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  • The Supreme Court is Wrong: ObamaCare is UNCONSTITUTIONAL (Peter Schiff)

    06/29/2012 1:58:46 PM PDT · by RatSlayer · 7 replies
    The Schiff Report ^ | 6/29/12 | Peter Schiff
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNCyEC9r_mk&feature=youtube_gdata The part I found interesting is that Schiff claims that the SC said that there's no enforcement mechanism for the individual mandate. That seems impossible to me does anyone know if that's correct or what exactly Schiff was talking about?
  • 3 charged after 22 illegal immigrants found in Mesa drop house .

    06/29/2012 1:30:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    AZFamily ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jennifer Thomas
    MESA, Ariz. -- Three Mexican men face federal charges after agents busted an alleged drop house in Mesa on Wednesday. Jesus Castillo-Mejia, 47, and Genaro Guzman-Guzman, 29, appeared in federal court Thursday where they were charged with human smuggling. Marco Guzman-Guzman, 27, was charged with illegally re-entering the United States following a previous deportation order.
  • Koch-backed group launches $9 million ad campaign against health law (Video)

    06/29/2012 12:51:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2012 | Elise Viebeck
    Not A Tax Increase? Video ad A conservative advocacy group closely aligned with the Tea Party announced a $9 million swing-state push against President Obama and the healthcare law. The announcement by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which is largely funded by the conservative Koch brothers, comes one day after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the vast majority of the law in a major coup for Obama. "While we are deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling," AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement, "this is far from over." The group's push is worth $9 million, according to a...
  • Kenya: Is [human] Waste Power the Future?

    06/29/2012 12:08:46 PM PDT · by kevcol · 50 replies
    Think Africa Press ^ | June 21, 2012 | Rachuonyo Duncan
    With shortages of power and rising costs of fuels, Embu prison in Kenya has turned to human excrement to generate power. Bio-gas now fuels three boilers in the prison kitchen, and firewood costs have been cut down by more than half. Many hope the innovative form of recycling and generating power could be applied in not only all prisons across the country but also in other institutions to significantly reduce energy bills. Waste not, want not To generate power, human waste is put into a machine called the "digester" and bio-gas is produced by bacteria during a 30-day fermentation...
  • I Am Literally Sick Over This Obamacare Travesty

    06/29/2012 12:04:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 113 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, folks. I now know what happened yesterday. I've had time to dig into this. Time that I did not have prior to yesterday's program and did not have during the program. And I can't tell you how sick I am. I am literally sick over what happened yesterday. I don't know how else to describe it. Literally sick. And now, from sunny South Florida, it's open line Friday! Open line Friday. That's the day of the week where you get to choose what it is we talk about when we go to the phones. Monday through...
  • Fed officials eye darker U.S. growth, jobs picture

    06/29/2012 11:53:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Jonathan Spicer and Mark Felsenthal
    Federal Reserve officials on Friday said they were keeping an eye out for any signs that slowing growth is raising deflation risks but differed on how worrisome sluggish job markets are for the modest U.S. economic recovery. New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley, a close ally of the U.S. central bank's chairman, Ben Bernanke, said he had modestly lowered his expectations for inflation in coming months. He said he would need to see more information on the U.S. jobs market and the unfolding of the European sovereign debt crisis before having a clearer sense of the health of...
  • Wall Street Isn’t Enough; Finance-heavy New York must recapture its economic diversity.

    06/29/2012 11:50:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2012 | Edward L. Glaeser
    New York City has become too dependent on the financial industry. In 2008, 44 percent of Manhattan wages were earned by workers in finance and insurance; the following year, even after the financial crisis and economic downturn had battered the industry, that share stood at a still-enormous 37 percent. And the track record of one-industry towns isnÂ’t good. No matter how loudly ChryslerÂ’s provocative Super Bowl ad heralded DetroitÂ’s comeback, the Motor CityÂ’s population dropped by a quarter over the last decade and now stands at 39 percent of its 1950 peak. In Russia, Soviet-era monocities like Norilsk, a...
  • Insurer: Costs will likely rise for those under 45 [ rates for people 18 to 44 up dramatically ]

