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  • Charles Manson, Now 77, Gets New Chance at Parole

    04/05/2012 12:24:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 5, 2012
    After 11 failed bids for freedom, notorious killer Charles Manson, now 77, is up for parole later this month. The parole board rejected his bid in 2007, saying Manson [For the record, 9:42 a.m. April 5: An earlier version of this post incorrectly gave the killer's last name as Mason.] "continues to pose an unreasonable danger to others and may still bring harm to anyone he would come in contact with." Manson refused to participate in that hearing, describing himself as a "prisoner of the political system." He also declined to participate in any psychological evaluations in 2007. "He refused...
  • San Quentin inmate on killing a Novato man: 'The innocence of a child will be defended

    04/05/2012 11:55:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 4/4/12 | Gary Klien
    The San Quentin inmate who murdered another prisoner to avenge a Novato girl's death read a statement of condolence Wednesday to the girl's family. "The innocence of a child will be defended at all costs," said Frank Souza, referring to 9-year-old Melody Osheroff, who was killed by a drunken motorcyclist in 2009. The motorcyclist, Edward Schaefer, was convicted of murder, manslaughter and other charges in 2010 and sent to San Quentin State Prison. Less than two weeks later, Souza ambushed him in a prison yard and gouged him repeatedly with a makeshift metal spear. Souza, 33, eventually pleaded guilty to...
  • Holocaust Memorial Dispute Turns Bizarre With Donald Duck Comment

    04/05/2012 11:45:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Thursday April 5, 2012 | Alan Johnson
    The turf battle over a Holocaust memorial at the Ohio Statehouse now involves Donald Duck. And members of Ohio’s Jewish community are not happy about it. Gov. John Kasich’s proposal for a memorial to Ohio survivors of the World War II Holocaust and their liberators ran afoul of Richard H. Finan of Cincinnati, former Ohio Senate president and current president of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. Finan questions the appropriateness of the memorial for the Statehouse. In response to a Dispatch story, Finan complained that Kasich bypassed his agency that oversees the Statehouse and grounds . He told...
  • New Black Panthers Plan 'Call to Action' Day Before Zimmerman Hearing

    04/05/2012 11:42:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 5, 2012 | Kerry Patton
    On April 7th, the New Black Panther Party in Florida declares they will conduct "county-wide and state-wide defense training and community patrols to protect against racial violence and attacks." And the NBPP also declares a call to action slated for Monday April 9th, the day before a Florida Grand Jury will convene on the Trayvon Martin case to decide whether to indict George Zimmerman. This information comes from The Muslim Street Radio Show hosted by Malik Aziz and Laila Abdelaziz, taped an interview on April 1st with Malik Zulu Shabazz, the National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party. The...
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee pressing for bullet train between Houston and Dallas

    04/05/2012 11:23:00 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 51 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 5, 2012
    Officials in Japan and South Korea are telling Houston-area Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee that they are interested in helping Texas build a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas. The Houston Democrat said the foreign officials described their interest to her during an official congressional visit to Japan, South Korea and China. “This is absolutely the right direction America should be moving toward,” said Jackson Lee, who traveled between Osaka and Tokyo on Japan’s world famous high speed rail system. “We should be looking at high-speed rail that can provide clean, safe and efficient transportation that can move people from...
  • McConnell to Obama: Back off SCOTUS

    04/05/2012 10:48:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | | 4/5/12 11:59 AM EDT | MIKE ZAPLER
    The Republican backlash against President Barack Obama’s health care-SCOTUS remarks shows no sign of subsiding.In a noon speech today to the Rotary Club of Lexington, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued the GOP counteroffensive, telling the president to “back off” the Supreme Court.“The President crossed a dangerous line this week. And anyone who cares about liberty needs to call him out on it. The independence of the Court must be defended,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said, according to the prepared text of his speech released by his office. "So respectfully, I would suggest the President back off. Let the Court do its...
  • CBS reporter to Carney: President ‘made a mistake and you can’t admit it’

