Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $78,350
92%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 92%!! Less than $6.7k to go!! We can do this!! Thank you all very much!!

Extended News (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Economy's Biggest Drag Right Now Is (Obama's) Government

    04/29/2012 4:53:42 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    cnbc ^ | 4/27/2012 | Jeff Cox
    Government has become its own worst enemy when it comes to the economy, with public spending putting a damper on growth that otherwise continues at a steady if unspectacular pace. Dennis Flaherty | Photographer's Choice RF | Getty Images -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Friday's gross domestic product report confirmed what a drag government can be: While consumer spending grew at a 2.9 percent clip, state and local governments cut back spending by 1.2 percent on an annualized basis and the federal government pulled back by 5.6 percent. As a result, the GDP number showed just a 2.2 percent improvement. The report disappointed economists,...
  • Post-racial society still a dream deferred (Cover your keyboard)

    04/28/2012 12:04:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Attleboro Sun Chronicle ^ | April 28, 2012 | Lauren Carter
    Many people desperately want to believe America is post-racial. Surely a black family living in the White House is proof that we've overcome our embarrassing racial history and become a beacon of tolerance and respect where character, not skin color, informs the judgments we make. That sounds like a wonderful concept. It's just not reality. In reality, a barrage of shockingly racist tweets bashed Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward Wednesday night after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. Enraged Bruins fans, many of them teens, took to Twitter and branded Ward the...
  • Martin/Zimmerman case: Prosecutor missed deadline to release evidence

    04/29/2012 12:04:09 AM PDT · by ElenaM · 31 replies
    Click Orlando/WKMG ^ | Click Orlando/WKMG
    Fight over public's right to know intensifies as lawyers disagree about record lawSANFORD, Fla. - As controversy over the $200,000 George Zimmerman raised on PayPal took center stage Friday, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's decision to ignore legal questions raised over whether she's obeying Florida's public record law went largely unnoticed. But the issue of whether Corey has the legal right to continue preventing the public from seeing the evidence she says proves Zimmerman committed the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin seems to be coming to a head. The special prosecutor's office on Friday refused to make that evidence public...
  • The Mob in Mobile: The roosting of the Trayvon Martin chickens.

    04/29/2012 12:46:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.25.12 | Quin Hillyer
    MOBILE, Ala. -- Last Saturday night at 8:20 p.m., when the white Matthew Owens was beaten into critical condition by a mob of dozens of black neighbors, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers got what they wanted: a white victim, any white victim, in payback for the killing of Trayvon Martin. May God have mercy on their miserable souls -- because the rest of us should shun them mercilessly from all decent society. Delmar Drive is one of those long, long blocks, the equivalent of probably four long city blocks without a single cross street, which sometimes gets wedged...
  • Bob Beckel’s Silver Tongue Strikes Again On The Five: Joy Behar Is ‘Ugly As Sin’

    04/29/2012 12:51:15 AM PDT · by South40 · 54 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/28/2012 | Josh Feldman
    Can we just say right here and now that there is no one on cable TV quite like Bob Beckel? has absolutely no filter to speak of. He’s willing to drop an f-bomb or two every now and then, and no one speaks off-the-cuff quite like him. In the middle of a segment where the hosts were criticizing Joy Behar for trying to link John Edwards and Mitt Romney, Beckel admitted he has never heard of Behar before, but remarked that she looks “ugly as sin.”
  • Rick ok with new Romney hire

    04/29/2012 1:29:05 AM PDT · by svxdave · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/29/2012 | Charllie Mahtesian
    In another sign that Republicans are uniting behind Mitt Romney with an eye to November, Rick Santorum's national campaign manager has signed on as Romney's deputy national director of coalitions. The Union Leader reports today that the Romney camp reached out to New Hampshire-based activist Mike Biundo not long after Santorum left the race for a post that will involve coalition-building with key conservative coalitions such as "tea party activists, evangelicals, the pro-life community and the Second Amendment community." Santorum has yet to formally endorse Romney, and his camp has been careful to note that a scheduled May 4 meeting...
  • Arizona v. United States: Reading the Tea Leaves of Oral Argument

    04/29/2012 1:38:22 AM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 29, 2012 | Herbert W. Titus and WIlliam J. Olson
    The issue arose early in the oral argument, even before the solicitor general could make his claim of exclusivity. Justice Scalia kicked off, asking Mr. Clement whether he would concede "that the State has to accept within its borders all people who have no right to be there, that the Federal Government has no interest in removing ... and the State has no power to close its borders to people who have no right to be there." This time Mr. Clement answered: "I think my answer to that is no." But he did not back up his answer with either...
  • What if Zimmerman Gets an All White Jury?