    06/29/2012 11:45:33 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies
    insurancenewsnet.com ^ | June 29 2012 | insurancenewsnet.com
    June 29--CHAMPAIGN -- Patient advocates are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but a local insurance executive warns it will likely result in higher coverage costs for those under 45. Ingrum also said the law narrows the gap between what younger and older people can be charged for coverage. "So, insurance rates for the younger people between 18 and 44 are going to go up dramatically, while rates for people over 44 are going to go down," he said.
  • ObamaCare Ruling: Pure Fraud and No Due Process

    06/29/2012 11:21:49 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 28, 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court decided that Americans have no right to due process. Indeed, the Court not only upheld a fraud perpetrated on the public — it became a willing participant. The assessment charged for failure to comply with ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which requires Americans to purchase health insurance, was presented to the country by the administration and the Democratic Congress as a penalty assessed for lawlessness — i.e., for refusing to honor this new legal requirement. It was strenuously denied by proponents that they were raising taxes.
  • Cardiologists react to SCOTUS; "Thrilled," "stunned," "full of hope"

    06/29/2012 11:17:00 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 36 replies
    The Heart ^ | 6/29/12
    "I think it is good news. More people will learn about prevention strategies from clinicians with some affordable health coverage. Those with preexisting conditions will be able to get coverage and medical guidance. Hopefully, the suboptimal parts of the bill will be modified."—Dr Roger Blumenthal (Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Baltimore, MD) "I was stunned by the Supreme Court ruling. . . . While I think most Americans favor some form of healthcare reform to address the 30 million or so uninsured Americans and the underinsured, I believe there are ways to achieve this short of mandating insurance for all...
  • Colorado city looks to Obama for aid as fire turns deadly

    06/29/2012 11:15:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Moni Basu and Chelsea J. Carter
    Friday brought sad news to Colorado Springs: A monster wildfire that raged nearby and came roaring down a mountain has turned deadly. Authorities discovered a charred body in a house consumed by flames. One other person was missing. But Friday also brought some relief. The fire, raging since last weekend, had been growing steadily, fueled by hot, arid conditions and winds that gusted at 65 miles per hour. There was relief, too, in knowing that President Barack Obama was on his way to Colorado to visit fire-affected areas. He was scheduled to arrive around noon, local time. Colorado Springs Mayor...
  • Family steps up quest for answers in ICE agent's murder

    06/29/2012 11:09:32 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Vally Central.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    A Brownsville family is stepping up their quest for answers in the death of an ICE against killed by a weapon linked to the "Fast & Furious" scandal. The family of slain U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata held a press conference in Brownsville on Friday morning. Zapata's mother Mary Zapata says they still don't have answers more than year after her son's February 2011 murder in San Luis Potosi. Zetas drug cartel leader Julian Espinoza-Zapata (aka "El Piolin") is facing federal charges in Washington DC but little other information about the case has come out. Fast...
  • Virginia Tech police seek two suspects after early-morning attack

    06/29/2012 10:23:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 29, 2012 | Chase Purdy
    The suspects drove away from the scene in a dark, regular-cab pickup truck. The last four digits of the truck’s license plate are 3330, according to witnesses at the scene. Police across the region are on the lookout following an attempted abduction on the Virginia Tech campus Friday morning in which two men tried to drag a woman into a pickup truck, according to the Virginia Tech Police. Maj. Kevin L. Foust said the woman, who has not been identified, was crossing Henderson Lawn from College Avenue to Alumni Mall about 2:15 a.m. when two men approached her. Police said...
  • JUSTICE ROBERTS, THE MOST HATED MAN IN AMERICA

    06/29/2012 9:58:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 92 replies
    PJFUSCO.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Peter J. Fusco
    Chief Justice John Roberts is the most hated man in the United States of America today. He will be hated forever by strict constructionalists, but he will not be hated by conservatives reasonably versed in Supreme Court rulings, they will simply dislike him. After all, Justice Roberts is on solid Constitutional ground. Most people have never heard of James Kent. He was a professor at Columbia University Law School after which he became chief justice of New York’s Supreme Court. Law students are introduced to him early in their schooling, then forget him as soon as possible. They shouldn’t, and...
  • George Will: The consolation prize (The commerce clause was rejected.)

