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  • Air Force One, Military Do Not Belong to Obama

    05/11/2012 10:17:01 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 11, 2012 | Roy A. Barnes
    CBS News reported Friday that President Barack Obama held a fundraiser in Los Angeles at the home of movie actor George Clooney Thursday, and raised about $15 million. Yet the most troubling part of the report was the following words, "The star of the evening, the president, arrived at LAX in his private jet, Air Force One." The mainstream media had better get this straight -- Air Force One is not the "private jet" of the president, period. We are supposed to live in a country where presidents don't conduct themselves like kings, and the establishment media enables this "king"...
  • Gay marriage shift gives Obama fundraising boost

    05/11/2012 10:11:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/11/12 | BETH FOUHY and KEN THOMAS
    President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue. "The phone calls went on until one in the morning after the president spoke — people calling saying `Where do I go, what can I do to help, what events are coming up,'" said Robert Zimmerman, a Long Island, N.Y., Obama bundler. "People I've been seeking out for campaign support for months have been calling me...
  • Bristol Palin Has A Bone To Pick With Obama Over Gay Marriage

    05/11/2012 9:26:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 50 replies
    ABCNews ^ | May 11, 2012
    May 11, 2012 Bristol Palin Has A Bone To Pick With Obama Over Gay Marriage Bristol Palin, the 21-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has another bone to pick with President Obama. The former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant chastised the president for allowing his young daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13, to influence his stance on gay marriage. In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Obama said that his daughters “have friends whose parents are same-sex couples.” “There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking...
  • Mitt Romney bullying story holds up to scrutiny (WaPo: Unverified quotes, 2nd-hand "sources" are ok)

    05/11/2012 8:38:01 PM PDT · by Qbert · 63 replies
    Washington Post (Omblog) ^ | 5/11/2012 | Patrick B. Pexton
    The ombudsman is being bombarded by input from readers, via e-mail and phone calls, about the story that Post reporter Jason Horowitz wrote on Mitt Romney’s teenage years at the prestigious Cranbrook School in Michigan. The story leads with an anecdote about Romney and some of his friends in his dormitory tackling and pinning to the ground an unpopular classmate and forcibly cutting off his bleached-blond, longish hair. The boy, John Lauber, was frightened and in tears, Horowitz explained, and the boy turned out to be gay. The rest of the deeply reported story provides extensive context to Romney’s years...
  • Democrats' Fund Taps Corporate Donors for Convention [Shameless Corporations!]

    05/11/2012 8:25:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | May 11, 2012 | BRODY MULLINS AND PETER NICHOLAS
    May 11, 2012 Democrats' Fund Taps Corporate Donors for Convention BY BRODY MULLINS AND PETER NICHOLAS Democrats have trumpeted their ban on corporate donations to their national convention this summer, saying that it shows they are free from the influence of special interests. But through a special fund, convention planners are accepting millions of dollars in corporate contributions to help pay for many of the activities outside the convention hall—as well as some expenses directly related to the event. Donors include Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Duke Energy Corp., all significant employers in Charlotte, N.C., where...
  • U.S. Immigrant Population At Its Highest Since 1920 As 13% Are Foreign-Born [Blame Both Parties!]

    05/11/2012 8:11:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 11, 2012 | EMILY ANNE EPSTEIN
    U.S. Immigrant Population At Its Highest Since 1920 As 13% Are Foreign-Born EMILY ANNE EPSTEIN 11 May 2012 According to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 40 million foreign-born people living in the country in 2010 - the highest percentage of the total population since 1920. Just a decade earlier, only 31 million people, or 11 per cent of the population, residing in the country were born elsewhere. While foreign-born residents resided in every state, more than half lived in just the 'gateway' states: California, New York, Texas and Florida. United: According to a new report...
  • Did you hear what Sarah Palin did in Texas? (We have some big news coming out of Texas!)

