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  • David M Graber explains environmental justice (What is Environmental Justice? The right virus needs

    02/21/2012 3:35:52 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 26 replies
    Mark Levin Audio via Youtube ^ | February 20th, 2011 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin talked about this last night. You can hear it right here. This comes from the first hour of his show. In the LA Times, October 22nd, 1989, David M Graber, a research biologist with the National Park Service, wrote the following: Mother Nature as a Hothouse Flower : THE END OF NATURE by Bill McKibben (Paragraph 9)There is no chalk line between man and nature that we have crossed. We contaminated the planet with atmospheric hydrocarbons and metals beginning with the Industrial Revolution. The Atomic Age wrote another indelible signature in radioisotopes on every bit of the Earth's...
  • Will Generation 'Gimme' Work for the American Dream? Eye-opening insight into America's youth

    02/21/2012 10:34:12 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 22 replies · 1+ views
    This is just plain sad. These kids are in for a rude awakening. For some it's too late...they've already been indoctrinated into socialism, Marxism et al......
  • Obama Super PAC Leans on Chicago Machine ($50,000 raised ~ Blago, Rezko)

    02/21/2012 1:49:40 PM PST · by Islander7 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | BY: CJ Ciaramella
    The sole major contributor to Obama’s Priorities USA PAC for the month of January is a longtime ally of the president with ties to the Illinois political machine, including convicted fraudster Tony Rezko and disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Priorities USA raised a mere $59,000 in January, according to the Federal Election Commission. Almost all of it came from Obama fundraiser John W. Rogers, who donated $50,000.
  • Obama’s Dismal Record on Jobs: Leaving Americans Behind

    02/21/2012 10:48:38 AM PST · by gabriellah · 3 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 02/21/2012 | David Milstein
    A few weeks ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the new job numbers. They reported nonfarm payrolls rose 243,000 in January, a stronger showing than previous months. In response, President Obama stated, “The economy is growing stronger and the recovery is speeding up.” Sadly, such a statement defies economic reality. The economy isn’t “speeding up” when it grew at a pathetic pace of 1.7% in 2011. This is the slowest recovery to any recession since the Great Depression. It is true that the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5% to 8.3%. However, the unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole story....
  • Will Democrats Win the Dead Vote?

    02/21/2012 12:04:22 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    CE ^ | February 21, 2012 | KEITH KOFFLER
    One of my dad’s favorite sayings was, “Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse.”How about a corpse that can vote?An outfit called Project Veritas – run by James O’Keefe, who made the videos that brought down ACORN – ran a little experiment in New Hampshire Tuesday and found that without voter ID requirements, dead people were offered a rare opportunity to participate in the political process.Because you see, Mssrs. Obama and Holder, states want voter ID laws not to prevent minorities from voting, but to PREVENT THE DECEASED FROM VOTING.Attorney General Eric Holder has been waging an...
  • Obama peddles modest American dream

    02/21/2012 11:28:39 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    My Way News ^ | February 21, 2012 | ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - This time around, President Barack Obama's message can sound decidedly down-to-earth. Four years after winning the White House, Obama is dealing with a different economic and political reality as he seeks re-election. He's focused less on a lofty vision for overcoming divisions and remaking Washington, and more on the most basic building blocks of middle-class economic security: a job, a house, a college education for the kids, health care, money for retirement. What Obama describes as the American Dream can seem a spare, fundamental aspiration, tailored for a campaign that looks to be fought over who is...
  • Obama Confuses Veterans Day and Memorial Day Again

    02/21/2012 10:54:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/21/12 | Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
    Earlier this month, I referenced Barack Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in an Obamateurism a couple of weeks ago, but alert OOTD reader Ken K spotted one I missed in the same speech. The President spoke about the hardship of our men and women in the military who are now leaving the service but not finding jobs in the current economy. Unfortunately, Obama offered a reprise of one of his earliest gaffes on the national political stage, emphasis mine: Our economy is making progress as we recover from the worst crisis in three generations, but far too many...
  • Obama Administration to Regulate School Vending Machines

    02/21/2012 11:08:43 AM PST · by Freemarkets101 · 37 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 2/21/11 | Brian Koenig
    Michelle Obama is likely bathing in fat-free yogurt and lathering herself with organic beets now that her husband's nanny-state regime is blueprinting revamped nutritional standards for foods that children can buy outside -- no, not inside -- the cafetaria. If confiscating a four-year-old girl's turkey sandwich and force-feeding her broccoli and turnips isn't effective enough, better go for the vending machines -- you know, just in case: Nutritionists say that school vending machines stocked with potato chips, cookies and sugary soft drinks contribute to childhood obesity, which has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The Centers for Disease...
  • Carney: GOP cancelled Keystone, not Obama

