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  • ANALYSIS: Today’s Ruling in the Arizona Immigration Case (Not a victory for Arizona)

    06/25/2012 10:47:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/25/2012 | Ed Whelan
    Now that I’ve had some time to review the opinions in Arizona v. United States, I’d like to provide this high-level summary. I’ll refer to the four provisions of Arizona law at issue only very briefly and leave it to the interested reader to examine their details more carefully.Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion, joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor, ruled that section 3 (penalty for failure to carry an alien-registration document in violation of federal law) (pp. 8-11), section 5(C) (misdemeanor for unauthorized alien to seek work) (pp. 12-15), and section 6 (state officers may...
  • Luis Fortuño: Puerto Rico’s Scott Walker (But can he survive the coming elections?)

    06/25/2012 10:43:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/25/2012 | Robert Costa
    Madison, Wis., may be the austerity debate’s central front, but San Juan is an important, if overlooked, battleground. For the past three years, Governor Luis Fortuño has been the Caribbean’s Scott Walker — and like Walker, he’s under siege. When Fortuño began his term, Puerto Rico was an economic mess. Fifteen percent of the island territory’s labor force was unemployed. Facing a $3.2 billion budget deficit, Fortuño implemented deep cuts, slashing public jobs and salaries across the board. The government unions erupted. Thousands of public workers protested Fortuño’s reforms on the streets of San Juan. And in five months, when...
  • (Philadelphia Radio - RUSH LIMBAUGH moves to WWIQ 106.9 FM) WPHT & WWIQ Philadelphia Fill Lineups

    06/25/2012 10:33:11 AM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 18 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | June 11, 2012 | Lance Venta
    Merlin Media’s “IQ 106.9” WWIQ Philadelphia has officially confirmed that Rush Limbaugh will debut on the station on Monday, June 25. The addition of Limbaugh from noon to 3pm finalizes the daytime lineup on the station that also includes a local news block with Al Gardner and Larry Mendte from 5am to 9am and syndicated talkers Glenn Beck from 9am to 12pm and Sean Hannity from 3pm to 6pm. Dial Global’s Overnight America with Jon Grayson has been added for overnights. The evening slots are still to be filled, although a comment on the station’s Facebook page hints at the...
  • Mom given bill to clean street after son killed by illegal immigrant driving drunk

    06/25/2012 10:25:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Fox ^ | June 25, 2012
    GREENVILLE, SC – A grieving mother told a South Carolina court she was slapped with several bills, including one to clean the street after her son was killed by a drunken driver last year. Loretta Robinson spoke on June 19 of the emotional and financial toll her son Justin Walker's death had on her as the driver Anna Gonzales, who is an illegal immigrant, pleaded guilty in the case.
  • Man injured in 3rd bear attack in Payson area(AZ)

    06/25/2012 10:24:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 24 June, 20112 | Deborah Stocks,Tim Vetscher,Christopher Sign
    PAYSON, AZ - Officials say a Tempe man was injured in a bear attack outside Payson Sunday morning. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says this is the third bear incident in the area within a month. Officials said the 30-year-old man was air-lifted to a Scottsdale hospital with lacerations and bite wounds to his head and arm and possibly his legs. "He had a large spot on the right side of his head that was just a mess, but he was alert and talking which was amazing," said Carly Stoltenberg, a Gilbert resident who saw the black bear shortly...

    06/25/2012 10:14:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    WND ^ | 06/25/2012 | Chuck Norris
    A Boy Scouts of America national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, recently said he “will work from within to seek a change” to overturn the BSA policy that bans gay scouts and leaders. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors? Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA’s century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration? Is it a coincidence...
  • Genetic Variants Build a Smarter Brain

    06/25/2012 10:11:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 19 June 2012 | Moheb Costandi
    Enlarge Image Brain gain. Brain scan data showing regions where two of the newly identified SNPs interact with each other to affect white matter tract integrity. Credit: Paul Thompson/UCLA Researchers have yet to understand how genes influence intelligence, but a new study takes a step in that direction. An international team of scientists has identified a network of genes that may boost performance on IQ tests by building and insulating connections in the brain. Intelligence runs in families, but although scientists have identified about 20 genetic variants associated with intelligence, each accounts for just 1% of the variation in...
  • The (Big) Business of Food Stamps: “Here’s Where the Profits Come in”