    04/26/2012 12:00:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Hutchinson Report News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    Accused murderer of Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman almost certainly will eventually face a jury. And what if that jury is all white? A recent Duke University study showed that all white juries in Florida were more likely to convict a black defendant than mixed ethnic juries. Though Zimmerman isn’t black, the defense almost certainly will pull out all stops to make the case that Zimmerman was the real victim and that Martin was the aggressor. In essence this means that jurors will be asked to do a defendant and victim role reversal and put Martin on trial. The massive barrage...
  • George Zimmerman's Black Ancestry is Revealed

    04/26/2012 10:19:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Gather ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jim Kane
    Al Sharpton isn't going to be happy when he hears this. Apparently, George Zimmerman, who killed an unarmed Trayvon Martin in February, has black ancestors. The 28-year-old former neighborhood watchman is depicted in the media as an "angry white man" with hatred toward other ethnic groups. That narrative fits perfectly with liberals' view of America as a racist nation in which black children live in constant fear of white vigilantes, but this story is taking some interesting twists. The neighborhood watchman shot an unarmed Martin inside a gated condo complex in Sanford, FL. It turns out he is of mixed...
  • Motivated By Media Lies About George Zimmerman, a Hate Crime Occurs In Chicago

    04/26/2012 7:06:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | April 26, 2012 | John Nolte
    We're learning today that in Obama's Chicago, 18 year-old Alton L. Hayes has just been charged by police with "attempted robbery and aggravated battery along with a hate crime" for attacking and robbing a 19 year-old man. Hayes is black, the victim is white, and Hayes told investigators "he was angry about the [Trayvon] Martin shooting and decided to attack the victim because of his race." Now why would Hayes do this? For starters, Zimmerman is Hispanic, not Caucasian. Secondly, there's absolutely zero proof Zimmerman was racially motivated to shoot Martin. In fact, an overwhelming amount of evidence suggests race...
  • Pundits not experts in Martin case

    04/27/2012 2:38:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Tennessee Valley Times-Daily / The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | April 27, 2012 | Gene Lyons, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    Almost from the beginning, there were two aspects of the “George Zimmerman as racist assassin” story that made little sense. First, who calls the police, then murders a total stranger in cold blood knowing that the cops are minutes away? Panic seemed likelier than malice. Second, how does a 28-year-old man with a desk job catch a fleeing 17-year-old high school athlete, anyway? I say “almost,” because like most Americans, I responded to the Trayvon Martin tragedy as President Barack Obama did — in sorrow, and with pity for the immense dignity of the young man’s parents. They and their...
  • UN welcomes end to death penalty in Connecticut

    04/27/2012 4:32:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    GENEVA (AP) - The U.N. human rights office has welcomed Connecticut's move to end the death penalty for future crimes and urged other U.S. states to do the same. A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says the United States was ranked among the top five countries carrying out executions in 2011....
  • Judge refuses gag order in George Zimmerman case

    04/27/2012 9:24:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WKMG-TV ^ | April 27, 2012
    SANFORD, Fla. - A judge has refused the prosecution's request and will not issue a gag order on those involved in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who's accused of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Saying he wouldn't entertain the state's request at this time, Florida Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Friday he would not stop Zimmerman's attorneys from talking to the media if they chose. "Attorneys, specifically the defense counsel, are still commenting about the facts of the case," state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said. "I've been very careful. ... I don't have the evidence (in...
  • Presence of firearm in Martin case woefully unaddressed (Heads full of mush alert)

    04/27/2012 10:12:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Lamron of SUNY Geneseo ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jessica Maslyn
    Since the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, racial backlash concerning the incident has consumed the media. Many suggest that Martin’s death stems from an inherent suspicion in this country of young black males. Others disagree with this assessment, citing that Zimmerman is Hispanic and therefore a minority himself. While I do not deny the significant role race played in Martin’s death, a key element of the case has seemingly gone unnoticed – 28-year-old George Zimmerman, Martin’s shooter, was unnecessarily armed with a 9 mm pistol. Regardless of Martin’s race and Zimmerman’s intentions, why was a 9 mm handgun...
  • Think You Know George Zimmerman? New Timeline and Profile Could Change the Perception (& the Case)

