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  • Obama's Opening Salvo: Hope, Change and Fear [HG: "Hope is the Only Thing Stronger Than Fear...."]

    05/06/2012 9:30:34 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    CBSNews ^ | May 6, 2012 10:23 AM | John Dicherson
    Barack Obama once wanted to "Win the Future." Now he's just hoping to get there. "Forward" is the new message of his re-election campaign, which he outlined Saturday in the first two official speeches of his 2012 presidential campaign. While his message still contains the old slogan's optimism of a brighter tomorrow, the force of the president's new argument is not so much that Americans could achieve greatness but that they must lock arms to keep Mitt Romney from dragging the country back to a dark past. Hope and change are still alive, said the president, referring to his 2008...
  • Trending: Schwarzenegger asks, 'What would Ronald Reagan have done?'

    05/06/2012 9:19:26 AM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | May 6, 2012 | Gregory Wallace
    Were Ronald Reagan in office today, some Republicans would "start looking for a 'real' conservative to challenge him in a primary," Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote in an op-ed published Saturday evening. "What's important is our shared belief in the broad Republican principles of free enterprise and small government," he said in the op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times. "If we continue to fight one another without being willing to compromise, we will keep losing to big-government advocates."
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron's 499 at Talladega - Sunday 5/6/12 @ 1200 ET on FoX

    05/03/2012 11:36:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 152 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 5/3/12
    Talladega. 2.66 miles of what some call some mighty mean track.. See Ya There! This thread dedicated to our armed forces and coalition forces. God Blessings on our nation and allies and prayers of comfort to the families of our fallen patriots.
  • France chooses a new president during tough times (Socialist Francois Hollande?)

    05/06/2012 9:00:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/06/12 | GREG KELLER
    France chooses a new president during tough timesBy GREG KELLER | Associated Press – 4 mins 30 secs ago PARIS (AP) — France voted in a presidential run-off election on Sunday that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies. The election outcome will impact efforts to fight France's debt crisis, how long the nation's troops stay in Afghanistan and how France exercises its military and diplomatic muscle around the world. Hollande voted in his electoral fief of Tulle, in central France. Live television coverage showed the 57-year-old...
  • Bill Clinton records robocall opposing NC anti-gay (pro-family) marriage amendment

    05/06/2012 8:18:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/06/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Bill Clinton records robocall opposing NC anti-gay marriage amendmentBy Meghashyam Mali - 05/06/12 08:02 AM ET Former President Bill Clinton recorded a new robocall urging North Carolina voters to reject a proposed state constitutional amendment which would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The call will be pushed to voters beginning Monday, the Raleigh News & Observer first reported. "I’m calling to urge you to vote against Amendment 1 on Tuesday May 8. If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good...
  • Photo of the Day: Obama Waves to Empty Stands at Official Campaign Kick Off Rally

    05/06/2012 8:16:57 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 63 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-6-2012 | Jim Hoft
    May 6, 2012 Photo of the Day: Obama Waves to Empty Stands at Official Campaign Kick Off Rally Jim Hoft Bummer. It was supposed to be such a big event. Barack Obama waves to empty stands at his official 2012 campaign kick off rally in Ohio. U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to supporters at a campaign rally at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio May 5, 2012. President Obama officially kicked off his reelection campaign on Saturday with visits to Ohio and Virginia. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) Here’s the campaign’s list of excuses for the low...
  • Senator demands inquiry into ‘terror’ funding

    05/06/2012 7:17:03 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 8 replies
    The Australian Jewish News ^ | May 4, 2012 | GARETH NARUNSKY
    A SENATOR has requested an official inquiry into whether Australian taxpayers are unknowingly funding a Palestinian terrorist organisation. In a letter sent to Foreign Minister Bob Carr last week, Victorian Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson cited evidence collected by Israeli civil rights organisation Shurat HaDin, which alleges that the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), based in Gaza, is a subsidiary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP has a history of hijackings and suicide bombings, and was listed as a terrorist organisation by the Australian government in 2001. The Australian government’s foreign-aid arm, AusAID, funds...
  • George Washington Was Not One to Enact Your Silly Dares On (Don't Screw With GW!)