    06/29/2012 9:40:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/28/2012 | George Will
    Conservatives won a substantial victory on Thursday. The physics of American politics — actions provoking reactions — continues to move the crucial debate, about the nature of the American regime, toward conservatism. Chief Justice John Roberts has served this cause. The health care legislation’s expansion of the federal government’s purview has improved our civic health by rekindling interest in what this expansion threatens — the Framers’ design for limited government. Conservatives distraught about the survival of the individual mandate are missing the considerable consolation prize they won when the Supreme Court rejected a constitutional... --snip-- When Nancy Pelosi, asked where...
  • Will Los Angeles Follow Stockton's Lead of Bankruptcy? (Stockton, CA might not be the last)

    06/29/2012 9:31:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    KCET ^ | 06/29/2012 | Jessica Levinson
    The City of Stockton, the now-infamous port city located in Northern California, is declaring bankruptcy. It is the largest U.S. City to take the drastic step of declaring bankruptcy. Stockton is facing a $26 million budget deficit, it has stopped making bond payments, and employee pay, and health and insurance benefits, have been cut significantly. Is Los Angeles next? There is no doubt that it is in bad shape financially -- and I mean really bad shape. But for a number of reasons I do not think Los Angeles will go the way of Stockton. Its leaders, hopefully, still have...
  • Gay activists take swing at Chuck Norris for Boy Scouts diatribe

    06/29/2012 9:12:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2012 | Rene Lynch
    Gay rights activists say actor Chuck Norris is a "fame-hungry has-been" with a double standard: Norris is accusing President Obama of trying to promote a gay agenda within the Boy Scouts of America, yet has not criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for saying gays would be welcomed within the scouting organization. Norris wrote an opinion piece this week blasting President Obama and portraying him as a puppet master working behind the scenes to create a "pro-gay Boy Scouts of America" and promote an increasingly pro-gay agenda. In response, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement calling...
  • A Big Win Over Exxon!

    06/29/2012 8:29:25 AM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    Dear VICTORY! Thanks to you, we defeated Exxon’s plan to turn a pristine stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial tar sands corridor. This is a win for the environment worth celebrating. Last week, we succeeded in bringing down a Goliath ... none other than Exxon Mobil. Thanks to your activism, we forced the oil giant to back down in its quest to turn a remote and wild stretch of the Rocky Mountains into an industrial transportation corridor. Exxon has formally withdrawn its application with the state of Montana to ship thousands of mega-sized tractor trailers, filled with tar...
  • $48 million of cocaine to be offloaded at Miami Beach Coast Guard base

    06/29/2012 8:26:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    MIAMI BEACH— The dramatic results of three drug busts on the high seas will be evident today when more than 3,800 pounds of cocaine are offloaded at the U.S. Coast Guardbase in Miami Beach. According to the agency, the cocaine has a wholesale value of more than $48 million.
  • Ga. Student Counselor Fired for Religious Views on Homosexuality Loses Case

    06/29/2012 8:16:31 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | June 28, 2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A Christian student at a Georgia university who was expelled from her school's counseling program for expressing her disagreement with homosexuality has lost a court case against the school. "(Jennifer) Keeton's speech and conduct were evidently impelled by the absolutist philosophical character of her beliefs, but that character does not entitle her to university accommodation and it is irrelevant to the court's analysis," wrote Judge J. Randall Hall, of the Southern District of Georgia, siding with the university. "Neutrality as a legal standard is immutable, it does not bend to the strength or tenor of personal conviction."
  • Just How “Presidential” is Barack Obama?

    06/29/2012 8:07:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Demetrius Minor
    As President Obama embarks upon his quest for re-election, it's time to evaluate exactly how “presidential” he has been in his first term. I am going to attempt to compare him to just a few of our nation’s past inhabitants of the Oval Office. Let’s begin with Lyndon Baines Johnson and a quick glance at The Great Society. Its primary purposes were to implement social reforms to eliminate poverty and unchain the shackles of racial injustice. In all actuality, it was a clever political mechanism installed to keep minorities voting Democrat in every election. Liberal supporters argued that this benefited...
  • Which Should Come First: College or Work?

