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  • Ron Paul: No, I won't be endorsing Romney any time soon".

    05/10/2012 10:20:08 AM PDT · by RitaOK · 28 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | May 9, 2012 | Ed Morissey
    Larry Kudlow asks the most pertinent question about Ron Paul’s continuing efforts on the campaign trail after Mitt Romney has all but wrapped up the GOP nomination, which is what Paul hopes to accomplish by continuing to contest it. Paul says he’s not ready to follow Rick Santorum’s lead by endorsing Romney in the near future … and why should he? He’s raising money with a low burn rate, grabbing enough delegates to have the party establishment worried, and putting himself in position to force some policy changes in the party platform. Ron Paul is having the time of his...
  • WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW STEPS TO CUT RED TAPE, ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS

    05/10/2012 9:54:11 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    Today, as part of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented government-wide regulatory review, the White House announced five final rules that will save nearly $6 billion in the next five years by eliminating outdated requirements and unjustified costs. To ensure that the federal government continues this important work, the President also signed a new Executive Order today, making it a continuing obligation of our government to scrutinize rules on the books to see if they really make sense. Today’s announcements mark an important milestone in the ambitious regulatory “lookback” that President Obama ordered in 2011 to cut through unnecessary red tape while...
  • Michael Barone: Reelection Is Not Inevitable

    05/10/2012 9:52:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 10, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Just as the political air is filled with talk of the inevitability of Barack Obama’s reelection — we are told that the kids at his Chicago headquarters are brimming with confidence — in come some poll numbers showing him behind.Not by anything statistically significant, mind you. But when you get the Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls and the Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll all showing Mitt Romney leading Obama by one point, an Obama victory seems far from inevitable.These results came in at a time when the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls shows 50 percent expressing favorable...
  • Rasmussen: Wisconsin Recall Election: Walker 50%, Barrett 45%

    05/10/2012 9:24:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 05/10/2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    Embattled Republican Governor Scott Walker holds a five-point lead over his newly nominated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in Wisconsin’s special recall election. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey shows that 50% of the state’s Likely Voters prefer Walker while 45% choose Barrett. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate and another two percent (2%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Wisconsin was conducted on May 9, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for...
  • Romney Scolds Reporter: 'Aren't There' Important Issues 'You'd Like to Talk About? Economy? Jobs?'

    05/10/2012 9:20:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    News Busters ^ | 5-10-2012 | Noel Sheppard
    With the economy stalling and unemployment stubbornly above eight percent, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is getting sick and tired of answering questions about social issues. On Wednesday, when he was barraged with questions about such earth-shattering issues as legalizing marijuana and in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, Romney scolded his interviewer, "Aren't there issues of significance that you'd like to talk about? The economy? The growth of jobs? The need to put people back to work? The challenges of Iran?" (video follows with commentary):
  • Democratic sources: Obama aides annoyed with Biden

    05/10/2012 9:17:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Democratic sources: Obama aides annoyed with Biden Posted by CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin Washington (CNN) - Multiple top Democrats said Thursday the president's senior aides are deeply annoyed with Vice President Joe Biden for forcing the conversation on same-sex marriage. One source said Biden has, in the past, counseled the president against announcing support for same-sex marriage - making the circumstances that much more frustrating. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker Biden made comments supporting such unions during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" that aired Sunday, seemingly forcing the issue to the forefront of...
  • House to Eric Holder: Stop lying to us

    05/10/2012 8:59:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/09/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House Wednesday evening voted overwhelmingly to prevent the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds to lie to Congress. The vote came in a Wednesday evening series of amendments to a bill, H.R. 5326, funding the Justice Department for 2013. Members approved the language in a 381-41 vote; all 41 "no" votes came from Democrats, although 142 Democrats voted with Republicans in support of the amendment. The vote reflects the ongoing frustration Republicans — and apparently some Democrats — have with Attorney General Eric Holder. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) offered the novel funding limitation amendment earlier in the day. The amendment...
  • Breaking: Romney apologizes for high-school pranks