    05/06/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 47 replies
    The result of the meetings at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 was the United States Constitution, placing the Convention among the most significant events in the history of the United States. The delegates elected George Washington to preside over the convention. He was a towering figure, already considered the 'Father of His Country', and the most respected person there. Even men of high stature were nervous to approach him. But one story goes at this: Alexander Hamilton dared his fellow delegate Gouverneur Morris to clap General Washington on the shoulder and offer him a hearty greeting. Taking the dare, Morris...
  • Goodspeed Analysis: Chen Guangcheng’s escape awakens China’s activists

    05/06/2012 5:52:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | May 5, 2012 | Peter Goodspeed
    Online, where the audacity of defiance remains anonymous, tens of thousands of Chinese “netizens” rejoiced this week over news of the daring escape of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng. China’s censors rushed to block all Internet analysis of the case by shutting down social media discussions that used phrases such as Mr. Chen’s name, his initials, the words “U.S. embassy” or even “blind man.” As usual, China’s innovative Internet users got around the problem, with a variety of deceptions to keep the debate raging. Some people referred to Mr. Chen as “A Bing,” a famous blind folk singer. But...
  • UC Berkeley adviser fired after affair

    05/06/2012 6:31:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/6/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    A former UC Berkeley assistant vice chancellor who doubled the salary of a male subordinate during a 15-month affair has been fired from the university. Diane Leite, 47, who had already been bumped from her assistant vice chancellor's job, was dismissed from the six-figure-salary adviser's job where she had landed, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof confirmed Friday. Leite's relationship with purchasing manager Jonathan Caniezo, who is 17 years her junior, was detailed in a whistle-blower letter to her boss back in August. Records show that Caniezo's pay grew from $57,864 in late 2008 to $120,000 in 2010.When the scandal went...
  • Attacker in Afghan Army Uniform Kills NATO Soldier (but Obama got Bin Laden)

    05/06/2012 6:13:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies
    abc ^ | 5/6/2012 | ap
    NATO says an attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform has opened fired on coalition service members, killing one. The NATO statement says coalition forces returned fire and killed the shooter Sunday in southern Afghanistan.
  • Argies shoot their Olympic video ... on our Falkland Islands

    05/06/2012 5:20:00 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | May 3, 2012 | the sun
    AN Argentinean Olympic hopeful trains on the Falkland Islands – in a provocative telly ad aired by the South American country last night. The 90-second clip, broadcast during prime time, shows Argie hockey player Fernando Zylberberg running through the streets of the Falklands' capital city Port Stanley. He jogs past quintessentially British things including a red phone box and a Union Flag. He also does push ups outside the Globe Tavern pub, and runs past the offices of Penguin News — the island’s weekly English-language newspaper.
  • Al-Qaida magazine urges terrorists to set wildfires in Montana

    05/06/2012 4:57:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 5/04/12 | GWEN FLORIO
    Al-Qaida magazine urges terrorists to set wildfires in MontanaMay 04, 2012 5:53 am • By GWEN FLORIO Terrorists who want to strike fear in the hearts of Americans would do well to set wildfires in Montana, al-Qaida advises in the most recent issue of its English-language magazine, Inspire. “It is difficult to choose a better place other than in the valleys of Montana where the population increases rapidly,” Inspire’s “AQ Chef” columnist writes. The magazine disappeared for a while after its founders, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, were killed last year in a U.S. missile strike. But it recently reappeared...
  • 'Virginia … we're not going back' (to $1.60 a gallon of gas or 5% unemployment)

    05/06/2012 4:54:22 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    Richmond-Times-Dispatch ^ | 5/6/2012 | By: Karin Kapsidelis
    President Barack Obama kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday at rallies in Ohio and Richmond, where he cast the election as a choice between policies of the past or progress, and "a make-or-break moment" for the middle class. Before a boisterous crowd of about 8,000 at Virginia Commonwealth University, in the capital of a swing state that could be key to his securing a second term, Obama said that while the nation's economy still faces headwinds, it's making progress. He presented himself as a fighter for the middle class and cast presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as a potential president...
  • Reality Check: Bound Delegates In The Republican Primary May Not Be Bound After All

    05/06/2012 1:55:47 AM PDT · by OneLoyalAmerican · 22 replies
    Ben Swann Reality Check ^ | 3 May 2012 | Ben Swann
    Ben Swann takes a look at "Rule 38" in the Republican National Convention rules which states that States and Congressional Districts cannot "bind" their delegates.
  • On Jobs, Bad News Is Bad. The Good News Is Bad, Too