    06/25/2012 10:04:42 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | June 25,2012 | Aaron Task
    In 2011, a record 46 million people - or 1 in 7 Americans -- participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as Food Stamps. The increased use of Food Stamps is a huge social and political issue for America, and it's also big business. In 2011, the U.S. government spent $72 billion on Food Stamps. Among the beneficiaries, food producers such as Cargill, PepsiCo. (PEP), Coca-Cola (KO) and Kraft (KFT), as well as retailers like Wal-Mart. Of course, Wall Street gets a cut too, led by JPMorgan Chase (JPM), which administers the SNAP benefits in 24 states....
  • New Film to Claim Jesus Was Born After Mary Was Raped By Roman Soldier

    06/25/2012 10:04:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    News ^ | June 25, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    It's taken over four years for film director Paul Verhoeven to get anyone to turn his 2008 book "Jesus of Nazareth" into a movie, but numerous sources last week say he's finally done it. Deadline reported last Tuesday that Muse Productions will produce the film claiming Jesus Christ was the product of Mary being raped by a Roman soldier: Jesus might have been the product of his mother being raped by a Roman soldier, which Verhoeven said was commonplace at the time, and that Jesus was a radical prophet who performed exorcisms and was convinced he would find the kingdom...
  • ATTN: All FL FReepers: FR Got It Right. Projected Debbie Landfall Now Cedar Key, Out @ Palm Coast

    Check out latest 5 Day forecast. Over Florida until Saturday. We'll be wet all week.
  • A Political Glossary (Thomas Sowell)

    06/25/2012 9:55:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 26, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear a lot of words — and the meaning of those words is not always clear. So it may be helpful to have a glossary of political terms. One of the most versatile terms in the political vocabulary is "fairness." It has been used over a vast range of issues, from "fair trade" laws to the Fair Labor Standards Act. And recently we have heard that the rich don't pay their "fair share" of taxes. Some of us may want to see a definition of what is "fair." But...
  • Issa: Fast and Furious might have been a political operation to push for gun control

    06/25/2012 9:34:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/25/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The big question from last week's assertion of executive privilege by Barack Obama was what, exactly, was so troublesome that the White House couldn't have Attorney General Eric Holder release it. It certainly wasn't to protect the precedent of confidentiality of presidential advice; Obama and Holder have insisted that the President had no knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious until it made the headlines. Even the assertion of privilege attempted to skirt that issue by relying on deliberative process rather than direct presidential privilege, although it seems almost certain that deliberative process won't shield Holder and others at executive agencies....
  • Chuck Todd on Supreme Court AZ Immigration Ruling: 'Worst of All Outcomes If You’re Mitt Romney'

    06/25/2012 9:31:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    NBC News political director Chuck Todd said Monday the Supreme Court's ruling regarding Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law "is probably the worst of all outcomes if you’re Mitt Romney." Such was said on MSNBC's Jansing and Company moments after the announcement (video follows with transcript and commentary): Chuck Todd on Supreme Court Immigration Ruling: 'Worst of All Outcomes If You’re Mitt Romney'After discussing the issue with NBC correspondent Pete Williams, Jansing said, "We’ve been talking about the incredible political implications of this ruling for both sides in an election year when the Latino vote is going to be so critical in...
  • Uruguay Government Plans To Sell Marijuana

    06/25/2012 9:21:35 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 50 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 6/25/ 2012 | Bryan Nash
    In an attempt to lower crime and raise government revenue, Uruguay is planning on legalizing marijuana. Currently, it is legal to possess less than 25 grams of cannabis, but it is illegal to grow or sell it. If the proposal passes, Uruguay’s government would oversee the growth and distribution of the $75 million business. Buyers would be required to register with the government. “It’s a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking,” said defense minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro. “We think the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves.” Congress must approve...
  • Catalytic converters prove to be easy targets for thieves