    05/10/2012 8:50:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 183 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/10/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Thankfully, our long national nightmare is over: Mitt Romney apologized on Thursday morning for pranks he helped orchestrate in high school that he said “might have gone too far,” including an incident in which he pinned down a fellow student and cut his hair.The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was responding to an article published a few hours earlier by The Washington Post documenting the episode with first-hand accounts from Romney’s classmates.“Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that,” Romney said in a live radio interview...
  • Obama: Biden Gay Marriage Comments Had Nothing to Do With My Announcement

    05/10/2012 8:46:53 AM PDT · by Justaham · 17 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/10/12 | Katie Pavlich
    As you probably know by now, President Obama has admitted he supports same sex marriage. Obama's admission came yesterday after his Vice President Joe Biden, spilled the beans over the weekend about where the administration stands on the issue. Now, Obama is trying to claim he was going to "come out in support" of gay marriage eventually before the election anyway, despite Biden upstaging him over the weekend. President Barack Obama says he'd already decided to come out for gay marriage before Vice President Joe Biden publicly endorsed it. Obama tells ABC in an interview that he wasn't worried about...
  • Governor Sarah Palin Endorses Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate

    05/10/2012 8:27:36 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 40 replies
    Ted Cruz ^ | Thursday May 10, 2012
    AUSTIN—Just four days before the start of early voting in the Texas Senate primary, the Ted Cruz campaign announced the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin. In response to a letter from Ted Cruz, Governor Sarah Palin wrote: “We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State.” "Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack,” Governor Palin added. “Our shared...
  • New Hampshire Legislature Passes Resolution to Stand with Arizona and SB1070

    05/10/2012 8:23:27 AM PDT · by montag813 · 4 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-10-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Thank you, Granite State! The New Hampshire Senate yesterday joined the House in passing a resolution (full text below) proclaiming that "the state of New Hampshire fully supports the State of Arizona’s right to protect its borders and citizens" by passing its immigration law S.B. 1070. The resolution's path to passage was very contentious, with opponents testifying hysterically against it in both chambers, and Democrats trying all manner of procedural gimmicks to try and derail it - all in vain. House Concurrent Resolution 2 (HCR2) passed the Senate 15-9 last evening after slapping down an...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, May 10, 2012

    05/10/2012 8:22:33 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 59 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 05/10/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Obama backs same-sex marriage, fires up both sides

    05/10/2012 8:09:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/10/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    President Obama's historic move Wednesday to support same-sex marriage could ripple all the way to the November election, helping unite his liberal base while threatening to ignite evangelical voters who have yet to commit to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, political experts said. But while the public debate over same-sex marriage has sparked explosive political clashes in the past, observers on both sides said it is unlikely to be a game-changer this year, when the economy is the top issue for most voters. Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to support same-sex marriage Wednesday during an interview with ABC...
  • Game Over for the Climate (we're doomed, DOOMED, I tell you!)

    05/10/2012 8:09:06 AM PDT · by pabianice · 34 replies
    New York Cage Liner ^ | 5/10/12 | Hansen
    GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.” If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate. [AIEEE! - Ed.] Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history. If we were to fully exploit this new oil source,...
  • Pro wrestler tells traditional marriage supporters: ‘Kill yourself,’ ‘Drink bleach’

    05/10/2012 7:56:22 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 61 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9 May 2012 | Ben Johnson
    STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 9, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – WWE wrestling superstar C.M. Punk strikes an aggressive pose inside the ring, but it seems he saved his hardest blows for supporters of the traditional family. On Monday, the grappler told his Twitter followers he opposed North Carolina’s constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, which passed in a landslide on Tuesday. One of his followers responded, “Man was meant for woman, and even the thought of homo’s make me sick.” Punk then replied, “Kill yourself.” He told another supporter of the nuclear family to “drink...
  • George Clooney's Obama Fundraiser Haul Could Hit Nearly $15 Million