    04/05/2012 10:08:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/5/12 | staff
    CBS News reporter Bill Plante challenged White House press secretary Jay Carney on President Obama’s statement Monday that for the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act would be an “extraordinary, unprecedented step,” during a Thursday press briefing. BILL PLANTE: What he said on Monday was an obvious misspoken moment because he talked about the court not being in a position to overturn an of Congress— JAY CARNEY: Bill— PLANTE: You’re standing up there twisting yourself in knots, because he made a mistake and you can’t admit it. CARNEY: No, no, Bill, I am acknowledging that—you’re sharing in the...
  • Study Finds Hispanics Don’t Want To Be Called Hispanic

    04/04/2012 11:27:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    CBS DC ^ | April 4, 2012
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A majority of Hispanics do not like being called Hispanic. According to a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of Hispanics do not like to be categorized as “Hispanics” or “Latinos,” saying they like to be identified from their family’s country of origin. Only 21 percent of those polled identified themselves as “Americans.” Hispanics and Latinos are split as to whether to identify themselves as a “typical American.” Forty-seven percent of Hispanics and Latinos identify themselves with the term, while another 47 percent of those polled find they don’t seem to relate to...
  • New Poll: Wildrose up by 17 points

    04/05/2012 10:03:38 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 9 replies
    Stephen Taylor ^ | April 4, 2012 | Campaign Rresearch via Stephen Taylor
    Another poll shocker from Campaign Research today as their latest tracking poll shows the Wildrose Party in Alberta up by 17 points over the PC Party. You’ll remember a week ago that Campaign Research first released their poll via this website and had Wildrose up by 9 points while other pollsters had the PCs tied with Wildrose. In the following days, other pollsters caught up to confirm the 9 point lead. Now, this poll show’s Danielle Smith’s Wildrose up by 17 points. Here are the other highlights: - Wildrose would take 45.5% of the popular vote if an election were...
  • Rick Santorum's Pennsylvania Delegates Uncertain Even With Popular Vote Win

    04/05/2012 9:40:20 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 10 replies
    Rick Santorum's campaign has placed its hopes squarely on the Pennsylvania primary on April 24, after a near shutout in terms of delegates in Tuesday night's primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. While winning the Pennsylvania primary may be critical for the momentum of Santorum's presidential campaign, a win in his home state won't necessarily do anything to help him garner more delegates. Delegates chosen in the Keystone State's primary are not bound to support any candidate, said Valerie Caras, communications director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. Potential delegate candidates can try to inform voters that they intend...
  • Problems With the Truth: Confessions of a 22-Year Rick Santorum Observer

    04/05/2012 8:17:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 4, 2012 | Jerry Bowyer
    I’ve known Rick Santorum for 22 years, having first met him in 1990 before he’d won his first campaign for Congress. I interviewed him on WORD-FM, an evangelical Christian radio station where I was a frequent guest host (and eventually a full-time host) early in his campaign. If I was not the first media personality to interview Rick, I was one of the first. I had Rick as a guest at the request of my friend, Mark Rogers, who was running Rick’s campaign. Over the years I interviewed Rick at least a dozen times and debated him several times as...
  • On the stump, Dems split with Obama over Keystone XL pipeline

    04/05/2012 4:00:24 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/5/2012 | By Andrew Restuccia
    President Obama has steered clear of taking a firm stance on the Keystone pipeline, but many Democrats running for Senate don’t have the same luxury. Eight of the 18 non-incumbent Democrats running for Senate surveyed by The Hill either steadfastly support the pipeline or oppose it outright, breaking with Obama’s decision to reserve judgment on the project until federal regulators conduct a full review. Republican Senate hopefuls have made the pipeline – which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast – a top campaign issue. The emphasis on the pipeline has forced many...
  • Gas numbers game is a loser for Obama (A majority rightfully blame Obama)