    05/11/2012 8:08:44 PM PDT · by Syncro · 77 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 05/11/2012 | Sal Russo
    We have some big news coming out of Texas!We got word from Tea Party Express endorsed Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz that he just received the powerful endorsement of former Alaskan Governor and U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin. This is a major boost for the surging conservative from Texas in his quest to champion Tea Party values of fiscal responsibility in the U.S. Senate.  Gov. Palins endorsement carries a lot of weight with conservatives and Tea Party groups.  It was just this last week that she put her stamp of approval on...
  • Nearly 200,000 Fla. voters may not be citizens

    05/11/2012 7:41:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2012 | GARY FINEOUT
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida officials are now saying that nearly 200,000 registered voters may not be U.S. citizens. Earlier in the week, state election officials announced they had identified more than 2,600 people who are in Florida legally but ineligible to vote.
  • What Has Made Congress More Polarized?

    05/11/2012 7:28:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein ignited a bit of a firestorm with their column describing Republicans as main drivers behind Washington's problems. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has made some excellent points with regard to Mann and Ornstein's qualitative arguments, and other thorough responses abound. Rather than revisiting these points, I would like to focus my attention on the quantitative arguments made at the end of the article. Mann and Ornstein note that: “[P]olitical scientists Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal, who have long tracked historical trends in political polarization, said their studies of congressional votes found that Republicans are now...
  • Keith Olbermann not happy with Jimmy Kimmel’s dinner jokes

    05/11/2012 6:52:29 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, April 30, 2012
    KEITH OLBERMANN wasn’t pleased with Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Kimmel repeatedly ragged on the former “Current TV” star, saying “Keith Olbermann burned more bridges than the Arsonist of Madison County,” and “I’d like everyone to look under your seats. Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume,” the Hollywood Reporter writes. Keith, who was recently booted from “Current,” claims the jokes are revenge for turning down an appearance on Kimmel the week before. “I’m not complaining about the Kimmel jokes — I’m fair game. I’m complaining about the revenge element. It...
  • Ex-Gov. Pataki to Newsmax: Obama's Record Will Doom His Re-election Bid

    05/11/2012 6:29:25 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 5 replies
    Newsmax ^ | MAY 11, 2012 | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama cannot run on his record and will instead try to “dump” on his presumptive White House opponent Mitt Romney — but will fail in his re-election bid. The veteran Republican politician, who was governor on Sept. 11, 2001, also says the administration’s initial decision to try 9/11 terrorists in civilian courts in Manhattan “was one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard.” Pataki was elected governor in 1994, defeating three-term Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo, and was re-elected in 1998 and 2002. He previously served in the New...
  • Perdue: 'We look like Mississippi' after amendment vote (NC Guvnah steps in it yet again!)

    05/11/2012 6:03:42 PM PDT · by NCDragon · 42 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 5/11/2012 | Laura Leslie
    GREENVILLE, N.C. — Passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes North Carolina "look like Mississippi," Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday. Perdue was in Greenville as part of her tour to tout her proposed state budget for 2012-2013. The governor was responding to a question on the amendment from a reporter from WITN-TV in Washington (http://bit.ly/JptsXG ). "I think it's wrong for North Carolina, clearly and simply," she said. "People around the country are watching us and they're really confused, to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested...
  • Beach Boys Singer Bruce Johnston, 'Obama's a Socialist A-Hole'

    05/11/2012 4:45:34 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 20 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5-11-12 | Bruce Johnston
    <p>Americans will be "f**ked" if Barack Obama gets re-elected ... this according to Beach Boys singer Bruce Johnston.</p>
  • The Washington Post’s Romney hit piece comes apart (An astonishing journalistic train wreck.)