    05/10/2012 7:53:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 05/09/2012 | by Tina Daunt
    Obama campaign sources involved with the planning and organizing of George Clooney's Thursday night fundraising dinner tell The Hollywood Reporter that the event will collect "just shy of $15 million" for the president's re-election bid. An official at the president's national campaign headquarters, however, declined to provide numbers for the event and flatly said that the $15 million figure was not accurate. "No one outside of this building knows what this event has raised online," the official said. "So be wary about any number you are hearing." The event at Clooney's Studio City home is being organized by DreamWorks Animation...
  • Slate Editor Does Not Buy Obama Gay Marriage 'Conversion'

    05/10/2012 7:51:09 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 10, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    "Do You Believe Obama Actually Changed His Mind About Gay Marriage?" That was the question posed in the title of a column written by Slate editor David Plotz. And here is his succinct answer: I don’t. In sharp contrast to the misty-eyed hallelujahs offered up by most of the mainstream media in the wake of President Obama's "evolution" to the point where he announced his support of gay marriage, Plotz remains extremely skeptical about his supposed conversion:
  • Petition on WH website to move DNC from NC

    05/10/2012 7:43:34 AM PDT · by ReagansRaiders · 30 replies
    A petition has been created on the White House's website asking them to move the Democratic National Convention from North Carolina on account of the state voting to ban gay marriage. Here's a great opportunity to embarrass the DNC and Obama. Head on over and sign the petition (you need to create an account to do so, so be creative -- just like people are when they make donation's to O's campaign.) https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/move-2012-dnc-convention-homophobic-state-north-carolina-solidarity-oppressed-glbt-people/FtB2FXnc#thank-you=p
  • Why does gay marriage keep losing at the ballot box? (WaPo writers asks and tries to explain)

    05/10/2012 7:42:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/09/2012 | Rachel Weiner
    Gay marriage is increasingly accepted across the country. More Americans support gay marriage (47 percent) than oppose it (43 percent), according to a recent Pew survey. In 2004, 60 percent of Americans opposed it in Pew data. Only 8 percent were strongly in favor. In 2004, a majority did not support gay marriage in any state; by 2010, a majority did in 17. Yet 32 times since 1998, voters have gone to the polls and voted against gay marriage.* Thirty-eight states prohibit gay marriage in some fashion. Even in “blue” states like California, Oregon and Delaware, gay marriage bans stand....
  • State finds thousands of non-citizens on Florida voting rolls; will they prosecute?

    05/10/2012 7:21:19 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 41 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | May 10, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Fueling the debate over the pervasiveness of election fraud in Florida, a Miami Herald article Tuesday exposed the possibility that thousands of illegal votes have been cast by foreigners, particularly in South Florida. The Florida Division of Elections is already working to stem the problem, its spokesman told the Herald. For the past year, the division has joined forces with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to identify potential fraud by rooting out foreigners on the voting rolls, division spokesman Chris Cate said.
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy: Climate change more important than economy [VIDEO]

    05/10/2012 6:26:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 73 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5-9-2012 | Michelle Fields
    Bill Nye the Science Guy told the Daily Caller on Tuesday that climate change is a bigger problem than the economy or high unemployment. He also said that “this notion that government is inherently bad is new,” and after the November election, President Barack Obama will “have a freer hand.” Bill Nye, who was in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday speaking on behalf of the Planetary Society, said that he is “very concerned about climate change,” adding that, “you can talk about the economy and short-term jobs and so on — but there are much bigger problems.” On the president, who...
  • Newt Gingrich Live on Mike Gallagher to Discuss Same-Sex Marriage 9:30 AM ET

    05/10/2012 6:24:08 AM PDT · by JediJones · 27 replies
    The Mike Gallagher Show ^ | 5/10/2012 | Mike Gallagher
    He said Newt Gingrich would be on around 9:30 AM ET. It's 9:23 AM now. You can listen live on this station:http://www.wntp.com/Here is Mike's official site:http://www.mikeonline.com/
  • ‘On My Behalf’