    06/29/2012 7:53:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Carrie Schwab Pomerantz
    Dear Carrie: My son just graduated from high school and was planning to start college in the fall. Now he says he wants to work for a year before enrolling, but in the current job market, I'm concerned he won't find anything worthwhile. What do you think -- good or bad idea? --A Reader Dear Reader: Whether or not it's a good idea for your son to take a year's break before entering college depends on a lot of things: his maturity, his personal goals and of course, the job market. There's no question that a college education can open...
  • Do Die-Hard Democrats Care About the Obama Economy

    06/29/2012 7:42:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    Do Democrats care about the dismal economy that is now in the fourth year of Barack Obama's jobless presidency? Despite mounting evidence the sluggish economy is slowing down further, unemployment is climbing, and the Democrats' core voting blocs are suffering the most under Obama's economic policies, he still holds a slight overall lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the latest Gallup polls. Even though Obama's approval/disapproval numbers are poor (45 percent/47 percent), Gallup shows him with a 46 percent to 44 percent edge over the former governor. And recent polling in three critical battleground states -- Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio...
  • Maya archaeologists unearth new 2012 monument

    06/29/2012 7:28:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | JUNE 28, 2012 | Provided by Tulane University
    Archaeologists working at the site of La Corona in Guatemala have discovered a 1,300 year-old year-old Maya text that provides only the second known reference to the so-called “end date” for the Maya calendar on December 21, 2012. The discovery, one of the most significant hieroglyphic find in decades, was announced today at the National Palace in Guatemala. “This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy,” says Marcello A. Canuto, Director of Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute and co-director of the excavations at the Maya ruins of La Corona. “This new evidence suggests that the 13 Bak’tun date...
  • Silver Lining in Court Decisions

    06/29/2012 7:23:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two decisions this week that cry out for Congressional action. In upholding the constitutionality of most aspects of President Obama's health care reform legislation and in reaffirming the federal government's role in immigration policy, the Court's decisions should be a call to action for Congress to pass new legislation on these two vital issues. It's important to recognize that the decisions were narrowly tailored to deal only with constitutionality of the two laws at issue: the federal Affordable Care Act and Arizona's S.B. 1070. Neither decision spoke to the wisdom of existing policy in...
  • Laurence Tribe: Chief Justice John Roberts’s Ruling Restores Faith in the Court’s Neutrality

    06/29/2012 7:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 06/29/2012 | Laurence Tribe
    After Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, many despaired that the Supreme Court would be able to salvage its reputation as a politically neutral arbiter. As the Senate was considering his nomination to become this nation's 17th chief justice, John Roberts—once a star pupil in my constitutional law class—famously compared the role of a judge with that of an umpire, just calling the balls and strikes. In many respects, that analogy is a deeply flawed one. Constitutional rules are not black and white; there are many shades of grey in between, and it’s up to our highest court both to...
  • The Fall From Having It All

    06/29/2012 7:15:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    I am woman, hear me whine. With apologies to Helen Reddy, whose "roar" was heard 'round the world from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. The new line, replacing roar with whine, hasn't found a place on the 21st century Hit Parade, but we've all heard versions of it. This latest wail was inspired by the latest feminist cause celebre, an Atlantic magazine cover story titled, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All." The article (and the controversy) by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a 53-year-old onetime star in the Obama constellation, has gone viral. She was the first woman...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts: Trojan Horse?

    06/29/2012 7:04:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2012 | Rachell Alexander
    Conservatives are scratching their heads trying to figure out why Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts voted with the four liberal Justices on the Court 5-4 to uphold the constitutionality of the most controversial part of Obamacare. Even swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy voted against it. The Obamacare individual mandate requires all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face jail time or huge monetary penalties. The majority decision, written by Roberts, characterizes the mandate as a tax permissible under the constitution's Tax Clause. But what if someone chooses not to buy health insurance, resulting in a...
  • SCOTUS Exposes the ObamaCare Tax Lie