    06/25/2012 9:18:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-22-12 | Rick Barrett
    ~snip~ Since May, several dozen catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles in the Milwaukee area by thieves who have targeted the equipment for its scrap metal value. Converters contain platinum, or palladium, and rhodium. There's only a fraction of an ounce of platinum in them, but once processed, the metal is worth about $1,450 an ounce. Thieves get from $50 to $200 for a converter when they sell it to a metal recycler. Some of the thefts have occurred in the daytime, while vehicles were parked at restaurants and hotels. Other thefts have occurred at night - sometimes on...
  • NBC's Gregory Grills Rubio: Does GOP Have 'Racism' Problem on Illegal Immigration?

    06/25/2012 9:15:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    News ^ | June 25, 2012 | Kyle Drennen
    During an interview with Senator Marco Rubio on Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, host David Gregory hit the Florida Republican for his support of Mitt Romney, who "had to run hard to the right here on illegal immigration" and is "far behind President Obama among Latino voters." Gregory then quoted from Rubio's new book, An American Son, and proceeded to portray Republican opposition to illegal immigration as racially motivated: "'I begin to wonder if some of the people who speak so disparagingly about immigrants would be just as worked up if most of them were coming from Canada.' You suggest...
  • Sniper Malvo sentenced to life without parole (17 at time of murder - What Happens Now?)

    06/25/2012 9:04:02 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2004
    A Virginia judge Wednesday formally sentenced Lee Boyd Malvo to life in prison without parole for his role in the October 2002 Washington-area sniper killings.
  • Complaints of lewd behavior at Utica park lead to the arrest of a dozen [homosexual] men

    06/25/2012 9:01:24 AM PDT · by kevcol · 36 replies
    The Post-Standard ^ | June 25, 2012 | Catie O'Toole
    Utica, NY -- A dozen men -- 47 to 79 years old -- have been arrested following a three-week, undercover investigation triggered by public complaints of lewd behavior at a local park, Utica Police Chief Mark Williams said Sunday. "We were fielding a lot of complaints from people in the community who were driving by or jogging by and saw people doing lewd acts," Williams said. "We've had this problem for several years, in this same area." The reports included complaints of men engaging in sexual acts at Roscoe Conkling Park "It was reported that the men would meet each...
  • Poll: Obama opens up wide lead among Hispanics (Obama 66, Romney 25)

    06/25/2012 8:57:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/25/2012 | By Seth McLaughlin
    A new USA Today-Gallup poll shows that President Obama holds a big lead among Hispanic voters in his general election matchup against presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney — and that unemployment and economic growth, not immigration, remain the top issues for these voters. The survey of a random sample of 1,753 adults between April 16 and May 31 showed Mr. Obama leading Mr. Romney by a 66 percent to 25 percent margin. "Given the current dampened support for Obama among non-Hispanic whites, Obama's ability to build support or, more specifically, registration and turnout, among Hispanics in 2012 is widely seen...
  • George Will: My Choice For Vice President Is Bobby Jindal (Watch Video)

    06/25/2012 8:49:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    RCP ^ | 06/25/2012
  • Sea levels rising on US East Coast faster than anywhere else (3 times faster than global average)

    06/25/2012 8:46:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 06/25/2012 | By Seth Borenstein
    The Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the US Geological Survey. Sea levels are rising much faster along the U.S. East Coast than they are around the globe, putting one of the world's most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report. U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile (965-kilometer) swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average since 1990,...
  • The 7 Safest Banks in America

    06/25/2012 8:30:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 06/24/2012 | Jon C. Ogg and Samuel Weigley
    Moody’s recent downgrade of fifteen of the world’s largest banks, along with JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s (NYSE: JPM) multi-billion trading loss, make it clear that certain big banks are just not as safe as depositors might have hoped. Still, consumers have to keep their money somewhere. 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the safest banks to help consumers navigate through continued difficult times. The criteria were very strict. We focused on the universe of the money-center banks, super-regional banks, and banks with retail branches that encompass several states. 24/7 screened for banks with a market capitalization of more...
  • Gentlemen, take tips': Obama reveals how he romanced Michelle on first date in toe-curling interview