    04/27/2012 7:47:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    When the Trayvon Martin case first started garnering national attention, there were many that thought they knew who George Zimmerman was: an overzealous racist with a vendetta against young black men who was on a mission to assert power with his gun. But then little details started emerging, such as pictures of Zimmerman’s bloody head that could bolster his self-defense claim; CNN even backtracked and said the tape it once suggested showed Zimmerman uttering a racist slur was actually him most likely saying it was “cold.” And now, Reuters has put together a detailed profile of Zimmerman that seems to...
  • Trayvon Martin killing sparks fight against pro-vigilante law (Look at source)

    04/28/2012 3:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Militant ^ | The May 7, 2012 IKssue | Naomi Craine
    SANFORD, Fla.—Nationwide demonstrations have subsided in the weeks following the April 11 indictment and arrest of George Zimmerman—the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin here. At the same time, discussion among working people and public meetings continue, many focused on the fight to repeal pro-vigilante “Stand Your Ground” laws enacted in states across the country in recent years and brought to the fore by the local police department’s refusal to arrest Zimmerman. “What went through my mind was that finally the person who shot and killed my son was going to be held accountable for...
  • The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still To Be Learned (Meh!)

    04/28/2012 11:00:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | April 28, 2012 | Dr. Walter Brasch
    For years, my father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many times, when he tried to reenter the U.S., he was stopped by the Border Patrol. My father had thick black hair and naturally dark skin, and the Patrol thought he was a Mexican brazenly trying to sneak back into the country by claiming to be married to the black-haired, blue- eyed, light-skinned woman he claimed was his wife. Once back home, he faced discrimination because neighbors thought he...
  • Lawyer in Afghan Murder Case Hopes to Put the War on Trial

    04/28/2012 11:56:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 28, 2012 | Kim Murphy
    John Henry Browne is defending Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, charged with murdering 17 civilians. The lawyer, whose clients have included Ted Bundy, says he is driven to get the system to work for Bales.John Henry Browne's first brush with the U.S. military was during the Vietnam War. The lanky attorney, then a student who drove a purple hippie van, was rejected for the draft because he was too tall. "I had done research, and I knew if you were over 6 foot 6 you were not qualified to go kill short people," said Browne, who has a 1969 photo of...
  • South Florida Survivalists Prepare for the Apocalypse

    04/28/2012 11:14:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 106 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Thursday, Apr 26 2012 | Stefan Kamph
    Jorge Villa was an exporter with an engineering degree from the University of Miami when Hurricane Andrew struck Kendall in 1992. As the storm arrived, he took his pregnant wife and the rest of his family to a warehouse space across from the Tamiami airport. It was a clear, breezy evening. He bolted the roll-down door, and the family laid out sleeping bags. By 1 a.m., he could hear the ventilation fans being ripped off the roof. By 2 a.m., it sounded like a freight train was running over the building. The rooms filled with water. His wife felt like...
  • California Governor's Mansion has a black cat mystery to solve

    04/28/2012 8:22:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The tour guides at the old Governor's Mansion in Sacramento are trying to solve a mystery, one that involves a black cat. One of the guides, John Casey, is the grandson of former Gov. Pat Brown, the last governor to live in the Victorian mansion at 16th and H streets, and therefore the nephew of the current governor, Jerry Brown. Casey was given the black ceramic cat by his aunt, former Treasurer Kathleen Brown, with a story that Pat Brown used it to denote whether his conversations with reporters at the mansion were on or off the record. If the...
  • Reviled by some, Wisconsin's Walker is conservative celebrity

    04/28/2012 8:11:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/28/12 | Brendan O'Brien
    Reviled by some, Wisconsin's Walker is conservative celebrityBy Brendan O'Brien | Reuters – 9 hrs ago MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - At the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis earlier this month, a top official rattled off a Who's Who of Republican politicians speaking to the group including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker. The loudest applause was for Wisconsin governor Walker, who faces a special election in June that could make him only the third U.S. governor recalled from office. Walker is a celebrity among conservatives wherever he goes thanks to his decision to take on public sector unions...
  • Maine's GOP governor calls state workers (union thugs) 'corrupt'