    06/29/2012 7:01:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/29/2012 | Perry Fisher
    The United States Supreme Court reaffirmed the power of words and rhetoric. Take a bow, Progressives. Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap. But beware the Pyrrhic victory, dear friends on the left -- the victory that cost too much. The Court has called you to account. This decision wraps and ribbons a gift to Republicans, the gift of a core issue that remains very unpopular with much of the voting public. Lemons to lemonade, they say. This decision presents the opposition with a rallying cry. If intuition serves, the Supremes have re-irritated an already addled giant. Make hay when it shines, they...
  • Yet another DOE-backed solar panel company bites the dust

    06/29/2012 6:54:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/29/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Good grief. I feel like these ailing Department of Energy-backed loan guarantees are so laughably many that they’re barely even worth noting anymore, but you’re darn tootin’ I’ll continue to do so as long as President Obama keeps acting like it’s the federal government’s divine right to pick and choose winners in the energy market on the taxpayers’ dime.Abound Solar, a company that President Obama has specifically touted by-name as a poster child of the glorious green future, was supposed to “creat[e] more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs.” …Not quite. The company has been on the rocks...
  • Ken Cuccinelli: Victory in Defeat (The Va. Attorney General see's a silver lining)

    06/29/2012 6:51:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/29/2012 | Kenneth Cuccinelli II
    Many of us are lamenting the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold PPACA. The law will almost certainly lead to increasing medical costs and significant disruptions in the provision of health-care services. Yet what must not go unnoticed is the fact that with parts of its decision today, the Court reaffirmed certain important core principles. The Court reminded the federal government that it has limited and enumerated powers. While the federal government is supreme in its sphere, it is not permitted to operate outside of its constitutionally defined role. The Court expressly rejected the federal government’s assertion that it could use...
  • Supreme Court Keeps Health Care Law on Life Support

    06/29/2012 6:47:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision that President Obama's health care law is constitutional keeps it alive for now. But it's important to remember that the law has already lost in the court of public opinion. The Supreme Court ruling is a temporary reprieve more than anything else. In March, I wrote that the health care law was doomed even if it survived the court. Looking at the data today, it's hard to draw any other conclusion. Fifty-four percent of voters nationwide still want to see the law repealed. That's going to be a heavy burden for the Obama campaign to...
  • The True Impact of the Obamacare Decision

    06/29/2012 6:37:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Neil Boortz
    Do Americans – do you -- really understand the gravity of what happened in the Supreme Court yesterday? Do you have any idea at all how the power of the Imperial Federal Government of the United States has been exponentially increased? Answer? No, you probably don’t. You really can’t be faulted for that, I guess. After all, our wonderful government school system was designed to educate you, but only to the point that you don’t become a threat to your political rulers. The American people are a product of those schools, and the American people are, by and large, acting...
  • Watch Live: George Zimmerman bond hearing held

    06/29/2012 6:28:24 AM PDT · by Jaded · 9 replies
    wesh tv ^ | wcsh tv
    http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/trayvon-martin-extended-coverage/Watch-Live-George-Zimmerman-bond-hearing-held/-/14266478/15346056/-/yob27e/-/index.html showtime
  • Conservatives and the Court

    06/29/2012 6:11:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Mona Charen
    It has traditionally been liberals, not conservatives, who have looked to the courts to implement their policy preferences. Whether it was racial and sex preferences, abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment or the "rights" of illegal aliens, liberals have attempted to move the country left by judicial fiat. Judges, after all, are highly educated elites. The political views of people with advanced degrees tend to be liberal. It's far easier to seduce a few robed lawyers to issue congenial rulings than it is to undertake the hard and lengthy work of persuading millions of voters to elect people who agree with...
  • Maybe The Problem Isn't Racism. Maybe It's Just You.

