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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...
  • Chuck Colson in critical condition after brain hemorrhage (Update @ #87)

    04/04/2012 3:57:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 113 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/4/12 | John-Henry Westen
    WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2012 ( - Evangelical leader and frequent life and family spokesman Chuck Colson is in critical condition in hospital after undergoing surgery this weekend. He was hospitalized Friday after enduring a brain hemorrhage while speaking in Virginia at the Wilberforce Conference. Colson underwent surgery on Saturday morning to remove a pool of clotted blood on the surface of his brain. Colson became ill while speaking at the Wilberforce Weekend conference on Friday night. “We believe that we serve a mighty God - the ‘Great Physician’ - and are hoping and praying for Chuck’s full recovery....
  • Students angry over pricey courses pepper-sprayed (Santa Monica College)

    04/04/2012 3:26:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/04/12 | GREG RISLING
    Students angry over pricey courses pepper-sprayedBy GREG RISLING | Associated Press – 2 hrs 37 mins ago SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A state agency that oversees California's community colleges asked the attorney general on Wednesday to assess the legality of a school's plan to charge students more for popular classes. The move comes the morning after Santa Monica College police pepper-sprayed demonstrators as students angry over the plan tried to push their way into a meeting of the school's trustees, authorities said.
  • Abbas to accuse Netanyahu government of undermining Palestinian Authority

    04/04/2012 3:25:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 4/4/12
    Haaretz has obtained a copy of a letter that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intends to send to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Passover, in which he accuses Netanyahu of undermining the Palestinian Authority. According to both Israeli and Palestinian sources, an envoy headed by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will deliver the letter, which places responsibility for the freeze in negotiations on Israel, during a meeting with Netanyahu over the Passover holiday. Photo “We entered a contractual agreement with international backing in order to bring the Palestinian people from occupation to independence,” Abbas wrote in the letter. “Currently, and...
  • Nadia Lockyer Denies Leaving Ex-Lover a Voice Mail

    04/04/2012 3:08:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
    Despite a trip to rehab and an ongoing investigation into her accusation that she was assaulted by an ex-boyfriend in a Newark hotel room, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer allegedly has continued to contact her former lover, Stephen Chikhani. Most recently, she supposedly left him a voice mail message declaring, "Miss you beside me." According to a source familiar with the recording, Lockyer made the nine-second call to Chikhani just 10 days ago at 4:59 a.m. on March 25. The message is among the audio recordings turned over to the state attorney general by Chikhani's lawyer. "I just want the...
  • Why Wouldn't Planned Parenthood Take $500,000?

    04/04/2012 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 3, 2012 | Ryan Holiday
    Forbes Ryan Holiday, Contributor 4/03/2012 @ 7:58AM |99,568 views Why Wouldn't Planned Parenthood Take $500,000? I tried. I really did. I was ready to arrange a $500,000 donation to Planned Parenthood in Texas. The donor was in the car on the way to meet the CEO, checkbook in hand. But then Planned Parenthood called and told him to turn around. They didn’t want his money. Want is the only word for it. Because, Planned Parenthood sure as hell needs it. See, in Texas, Governor Rick Perry has viciously attacked family planning and health organizations like Planned Parenthood. Not only eliminating...
  • Film About Mexico's Fight for Religious Freedom Opens in June in US (For Greater Glory)

    04/04/2012 9:20:17 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies
    Zenit ^ | 03/22/2012 | Edward Pentin
    Starring Andy Garcia and Peter O'Toole, "For Greater Glory" is a compelling war film based on the true story of the Cristero War -- a conflict caused by the brutal government crackdown on the Mexican Catholic Church in the 1920s. Released at a time when religious freedom, especially for Catholics, is being attacked in the United States and elsewhere, the picture is also particularly timely. Beautifully shot across the plains of northern and central Mexico and accompanied by a stirring soundtrack by Hollywood composer James Horner, the movie takes the audience through the harrowing violence and suppression of the Church...
  • Simultaneous action needed to break cultural inertia in climate-change response