    02/21/2012 11:28:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    Carney: GOP cancelled Keystone, not Obama By Neil Munro - The Daily Caller 1:49 PM 02/21/2012 WASHINGTON – The president didn’t stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline — Republicans did. That’s the message on Tuesday from White House spokesman Jay Carney as gas prices rise above $4.00 per gallon. “The president didn’t turn down the Keystone pipeline,” Carney said, because the proposal to construct the pipeline was reviewed by the Department of State. President Barack Obama’s decisions to nix construction of the pipeline has been repeatedly attacked by the GOP, and by some Democratic-allied unions representing construction workers. They say...
  • Michelle Obama's Song: You load sixteen bags what do you get another vacation....

    02/21/2012 11:16:47 AM PST · by vrwc54 · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2/21/12 | RobtKraft/Granny Jan
    To the tune of 16 Tons:You load sixteen bags what do you get Another vacation and we're deeper in debt I go to exotic places every three weeks I owe my soul to Soros and the sheiks I was born one morning with a chip on my shoulder It only got worse as I got older They loaded sixteen bags of Louis Vuitton And the one percent said a job well done You load sixteen bags what do you get Sixteen vacations and the country in debt Shopping at Target fools the peons I owe my soul to Barneys and...
  • CALIFORNIA: Democrats set to boost state Senate clout

    02/21/2012 8:06:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/21/12 | Dan Walters
    When Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth decided to leave the Legislature rather than run for the state Senate this year, it virtually guaranteed that Democrats will achieve a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate, changing the Capitol's political dynamics. Having already won – via a 2010 ballot measure – the right to pass budgets by simple majority votes, Democrats would gain more power in the Senate over other issues, such as taxes. That would, in turn, isolate Republicans in the Assembly, who are likely to retain more than a third of the lower house's 80 seats this year, and could even gain...
  • Peter Gleick Admits to Deception in Obtaining Heartland Climate Files (More Globo-Warmin' Fraud!)

    02/21/2012 8:56:15 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies · 1+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 2-20-12 | Andrew Revkin
    Peter H. Gleick, a water and climate analyst who has been studying aspects of global warming for more than two decades, in recent years became an aggressive critic of organizations and individuals casting doubt on the seriousness of greenhouse-driven climate change. He used blogs, congressional testimony, group letters and other means to make his case. Now, Gleick has admitted to an act that leaves his reputation in ruins and threatens to undercut the cause he spent so much time pursuing. His summary, just published on his blog at Huffington Post, speaks for itself. SNIP---- The Heartland Institute had already signaled...
  • DNC beat RNC by about $3 million (GOP Outraised and Outspent)

    02/21/2012 6:44:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/21/2012 | By ROBIN BRAVENDER
    The Democratic National Committee outraised its Republican counterpart by about $3 million last month, according to reports released Monday. The DNC raked in $13.3 million in January, compared to the Republican National Committee’s haul of $10.5 million. The Democrats’ report includes $6.2 million in contributions to the committee, as well as $7 million channeled through the Obama Victory Fund, a joint committee set up by President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign and the DNC. But the Republican fundraising arm had more cash in the bank by the end of last month, the Federal Election Commission reports show. The RNC had $23.4...
  • Democrats warn: Don't get cocky (Things maybe going too well?)

    02/21/2012 3:01:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/21/12 | JONATHAN ALLEN
    Democrats warn: Don't get cockyBy JONATHAN ALLEN | 2/21/12 4:27 AM EST Democrats have plenty of reason to feel good right now: The economy’s improving, the president’s numbers are up, their prospects for holding the Senate have brightened, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is confidently predicting that she’ll have a shot to regain the speaker’s gavel next year. Television screens and news pages are full of stories about new Democratic momentum. But on the ground level, Democrats’ newfound optimism is heavily salted with caution. The confidence is tempered by the knowledge that the political environment can change in...
  • Econonomic Sabotage? A Case for the FBI? Occupy Wall Street and the Cuban Connection