    05/11/2012 4:37:44 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 63 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5/11/2012 | John Hayward
    The Washington Post was already skating on thin ice with its fantastically convenient hit piece on Mitt Romney, published in perfect synchronization with President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage. Designed to paint Romney as a mean-spirited homophobic bully during his prep school days – which, let us remember, occurred over seventeen thousand days ago – the ridiculously bloated and overly-dramatic 5000-word Post “expose” related the story of how Romney allegedly led a gang of high-school hooligans and forcibly cut the hair of a “presumably gay” fellow student named John Lauber. The piece does a great deal of mind-reading to insinuate...
  • Austerity Debate Will Give Voters A Clear Choice

    05/11/2012 4:35:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 11, 2012 | Editorial
    Economy: We can see the wheels turning in Democratic strategists' heads: Brand the GOP as the "austerity" party and watch the public recoil. Just like what happened in France. Well, maybe not. People get mad when you cut government spending. So don't cut government spending. Is that what Europe is telling us? To the Obama administration and its defenders, it's the lesson they'd prefer to draw. For if the Continent's recent leftward lurch is a revolt against deficit cutting, the Democratic Party's failure to rein in spending becomes a political virtue. It's the Republicans who become the party of "austerity."...
  • Urban Dictionary Definitions of: FReeper

    05/11/2012 4:33:14 PM PDT · by plaidness · 35 replies
    1. FReeper 86 up, 7 down Issues important to FReepers include: [...] 3) The FReeper is pro life except for illegal aliens (any brown non English speaking person), traffic violators and teenagers who walk across your lawn, all of whom can and should be shot in self defense. [...]
  • Jerry Brown submits tax petitions, says 'difficult' budget cuts next

    05/11/2012 4:22:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/11/12 | David Siders and Torey Van Oot
    In one choreographed appearance at the office of the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign to raise taxes appeared on Friday to take shape. A week after announcing he had collected enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the November ballot, Brown – accompanied by a new political consultant, the first lady and his dog – turned several boxes of them in. The event came just days before Brown is expected to propose deeper spending reductions in a budget revision Monday to deal with a deficit that likely has grown beyond $10 billion. The Democratic governor cast...
  • Flabby support for Menendez: Kyrillos remains a blank slate (NJ poll)

    05/11/2012 4:22:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) comfortably leads his Republican opponent, Joe Kyrillos, in a head-to-head matchup up by nine percentage points, according to the latest poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™. Although a quarter of New Jerseyans (24%) say they’re undecided, four-in-ten (42%) say they’d support Menendez if the election were held today, while a third (33%) would vote for Kyrillos. However, support for Menendez does not run deep. The poll also asked New Jerseyans if they’d support Menendez or “someone else,” and among these voters support for the senator drops off considerably to 30% from 42%, and the hypothetical...
  • Obama's Views on Distraction Have Evolved, Too

    05/11/2012 4:20:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 11, 2012 | Editor
    Election: Remember how candidate Barack Obama complained in 2008 that any discussion not involving the economy was a "distraction"? This time, his entire campaign is built on distracting voters from the economy. During his 2008 campaign, one of Obama's favorite words was "distraction." He constantly plugged it into his speeches and interviews to dismiss any controversy that might have erupted, or an issue he didn't particularly want to talk about. Questions about how Obama could have sat in the pews and listened to Rev. Wright's anti-American, race-baiting screeds for years? Distraction. Questions about his relationship with radical Bill Ayers? Distraction....
  • We reached our first goal of raising $15,000 for the first phase of our "Tell the Truth" ad campaign

    05/11/2012 4:10:21 PM PDT · by Syncro · 7 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 05/11/2012 | Tea Party Express HQ
    We reached our first goal of raising $15,000 for the first phase of our "Tell the Truth" ad campaign - thank you! Dear Friends, . We accomplished an important goal in the defense of Gov. Scott Walker and his conservative state reforms.  With the election just 25 days away, it was just in time.  Thanks to countless numbers of individual donors like yourself, we are now working hard to put the finishing touches on our first "Tell the Truth" ad that highlights the fiscal successes that Gov. Walker has achieved in his short time in office. . . We...
  • A tired Obama goes through the motions in George Clooney'$ tent (long article)

