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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