    06/25/2012 8:24:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | June 25, 2012 | Jill Reilly
    Made comments to promote competition to win a dinner with Barack Obama Michelle Obama: 'He showed all the sides - he was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive' At the end of the clip, Mr Obama grins, looks at the camera and says 'Take tips gentleman' before winking Dating can be a nerve-wracking occasion for any new couple, but it seems the President of the United States managed to impress the First Lady from the first date. Barack Obama took Michelle for lunch at the Art Institute of Chicago in Michigan, before a leisurely stroll to the movies to watch...
  • Dem Rep. Maxine Waters Challenges Tea Party To a Fight, “Let’s Get It On”…

    06/25/2012 8:18:31 AM PDT · by yoe · 21 replies
    Partiot UpDate ^ | June 24, 2012
    California Congressman Maxine Waters told Denver Democrats tonight that Republicans are waging a war on women on issues ranging from health care to wage disparity. During her speech at the 5th annual House District 7 Unity Dinner, she accused Republicans of attacking President Obama any chance they get. “We cannot allow the opportunities that America stands for to be eroded by those who simply want to bring this president down,” she said. She was cheered when she said, “After a good night sleep, I wake up the next day, and I say, ‘Come on, Tea Party, let’s get it on.’”
  • MSM: The Unreality Journalists

    06/25/2012 7:48:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Morgan Brittany
    Alright, we on the right have been saying for years that the media is in the tank for the left and Democrats.  We have been screaming it at the top of our lungs.  Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly spew monologue after monologue, citing examples over and over.  Bernie Goldberg and Brent Bozell wrote books about it for pete’s sake!  (Bias:  A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News-Goldberg) and (Weapons of Mass Distortion:  The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media-Bozell).  Still, the media kept their eye on the path of liberal bias.  At first they were...
  • Moslem Mother is turned away from parents’ evening because she refused to remove full-face veil

    06/25/2012 7:36:29 AM PDT · by Cronos · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 June 2012 | Jaya Narain
    Maroon Rafique missed an important talk concerning her son's university education because she would not remove the niqab A mother was turned away from a parents’ evening because she was wearing a full-face veil.Maroon Rafique, 40, was told that for the security and safety of children and teachers at the college there was a ban on any type of face coverings.She was warned that unless she removed her full-face covering, known as the niqab, she would not be allowed into the college to attend.In the end, a stunned Mrs Rafique was forced to call her husband, who took her place...
  • The Decision Is Whether We Will Reform Health Care with Our Eyes Open

    06/25/2012 7:24:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    Donald Berwick may have mastered the science of health care management and delivery. (I for one would jump at the chance to enroll my family in the Berwick Health Plan.) But his recent oped in the Washington Post shows he has yet to absorb the lessons that economics teaches about government planning of the economy, such as through ObamaCare. Berwick, whom President Obama recess-appointed to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), sets out to defend ObamaCare from a fairly devastating critique by Robert Samuelson a few days earlier. Berwick responds, in essence, nuh-uh: I saw how this law is helping...
  • Washington Absurdities

    06/25/2012 7:16:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Dan Holler
    Instead of tensely waiting for the Supreme Court’s opinion on the constitutionality of Obamacare, let’s survey the political and legislative landscape for the next round of Washington absurdities. At the end of the week, authorization for federal highway and transit programs expire. Many, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are urging lawmakers to find “common ground” and extend the programs. To be clear, any extension or reauthorization will simply perpetuate the status quo that has led to tens of billions in taxpayer bailouts of the federal Highway Trust Fund. In a nod to the fiscal realities, the Chamber also urged...
  • Soros-Funded Activist Gave Reagan Portrait The Finger At White House

