6:10:44 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2012 | Kimberley Dadds
    It promised to be one of the glitziest evenings for ticket holders, with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Joan Collins in attendance. But now former US President Bill Clinton has received a backlash from 'angry' guests who were left disappointed after turning up to his fundraiser in London on Tuesday night. Attendees have now branded the bash the "worst party ever", claiming the venue smelt and it was too crowded with people. One guest complained to the Daily Telegraph that guests were left waiting outside while the A-list stars were first allowed inside, despite them paying up to Ł1,000...
  • This Memorial Day, Freedom Is Dying Before Our Very Eyes

    05/24/2012 6:01:23 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 10 replies ^ | 5/24/2012 | Andrew Napolitano
    What if the memory of the past is more fulfilling than the reality of the present? What if Memorial Day reminds us of times when we had more freedom? What if freedom is dying right under our eyes? What if the memory of the past is more fulfilling than the reality of the present? What if the federal government could write any law, regulate any behavior and tax any event, no matter what the Constitution authorized? What if the majority in Congress rejects the idea of limited government and views the Constitution as granting it blanket power to do whatever...
  • Times’ Emily Miller wins Mollenhoff Award(DC)

    05/24/2012 5:40:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 May, 2012 | NA
    Washington Times Senior Editor for Opinion Emily Miller was awarded the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism. The Mollenhoff award was given to Ms. Miller for her “Emily Gets Her Gun” series, which ultimately resulted in review of onerous gun regulations by Washington, D.C., officials. Ms. Miller’s work beat out competition from The Wall Street Journal and the Seattle Times, both previous winners of the award. This is the first time The Washington Times has won this award. “Emily Miller’s work exemplifies the guiding principle of our editorial pages, which is that good opinion...
  • New word of extra White House help on OBL film [If Bush did this the press would SCREAM anger]

    05/24/2012 5:33:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/24/12
    It's no surprise that the Obama administration would enthusiastically welcome a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden. But some White House critics say what is surprising is how far the White House was willing to go to help Hollywood make that movie. The mission to kill bin Laden is the stuff movies are made of -- but newly obtained documents reveal the Obama administration went out of its way to give access to two well-connected filmmakers.
  • Robber shot by Enterprise barber shop owner(AL)

    05/24/2012 5:25:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | Matt Elofson
    Police in Enterprise are looking for a Dothan man in connection with the robbery of a barber shop, which ended with the barber shop owner shooting the robbery suspect in the thigh. According to information from Enterprise police, the incident happened around 7 p.m. Monday at Creative Hair Masters located at 2950 Rucker Boulevard. The barber shop owner told police that two men came into the shop and asked for haircuts. One of the men pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money and jewelry from the owner, who grabbed his own gun and fired at least one round at...
  • Cocooned Liberals Are Unprepared for Political Debate

    05/24/2012 5:24:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Michael Barone
    It's comfortable living in a cocoon -- associating only with those who share your views, reading journalism and watching news that only reinforces them, avoiding those on the other side of the cultural divide. Liberals have been doing this for a long time. In 1972, the movie critic Pauline Kael said it was odd that Richard Nixon was winning the election, because everyone she knew was for George McGovern. Kael wasn't clueless about the rest of America. She was just observing that her own social circle was politically parochial. The rest of us have increasingly sought out comfortable cocoons,...
  • Track coach, daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder, fired for taking senior to prom

    05/24/2012 5:17:36 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 52 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | May 24, 2012 | Cameron Smith
    The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, who has served as a volunteer high school track and field coach in Oregon, was fired on Monday after an investigation proved that she escorted a 17-year-old member of her boys track squad to the school's prom. As reported by the Associated Press, 41-year-old Melissa Bowerman, the daughter-in-law of waffle-sole inventor Bill Bowerman, escorted an unnamed 17-year-old on the Condon (Ore.) High track team to the school's prom after the runner told her he lacked a date for the prom. Bowerman, who is married to 73-year-old co-coach Jon Bowerman and also has a...
  • Recall politics is old hat in Racine, where no incumbent is safe (WI)

    05/24/2012 4:55:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5-20-12 | Craig Gilbert
    Racine – If there’s a battleground within the battleground in Wisconsin’s recall wars, this is it – a political no man’s land where the two parties have spent a quarter-century trading control of the same tenuous turf. This is the only state Senate district in America whose voters have forced two recall elections. It’s a district unique in Wisconsin for its volatility and thirst for change. It has changed partisan hands five times in 22 years. It has re-elected its state senators only twice since 1990, and booted them four times, a tally that could rise to five on June...
  • What I Did for Love

    05/24/2012 4:29:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    If you are lucky, you have people that you love in your life. If you're really lucky, you have people that inspire you, as well. I love my sister Kathy, but she also is an incredible inspiration to me -- and might be to you, once you hear her story. This past weekend, we both completed our fifth marathon. We finished the Pasadena, Calif., race along with two other members of the America to Anywhere for Arthritis team. Even the fifth time, 26.2 miles is a very long way to go. I'd like to say that I trained long and...
  • New Orleans Paper Said to Face Deep Cuts and May Cut Back Publication (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/24/2012 4:26:41 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | David Carr
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans. Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the Times-Picayune, will apparently be working off a blueprint the company used in Ann Arbor, Mich., where it reduced the frequency of the Ann Arbor News, emphasized the Web site as a primary distributor of news and in the process instituted wholesale layoffs to cut costs. A request for comment late Wednesday night from the...
  • CBC to air alternate commentary for women during Stanley Cup finals

    05/24/2012 4:09:34 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 16 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | May 24, 2012 | Michael Oliveira
    The CBC is planning some counter-programming for female non-hockey fans who might be forced to tune into the Stanley Cup final next week. Viewers can go online to listen to an alternate commentary from Lena Sutherland and Jules Mancuso, who run They describe their site as a sports talk show for women, “Sex and the City” meets ESPN, with banter “from a woman’s point of view.” “One afternoon while (our husbands) were both watching the same game on TV Jules and I were on the phone and we started just making comments to each other like, ‘Did you see...
  • Watch out, Denver! Cop reinstated after 143 mph drunken joyride

    05/24/2012 4:00:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies ^ | 5-23-2012 | Steven Nelson
    A troubled Denver police officer has been reinstated after a three-member panel of the city’s Civil Service Commission overturned his termination for driving 143 miles per hour while drunk. Derrick Saunders was arrested on June 17, 2010 for cruising 88 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He had a .089 blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest. This wasn’t the officer’s first run-in with the law. Since he was hired by the police force in 2007, other felonious allegations against Saunders include brandishing a gun to scare McDonald’s employees into working faster. ABC 7 reports that...
  • Like Warren, Obama Claims Cherokee Ancestry--But Offers No Proof

    05/24/2012 3:42:05 AM PDT · by YankeeReb · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/20/12 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren have more in common than just their liberal political ideology, Harvard Law pedigree, and Democratic Party affiliation. Both claim Cherokee ancestry, and neither can prove it.