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  • 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...