    02/21/2012 12:51:10 AM PST · by Islander7 · 14 replies
    New Zeal ^ | Feb 14, 2012 | Tervor Loudon
    Occupy Wall Street and its hundreds of offshoots, cost the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars in a few short months. Cleanup costs, police overtime, lost and disrupted production and countless smaller issues hit cash strapped communities at a time they could least afford it. If, as some (including myself) predict, the movement expands and becomes better organized and more violent next Spring and Summer, the costs could become astronomical. If you were an enemy of the U.S., a hostile power intent on bringing America to its knees, would you like to see this movement grow? Maybe even help it...
  • Congresswoman Vows to Silence Key Republicans If Dems Take Back Majority

    02/20/2012 3:28:40 PM PST · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Feb 2012 | John Semmens
    Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called Republicans John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Eric Cantor (R-Va) “demons,” and vowed that “once I am at the head of the Financial Services Committee these men will never be seen or heard from again.” While chairing a Congressional committee is a powerful position with many perks and privileges, it has yet to authorize the complete silencing of political opponents. Perhaps this is about to change because as Ms. Waters argues, “these men are out to destroy President Obama. The good of the country demands that we Democrats not shy away from the stern measures needed to...
  • President Obama’s CampaignReleases First-Ever‘Truth Team Tip Sheet’

    02/20/2012 11:29:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/20/12 | Tommy Christopher
    It’s not exactly Detective Comics #27, or a first printing of the Gutenberg Bible (who knew the Police Academy movies were so rich in religious subtext?), but Friday night saw the release of the inaugural Obama For America Truth Team Tip Sheet, a collection of political bullets for supporters to fire at the watercooler, and into the social media stratosphere. Now, I just need to figure out how to get an email into a durable, acid-free plastic sleeve. The “Truth Team,” rolled out earlier this week, is this year’s version of the President’s 2008 campaign “Fight the Smears” site,
  • The Left’s outrageous outrage at a proposal to require ultrasounds before abortion (It's "Rape"?)

    02/20/2012 9:39:24 AM PST · by Qbert · 85 replies
    Hot Air ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2012 | TINA KORBE
    The Slate piece that prompted this controversy is a few days old, but the conservative backlash to it is just picking up steam. Thursday, Supreme Court reporter Dahlia Lithwick (whose name I’ve always envied!) penned a preposterous attack on a proposed law in Virginia that would require women to have an ultrasound before they would be allowed to have an abortion. Ms. Lithwick is convinced – convinced – that an ultrasound amounts to rape. She writes: Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a...
  • New Democratic Litmus Test: Obama likely last Dem to win nomination w/out backing same-sex marriage

    02/20/2012 11:49:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 18, 2012 | Reid Wilson
    Perhaps no flip flop in his career has caused Mitt Romney more grief among conservatives than his evolution on abortion, from a pro-choice gubernatorial candidate to a pro-life presidential contender. His struggle to convince activists of his conservative bona fides underscores the fact that toeing the pro-life line is a requirement for a Republican presidential candidate. It is a litmus test in the most political sense of the phrase. After decades of avoiding what was once a toxic issue, Democrats are on the verge of establishing a new litmus test, one that will demonstrate just how quickly and dramatically the...
  • Domestic production eyed as gas prices head toward record-breaking height (Obama keeps lying)

    02/20/2012 4:56:01 AM PST · by tobyhill · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/19/2012 | fox news
    President Obama's re-elect team defended White House energy policy on Sunday as gas prices shoot toward the $4 mark and beyond, a level that could devastate voters' pocketbooks as well as Obama's chances for a second term. Nationally, gas prices are $3.53 a gallon, up 25 cents since Jan. 1, and likely headed to $4.25 a gallon by late April. Republicans have demanded more oil production at home, as well as building the Keystone XL pipeline across the middle of the U.S. to allow oil from Canada to reach Texas refineries. Obama rejected the plan, but one of his spokesmen,...
  • Reaction mixed to mayor's proposal to license guns(IL barf alert)

    02/20/2012 5:07:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    nwitimes.com ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Samson Adams
    CHICAGO | Bill Jenkins isn't your classic gun control lobbyist. In fact, he isn't even a lobbyist or a formal activist. He is an Illinois gun owner and a father who lost a child to gun violence. "My son was shot and killed in 1997 and ... I don't want bad guys to have guns, it's simple," Jenkins said. Jenkins said he considers Mayor Rahm Emanuel's recent proposal to license every gun in Illinois a sensible move in the right direction. "I think every responsible gun owner should care about how firearms are used and perceived in our society," he...
  • The digital wizards behind Obama's tech-heavy re-election strategy (Facebook Data Mining)