    04/28/2012 8:04:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/27/12 | CLARKE CANFIELD
    Maine's GOP governor calls state workers 'corrupt'By CLARKE CANFIELD | Associated Press – Fri, Apr 27, 2012 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's blunt-speaking governor is again creating a ruckus with his offhanded remarks — this time by calling state government middle managers "about as corrupt as can be." At a town hall-style meeting in Newport on Thursday night, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was asked why there are so many fees associated with getting a cosmetologist license. In response, the governor said state government is too big and too costly and that the state workforce is part of the problem. LePage...
  • Lawyer: Angela Corey missed deadline to release evidence

    04/28/2012 8:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    WKMG-TV ^ | April 28, 2012 | Sean Lavin, Assignment Editor
    SANFORD, Fla. - As controversy over the $200,000 George Zimmerman raised on PayPal took center stage Friday, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's decision to ignore legal questions raised over whether she's obeying Florida's public record law went largely unnoticed. But the issue of whether Corey has the legal right to continue preventing the public from seeing the evidence she says proves Zimmerman committed the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin seems to be coming to a head. The special prosecutor's office on Friday refused to make that evidence public -- even though an attorney fighting for the public's access insists Friday...
  • Principal at center of APS cheating scandal resigns

    04/28/2012 7:53:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    AJC ^ | 4/25/12 | Jaime Sarrio
    Principal at center of APS cheating scandal resignsBy Jaime Sarrio The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 8:24 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Christopher Waller, a middle school principal accused of coordinating mass test cheating, resigned Tuesday after Atlanta Public Schools issued plans to fire him. Waller emerged as one of the key figures in a 400-plus page state investigative report into test cheating, an example, investigators noted, of the toxic culture they said existed in APS. Waller, according to the investigation, bullied Parks Middle School teachers into copying exams and erasing wrong answers on state achievement tests. All the while, he garnered praise...
  • (RAT) William Jefferson should serve his 13-year sentence in a minimum-security prison, judge says

    04/28/2012 7:38:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NOLA ^ | 4/20/12 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson should serve his 13-year sentence in a minimum-security prison, judge saysBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012, 10:11 PM Alexandria, Va. -- Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, must report to prison by May 4 to begin serving his 13-year sentence on bribery and public corruption charges, more than two years after he was convicted and almost seven years after news of a federal investigation of his dealings became public. Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected a motion Friday by Jefferson's lawyer, Robert Trout, and supported by lead prosecutor Mark Lytle, that Jefferson be allowed...
  • Man arrested in brutal rapes, bludgeoning deaths of Las Vegas mother, 10-year-old daughter

    04/28/2012 6:50:02 PM PDT · by TSgt · 94 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Saturday, April 28, 5:35 PM | AP
    LAS VEGAS — Using a hammer as a weapon, a “complete stranger” with no significant criminal history allegedly chose a family at random and attacked them in their home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled and aghast. Bryan Clay, 22, was arrested Friday in the April 15 rape and bludgeoning deaths of 38-year-old Ignacia Martinez and 10-year-old Karla Martinez. He had no connection to the family of five, Lt. Ray Steiber said Saturday.
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer Book Suggests JFK Did LSD, Assassinated by CIA (along w/ mistress)

    04/28/2012 6:14:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 4/23/12 | Brittney R. Villalva
    Mary Pinchot Meyer Book Suggests JFK Did LSD, Assassinated by CIABy Brittney R. Villalva, Christian Post Reporter April 23, 2012|9:22 am The most recent book to come out concerning former president John F. Kennedy revolves mostly around his mistress, Mary Pinchot. The new conspiracy theory suggests that JFK and his mistress were both murdered by the CIA. Mary Pinchot was shot and killed execution style on Oct. 12, 1964 in broad daylight. The man originally suspected of killing her was eventually released due to eyewitness testimony, and the murder has since remained unsolved. In his new book titled "Mary's Mosaic:...
  • Obama fundraises at BET chair’s home ($40,000-a-plate dinner)

    04/28/2012 5:57:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/27/12 | LEIGH MUNSIL
    Obama fundraises at BET chair’s homeBy LEIGH MUNSIL | 4/27/12 8:44 PM EDT President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser Friday night at the home of Debra Lee, chairwoman and CEO of BET. About 40 people attended the $40,000-a-plate dinner in D.C.’s Woodley Park neighborhood. During his remarks, the president gave a nod to some of the acrimony toward Washington among the American people. "[T]hings are tough, and they've grown cynical, and they see the mess that goes on in Washington and there's a temptation at a certain point to just say, 'Oh, a plague on both their houses; nothing is...
  • Grumbling grows on left over slow-going in Wall Street crisis investigations (RAT Corzine?)