    05/10/2012 6:15:48 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 13 replies
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/ ^ | May 9, 2012 | ELLIOTT ABRAMS
    The debate over same sex “marriage” has engaged the heartfelt feelings and convictions of millions of Americans. Then there is Barack Obama. “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don't ask, don't tell’ is gone, because...
  • Presidential Election 2012: Eddie Haskell versus Ward Cleaver

    05/10/2012 6:12:22 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    bookwormroom.com ^ | 5-10-2012 | Bookworm
    The Presidential Election of 2012 is Beaverville played out in real life, on the national stage. President Barack Obama is the skinny, duplicitous “Barry” Haskell, while Gov. Mitt Romney is the wise, affectionate “Mitt” Cleaver. Here’s a little history of the two main characters in the Eddie versus Ward show that Barry and Mitt are playing out right now, on the national stage, before an American audience: To begin with “Barry” Haskell lies. His lying always follows the same pattern, whether he is (a) distancing himself from a troublesome priest; (b) supporting gay marriage (1996), which he did before opposing...
  • Why Senator Dick Lugar is Out

    05/10/2012 6:11:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2012 | Jeff Carter
    Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar lost his primary bid yesterday. The spin is amazing. Obama is spinning it to frame the new Republican party as uncompromising. The reality is the opposite. Republicans have been compromising for years. It’s the Democrats that don’t compromise. Fortunately for Republicans, I think that Democrats will lose the spin wars, and are totally misreading the election. The spin is designed to try and get any one in the middle, if there is truly such a thing.The liberal Chicago Tribune misses the point as well, and shows it is really good at eating from the Axelrod...
  • Bill [Clinton], Barry [Obama] and Fear-Driven Advertising

    05/10/2012 6:02:01 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 3 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | May 4, 2012 | Dan Kennedy
    An ad hit the airwaves this week featuring Bill Clinton talking about Obama’s moment of courage, in ordering the “get Bin Laden” operation. What does it signify?They don’t really like each other, Bill and Barry. Pundits like Chris Matthews, stuck with President Obama, are openly, eagerly, speculating about a 2016 presidential run by Hillary, a proxy for Bill. Surely if he had his druthers, President Obama would prefer that Bill Clinton was very quietly retired to a rocking chair. But here it is, barely the start of the campaign, and Obama has gone to the bench, and made Clinton the...
  • "Take a Common-sense Approach to Energy"

    05/10/2012 5:14:55 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 3 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | May 10, 2012 | Melanie Sturm
    As if accompanying Dorothy en route to the Emerald City of Oz, Americans seek a green wizard to fulfill our hearts' desires — a world powered by renewable energies like solar, wind and biofuels. Bedazzled by Glenda the Good Witch's solar-powered ruby slippers, we want the green-brick road to lead us to a cleaner energy future. However, without Auntie Em to awaken us to reality, Americans must Think Again. Though cast as the Wicked Witch of the West, over the past decade the conventional energy industry has revolutionized America's energy outlook. Today we're the most energy-endowed nation in the world,...
  • Biden blamed; politics drove timing

    05/10/2012 5:13:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Biden blamed; politics drove timing By: Glenn Thrush and Carrie Budoff Brown May 9, 2012 09:12 PM EDT Joe Biden just might go down in history as the guy who forced Barack Obama to publicly announce his private support for gay marriage. But the vice president is no hero in the West Wing, and administration officials are struggling to cast Obama’s truly historic — and risky — announcement as something more than an election-year shotgun wedding. Obama’s interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts capped a frenetic half-week of backstage political maneuvering after Biden said he was “comfortable” with gay marriage during...
  • Lugar Defeat Sends Many Messages

    05/10/2012 4:53:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2012 | Matt Towery
    The defeat of Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar has political tongues wagging all over the nation. Lugar was a major force in the U.S. Senate. He was well liked by colleagues and, ironically, made an early political name for himself as mayor of Indianapolis, where he became known as a strong proponent of the federal government giving power back to cities. In light of his substantial loss in a GOP primary to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Lugar has an opinion as to the loss and what it means, as does his opponent -- as does every Republican and Democratic pundit in...
  • 40% of West Virginia Dems would rather have a jail bird than Obama as president