    06/29/2012 5:48:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Dear People Crying Racism: We're all friends here, right? All right, maybe we're not. But, we can still have an open honest conversation, can't we? Okay, we may not be there yet, but someone has to open up the lines of communication and say what we're all thinking: Crying racism just doesn't work like it used to, does it? There was a time when someone like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton could scream "racism" and people were horrified and swarmed around like ants at a picnic trying to make that awful word go away. Now, you cry racism and it...
  • Court ruling allows religious freedom lawsuits to proceed with hope

    06/29/2012 5:35:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Hannah Smith, Senior Counsel. Courtesy of the Becket Fund. Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 health care law, a leading religious freedom law firm has new confidence in the future of its lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate. Hannah Smith, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that the arguments against the law that were recently rejected by the court are “separate and distinct legal challenges” from those being brought against the contraception mandate. In a June 28 press call...
  • Roberts' Ruling Took Guts

    06/29/2012 5:34:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    Why not just cut open a goat and be done with it? In ancient Rome, a special kind of priest called a haruspex would "read" the entrails of sheep to divine the will of the gods, the health of the growing season, or whatever else was weighing on the minds of men. Because animal guts don't, in fact, impart that much information about, say, next year's wheat harvest, the haruspices (called "auspices" in Latin -- from which we get the English word) could pretty much make it up as they went along. The same went for the auguries (priests who...
  • Ritchie replaces marriage amendment title; proponents say he's 'meddling'

    06/29/2012 5:25:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-12 | pat condon
    Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie abandoned the original title of the proposed gay marriage amendment that voters will see on the November ballot and replaced it with one of his own, his office announced Thursday. The Democrat's office said the title, which will be directly above the ballot question, will read: "Limiting the Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples." Republicans who backed the amendment effort wanted wording that focused on the traditional definition of marriage, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman."
  • [Democrat] Political operative and former professor arrested on sex charges

    06/29/2012 5:23:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    The Utica Phoenix ^ | June 28, 2012 | Larry Tanoury
    Richard J. Emmert, 69, has been charged in a sting by the UPD Special Operations Unit in Roscoe Conkling Park. Emmert, a longtime Democratic party operative and retired Utica College professor, was charged with Exposure of a person, a violation, and Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor. The sting came after the UPD received numerous complaints regarding men engaging in sexual acts in Roscoe Conkling Park attached to Valley View Golf Course. It was reported that the men would meet each other for the purposes of engaging in sexual acts on themselves and each other. They would also accost people passing...
  • When All Else Fails, UAW Tries Racism

    06/29/2012 5:20:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | John Ransom
    As more and more localities declare their independence from budget-destroying unions, the United Auto Workers is reaching into its bag of liberal magic tricks to help breakup non-union plants in the Deep South. It’s the last gasp of the UAW that knows it must perish if it is not successful in breaking into non-union shops operating in the U.S., such as foreign automakers Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. Not surprisingly, given the desperate times for unions, the UAW is relying on an appeal to racism in the south- one of the only tricks left in the liberal bag- in order to...
  • Facebook Founder Donates $100,000 to Pro Homosexual Marriage Forces in Maine

    06/29/2012 5:09:24 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 11 replies
    Americans for Truth ^ | June 29 2012 | Peter LeBarbara
    Meanwhile, Facebook censors Ohio pro-family advocate’s photo exposing lewdness of “gay pride” parade [Quote, Bangor Daily News]: "PORTLAND, Maine — Supporters of same-sex marriage exceeded the $100,000 they needed to raise to receive a matching contribution from a co-founder of Facebook. The Mainers United for Marriage campaign raised $121,197 as of Friday but topped $100,000 on Thursday, the deadline for raising the matching funds. . . Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief of the liberal magazine The New Republic, who owns 1 percent of Facebook, and his fiance, Sean Eldridge, president of Hudson River Ventures and senior adviser to the national organization Freedom...
  • HBO's Arrogant 'Newsroom

    06/29/2012 5:09:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    HBO should really try a new slogan for its original programming. Indeed they already had one courtesy of Aaron Sorkin's acid pen in the debut of his ridiculous new series "The Newsroom." That slogan is "Speaking Truth to Stupid." It's an appropriate slogan for a pay-cable channel that insists only the really smart people pay the extra fee to join the television elite. But do Sorkin and HBO really deserve their lofty, arrogant position as the smart people? Let's count the ways this new show demolishes that proposition: 1. It's preposterous that this "Newsroom" is realistic. The first glaring indicator...
  • Democrats' New Motto: Never Let a Wildfire Go to Waste