    02/20/2012 10:08:30 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 14 replies
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/17/obama-campaign-digital-team ^ | Friday 17 February | Ed Pilkington in New York
    The names behind a crack team of some of America's top data wonks building a digital campaign from bottom up
  • 25 Signs That The Nazification Of America Is Almost Complete

    02/19/2012 5:36:22 AM PST · by IbJensen · 113 replies · 3+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 2/19/2012 | Staff
    The United States of America is becoming more like Nazi Germany every single day. In fact, the Nazification of America is almost complete. The parallels between Nazi Germany and the United States of today are going to absolutely shock many of you. Most Americans simply have never learned what life was really like back in Nazi Germany. Under Adolf Hitler, Germany was a Big Brother totalitarian police state that ruthlessly repressed freedom and individual liberty. Under Adolf Hitler, Germany adopted socialism, dramatically increased government spending and raised taxes to astronomical levels. Under Adolf Hitler, abortion became legal in Germany, the...
  • Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Public Policy

    02/20/2012 8:45:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | Feb. 14, 2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Imagine a city where all the major economic planks of the statist or "progressive" platform have been enacted: *A "living wage" ordinance, far above the federal minimum wage, for all public employees and private contractors. *A school system that spends significantly more per pupil than the national average. *A powerful school employee union that militantly defends the exceptional pay, benefits and job security it has won for its members. *Other government employee unions that do the same for their members. *A tax system that aggressively redistributes income from businesses and the wealthy to the poor and to government bureaucracies. Would...
  • Ominous Numbers for Obama

    02/20/2012 8:32:33 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 22 replies
    Barron's ^ | 2/18/2012 | GENE EPSTEIN
    Will the economy (stupid) again determine the outcome of a presidential election? Based on two important economic measures that I've examined and their relationship to the presidential races since 1956, Obama supporters have cause to worry. All but the most recent of those races featured an incumbent, whether it was a sitting president (nine races out of 13) or a vice president seeking to move into the Oval Office (four out of 13). Based on consumer spending and unemployment—the two variables I tracked—Obama probably would have lost had he run for re-election this past November. The numbers have improved since...
  • RECALL ALERT: Judge denies Gov. Walker time to verify signatures (Action Alert!)

    02/19/2012 11:01:13 AM PST · by Syncro · 68 replies · 2+ views
    Tea Party Express ^ | February 19, 2012 | Staff
    Dear Loyal Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker, . You are not going to believe this one! . A Democratic appointed judge that was supported by AFL-CIO South Federation of Labor and the Madison Teachers Union has denied Gov. Scott Walker the time to verify the recall petitions submitted by the unions and liberal left that are trying to oust him. He essentially ruled that the Recall was inevitable and that we should not waste time actually verifying signatures. . . .. . We have been telling you that we are worried that this will not be a fair fight...
  • McD: Don’t pack heat in national parks

    02/19/2012 8:06:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 99 replies
    seattlepi.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Joel Connelly
    In a display of defiance at the U.S. Capitol’s governing gun lobby, Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and eight colleagues have introduced legislation to reinstate a ban on carrying loaded firearms in America’s national parks. The legislation was prompted by January’s murder of Mt. Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson. Anderson was shot as she set up a road block for a car that didn’t stop at a chain-up checkpoint. By Joe Sebille“The dreadful and deeply saddening event that occurred on Mt. Rainier makes me question why on earth people should be allowed to carry loaded weapons in our national parks,”...
  • Surprise! Planned Parenthood CEO Top Advisor on Contraception Mandate

    02/19/2012 11:57:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Guess who was a key player in pushing through the birth control mandate in ObamaCare? Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards. According to reports, not only did Obama listen to Richards, but took her word over the suggestions his top advisers, including Vice President Joe Biden, then Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. According th ABC's Jake Tapper, there was an internal debate about the contraception mandate at the White House.  The debate within the White House on this issue was, sources say, heated, and President Obama was legitimately torn. Panetta wasn’t alone in...
  • Democrats, Inc.: Understanding Today's Democrat Party