    05/10/2012 4:44:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2012 | Rick Moran
    Perhaps the prison inmate and the president could switch places? Wall Street Journal: ____________________________ Democrats-those are members of the president's party-voting in the West Virginia presidential primary gave 40% of their votes to a man whom the Associated Press identified as a federal prison inmate. Keith Judd is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999, the AP reported. With 90% of precincts reported, he had 40.3% of the vote to Mr. Obama's 59.7% Mr. Judd was leading or had won in at least five of the...
  • Why the Right Really Hates Obama

    05/10/2012 4:39:21 AM PDT · by Third Person · 47 replies
    In These Times ^ | May 8th, 2012 | Theo Anderson
    How much influence has the Tea Party really had in American politics? The movement scored real successes in the 2010 election, when the GOP won control of the House and narrowed the Democrats’ majority in the Senate. That success bolstered the GOP’s budget-cutting fervor and set up the debt-ceiling showdown last summer. And wins by Tea Party candidates at the state level have helped create the wave of abortion restrictions recently passed by state legislatures. On the other hand, there have been major disappointments during the past year. Sarah Palin didn’t run for the GOP presidential nomination, and one Tea...
  • Long, Hard Slog Ahead in Presidential Race

    05/10/2012 4:08:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Just as the political air is filled with talk of the inevitability of Barack Obama's re-election -- we are told that the kids at his Chicago headquarters are brimming with confidence -- in come some poll numbers showing him behind. Not by anything statistically significant, mind you. But when you get the Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls and the Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll all showing Mitt Romney leading Obama by 1 point, an Obama victory seems far from inevitable. These results came in at a time when the realclearpolitics.com average of recent polls shows 50 percent expressing favorable feelings...
  • Disaster: April Brings Government Surplus; WTFund?

    05/10/2012 3:38:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2012 | John Ransom
    If things weren’t bad enough for Obama- high unemployment, the collapse of Europe, losing delegate votes to a federal inmate, the Chicago Bulls being eliminated from the playoffs- which, of course, screwed up the president’s NBA bracket- now comes even more bad news: The government actually brought in more money than it spent in April. Obama better take a 14-day vacation real soon; or lower the debt ceiling; or something.We are about to have an outbreak of fiscal responsibility. How did this happen?What’s the use of sending up joke-shop, gag budgets to Congress, which can’t even garner one vote from...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - May 10, 2012

    05/10/2012 2:53:44 AM PDT · by sneakers · 21 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show at: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.640whlo.com/main.html (Akron, OH) (airs later from 9-12) http://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • More evidence that Obama is Marxist

    05/10/2012 2:21:02 AM PDT · by se99tp · 11 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 10th, 2012 | J.R.Nyquist
    If Obama was a Marxist-Leninist in 1983, why did he join the Democratic Party and soften his views? It was all a matter of tactics... Obama and his socialist colleagues of the 1980s realized that they were not going to bring about a socialist revolution in the United States, so their strategy changed.
  • A Vandalized Valley By Victor Davis Hanson

    05/10/2012 1:30:00 AM PDT · by dennisw · 73 replies
    nationalreview ^ | December 21, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it. Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen. I think it dated from 1911. I have driven by it...
  • Chronicle of Servile Education: A respected publication caves to racial bullying.

    05/09/2012 11:26:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | 8 May 2012 | Harry Stein
    While the firing of Naomi Schaefer Riley by the Chronicle of Higher Education is a disgrace, the greater shame is that it can’t be called a surprise. The racial spoils system in American higher education has by now become so entrenched that to challenge it is to commit an unpardonable sin. And challenge it is precisely what Riley did in her blog post, doing what she’d been hired to do by engaging in a fact-based analysis of an educational issue of vital importance. To be sure, Riley didn’t mince words. “If ever there were a case for eliminating the discipline...
  • Occupier Thanks Former Soviet Citizen for 'Converting' Him to Capitalism, Pro-Israel, Pro-USA