    05/11/2012 4:05:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | Many 11, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    Thursday was another big money day for Team Obama. He flew to Seattle in the morning for two fundraisers and then down to Los Angeles for one at the home of George Clooney, who is an actor. California is the political ATM for both parties. According to campaign people, the Clooney fundraiser with about 150 people was a huge success because, they said, it raised about $15 million. Makes it look like once again Hollywood is 120% behind the Real Good Talker out of the Chicago machine. As usual, the Obama accounts are misleading. The campaign has run into considerable...
  • Jindal May Be the Answer to Romney's VP Question

    05/11/2012 4:00:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Scott Conroy
    As the counterweight to a presidential nominee blessed with wealth and privilege, Jindal’s stirring life story as the child of Indian immigrants -- who bestowed upon himself at the age of 4 the all-American name of the youngest son in “The Brady Bunch” -- could be especially appealing. A Rhodes scholar who helmed the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals -- the state’s largest agency -- at the almost absurd age of 24, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal’s aptitude and credentials for the nation’s second-highest office would be difficult for anyone to question seriously. Like Jindal, Romney was an academic overachiever who...
  • Dingy Harry Laments Lugar Loss

    05/11/2012 3:59:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Indiana primary got lot of attention this week for a great, great, great outcome. In fact, Dingy Harry is so sad that Lugar is gone. Yes, I've got a sound bite here. Grab sound bite 15. Audio sound bite 15. Dingy Harry, a montage lamenting defeat of Richard Lugar. REID: (whispering) I'm worried when I see dedicated patriots like Senator Lugar drummed out by Tea Party zealots for being too willing to cooperate. But that's what happened on Tuesday. I worry when I hear a candidate for the US Senate campaigning against bipartisanship and compromise between...
  • Romney and Race: Advice for the GOP’s presumptive nominee

    05/11/2012 3:51:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    City Journal ^ | 7 May 2012 | Harry Stein
    If the Trayvon Martin case reminds us that race remains the great unresolved issue in our national life, it reminds us, too, of how illusory was the hope that Barack Obama might serve as a one-man antidote to America’s long history of racial division. More than three years into Obama’s presidency, ill feeling between the races is more prevalent than at any time in recent memory—a clear result of his style and the substance of his governance. The question is whether the opposition party and its candidate will dare say so. In what promises to be an ugly campaign, already...
  • Wisconsin: Obama 49%, Romney 45%

    05/11/2012 3:47:54 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 11, 2012R
    President Obama still leads Mitt Romney in a head-to-head matchup in Wisconsin but by a much narrower margin. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Badger State finds Obama with 49% of the vote to Romney’s 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, while two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • Regime Intimidates Romney Contributors

    05/11/2012 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Kimberly Strassel is in the Wall Street Journal today with an amazing piece: "Trolling for Dirt on the President's List." Listen to this: "Here's what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent. Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney. "Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, 'Keeping GOP Honest,'...
  • Blunt questions DOL media policy

    05/11/2012 3:26:15 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 10, 2012 | Mark Tapscott
    "Does DOL believe that the new policy is consistent with the First Amendment? What precedents exist for forcing journalists to utilize government-owned systems and networks to report the news," Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, asked Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in a letter today.
  • Majority say Obama’s gay marriage stance won’t change their vote

    05/11/2012 3:21:54 PM PDT · by Justaham · 10 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 5/11/12 | Jonathan Easley
    A majority of voters say President Obama’s decision to come out in support of gay marriage will not sway their decision in the fall election. According to a Gallup poll released on Friday, 60 percent of adults nationally said Obama’s new position makes no difference, while 26 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for the president and 13 percent said it would make them more likely to. The numbers are similar when broken down by party affiliation — 65 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents said it made no difference, while nearly half of...
  • RUSH: Obama Voters LOSING JOBLESS BENEFITS Due to the Manipulation of Workforce Numbers