    04/28/2012 5:24:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Grumbling grows on left over slow-going in Wall Street crisis investigationsBy Peter Schroeder - 04/26/12 07:30 AM ET Roughly four years after the financial crisis hit, some on the left are wondering when, or even if, the Obama administration plans to pursue criminal prosecutions of the Wall Street figures that played a major role in the meltdown. Top White House officials, including the president himself, have vowed the slow, steady work of investigations is underway, and that those who broke the law on Wall Street will ultimately be held accountable. But despite those promises, there is scant public proof of...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ WINNERS vs LOSERS ~ 29 April 2012

    04/28/2012 4:59:19 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 55 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            WINNERS vs LOSERS When a winner makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong.” When a loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn’t my fault.” A winner always gives 110% no matter how big or small the task. A loser is always “too busy” to do what is necessary and finds excuses. A winner goes through a problem. A loser goes around it, and never gets past it. A winner makes commitments. A loser makes promises. A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be.” A loser says, “I’m...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Capital City 400 at Richmond Sat. Night 4/28 7pm ET on FoX

    04/26/2012 10:55:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 118 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 4/27/12
    It's the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers this Saturday Night at Richmond, Virginia.
  • Issa, Boehner at odds over holding Holder in contempt of Congress

    04/27/2012 9:54:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/27/2012 | Matthew Boyle -
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has drafted a 48-page contempt of Congress citation for Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious. It now appears Issa is currently moving forward without the support of House Speaker John Boehner. Holder’s Department of Justice has provided only about 7,000 pages worth of the more than 70,000 pages of documents Issa has subpoenaed related to Operation Fast and Furious. Issa and many others on Capitol Hill have threatened for months that they’ll hold Holder in contempt without actually doing it. This 48-page contempt citation is the first official step in...
  • Triple Play! Obama Blows Off Congress, Funds Palestinians, Lies About PA Stance on Israel

    04/28/2012 2:12:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    National Review-The Corner ^ | 4-28-2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    April 28, 2012 Triple Play! Obama Blows Off Congress, Funds Palestinians, Lies About PA Stance on Israel Andrew C. McCarthy Friday night news dump: President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, attempted to declare statehood unilaterally last September, in violation of the PA’s treaty commitments.Obama’s “waiver” of the restrictions on Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act was first reported in the foreign press (AFP), which is where Americans generally need to go to get news about what the U.S. administration is up to. A report from...
  • NM governor's grandfather not an illegal immigrant, became a US citizen in 1942

    04/28/2012 12:46:28 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 28 replies
    Newser ^ | Apr 27, 2012 4:03 PM CDT i | BARRY MASSEY |
    (AP) Ever since taking office last year as the nation's first Hispanic female governor, New Mexico's Susana Martinez found her family tree scrutinized over whether her grandfather was an illegal immigrant. Documents obtained by AP, however, show that he was lawfully admitted to the U.S. as a permanent resident in 1918 and became a citizen in 1942, something not even Martinez knew and a discovery that removes a potential trouble spot for someone talked about as an attractive Republican vice presidential prospect for Mitt Romney. Martinez was surprised at the news, ... The first-term governor insists she's not interested in...
  • Paul Ryan Suddenly Decides That He Hates Ayn Rand

    04/28/2012 11:29:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 88 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/27/2012 | Dan Amira
    Yesterday, Ryan claimed that Ayn Rand's philosophy "reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview." But in 2005, Ryan said, "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," and in 2003, he claimed that he gave out copies of Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents. And those two examples are really only the tip of the Rand-love iceberg. Is this how you impress Mitt Romney? By proving that you can flip-flop as egregiously as
  • Chen Guangcheng, Chinese Dissident, Went to U.S. Embassy for Protection, Friends Say

    04/28/2012 10:55:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, April 28 | Keith B. Richburg
    The U.S. and Chinese governments maintained their official silence Saturday on the whereabouts of the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, but local and overseas activists said the two sides were locked in a delicate diplomatic negotiation over the fate of the dissident who fled from house arrest last Sunday and is thought to be in Beijing under U.S. protection. The activists interviewed — some of whom were involved in helping Chen evade authorities for a week here in Beijing — said they believed Chen did not intend to seek political asylum but was sheltering in a U.S. diplomatic compound for protection...
  • "Obama Owns This Mother(Expletive)!" Woman Tells Fort Pierce Police