    05/06/2012 1:48:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    KERA-AM / National Public Radio ^ | May 5, 2012 | John Ydstie
    For the second month in a row, weak job growth numbers unsettled nerves in the White House and on Wall Street. It's obvious why the number of jobs added to the economy in April was disappointing. Employment grew by just 115,000. That followed a disappointing job gain in March. Together, the March and April average was only about half the 250,000 jobs added monthly in December, January and February. Again, economists suggested the warm winter weather might have boosted job growth during the winter months, which left fewer jobs to be added in the spring. However, at first glance there...
  • Exclusive Video- Prof. Netanyahu: Jews Should 'Fight' for Israel

    05/06/2012 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/5/12 | Elad Benari
    Professor Benzion Netanyahu, father of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who died last week at the age of 102, was known for his right-wing views and for his Zionism. His values are reflected in the following exclusive and rare video, which was forwarded to Arutz Sheva by the Keep Jerusalem - Im Eshkachech organization. Keep Jerusalem - Im Eshkachech works toward keeping Jerusalem united under Israeli sovereignty. The organization believes that through re-educating the public with accurate up to date facts, Jerusalem, the city synonymous with the identity of the Jewish people, can regain the public’s support and remain unified under...
  • 9/11 defendants ignore judge at Guantanamo hearing

    05/05/2012 8:01:58 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 62 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 5/5/12 | BEN FOX
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — They knelt in prayer, ignored the judge and wouldn't listen to Arabic translations as they confronted nearly 3,000 counts of murder. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four co-defendants defiantly disrupted an arraignment that dragged into Saturday night in the opening act of the long-stalled effort to prosecute them in a military court. It wasn't until more than seven hours into the hearing that prosecutors at the U.S. military base in Cuba began reading the charges against the men, including 2,976 counts of murder and terrorism in the 2001 attacks...
  • Obama ramps up campaign, knocks Romney's CEO past (Obama never ran even a Lemonade Stand)

    05/05/2012 6:42:39 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/5/2012 | Reuters
    U.S. President Barack Obama used his first rallies of the 2012 campaign on Saturday to attack Republican Mitt Romney for learning the "wrong lessons" as a business executive, and promised to move the economy forward if he wins a second term. Obama formally launched his Chicago-based re-election effort last year, but the Democratic president's own campaigning has been confined to fundraisers while the Republican Party whittled down possible nominees to run against him. That changed this weekend. Addressing spirited crowds in Ohio and Virginia - two states that could be critical to keeping the White House - Obama tried to...
  • Gary Johnson Wins Libertarian Nod

    05/05/2012 5:37:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 05/05/20
    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is campaigning to win the White House as a Libertarian after receiving scant attention in the Republican presidential race. Johnson easily became the party's presidential nominee at the Libertarian national convention in Las Vegas on Saturday. He hopes to appeal to voters fed up with the traditional two-party system this November. SNIP He won 74 percent of the vote on the first ballot in Las Vegas, an unusual showing of support. SNIP
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ AIM HIGH! ~ 06 May 2012

    05/05/2012 4:59:51 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 88 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            AIM HIGH! A college professor prepared a final exam for his students. The test questions were divided into three categories, and the students were instructed to choose questions from only one of the categories. The first category of questions was the hardest and worth fifty points. The second, which was easier, was worth forty points. The third, the simplest, was worth thirty points. Upon completion of the test, students who had chosen the hardest fifty-point questions were given As. The students who had chosen the forty-point questions received Bs. Those who had settled for the...
  • Obama pleads at rally: ‘I’m asking you to keep believing in me’

    05/05/2012 4:50:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 89 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/05/12 | Olivier Knox
    Obama pleads at rally: ‘I’m asking you to keep believing in me’By Olivier Knox | The Ticket – 4 hrs ago Fighting to recapture the magic of his history-making 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama on Saturday laid out his fullest-yet case for reelection, pleading with struggling Americans to "keep believing in me" and hitting out at presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. "If people ask you what this campaign is about, you tell them 'it's still about hope.' You tell them 'it's still about change,'" he told a cheering mass of supporters at Ohio State University in Columbus, six months and...
  • Wisconsin Democratic debate focuses on attacking governor ("This state has been at war")