    03/30/2012 4:36:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    University of Oregon ^ | 3/26/12 | Kari Marie Norgaard
    LONDON — (March 26, 2012) — Resistance at individual and societal levels must be recognized and treated before real action can be taken to effectively address threats facing the planet from human-caused contributions to climate change. That's the message to this week's Planet Under Pressure Conference by a group of speakers led by Kari Marie Norgaard, professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of Oregon. In a news briefing today, Norgaard discussed her paper and issues her group will address in a session Wednesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. London time (9 a.m. U.S. Eastern; 6 a.m. U.S....
  • Murtha Airport, brought to you by American taxpayers

    04/04/2012 8:48:25 AM PDT · by bkopto · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Apr 3, 2012 | Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge & Sherisse Pham
    The Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., is a prime example of taxpayer spending that refuses to die. Representative John Murtha steered some 150 million of taxpayer dollars to this eponymous airport over the last decade and despite the fact he died more than a year ago, the money keeps on coming. Three years ago, we first visited the tiny airport, and found a monument to pork barrel spending: An airport with a $7 million air traffic control tower, $14 million hanger, and $18 million runway big enough to land any airplane in North America. For most of the day, the...
  • Nadia Lockyer denies leaving ex-lover a voice mail

    04/04/2012 7:42:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/4/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Despite a trip to rehab and an ongoing investigation into her accusation that she was assaulted by an ex-boyfriend in a Newark hotel room, Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer allegedly has continued to contact her former lover, Stephen Chikhani. Most recently, she supposedly left him a voice mail message declaring, "Miss you beside me." According to a source familiar with the recording, Lockyer made the nine-second call to Chikhani just 10 days ago at 4:59 a.m. on March 25.The message is among the audio recordings turned over to the state attorney general by Chikhani's lawyer."I just want the attorney general's...
  • FReep this poll! Is Obama right re: Ryan budget, social darwinism?

    04/04/2012 7:19:42 AM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 4, 2012 | Washington Post
    Do you support President Obama's declaration that Paul Ryan's budget is a "radical vision" of "social Darwinism"? Yes - 45% No - 55% Total Votes: 7,281 Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
  • Brent Bozell Calls NPR-MSNBC Nexus ‘Vomitous’ After Host Lavishes Praise On Rachel Maddow

    04/04/2012 5:54:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 4, 2012 | Noah Rothman |
    Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center, published an editorial in NewsBusters Tuesday night taking National Public Radio to task for the appearance of an alliance between its hosts and the liberal cable news network MSNBC. In “Maddow and the NPR-MSNBC Alliance,” Bozell took issue with a March 27 episode of the NPR radio program “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” in which Gross devoted an hour to fawning praise of MSNBC prime-time host Rachel Maddow. Bozell contends that the meritless plaudits only ceased when the network went to commercial — when they ran ads for MSNBC. “Each...
  • Zimmerman neighbor on robberies by ‘young black men’ before Trayvon shooting: ‘If you plant corn,

    04/03/2012 12:06:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 3, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    George Zimmerman's Sanford, Fla., neighbor, said the neighborhood watchman protected his residence from a potential burglary several weeks before the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Frank Taaffe, a former neighborhood watch captain, told CNN that his house was in the process of being robbed on Feb. 2, but Zimmerman called Sanford police, who thwarted the robbery. "My house was being robbed, and George on his nightly rounds watched this burglary in progress, called Sanford P.D., waited for them, and helped ensure that nothing bad happened to my house," Taaffe said. "And it's documented in the 911 call for February 2. That...
  • Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote (Time for the Rats to put up a budget proposal)

    04/04/2012 4:48:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/3/2012 | By SCOTT WONG
    The Senate’s chief referee has issued a key ruling against Majority Leader Harry Reid, POLITICO has learned — a move expected to bring unwanted election-year pressure on the Nevada Democrat to act on politically dicey budget bills. Newly appointed Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, whom Reid recommended for the job, has decided that last summer’s deal on the debt ceiling and spending caps does not preclude the Senate from taking up other budget resolutions this year. The ruling could force vulnerable Democrats to cast tough votes that hurt them in November, a situation Reid and other leaders are eager to avoid as...
  • Democrats Accuse Romney Campaign Of Trading Sandwiches For Votes (VIDEO)

    04/04/2012 4:11:11 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 14 replies
    WISN ^ | April 3, 2012 | WISN
    The Democratic Party claims that candidate Mitt Romney broke the law at a Waukesha sub shop.
  • Larson wants Mexico to reimburse Texas for illegal immigrants