    06/25/2012 7:08:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    CNSnews ^ | June 23, 2012 | Dan Gainor
    Left-wing activists gave a painting of Reagan the finger, but the hand that props them up comes from George Soros. One of the two activists involved is national director of public engagement at Solutions for Progress –funded in part by Soros’s Open Society Institute....Matthew Hart, the national director of public engagement at Solutions for Progress, posted his photo giving Reagan the finger on Facebook with the caption saying, “F*** Reagan,” (without the editing)
  • The other war on women [Pro-abort feminists fight Laura Bush's Alice Award]

    06/25/2012 7:00:49 AM PDT · by rhema · 4 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 6/26/12 | Kathleen Parker
    By now most sentient Americans have heard about the war on women. That is, the so-called Republican war on women, which has been framed as a battle waged by stodgy old white guys who want to deny women reproductive freedom. One can debate the validity of these claims, but for now, let's give equal time to the other war on women. This one is manned not by men but by a dwindling number of women whose understanding of equality is so narrowly defined that only a certain kind of woman can be recognized as having achieved anything of value. Twenty-two...
  • How Hatch forced Microsoft to play K Street's game

    06/25/2012 7:00:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    "If you want to get involved in business," Sen. Orrin Hatch warned technology companies at a conference in 2000, "you should get involved in politics." Hatch was referring to the shortcomings of then-software king Microsoft, which he had spent most of the previous decade harassing from his perch as Judiciary Committee chairman. The message was clear: If you become successful, you must hire lobbyists, you must start a political action committee, and you must donate to politicians. Otherwise Washington will make your life very difficult.
  • Ex-CNN Anchor Exposes Planned Parenthood as Democratic Shill

    06/25/2012 6:52:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 17 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 6/24/12 | Steven Ertelt
    In a new column at the New York Times, former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown exposes the political arm of the Planned Parenthood abortion business as essentially a subsidiary of the Democratic Party. Brown, who makes her own pro-abortion views clear, points out how Planned Parenthood has abandoned any pretense of bipartisanship and essentially become little more than a shill for Democrats by abandoning even the few Republicans who support legalized abortion. The article, “Planned Parenthood’s Self-Destructive Behavior,” says “Planned Parenthood has only itself to blame” for winnowing the number of people willing to defend the nation’s biggest abortion...
  • Energy Policy - Change or Die!

    06/25/2012 6:32:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Harry Jackson, jr
    Several years ago I came across a well-written book that outlined a step-by-step process for personal change. The book, Change Or Die, actually explored the psychology of change. The author, Alan Deutschman, helped me to focus several important health changes in my personal life. I chose to “Change”, not “Die.” The Obama administration is at an important cross roads or a “Change or Die” moment as well with regard to energy. The president wants to be seen as a job creator but his green policies have squandered resources and disillusioned all but the most ardent energy zealots. The president could...
  • East Coast seas on the rise

    06/25/2012 6:13:48 AM PDT · by McBuff · 96 replies
    InsideNova ^ | 6/25/2012 | Seth Borenstein
    From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster than they are around the globe, putting one of the world's most costly coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report. U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three times to four times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. It's not just a faster rate, but at a...
  • Prager Treatise - A Must Read

    06/25/2012 6:11:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    My introduction to Dennis Prager took place in 1981, at a synagogue in Reno, Nevada. There we were – a group of grown men huddled around a tape player – listening to a recording of a guy who was principally known to Angelinos through his local radio show called “Religion on the Line.” Dennis has raised his profile a good bit since then, and he has done much to change the world in the process. Prager has just released his fifth book, entitled Still the Best Hope, which he refers to as the culmination of his life’s work. That speaks...
  • Dangerous Servant and Fearsome Master

    06/25/2012 5:54:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Shawn Mitchell
    As the nation awaits the most anticipated Supreme Court decision in a generation, it’s worth pondering whether Americans’ life, liberty, and happiness are well served by devotion to a two century old document. Does the Constitution matter today? Could you explain why to a teenager? Reverence for the Constitution isn’t universal, even among its chief custodians. Justice Ruth Ginsburg recently raised eyebrows when she advised an audience of Egyptian activists she wouldn’t look to the US constitution as a model in 2012. She pointed instead to the constitutions of South Africa, Canada, and the European Charter of Rights and Freedoms,...
  • Heads Up: Freeper LS doing film, booksigning in Greenville SC Wed nite!