    02/19/2012 11:59:10 AM PST · by mojito · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/17/2012 | Jay Cost
    ...The Democratic party used to be the party opposed to big business. Andrew Jackson was reviled by business elites, and William Jennings Bryan scared the living daylights out of them. Neither of those men would be caught dead asking for money from such lobbyists and bankers, who would never give them a dime, anyway! But that is obviously no longer true. What we have instead is a party whose leaders simultaneously press the case for “fairness” while giving unfair access to wealthy donors such as these. And that has basically been the way of the world for the last 30...
  • Chicago Area Has Most Corruption Convictions in Nation, UIC Study Says

    02/19/2012 10:49:05 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 15, 2012 | Hal Dardick
    Chicago area has most corruption convictions in nation, UIC study says The Chicago area logged the most public corruption convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according to a report released today by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Federal prosecutors secured a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois since 1976, said Dick Simpson, head of the university’s political science department. Meanwhile, Illinois logged 1,828 public corruption convictions, the third most of any state, according to the report. Only California and New York had more. But those...
  • America on Verge of Economic Collapse Because of Obama's Cooked Reports

    02/18/2012 11:56:59 PM PST · by OneVike · 132 replies · 1+ views
    News Blaze ^ | 2/18/12 | Chuck Ness
    The Obama administration has released an economic report that claims everything is coming up roses, and it is making the rounds of the MSM's news outlets. Truth is, when you look into the numbers, it's rather easy to come to the conclusion that the economic reports are as screwy as the administration's employment numbers. In order to convince Americans that his economic measures are working, Obama is claiming there has been an increase in retail sales from December to January by a seasonally adjusted .4%. The administration goes on to explain that while the economy is moving in a positive...
  • DHS Stonewalls Congress on Social Media Spying

    02/19/2012 1:21:52 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 22 replies · 2+ views
    teaparty.org ^ | February 16, 2010 | Ralph E. Walls Sr.
    Homeland Security reps refuse to name superiors who ordered federal agency to analyze online dissent (PaulWatson) – Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security speaking today at a Congressional hearing regarding the federal agency’s monitoring of social media networks and news websites, including the Drudge Report, were evasive about who ordered them to look for reports or comments that “reflect adversely on the U.S. government and the DHS.” The hearing was prompted as a result of the Electronic Privacy Information Center obtaining 300 documents through a Freedom of Information Act request which detailed how DHS had hired an outside contractor,...
  • Shipping with the Enemy Company that shipped with Iran contributed mainly to Democrats

    02/18/2012 5:27:06 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 17, 2012 5:00 am | Adam Kredo
    A U.S. shipping company with ties to the Iranian oil industry has spent years donating money mostly to Democrats, as have family members of one of its founders.Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG), the world’s skirting U.S. sanctions meant to limit American companies’ interaction with the regime, Bloomberg reported.Members of OSG’s founding family—as well as its political action committee—are prominent financiers of the Democratic Party, donating nearly $1 million to various candidates and causes over the past decade. Their disbursements raise questions about the prevalence of Iran-tainted money in the political sphere
  • Obama’s budget is a sneak attack on our Second Amendment freedoms

    02/18/2012 1:05:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/17/2012 | Chris Cox
    Ever since taking office, President Barack Obama has tried desperately to convince gun owners and sportsmen that he supports the Second Amendment. But actions speak louder than words, and Obama’s latest budget proposal contains numerous sneak attacks aimed at the heart of our firearm freedoms. For example, NRA members and gun owners fought hard for a law to ban government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control from using our tax dollars to produce blatant anti-gun propaganda. Obama wants to kill it in his budget. We fought hard for a law to ban the Obama administration from spending our tax...
  • Congresswoman Clarifies Who Is Entitled to Impose Values on Others

    02/18/2012 11:05:37 AM PST · by John Semmens · 48 replies · 2+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Feb 2012 | John Semmens
    The recent flap over the Obama Administration’s edict that all employers must provide birth control, including abortifacients, as part of heath insurance benefits for employees has given us a “teaching moment,” says representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.). “We have established the fundamental principle that employers may not force their views on employees by refusing to cover the costs of birth control measures,” Wasserman-Schultz crowed. “The days of employer oppression of employees are over. The government has stepped in to defend the working class.” The Congresswoman dismissed complaints that the Obama Administration’s move wrongfully violates individuals’ rights to act in accord with...
  • Rhode Island public school committee votes not to appeal prayer banner case