    04/05/2012 3:51:31 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    washington times ^ | 4/4/2012 | By Dave Boyer
    President Obama’s poll numbers are up and the country’s unemployment figures are down — but $4 gas poses a potent threat to the incumbent’s re-election bid, polls show. Voters are giving Mr. Obama an emphatic thumbs down for his handling of gas prices — 68 percent disapprove of his response to the problem in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. The White House and Mr. Obama’s re-election team are acutely aware of the political danger. The president has given seven speeches in March alone on energy and gas prices in an attempt to convince the public that there is no “silver bullet”...
  • Ham Prices High Heading Into Easter

    04/05/2012 3:36:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    WGGB ABC/FOX ^ | 4/4/2012 | By Ken Donnelly
    A traditional Easter dinner with ham as the main dish could stretch budgets as prices remain high heading into the holiday. Ham prices have been higher than usual for the past two years because the cost of pig feed has gone up.
  • Xavier University to Cut Off Birth Control Coverage for Employees on July 1

    04/04/2012 9:06:50 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4-4-12 | Billy Hallowell
    Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the nation’s oldest Roman Catholic colleges. In addition to distinguishing itself through its robust history, Xavier is also making headlines over its new policies surrounding birth control coverage. As of July 1, the college will be cutting off contraceptive coverage for employees. Considering the fact that Xavier is a Catholic institution, the natural question is — why was the university covering birth control in the first place? The answer: It was apparently never meant to be embedded in the coverage — at least that’s what one student says. “That coverage never...
  • Obama flunks constitutional law

    04/04/2012 6:25:51 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    washington times ^ | 4/3/2012 | staff
    For someone who once taught classes at a law school, President Obama doesn’t seem to know much about the powers of the Supreme Court. At a press conference Monday, Mr. Obama said he did not think the high court would rule that forcing Americans to buy health insurance was unconstitutional. “Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” he said. There’s plenty of precedent for voiding a law like Obamacare. The top justices have...
  • Alameda County gun show case may end without definitive legal shot fired

    04/04/2012 6:22:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/4/12 | Howard Mintz
    A 12-year legal battle over an Alameda County ban on gun shows on public property may end with a soft pop instead of a bang. With a scathing dissent from the chief judge, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered county lawyers and gun show promoters Russell and Sally Nordyke into settlement talks to resolve a case that was expected to break new ground in Second Amendment law. The brief order, signed by nine judges, would leave unresolved questions about the constitutionality of local laws banning gun shows on government property. The 9th Circuit order was prompted...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 05 April 2012

    04/04/2012 6:02:17 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 82 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ SNOW PATROL U.S. Army Sgt. Crystal Cornejo, left, and Staff Sgt. Farrell Thomey, right, and Sgt. Patrick Deleonguerrero, rear, maneuver down a snow and ice covered hill during a presence patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2012. Cornejo, Thomey, and Deleonguerrero are assigned to the 1186th Military Police Company. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Catherine Threat Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. BARRICADE BOYS U.S. Navy sailors rig barricades...
  • Former Law Professor Says Obama Misspoke on Supreme Court

    04/04/2012 5:51:26 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 72 replies
    fox news pheonix ^ | 4/4/2012 | NewsCore
    Constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law School professor and former mentor to President Barack Obama, said the president "obviously misspoke" earlier this week when he made comments about the Supreme Court possibly overturning the health care law. Tribe, who calls the president one of his best students, said in an interview, "He didn't say what he meant ... and having said that, in order to avoid misleading anyone, he had to clarify it." Tribe said he saw no reason for the president to express his views on the matter, because everyone already knows he wants the case upheld....
  • Election 2012 Preferences: Political Polarization among U.S. Faith Segments

    04/04/2012 5:47:44 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 20 replies ^ | April 4, 2012 |
    As the 2012 election campaign approaches phase two – when the major-party candidates have been selected and begin to square off – there is an unmistakable lack of ideological and political unity within the Christian community. A new national survey by the Barna Group among likely voters indicates that there are substantial differences across a wide spectrum of Christian subgroups, with only a one segment unwavering in its commitment to defeat President Obama in November. In the first of those contests Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were of equal appeal to all voters, with Mr. Obama holding a 52% to...