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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...