    04/28/2012 10:49:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    TCPalm ^ | April 26, 2012 | Will Greenlee
    Despite claims that "Obama owns this mother(expletive)!" and that "Y'all can't do (expletive) to me," a 20-year-old woman was jailed on a breach of peace charge, according to recently released Fort Pierce police records. Tamaria Denise Epps got locked up April 19 following what some might consider a non-Presidential encounter in the area of South 10th Street and Easter Avenue in Fort Pierce. Fort Pierce police about 2:10 p.m. went to the area after a report of a fight on a school bus. The altercation was between two 16-year-old girls and involved a $12 debt for hair care services, records...
  • New Pic of Young Mooch

    04/28/2012 10:16:01 AM PDT · by bkopto · 41 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | April 27, 2012 | WM
    No date. See New Pic Of Obama In High School. Via African Heritage City
  • Iranian Agent Deported for Spying on Jews in India

    04/28/2012 9:43:05 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva, Israel National News ^ | April 27, 2012 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Special Branch of the Delhi Police deported Iranian national Hamid Kashkouli, 40, who was pursuing his PhD from the University of Pune (UoP) in India, Pune Mirror reported. Kashkouli was found spying on the Chabad House in Koregaon Park, the Rasta Peth Synagogue and other Jewish and Israeli targets in the country. Kashkouli was on the payrolls of the Iranian intelligence, according to reports. Following a court order, Kashkouli was deported to Iran from Delhi, last month. Kashkouli lived in Bavdhan and was an active member of the Iranian Students’ Association. “He came to India under the pretext of...
  • 'The pregnant man' claims wife 'punched him in crotch' in divorce papers

    04/28/2012 9:37:16 AM PDT · by bkopto · 27 replies
    New Kerala ^ | April 27, 2012 | Staff
    The world's first "pregnant man" has claimed that he split from his wife as she used to beat him up in front of the children and hit him in the crotch. Transsexual Thomas Beatie, 38, gave birth in 2008 and has since had three children with wife Nancy, 49, whom he claims is a violent drunk. She has since filed court papers saying that Beatie was abusive in the relationship. Divorce papers filed by him say that in January he woke up to find her leaning over to punch him in the face. "This night, like every night, Nancy hovers...
  • Ricky Martin to host fundraiser for gay rights supporter Obama

    04/28/2012 9:32:41 AM PDT · by bkopto · 12 replies
    New Kerala | April 27, 2012 | Staff
    Ricky Martin is set to host a fundraising event for Barack Obama to thank the US President for his support of gay rights. The gay singer will team up with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Leadership Council and the Futuro Fund to host a benefit for the president at New York City's Rubin Museum of Art next month. The 40-year-old popstar wants Obama to win a second term at this year's upcoming election, believing he will continue to show support for the LGBT community. "I am proud to support our president. I believe Barack Obama has shown a...
  • Bill Daley on Obama and the business community: "They think he's like Marx"

    04/28/2012 9:06:25 AM PDT · by bkopto · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 25, 2012 | Lynn Sweet
    Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley acknowledged Wednesday that President Barack Obama has a "very difficult time" with the business community. "They think he's like Marx or something," Daley said. Daley made his comments in his first big speech since stepping down as President Barack Obama's chief of staff, giving a home town crowd insights into the White House and beyond. How does Obama get on with business people? "They think he's like Marx or something," Daley said. "It's like he's destroyed the world and the financial services industry as we know it. Most of the public today...
  • Firefighters, SEIU Local 1000 give $500,000 to fight ballot measure

    04/28/2012 8:42:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 4/28/12 | Jon Ortiz
    California Professional Firefighters and SEIU Local 1000 recently donated a combined half-million dollars to the group combating a Nov. 6 ballot measure aimed at curbing unions' political power and banning direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions. The California Professional Firefighters Independent Expenditures PAC donated $250,000 on April 11 and Local 1000 kicked in $252,762 a couple days later, according to a report filed this week with the state. . . . Contributions to defeat the measure now total $5.7 million. Supporters raised about $2.9 million so far.
  • Sen. Reid’s judicial hypocrisy