    06/25/2012 5:48:34 AM PDT · by LS · 16 replies
    I will be in Greenville, SC Wednesday night as part of the "Nashville Connection/Heroes Salute" activities showing "Rockin' the Wall," our film about how music helped bring down the Iron Curtain. There will be a booksigning on both sides of the film, which starts at 7:00. Also, I'll be showing in a public setting for the first time the incredible trailer of our multipart TV series, "A Patriot's History of the United States." Hope to see you all there. Further details are on the "Nashville Connection" website:
  • Chicago boxer Andrew Golota may face deportation

    06/25/2012 5:47:48 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 25, 2012 | Steve Schmadeke
    Andrew Golota, one of Chicago's best-known boxers, was once within a few low blows of winning a world heavyweight title. Now his family says he's facing his biggest fight in years — deportation. Golota, 44, a Northbrook resident and national hero in Poland, learned two years ago that he was in deportation proceedings, court records show.
  • Long Beach City College tries an alt to placement tests [as 85% reading and 73% math need remedial)

    06/25/2012 5:34:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 25, 2012 | Carla Rivera
    Edward Yacuta felt rushed and nervous when he took a test to determine whether he was ready for college-level English classes at Long Beach City College. The 18-year-old did poorly on the exam, even though he was getting good grades in an Advanced Placement English class at Long Beach's Robert A. Millikan High School. Most community colleges would assign students like Yacuta to a remedial class, but he will avoid that fate at Long Beach. The two-year school is trying out a new system this fall that will place students who graduated from the city's high schools in courses based...
  • Republicans Missing Chance on Education Reform

    06/25/2012 4:29:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Star Parker
    One area that awareness of the need for freedom from government control has penetrated black attitudes is in education. The chronic failure of public schools to notably improve dismal test scores and high dropout rates of black children has made it clear to many black citizens of good will that there has got to be a better way. Polls show black support for school choice. For example, in a poll done last year in New Jersey by the Rutgers-Eagleton Center at Rutgers University, 54 percent of blacks expressed support for school vouchers compared to 36 percent of whites. Growing grass...
  • Women and Children First

    06/25/2012 3:53:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Mike Adams
    For decades, Democrats have had success in portraying Republicans as being a party of older white males. They have often portrayed us as insensitive to the needs of our weakest citizens – most notably women and children. Recently, President Obama played the latter card as he announced a new policy on illegal immigration. He predicated his announcement of amnesty for the children of illegal aliens by saying we are a “better nation” than one that deports innocent children. For a moment, I thought he said we were a “better nation” than one that aborts innocent children. Unfortunately, I was...
  • Blaze at Sufi (Muslim) shrine triggers violence in Indian Kashmir

    06/25/2012 2:21:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:00am EDT | (Reporting by Sheikh Mushtaq; Editing by Robert Birsel)
    Fire gutted one of the most revered Sufi Muslim shrines in the Indian part of the divided Kashmir region on Monday sparking clashes between police and angry Muslim protesters, witnesses said. Indian Kashmir has long been plagued by violence over a campaign by some of its mostly Muslim residents, helped by supporters in neighboring Pakistan, to break away from India. Indian authorities say rebel violence has recently fallen to its lowest level since the anti-India revolt broke out in 1989, but Monday's clashes will be a reminder of how volatile the region can be. At least six people were hurt...
  • A Rising Tide of Acid Off California

    06/25/2012 1:27:18 AM PDT · by neverdem · 69 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 14 June 2012 | Robert F. Service
    Foreboding. Animation of changes in ocean acidification over time in the California Current System. The left side shows the depth of aragonite saturation, and the right side shows the surface ocean pH. Courtesy of Nicolas Gruber and Claudine Hauri More Science News Videos Humanity's use of fossil fuels sends 35 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. That has already begun to change the fundamental chemistry of the world's oceans, steadily making them more acidic. Now, a new high resolution computer model reveals that over the next 4 decades, rising ocean acidity will likely have...