    02/16/2012 11:23:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/16/12 | AP
    CRANSTON, R.I. – A Rhode Island public school district committee on Thursday voted not to appeal a federal court decision ordering the removal of a prayer banner displayed in a high school in a lawsuit brought on behalf of a 16-year-old atheist. The Cranston School Committee voted 5-2 at a public hearing to discuss the suit involving Jessica Ahlquist, a junior at Cranston High School West. After the vote, she said, "I'm thrilled." The hearing lasted more than two hours. The banner, put up in 1963, has been covered since a federal judge last month ruled it was unconstitutional and...
  • Handgun proposal means Chicago mayor won't run for governor (IL)

    02/17/2012 8:51:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | 16 February, 2012 | Pat Gauen
    Rahm Emanuel does not plan to run for governor of Illinois. Not in 2014. Not ever. His proposal last week to register all Illinois handguns made it obvious. I'm sure that Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, wouldn't consider taking the step down to governor anyway — not any more than his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. You can be sure that Chicago mayors do see it as a demotion. Only one has ever stooped down to the Governor's Mansion and that was almost a century ago: ex-Mayor Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne served as governor from 1913-17. No wonder. Chicago mayors wield enormous...
  • Dem convention co-chair’s company received $230.4M in stimulus money, hired Podesta Group to lobby

    02/17/2012 11:43:28 AM PST · by Islander7 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | BY: Andrew Stiles
    Jim Rogers, the co-chairman and lead fundraiser for the Democratic National Convention host-committee, is well versed in the art of political cronyism. Rogers, the CEO of Duke Energy Corp., one of the largest utility corporations in the country, has given generously to Democratic politicians over the years. Along with his wife, Mary Anne, he has contributed more than $210,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008, more than double what the couple has given to Republicans. Of that figure, more than $150,000 went to the Democratic National Committee (DNC); $19,200 went to President Obama. Rogers is co-chairing the host committee...
  • Eric Holder’s Protection of Voter Fraud

    02/17/2012 8:12:19 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 22 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Feb 15th, 2012 | Frank Crimi
    Seeking to overturn a DOJ judgment that its voter photo identification law, passed in May 2011, violates the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), the state of South Carolina recently announced that it is suing the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder in federal court. The decision by South Carolina comes as the DOJ is vigorously working to stop the spread of states enacting or implementing voter photo ID laws, prompting fears that the Obama administration is undermining the integrity of the upcoming 2012 elections. In December 2011, the DOJ blocked South Carolina’s new voter ID law from taking effect...
  • Uses for thousands of dollars of campaign funds going undisclosed by Nevada Democrats

    02/17/2012 8:59:22 AM PST · by redreno
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 | 2:01 a.m. | By Anjeanette Damon
    Many Democrats in the Assembly have not publicly reported the expenditure of thousands of dollars in campaign funds, including money for rent and living expenses during legislative sessions, the Sun has learned. According to multiple lawmakers familiar with internal caucus discussions, the lawyer for Assembly Democrats instructed them that they do not have to report spending on expenses related to their public office — for example, rent in Carson City during the legislative session or travel to professional conferences.
  • GOP Finally Discovers Obama's Achilles Heel: Just Let Him Do What He Does... And Encourage It!

    02/17/2012 6:24:10 AM PST · by radioone · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-13-12 | Tyler Durden
    Two weeks ago when discussing the latest lunacy surrounding America's exponential curve #1 also known as its debt balance, we suggested what the GOP election strategy should be: "[if] the debt ceiling becomes a sticking point at the election, Obama's chances of reelection plunge. Which makes us wonder - will Republicans grasp that the paradox of defeating Obama is precisely in giving him a carte blanche on all the stimulus programs he wants? Because if Congress approves another $200, 300 or even $400 billion in stimulus pork (the only thing better than one Solyndra? One thousand Solyndras!) the Treasury will...
  • America on Verge of Economic Collapse Because of Obama's Cooked Reports

    02/16/2012 6:28:25 PM PST · by OneVike · 70 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 2/16/12 | Chuck Ness
    The Obama administration has released an economic report that claims everything is coming up roses, and it is making the rounds of the MSM's news outlets. Truth is, when you look into the numbers, it's rather easy to come to the conclusion that the economic reports are as screwy as the administration's employment numbers. In order to convince Americans that his economic measures are working, Obama is claiming there has been an increase in retail sales from December to January by a seasonally adjusted .4%. The administration goes on to explain that while the economy is moving in a positive...
  • The UN To Use Appropriate and Gradual Force In Gun Confiscation