    04/04/2012 4:33:28 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 12 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 4 April 2012 | Jason Buch
    State Rep. Lyle Larson is asking Mexican President Felipe Calderón to pay for services that Texas provides immigrants who are here illegally. In a March 21 letter, Larson, R-San Antonio, wrote that the state spends between $6 billion and $8 billion a year on health care and other costs for illegal immigrants, a number he attributed to the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas. Larson, who filed a bill during the 2011 legislative session that would have required state agencies and organizations that receive state funding to track the services they provide immigrants, said he wants to “start a dialogue.” “We...
  • U.S. Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated

    04/03/2012 11:07:36 PM PDT · by U-238 · 125 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/21/2012 | Science Daily
    The Civil War -- already considered the deadliest conflict in American history -- in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional estimate has become iconic," Hacker says. "It's been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that total for a...
  • Obama Plans to Cut Deficit in Half by 2013 (Blast to the past. 2/24/2009)

    04/04/2012 3:39:14 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/24/2009 | ap
    President Obama pledged boldly to cut the trillion-plus dollar U.S. budget deficit by half in his first term, even as he announced massive spending to revive the sagging economy. He issued the vow shortly after telling state governors he was sending them $15 billion to help with health care payments for poor people -- a first outlay by Washington of Obama's $787 economic stimulus plan designed to rescue the nation's economy from the steepest downturn in eight decades. In a day of fevered economic activity, the administration also announced it had revamped financial bailout plans with an eye to injecting...
  • Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons Voices Support For Mitt Romney, Regrets Voting For Obama In ’08

    04/04/2012 3:27:21 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 61 replies
    mediaite ^ | 4/3/2012 | by Noah Rothman
    Kiss frontman Gene Simmons appeared on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends to discuss the 2012 race and President Obama, as well as promote his new chain of restaurants “Rock & Brews.” On the program, Simmons offered his support for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in his bid to replace President Obama in the White House. “The reason sometimes Republicans get in — including the Senate, House and presidency — is because Americans, smartly, and I applaud them for doing so, vote on the issues and not the party,” said Simmons. “I’m an American. I want both parties to appeal...
  • Judge upset by Obama's comments on health care law

    04/04/2012 3:24:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 3, 2012 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    ....During oral arguments in Houston in a separate challenge to another aspect of the federal health care law, U.S.5thCircuitCourt of Appeals JudgeJerrySmith said Obama's comments troubled a number of people who have read them as a challenge to the authority of federal courts. "I'm referring to statements by the president in the past few days to the effect, I'm sure you've heard about them, that it is somehow inappropriate for what he termed unelected judges to strike acts of Congress that have enjoyed, he was referring of course to Obamacare, to what he termed a broad consensus and majorities in...
  • Results From South Pole Support Einstein’s Cosmological Constant

    04/04/2012 1:05:17 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    R & D ^ | April 2,2012 | Staff
    Analysis of data from the National Science Foundation-(NSF) funded 10-m South Pole Telescope (SPT) in Antarctica provides new support for the most widely accepted explanation of dark energy, the source of the mysterious force that is responsible for the accelerating expansion of the universe. The results begin to hone in on the tiny mass of the neutrinos, the most abundant particles in the universe, which until recently were thought to be without mass. The SPT data strongly support Albert Einstein's cosmological constant—the leading model for dark energy—even though researchers base the analysis on only a fraction of the SPT data...
  • Obama's uncle gets Massachusetts driver's license back after drunken driving arrest

    04/03/2012 10:55:31 PM PDT · by Once-Ler · 11 replies ^ | 4/3/2012 |
    President Obama's uncle has reportedly been granted a hardship driver's license by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles just a week after he lost the right to drive for 45 days in a deal in a drunken driving case. The license granted Monday allows 67-year-old Onyango Obama to drive from noon to midnight to get to work as manager of a Framingham liquor store. Obama convinced a hearing officer that the inability to drive would pose a hardship on his job working for Conti Liquors, the Boston Herald reported. Read more:
  • Veteran attorney Hal Uhrig joins Zimmerman's defense team (Zimmerman passed a voice stress test)

    04/03/2012 9:30:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 3, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    Veteran Orlando-area criminal defense attorney Hal Uhrig today announced he's joining George Zimmerman's defense team. He told WOFL-Channel 35 that he's confident that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford Feb. 26. Zimmerman passed a voice stress test, something similar to a lie detector test, that was administered by Sanford police, Uhrig told WOFL on its 6 p.m. newscast. Uhrig is the senior partner at The Defense Group...
  • Zimmerman supporters say he was protecting neighborhood ("Black males" cited in previous burglaries)