    06/25/2012 12:11:54 AM PDT · by Ken H · 48 replies ^ | June 24, 2012 | Wm Bigelow
    Remember one month ago, when a high-school junior in the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina videotaped his teacher yelling at another student that he was being disrespectful for criticizing Barack Obama and that his behavior was a criminal offense? The young man who did the videotaping had a hellish time finishing the school year. In an interview with Breitbart News, the young man’s sister described the ensuing weeks after the videotape. She said that some of the other students have said they are out to get the young man; the teacher, Tanya Dixon-Neely, has relatives who are students in...
  • Penalty Hoodoo: England Out Of Euro 2012

    06/24/2012 11:51:21 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | SKY News
    England have crashed out of Euro 2012 on penalties to Italy - the sixth defeat in their previous seven shoot-outs.
  • Egyptian Beats Pregnant Wife to Death For Not Voting for Mursi

    06/24/2012 11:50:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/6/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    An Egyptian plumber in Alexandria beat his pregnant wife to death upon learning that she had not voted for Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi, the Egyptian daily al-Wafd reported on Sunday. According to police reports, the initial argument between the unnamed couple escalated into a violent death, despite the please of the battered and bruised wife. She was reported to have died at the hospital from injuries sustained. Domestic fights have dominated Egyptian news headlines when the bid fell on the two most feared and most controversial candidates, Mursi and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, Al-Arabiya news reported. Mohammed...
  • Jihad in France Just Beginning [This is what we are facing]

    06/24/2012 11:07:16 PM PDT · by bd476 · 41 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 2, 2012 at 4:30 am | by Guy Millière
    Jihad in France Just Beginning by Guy Millière April 2, 2012 at 4:30 am The Obin Report showed a deep infiltration by radical Islam into the vast majority of French schools and a vitriolic hatred for Jews. What the Report showed was so alarming that the text was not initially disclosed. Nobody dares to say that more than thirty mosques all over the country broadcast incendiary remarks that have « nothing to do with the teachings of Islam, » and that the same remarks are received daily on television by tens of thousands of Muslims in France through the...
  • Daryl Hannah calls for activism at Tree Huggers Ball

    06/24/2012 8:56:36 PM PDT · by South40 · 72 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 6/24/2012 | ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    SANTIAGO CANYON – Local activists jumped to their feet and applauded actress Daryl Hannah's call for a paradigm shift away from the consumption of fossil fuels, putting a stop to mountaintop removal and stopping the Keystone XL pipeline. "We can't live without our water, soil, air and biodiversity," Hannah said. "We need to get off our butts and do it. We need to get together and realize we're on the same team whether we're blue or red, Democrat or Republican. We want to live. It's about loving something and protecting it."The Hollywood actress, known for protesting against mountaintop removal in...
  • That Bullied Grandma on the School Bus? NY Times Imagines Rush and Newt as Her Tormentors

    06/24/2012 8:13:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    News ^ | June 24, 2012 | Tim Graham
    From the Wow That's a Stretch Department: New York Times columnist Charles Blow has taken the story of a grandma being bullied by children on a school bus in upstate New York and found another metaphor for Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and conservatives in general. "Those boys are us, or at least too many of us: America at its ugliest. It is that part of society that sees the weak and vulnerable as worthy of derision and animus," with the "us" being the conservatives. "This kind of behavior is not isolated to children and school buses and suburban communities. It...
  • George Will Schools Hilary Rosen on Voter ID Laws

    06/24/2012 7:47:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    News ^ | June 24, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen got a much-needed education about voter ID laws from George Will on ABC's This Week Sunday. When Rosen echoed the dishonest Democrat talking point that voter ID laws are considered "under the civil rights statutes" to be voter suppression, Will smartly replied, "Let the record show that the Supreme Court, with Justice John Paul Stevens, liberal Justice writing it, said that there is no Constitutional flaw in photo ID voter laws" (video follows with transcript and commentary): George Will Schools Hilary Rosen on Voter ID Laws GEORGE WILL: Mr. Holder himself has made himself obnoxious...