    04/27/2012 4:38:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    elko daly ^ | April 20, 2012 | CHUCK MUTH
    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) nominated a liberal judge, Elissa Cadish — who once wrote that she didn’t believe there was an individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms — for a judicial vacancy on the federal bench. However, per Senate tradition, unless both home-state senators agree to allow the nomination to move forward, the nomination doesn’t move forward. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) has objected to Cadish’s nomination. And without Heller’s OK, the nomination is dead. Which means Cadish should withdraw. Or Reid should tell her to withdraw. But instead, Reid released a statement doubling down on the Cadish nomination....
  • Obama flashing executive power in election year

    04/28/2012 7:14:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 4/28/12 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, flashing his executive power in an election year, is promoting measures to safeguard veterans and members of the military against unscrupulous college recruiters. In his Internet and radio address Saturday, Obama reiterated a series of measures he announced the day before at Fort Stewart, Ga., to protect current and former servicemen and women as they seek educational opportunities under the GI Bill. "The sad truth is that there are people out there who are less interested in helping our men and women in uniform get ahead and more interested in making a buck," he...
  • Fifty Terror Plots Foiled Since 9/11: The Homegrown Threat and the Long War on Terrorism

    04/28/2012 7:01:42 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 25, 2012 | By James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. , Steven Bucci and Jessica Zuckerman
    Abstract: In 2007, The Heritage Foundation became the first and only organization to track thwarted terrorist attacks against the United States. That year, Heritage reported that at least 19 publicly known terrorist attacks against the United States had been foiled since 9/11. Today, that number stands at 50. The fact that the United States has not suffered a large-scale attack since 9/11 speaks to the country’s counterterrorism successes. But, one year after the death of Osama bin Laden, the long war on terrorism is far from over. Reviewing the terrorist plots that have been foiled since 9/11 can provide valuable...
  • Obama May Use Wedge Issues As A Weapon

    04/27/2012 6:49:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 27, 2012 | Mark Z. Barabak and John Hoeffel
    Obama May Use Wedge Issues As A Weapon Obama and Democrats appear to be using immigration and contraception to try to pry away voters from the other camp, similar to wedge issues that past Republican presidential candidates have employed. Mark Z. Barabak April 27 Is President Obama trying to wedge his way to a second term? The economy will doubtless be the overriding issue in November's presidential contest, and Obama is hardly ignoring it. But a successful candidate appeals to all sorts of voters harboring all sorts of concerns, and the president and backers appear to be using a pair...
  • Five myths about conservative voters (by Frank Luntz, based on his polls)

    04/28/2012 6:42:20 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2012 | Frank Luntz
    1. Conservatives care most about the size of government. 2. Conservatives want to deport all illegal immigrants. 3. They worship Wall Street 4. Conservatives want to slash Social Security and Medicare. 5. Conservatives don't care about inequality. So, if everyone is concerned about the income gap, what's the big difference between left and right? It's the difference between opportunity and outcome. Conservatives want to increase opportunity, giving everyone the freedom and tools to prosper, so that the poor may someday become rich. Liberals want to redistribute income, making the rich - quite simply - less rich.
  • Poll: Lugar Trailing Mourdock By Five Points (Whoo Hoooooo)

    04/28/2012 5:27:22 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 62 replies
    http://www.wfpl.org ^ | APRIL 26, 2012 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    Longtime Indiana Senator Dick Lugar is trailing state Treasurer Richard Mourdock by five points in the closely watched Republican primary, according to a new poll on behalf of Citizens United. The survey shows Mourdock leading with 44 percent and Lugar at 39 percent, with nearly 17 percent of voters still undecided. Lugar supporters point out that Citizens United is backing Mourdock in the May 8 primary, however. Both candidates have seen their favorable numbers plummet and the nastiness is expected to increase with less than two weeks left. From Politico: The Club for Growth has just reserved another $421,000 of...
  • Prions in the brain eliminated by homing molecules

    04/28/2012 2:16:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    biologynews.net ^ | April 24, 2012 | NA
    Toxic prions in the brain can be detected with self-illuminating polymers. The originators, at Linköping University in Sweden, has now shown that the same molecules can also render the prions harmless, and potentially cure fatal nerve-destroying illnesses. Linköping researchers and their colleagues at the University Hospital in Zürich tested the luminescent conjugated polymers, or LCPs, on tissue sections from the brains of mice that had been infected with prions. The results show that the number of prions, as well as their toxicity and infectibility, decreased drastically. This is the first time anyone has been able to demonstrate the possibility of...