    04/03/2012 7:10:34 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/3/2012 | cnn
    A neighbor and friend of George Zimmerman's said Tuesday on CNN that their neighborhood had suffered eight burglaries, all committed by young black men, in the 15 months prior to Trayvon Martin's shooting. Frank Taaffe's account paints a picture of a neighborhood watch volunteer making rounds in a community suffering a spate of burglaries when he ran across what he thought was a suspicious figure walking the streets. Police records appear to only partially substantiate Taaffe's claims about the burglaries, citing three of eight cases in which suspects were identified as black males. Martin's family and supporters say Zimmerman, who...
  • Abu Dhabi Hosts Conference on Combating Violent Extremism

    04/03/2012 6:54:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 03, 2012
    A Conference of the Working Group for Countering Violent Extremism, an offshoot of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum, opened today in Abu Dhabi at the Emirates Towers. A number of international experts on terrorism and extremism will discuss over the next two days, several issues related to the field. Welcoming the delegates to the conference, Faris Al Mazroui, Assistant to the Foreign Minister for security and military affairs, said that the question of violent extremism has become the focus of attention of experts and practitioners in the fight against terrorism. He underlined the increasing role of security, legal and judicial bodies...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Garden Test ~ 04 April 2012

    04/03/2012 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 112 replies
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  • Black Teens Beat 50 Year-Old White Man With Hammer Near Sanford, FL… Media Silent

    04/03/2012 3:58:01 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 59 replies ^ | Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Where’s the outrage?… Where are the protesters?… Where are Al and Jesse? Hammer time. Suspects Julius Bender, and Yahaziel Israel beat the victim with a hammer then dragged him from his car and beat him some more. (WFTV)The victim is struggling to stay alive.October Freedom’s Blog reported: A fifty year old man, race undisclosed, is on life support after a near fatal beating. Police have arrested two black teens. The attack occurred near the community where the Trayvon Martin self-defense shooting took place.The victim is from Winter Springs, which is 88% white. The victim was attacked in nearby Midway,...
  • All of Kim Jong-eun's men

    04/03/2012 12:49:16 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 4/4/2012 | Nate Thayer
    The top managers of North Korea's clandestine nuclear and ballistic missile program have been methodically promoted and now dominate the inner circle of Kim Jong-eun's new government, confidential foreign government documents and official media reports from Pyongyang show. The shadowy group of power brokers in the world's most secretive nation emerged in the first military promotions prominently unveiled during recent high-profile ceremonies as the official mourning period for the death of former dictator Kim Jong-il concluded last week. These same senior officials are known to be behind Pyongyang's missile test launch - scheduled for the middle of April - which...
  • Mitt Romney defends his welfare on wheels from GOP outrage

    04/03/2012 12:17:38 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 16 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 10/18/2011 | Hillary Chabot
    GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s camp is defending a controversial program he created that handed out free wheels to Massachusetts welfare recipients — including state-funded insurance and AAA memberships — even as the plan drew fire from conservatives the former Bay State governor is wooing. “Over 80 percent of participants have moved off of welfare,” said Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood Comes to America

    04/03/2012 10:58:04 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | April 3, 2012 | Lauren Bohn
    Sondos Asem has butterflies, formulating answers to questions she expects to be asked and practicing her diction with the devotion of a high school debate champion. The gentle 24-year-old graduate student at the American University in Cairo is in a hotel room in downtown New York, figuring out what to wear on national television. ("This blazer would look good, right?" "Should I wear more color?") Like many young Egyptians, she's been tweeting the fallout after the 2011 uprising that brought down former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The stakes are higher than 140-character dispatches might suggest. Asem has emerged as an...
  • Technology renders UNC journalism school's spelling test obsolete

    04/03/2012 10:04:18 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 54 replies
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | April 2, 2012 | Vanessa Voight
    The University’s journalism school has officially recognized the power of a spell check. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s spelling and grammar test, a requirement for all students in the school, will no longer include a spelling portion as administrators attempt to adapt to the changing industry. The school will alter the test in the fall for the first time since the test’s creation in the 1970s