    05/09/2012 9:57:05 PM PDT · by hamboy · 30 replies
    MRCTV ^ | May 8, 2012 | Joe Schoffstall
      This is just downright amazing and frankly I'm surprised this video slipped under the radar. Here, a man who was born and lived for decades in the Soviet Union successfully converts an Occupier to Capitalism, to understand Israel's side of the Middle East conflict, and to pro-American ideals all within a 15 minute time frame. He even thanks the man afterwards. Give props where they're due, at least the Occupier was willing to hear the man out without screaming in his face, unlike almost every single one of them.  The video was shot during the May Day protests in...
  • Jerry Brown tells unions to brace for California state worker pay cuts

    05/09/2012 9:55:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 5/9/12 | Jon Ortiz
    State workers' compensation is back on the budget chopping block. Brown administration officials met with the state employee union leaders last week, according to sources familiar with the meetings, to warn them that the next version of the governor's budget will include an unspecified cut in employee costs up to 10 percent. The administration in January estimated that California is confronting a $9.2 billion deficit through 2012-13, but a recent state analysis concluded the actual gap is considerably more. The sources, who declined to talk on the record because the administration asked all involved to keep the discussions secret, said...
  • Obama's Sudden Shift On Gay Marriage Nets A $1MILLION In Just 90 Minutes

    05/09/2012 9:52:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 10, 2012 | MICHAEL ZENNIE and THOMAS DURANTE
    Obama's Sudden Shift On Gay Marriage Nets A $1MILLION In Just 90 Minutes - as Republicans accuse him of 'playing politics' Obama supported gay marriage in 1996 but later opposed it in 2004 Sasha and Malia's friends, who have gay parents, helped change the president's mind Obama says issue should still be left up to the states New position draws sharp contrast with Republicans like Mitt Romney, who opposes same sex unions By MICHAEL ZENNIE and THOMAS DURANTE 9 May 2012 As President Obama changed his mind on the issue of gay marriage, he sent shockwaves through the political world...
  • Dem Plan: Throw It All at Romney, See What Sticks

    05/09/2012 9:48:33 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 93 replies
    RCP ^ | 5-9-12 | Charles Babington
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's campaign is trying an early "all of the above" strategy against Republican Mitt Romney, criticizing his character, wealth and policy positions in broadsides that may become more focused as the fall election nears. Romney's record offers both opportunities and dilemmas for Democratic strategists. His widely known shifts in key positions over the years invite the "flip-flopper" charge, which badly hurt Democrat John Kerry in 2004. But painting Romney as a conviction-free waffler runs counter to another line of attack, which former President Bill Clinton and others argue is more potent: Romney is a dedicated...
  • Greek Parties Have Little Chance of Forming Government

    05/09/2012 9:08:59 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 21 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 05/08/15 | Julia Amalia Heyer
    Now the worst case scenario has arrived: Greece threatens to become ungovernable. The situation after Sunday's election in Greece looks hopeless. No matter which coalition of parties one calculates, whether big or small, left or right wing, it is impossible to come up with a viable majority government. The Greeks have once again defied their international partners. They have not been cowed by threats, advice or even the prospect of their own bankruptcy. It's unclear where this new twist in the endless Greek drama will take the country. For Greek voters, the priority was to punish those people who, in...
  • ‘On My Behalf’ (Obama Says the Troops Are Fighting on His Behalf.)