    The United Nations continually claims that their arms control treaty efforts are not directed at curtailing legal private ownership of guns. However, in a practice gun destruction exercise 4,000 firearms were destroyed in Jamaica in early February under the auspices of the UN Center For Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.(UNLIREC) The United Nations has instituted a 10 day Training Course designed to help implement international “treaties” for gun control in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. Each session is led by a UN gun control trainer. The courses objectives are to give police technical skills related...
  • Brock and the Glock: Armed men guarded Media Matters boss as he took $400,000 gun control donation

    02/16/2012 10:37:22 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 43 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2-16-2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The recent revelation that the head of Media Matters walked the streets of Washington with a Glock-toting bodyguard may make it a little awkward for the group the next time it seeks a donation from a gun control advocacy group. Media Matters reportedly took more than $400,000 from the Joyce Foundation specifically earmarked to promote a $600,000 initiative on "gun and public safety issues." At the same time, Media Matters' gun-guarded boss David Brock reportedly obsessed over his own security. ....Brock reportedly told confidantes that he feared for his safety and needed hired guns to keep him safe.
  • South Texas Constable Candidate Arrested With $1M In Vehicle's Trunk

    02/15/2012 4:12:15 AM PST · by TejanoJim · 29 replies
    The Monitor ^ | Jared Janes & Jared Taylor
    A former state trooper who was seeking election to the Precinct 1 constable’s seat was arrested Monday on money laundering charges after law enforcement officers found more than $1 million packed inside suitcases stored in his car’s trunk.
  • After Layoffs, Execs Get Big Raises at Taxpayer-Funded A123 (Makes batteries for Fisker)

    02/16/2012 12:17:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 16, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A taxpayer-funded electric vehicle battery company, that is considered in great danger due to its dependency on troubled EV company Fisker Automotive, has awarded its top executives big salary increases despite a steep downward trajectory in its stock price. Massachusetts-based A123 Systems -- whichreceived $279.1 million instimulus money from the Department of Energy, and up to $135 million in incentives from the State of Michigan -- boosted the base salaries of two vice presidents and its chief financial officer on February 8. Chief Financial Officer David Prystash was bumped 27 percent to $380,000; VP of Energy Solutions Robert Johnson’s...
  • Changing Horses Midstream Wordplay

    02/16/2012 9:55:43 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-15-12 | Jared H. McAndersen
    I was given the honor of judging a word play contest that was put on by iOwnTheWorld, that Freepers may enjoy the results of. The contest is over, but add what you would've submitted to this thread, I've been posting here long enough to know some of the most clever stuff comes out of these threads :-D The rules (as outlined by iOTW's BigFurHat) are simple: The idea is to completely switch the meaning of a sentence midstream, like, the ultimate flip-flop. For example -Obama is the smartest guy in the room would never vote for Obama.This is a sentence...
  • Van Jones is not to be underestimated

    02/16/2012 7:52:32 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    I knew a long time ago that Jones was a serious player, who was going to be with us for the long haul, that's one of the reasons why this is being done. Now, Nancy Pelosi has confirmed what I knew a year ago: But as 3,000 Democrats met this weekend in San Diego for a three day convention here, Jones was lauded by Burton and Pelosi, who even described herself as “a fan” of Jones - a positive statement also once echoed by 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Here is how the source article itself opens: Van Jones,...
  • Rep. West: Democratic handouts an 'insidious form of slavery'

    02/16/2012 8:05:56 AM PST · by radioone · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/15/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday evening praised the Republican Party for consistently fighting for individual freedom over the last 150 years, and criticized Democrats for pursuing "handouts" to the less fortunate that he said are a modern form of slavery. "Our party firmly believes in the safety net," West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. "We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock. "For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us," he continued. "Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact...
  • Supervisor Nadia Lockyer (D), Wife of CA Treasurer (D), Acknowledges Substance Abuse, Affair

    02/15/2012 7:18:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies · 8+ views
    MercuryNews.com ^ | 02/14/2012 | Josh Richman
    Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, wife of California treasurer, acknowledges substance abuse, affair (Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer at a public event in San Leandro, Calif., April 22, 2011.) Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, wife of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, said Tuesday that she's in rehabilitation for a substance-abuse problem after an extramarital affair culminated in a beating by her ex-lover. The announcement marked a sharp turn in the career of a woman who at 40 had been seen as a rising star in California politics. The scandal is also an ugly footnote on her husband's nearly four-decade-long career, which made him...