    05/05/2012 4:37:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/05/12 | Brendan O'Brien
    Wisconsin Democratic debate focuses on attacking governorBy Brendan O'Brien | Reuters – 19 hrs ago MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Democratic candidates vying for a shot at ousting Governor Scott Walker from office in a June recall election aimed their attacks at the Republican incumbent rather than each other during a debate on Friday. "This state has been at war for the last 16 months," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the frontrunner in the primary to select a Democratic candidate to oppose Walker. "I will end the civil war in the state of Wisconsin," said Barrett. "I will restore trust in the...
  • Arizona Bans Funding for Planned Parenthood, Organizations That Perform Abortions

    05/05/2012 4:17:06 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 21 replies
    /abcnews.go.com ^ | May 5,2012 | Abc news
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that will cut off public funding for organizations that perform "nonfederally qualified abortions," striking a blow to Planned Parenthood in the state. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that will cut off public funding for organizations that perform "nonfederally qualified abortions," striking a blow to Planned Parenthood in the state.
  • (Cheating) APS teacher ready to fight for her job

    05/05/2012 4:14:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    AJC ^ | 5/04/12 | Jaime Sarrio
    APS teacher ready to fight for her jobBy Jaime Sarrio The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6:31 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2012 An Atlanta teacher accused of cheating says she's ready to defend herself against claims she changed student answers. Camille Neely was a third-grade teacher at Gideons Elementary, where a special state investigation claims widespread cheating took place in 2009 and other years. Atlanta Public Schools is trying to fire Neely for allegedly changing answers on state exams and lying about her involvement to special investigators. **SNIP** Atlanta Public Schools is in the process of holding termination hearings to get some 90...
  • William Jefferson (11-time RAT FELON-La) settles in to federal prison in Beaumont, Texas

    05/05/2012 3:14:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/05/12 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson settles in to federal prison in Beaumont, TexasBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune Published: Saturday, May 05, 2012, 9:00 AM Former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson reported Friday to the low-security federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, to begin serving a 13-year sentence, the longest ever for a congressional member. Jefferson, 65, arrived about 40 minutes ahead of the noon deadline set by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III who presided over Jefferson's 2009 trial for corruption and bribery. **SNIP** His downfall began when a disgruntled investor went to the FBI in 2005, expressing concerns that she was being defrauded...
  • Pelosi Questions Obama Marijuana Policy

    05/05/2012 1:42:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 5, 2012 | Chris Roberts
    Nancy Pelosi speaks out in support of medical marijuana.If President Barack Obama won't listen to the people, perhaps he'll heed Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi reacted to medical cannabis users' petitions this week when she issued a statement blasting the federal Justice Department's crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana, according to SF Weekly. Obama defended the Justice Department's crackdown in an interview in Rolling Stone. Obama insisted that he can't tell the Justice Department not to enforce laws on the books. In response, Pelosi issued a statement this week of her own, in which she voices her "strong concerns" about the federal...
  • Olmert: ‘Right-Wing Americans’ to Blame for Peace Failure

    05/05/2012 1:19:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accused right-wing Americans of being responsible for the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Wealthy Americans ousted him from power and derailed negotiations, he told CNN. Olmert said he was committed to reaching peace, “But I had to fight against superior powers, including millions and millions of dollars that were transferred from this country [the United States] by figures which were from the extreme right wing that were aimed to topple me as prime minister of Israel.” Olmert left office amidst accusations of corruption involving several different affairs. His bureau chief...
  • French Socialists’ joy of election victory will be shortlived (Great Analysis)

    05/05/2012 11:43:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/4/2012 | Ben Brogan
    ....Nervousness about what the future holds has reached deep into Mr Sarkozy’s inner circle, too. One of his small group of close friends who gather around the president for late-night drinks most weeks put it in the starkest terms for me: “Economically, I want him to win because Hollande will be a disaster for France. But for the sake of social stability, it is better if Sarkozy loses.” He recognised that the president has been a divisive figure, and that after a decade in power for the Right the public is angry and has had enough. To hear one of...
  • Think tank compares belief in global warming to Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden, others

    05/05/2012 11:13:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/04/12 | Caroline May
    Think tank compares belief in global warming to Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden, othersBy Caroline May | The Daily Caller – Fri, May 4, 2012 A free market think tank is taking its beef with climate change alarmists to the Chicago skies. The Heartland Institute has announced a billboard campaign highlighting the unsavory characters who “still believe in global warming,” including “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, mass murderer Charles Manson and dictator Fidel Castro. According to Heartland, terrorist Osama bin Laden and Discovery Channel hostage taker James J. Lee may also occupy a climate change billboard in the near future. “These rogues...
  • California Democrat (Pete Stark) confuses Solyndra with electric car company