    05/11/2012 3:19:14 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 24 replies
    www.RushLimbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Obama Voters Losing Jobless Benefits Due to the Manipulation of Workforce Numbers May 11, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Michael in Momence, Illinois. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Thanks a lot, Rush, first-time caller. I'm calling because I was at the unemployment office just yesterday, and they have tables there where people fill out the paperwork that they have -- RUSH: Wait, wait, wait whoa, whoa, whoa, just a second. I need you to go slow here. CALLER: Okay. RUSH: Why were you at the unemployment office? It may seem like an obvious question, but...
  • Calif. seeking No Child Left Behind waiver

    05/11/2012 3:17:56 PM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5/10/2012 | FERMIN LEAL
    California will submit an application seeking a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind act, which has labeled thousands of schools as failing. But the application approved Thursday by the state Board of Education is missing key reforms outlined by President Barack Obama when he offered states relief from the much-maligned testing requirements. Instead, California's application is asking the federal government to allow the state only to use its existing Academic Performance Index, described as a more sensible gauge of academic improvement, to measure school success.
  • Social-conservative group backs Fred Upton's primary foe

    05/11/2012 3:04:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    The socially conservative Eagle Forum has endorsed against Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the latest worrisome sign for the House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman in his race against former Michigan state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk (R). "Now more than any other time in our history, we need solid conservatives, not just 'go along to get along' politicians in Congress," Eagle Forum head Phyllis Schlafly said in a statement. "We know Jack Hoogendyk is a conservative leader whom we can trust to stand strong on the life and marriage issues and to fight to reduce spending by the federal government." Hoogendyk held...
  • A‘mama grizzly’ upset is possible in Nebraska

    05/11/2012 2:59:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    The Fix ^ | May 11, 2012 | Aaron Blake
    But with just five days until the GOP primary, neither Stenberg nor Kerrey is looking like Bruning’s biggest obstacle. Instead, the until-now-dark-horse candidate in the race, state Sen. Deb Fischer, has asserted herself and — according to politicos in Nebraska — has a fighting chance to usurp Bruning on Tuesday. Fischer, 61, is an eight-year state senator and product of a ranching family whose father served in Gov. Kay Orr’s (R) Cabinet (more on her bio here). Through late April, she had raised less than $400,000 for her campaign, while Bruning and Stenberg have either spent millions (Bruning) or had...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 5-11-12

    05/11/2012 2:56:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 5-11-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Wisconsin Senate: Thompson (R) 50%, Baldwin (D) 38%

    05/11/2012 2:54:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 11, 2012
    Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Tommy Thompson (R) 50% Tammy Baldwin (D) 38% Some Other Candidate 5% Not sure 7% Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Mark Neumann (R) 44% Tammy Baldwin (D) 42% Some Other Candidate 4% Not sure 9% Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Jeff Fitzgerald (R) 41% Tammy Baldwin (D) 45% Some Other Candidate 4% Not sure 9%
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Friday,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,May 11, 2012

    05/11/2012 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 117 replies
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  • Daily Beast Readers Mock Notion of Obama Gay Marriage 'LBJ Moment'

    05/11/2012 2:24:10 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 11, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    One of the best things about the internet is the ability of readers to quickly and easily post their reactions to articles. In the strictly hard copy era before the web, authors who wrote completely absurd articles could be easily shielded from reader reaction. This is no longer the case as evidenced by this Daily Beast article by Lyndon B. Johnson biographer Robert Dallek: Obama’s LBJ Moment with His Gay Marriage Endorsement. Yes, a few days ago Richard Cohen of the Washington Post was yearning for President Obama to become more like LBJ. And now we have Dallek declaring that...
  • JPMorgan Is Tanking After Announcement Of Shock Losses Due To 'Egregious Mistakes'