    05/09/2012 9:01:57 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 32 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/ | Elliot Abrams
    The debate over same sex “marriage” has engaged the heartfelt feelings and convictions of millions of Americans. Then there is Barack Obama. In his ABC interview, the president pretended that his much touted “evolution” had now led him, ineluctably, to speak out now, today; he simply could longer stay silent. ABC let him off the hook, but this is not a credible account. In March, the Washington Post was reporting the debate among his advisers on whether the issue would help or hurt the reelection campaign and what, therefore, Obama should say: “Obama’s top political advisers have held serious discussions...
  • VIDEO: Ellen Commends President Obama (Mega-hurl Alert)

    05/09/2012 8:56:16 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | TheEllenShow
    "What an amazing day for our country today!" So, now we know Barack O'Homo is Pro-Queer, AND pro-abortion, two things he told the sheep that voted for he was AGAINST in 2008. This was ALL about firming up his gay media base for the election, nothing else.
  • GAY FOR PAY (Obama "evolves" on gay marriage just hours after donors threatened to withhold funds)

    05/09/2012 8:49:10 PM PDT · by Qbert · 52 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 9, 2012 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage less than 48 hours after the Washington Post reported that prominent political donors were threatening to withhold donations over the president’s position on gay rights. “[A]t a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News in an interview. Left-wing blogger Greg Sargent reported on Monday that “leading gay and progressive donors” were angry with Obama over his increasingly convoluted position on gay rights and same-sex...
  • Dems Back Off 'Trayvon Amendment'

    05/09/2012 8:40:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9 May 2012 | Breitbart News
    The controversial “Trayvon Amendment” proposed by House Democrats, which would have punished states for having “Stand Your Ground” laws on their books, has been withdrawn by the Democrats. The amendment was named after Trayvon Martin, the black teenager killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, under disputed circumstances. Apparently, the amendment process was mishandled in this case, and it was ruled out of order. One of the main sponsors of the amendment, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), said that he wanted to choose a better time to push the issue, even though just yesterday, Ellison was stumping for the amendment with...
  • California Weighs Bill To Ban Gay Teen 'Conversion' Therapy [Help Defeat Pervert state Sen. Lieu!]

    05/09/2012 8:20:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 09, 2012 | James Eng
    California Weighs Bill To Ban Gay Teen 'Conversion' Therapy California may ban a controversial therapy designed to convert teens from gay to straight. By James Eng A California lawmaker says he’s optimistic about the prospects of a bill that would make it illegal for therapists in the state to try to “convert” gay youths. Sen. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, says so-called “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy wrongfully treats homosexuality as a disease and can be dangerous to minors. If his bill becomes law, California would become the first state to ban therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian teens...
  • Looking at Child Porn Is Totally Legal in New York State

    05/09/2012 7:38:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 70 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | May 09 | Adam Martin
    Logic takes us strange places sometimes, like when a judge found herself writing this little gem: "The purposeful viewing of child pornography on the internet is now legal in New York." That's a sentence you'd want to wash your hands after committing to paper (heck, or wash your eyes after reading), but it comes at the end of a line of reasoning in an appeals court decision that makes sense even if it appears to provide a loophole for kiddie porn lovers.  Essentially, the court ruled on Tuesday, you can't be held responsible for things you just see online, even...
  • Evangelical pastor tells Obama he's disappointed [but supportive]

    05/09/2012 7:24:45 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 45 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 5/9/12 | Rachel Zoll
    The evangelical pastor who President Barack Obama calls his spiritual adviser says he's disappointed in the president's decision to endorse same-sex marriage. The Rev. Joel Hunter of Florida told The Associated Press that Obama called him before ABC News broadcast the announcement Wednesday. Hunter says he told the president he disagreed with his interpretation of what the Bible says about marriage. Hunter says the president reassured him he would protect the religious freedom of churches who oppose gay marriage. Hunter says the announcement makes it harder for him to support Obama, but he will continue to do so
  • Mehserle asks appeals court for new trial

    05/09/2012 6:46:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/9/12 | Eric Kurhi
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant III on the Fruitvale BART platform in 2009 it was a mistake and a tragedy, his attorney said Wednesday, but it wasn't a case of gross negligence that would justify his involuntary manslaughter conviction. Dylan Schaffer, who is representing Mehserle in his appeal to have his 2010 conviction overturned, said he's looked at similar cases and found manslaughter convictions only for incidents involving "extraordinary imprudence" -- a man pointing a loaded gun at someone's head, or handing a pistol muzzle-first to a drunk spouse, or an old gambling den...