    06/29/2012 5:01:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Did you know that President Obama has been incommunicado with Colorado's governor for more than two weeks as the nation's worst wildfires rage across the state? Maybe he thought we were all "doing fine." After an embarrassing Beltway press briefing revelation about our out-of-touch White House, the administration finally decided to divert the campaigner in chief from his nationwide fundraising frenzy for a quick look-see at our devastated city on Friday. It's "leadership from behind" you can count on. On Wednesday, press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that Obama hadn't talked to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper...
  • 10 Products America Makes Best

    06/29/2012 4:21:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Minyanville ^ | 06/29/2012 | Alex Brokaw
    In 2010, Chinese manufacturing surpassed the United States’ by $600 billion, raking in $1.92 trillion in domestically manufactured product sales compared to America’s $1.86 trillion. China is responsible for 19.8% of the world’s manufacturing output, while the US trails close behind with 19.4%. But just because America’s manufacturing crown has slipped to the People’s Republic, and American manufacturing jobs declined roughly 33% between 2000 and 2010, do not second guess America’s competitive edge. While it might come as a surprise, the United States still makes stuff, and in many cases, we remain the best at making it. In America, quality...
  • Overseas buyers seek shelter in U.S. real estate

    06/29/2012 4:17:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 06/29/2012 | Howard Gold
    As July 4 approaches, Americans are anxious about the economy, despise Congress and can’t work up much enthusiasm (to say the least) about either presidential candidate. Investors are still avoiding U.S.-based stocks like the plague. But one group of people truly is bullish on America and they’re putting their money where their mouths are. Buyers from all over the world are snapping up U.S. real estate the way prospective brides yanked discount wedding gowns off the racks at those Filene’s Basement sales of yore. Yes, some of the buyers are the super rich, like the Russian billionaire who allegedly bought...
  • Adam Smith's bill redefines ‘spouse’ for military service members

    06/29/2012 3:31:33 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 22 replies
    News Tribune ^ | June 28 2012 | Zach Smith
    Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Tacoma introduced a bill Wednesday that would grant the spouses of gay men and lesbians serving in the military the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Smith, the House Armed Services Committee ranking member, said that while the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” was a good start, there is more that can be done to ensure the rights of service members and their spouses. Smith’s bill, the Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2012, would redefine the term “spouse” in federal laws governing military benefits as any individual who has entered into a valid...
  • Navy Announces New Sexual Assault Prevention And Response Training

    06/29/2012 1:02:51 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 15 replies
    NAVY ^ | 28 June 2012 | Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As part of the Navy's continuing efforts to eliminate sexual assaults and promote positive culture changes within the fleet, the Chief of Naval Personnel announced June 28 the creation of new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training. For the first time, targeted and comprehensive sexual assault prevention training will be delivered to every active and reserve uniformed member in the Navy. The training follows the Navy's all-hands efforts for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, during which all Sailors from commands around the world took part in focused stand-down sessions highlighting varying aspects of sexual assault...
  • A Skeptic Looks at Alternative Energy

    06/29/2012 12:19:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | July 2012 | Vaclav Smil
    It takes several lifetimes to put a new energy system into place, and wishful thinking can’t speed things along In June 2004 the editor of an energy journal called to ask me to comment on a just-announced plan to build the world’s largest photovoltaic electric generating plant. Where would it be, I asked—Arizona? Spain? North Africa? No, it was to be spread among three locations in rural Bavaria, southeast of Nuremberg. I said there must be some mistake. I grew up not far from that place, just across the border with the Czech Republic, and I will never forget those...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s Egyptian sweep

    06/28/2012 11:14:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 6/26/2012 | Ilan Berman
    For all their ideological fervor, revolutions in practice tend to be fairly predictable affairs. More often than not, when the initial groundswell of popular discontent recedes, the best-organized and most ideologically cohesive political factions assume power and proceed to run the show according to their own preferences. This is what happened in Russia at the turn of the last century, when the Bolsheviks parlayed widespread hostility to czarist rule into a “workers’ revolution” that spawned the Soviet Union. It’s what took place in Iran in the late 1970s, when antipathy to the shah was harnessed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and...