    05/11/2012 2:23:06 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 10, 2012, 4:52 PM | Joe Weisenthal
    Shares of JPMorgan are off over 6% after hours. The reason? The company has shocked the world by announcing a surprise $2 billion+ trading loss in its synthetic derivatives portfolio. In particular, this paragraph from the company's 10-Q filing is what's causing people to get nervous: Since March 31, 2012, CIO has had significant mark-to-market losses in its synthetic credit portfolio, and this portfolio has proven to be riskier, more volatile and less effective as an economic hedge than the Firm previously believed. The losses in CIO's synthetic credit portfolio have been partially offset by realized gains from sales, predominantly...
  • GALLUP/USA TODAY POLL: Obama's Gay Marriage Endorsement Is Turning More Voters Away

    05/11/2012 2:20:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Here's the first poll, from Gallup/USA Today, measuring the effect of Barack Obama's gay marriage endorsement on voters.  Gallup It has to be a little troubling that a quarter of Independents say they are less likely to vote for him now. It's also rather strange, considering this Gallup poll from this week that found that 57 percent of Independents think gay marriage should be legal. Also, the endorsement does not appear, at least yet, to have had an overly energizing effect on Obama's Democratic base, with only 24 percent more likely to vote for him. Republicans showed a more passionate...
  • Mitt Romney's prep school is the one Eminem mocked in '8 Mile'

    05/11/2012 1:46:21 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    MSN ^ | May 11, 2012 | Tim Molloy
    The Washington Post has a very readable look at the prep school Mitt Romney attended when his father was governor of Michigan, and the name of it may have sounded familiar to astute rap nerds. In the climactic, final freestyle in Eminem's 2002 "8 Mile," his character, B-Rabbit, battles the leader of a rival rap crew called Leader of the Free World, Papa Doc, played by Anthony Mackie. B-Rabbit has a black eye from the whole crew jumping him. He's lost his girl. And Papa Doc is the most feared freestyler in the land. But B-Rabbit has done his opposition...
  • Poll: 40 percent say Obama's gay marriage stance will affect vote (This ain't good news for Bam)

    05/11/2012 1:42:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 11, 2012 | Donovan Slack
    Gallup is out with a new poll suggesting a whopping 40 percent of Americans say President Obama's newly public support of gay marriage will affect their votes. Of those, 26 percent say it will make them less likely to vote for Obama, while 13 percent say it will make them more likely to vote for him. The critical number in the poll, though is for independents - 23 percent of whom said the gay marriage support makes it less likely they will vote for Obama. The survey is the first since the president publicly endorsed gay marriage on Wednesday with...
  • Ron Paul Dominates At-Large Delegate Slate [in Iowa]

    05/11/2012 1:36:20 PM PDT · by jjotto · 23 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | May 5, 2102 | Craig Robinson
    Iowa Republicans have a total of 28 delegates to this year’s national convention in Tampa, Florida. Two delegate selection committee members from each of the state’s four congressional districts met at the Republican headquarters in Des Moines today to draft the slate of 13 at-large delegates that must be ratified by convention delegates at the state convention on June 15th. Each state is awarded delegates based on a number of factors. Each state starts with ten delegates, five for each U.S. Senator. States are then awarded three delegates for every congressional district. The three members of the Republican National Committee,...
  • Trolling for Dirt on the President's List (O targets private citizen for supporting opponent)

    05/11/2012 1:25:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 11, 2012 | Kim Strassel
    Here's what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent. Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney. Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, "Keeping GOP Honest," took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled "Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney's donors," the...
  • Obama’s latest “evolution”: Coal suddenly reappears in energy plan

    05/11/2012 1:25:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    On Wednesday, I pointed out that Barack Obama’s so-called “all of the above” energy plan, as explained on his campaign website, had a very large omission. This graphic represented the energy policy on which Obama was campaigning for re-election:In case the graph on the left isn’t clear enough, here it is by itself:Oddly, the “all of the above” approach excluded coal, which sources 45% of all electricity produced in the US, sustains more than a half-million jobs, and allows for lower prices to consumers and businesses. After nearly losing in coal-dependent West Virginia’s Democratic primary to a felon currently in...
  • Obama: My View on Marriage

    05/11/2012 1:16:04 PM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    The White House ^ | 5/12/12 | Obama
    From: "Barack Obama" Add sender to Contacts To: Dear -- Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer: I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. I hope you'll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:I've always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution....
  • What Mitt Romney Hasn't Done...

    05/11/2012 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh, com
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'll tell you, here's what I know. Here's what I know, and this is after only an hour of... and, by the way, you must know, I have to tell you what this feels like. Guilt. I only did an hour of show prep, but I feel like I'm skipping school today. I feel like I'm not fulfilling expectations, so we'll see. This is what I know. Mitt Romney was not at Chappaquiddick. Mitt Romney has not been accused of rape. Mitt Romney did not have an affair with a mob babe. He didn't have an affair...
  • NBC Reports Romney Bully Story Labeled 'Factually Incorrect' By Family of Alleged Victim

    05/11/2012 1:02:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5-11-12 | Kyle Drennan
    At the end of a full report on Friday's NBC Today, based on a Washington Post hit piece that accused Mitt Romney of bullying of a gay high school classmate, correspondent Peter Alexander admitted the story may be false: "NBC News isn't naming the student who was allegedly bullied....Late last night, his sister told NBC News that his portrayal in the Washington Post story is 'factually incorrect'..." Despite that important detail, the network morning show still decided to promote the accusations. At the top of the show, co-host Ann Curry teased: "Prep school bully? Mitt Romney responds to a report...
  • DOJ’s ‘Proof’ of Sheriff Joe’s ‘Racial Discrimination’ is Photo of a Chihuahua? Seriously?

    05/11/2012 12:56:53 PM PDT · by montag813 · 26 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-11-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona If you needed a symbol of the utterly preposterous lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriffs Department (MCSO), this may well be it. On page 2 of the 32-page complaint, filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, the Department of Justice references "insensitive" emails sent by MCSO employees. The prima fascie evidence? Read for yourself... MCSO supervisors involved in immigration enforcement have expressed anti-Latino bias, in one instance widely distributing an email that included a photograph of a Chihuahua dog dressed in swimming gear with the caption “A Rare Photo of...
  • America's Party presidential nominee Tom Hoefling interviewed by Steph Watts, May 11, 2012 [VIDEO]

    05/11/2012 12:48:52 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 4 replies
    Watch the video HERE.
  • NBC Reports Romney Bully Story Labeled 'Factually Incorrect' By Family of Alleged Victim

    05/11/2012 12:30:36 PM PDT · by Kevin C · 31 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | 5/11/12 | Kyle Drennen
    At the end of a full report on Friday's NBC Today, based on a Washington Post hit piece that accused Mitt Romney of bullying of a gay high school classmate, correspondent Peter Alexander admitted the story may be false: "NBC News isn't naming the student who was allegedly bullied....Late last night, his sister told NBC News that his portrayal in the Washington Post story is 'factually incorrect'..." Despite that important detail, the network morning show still decided to promote the accusations. At the top of the show, co-host Ann Curry teased: "Prep school bully? Mitt Romney responds to a report...
  • Daum: Too brainy to be president? (Barf bag required if you click the link)

    05/11/2012 12:15:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 11, 2012 | Meghan Daum
    As devotees of Barack Obama know all too well, qualities that made him so attractive as a candidate — an affinity for subtle arguments, a tendency to carefully weigh his options — have at times proved less useful in his role as president. That carefulness has been read as indecisiveness. The subtle arguments have sounded, to some ears, like hedging. In response, the president has simplified his rhetoric. The nuances of the 2009 Cairo speech about relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world have given way to chest thumping over killing Osama bin Laden. The sophistication of the speech...