    05/05/2012 10:58:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/05/12 | Daniel Strauss
    California Democrat confuses Solyndra with electric car companyBy Daniel Strauss - 05/05/12 12:37 PM ET Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) confused failed solar energy firm Solyndra with the electric car company Tesla. "I wish I had enough expense allowance to get one of those new S's that Solyndra's going to make down there - the electric car," Stark said in a Saturday report by the San Francisco Chronicle, after being asked about the defunct solar energy company. "They run $60,000 to $90,000." Solyndra fell under scrutiny after failing despite recieving a guaranteed $535 million low-interest loan from the Obama administration. House...
  • Group submits signatures for California business tax change on November ballot

    05/05/2012 9:20:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/5/12 | Jim Sanders
    The stage was set Friday for three revenue-raising measures to qualify for the November ballot after a group led by hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer submitted more than 900,000 signatures for a tax increase on out-of-state businesses. Proponents of two other tax initiatives, driven separately by Gov. Jerry Brown and civil rights attorney Molly Munger, said they have collected more than enough signatures to place their proposals before voters. The measures would generate billions in revenue for a state rocked by recession and cuts to education and public services in recent years. But Mitch Zak, spokesman for a coalition opposing Steyer's...
  • California governor warns water plan controversial

    05/05/2012 9:13:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SFGate: Capitol Notebook ^ | 5/5/12 | Marisa Lagos, Wyatt Buchanan
    Gov. Jerry Brown warned this week that his administration's soon-to-be unveiled plan to tackle the state's water delivery challenges is "going to be controversial" but vowed he would "push it through." Saying that state leaders have failed for five decades to ensure water reliability in the Golden State, Brown told a group of about 900 business leaders in San Jose Thursday that his administration would soon announce its preferred plan - widely expected to be two giant pipelines that move water out of the Sacramento River and under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to the Bay Area, Central Valley...
  • Rep. Pete Stark faces threat to long career

    05/05/2012 9:00:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/5/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    It was a revealing moment for California Rep. Pete Stark, the irascible East Bay liberal who has forged a reputation as a firebrand during four decades in Congress. The 80-year-old Democrat, in a meeting with Chronicle editors and reporters this week, appeared to be confused about Solyndra, the Fremont solar power company whose collapse has fueled Republican criticism of the Obama administration's energy policies this election year. "I wish I had enough expense allowance to get one of those new S's that Solyndra's going to make down there - the electric car," Stark said, after being asked about the company....
  • How Green Was My Bankruptcy?

    05/05/2012 7:33:22 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | May 4, 2012 | David Middleton
    My apologies to the memories of the late Richard Llewellyn and late John Ford; but I just had to borrow their title for this post. This paragraph from a 2010 Telegraph article really says it all… Its 500,000 photovoltaic panels will generate 30 megawatts of electricity, enough, in the popular measurement, to power 9,000 homes. It is costing about $250 million to build, significantly less than a gas, coal or nuclear power station, which can easily exceed $1 billion. And it represents a sea-change in America’s energy business.America has been notoriously devoted to hydrocarbon fuels. Big Oil, Big Coal and...
  • (One-Trick Pony) Obama: Time to shift attention from wars to home

    05/05/2012 3:53:47 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/5/2012 | staff
    Placing a final punctuation mark on a week devoted to foreign policy, President Barack Obama on Saturday declared that his goal of defeating al-Qaida was within reach and said it was now time to turn the country's attention to more domestic concerns like strengthening the middle class. Just four days after a surprise 36-hour round trip to Afghanistan, Obama said that money saved from ending wars should be used equally to pay down the debt and to spend on health care, education and infrastructure. "After more than a decade of war, it is time to focus on nation-building here at...
  • (Race Baiter) Bill Maher: Obama’s reelection is black America’s last hope

    05/05/2012 3:37:11 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 66 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 5/5/2012 | Jeff Poor
    So, if President Barack Obama isn’t reelected, will the reputation of entire black race suffer from his electoral defeat? On Friday’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, Maher said a Romney win in November would reflect poorly on “black America” and help conservatives undermine America’s faith in black politicians. “I think the second term for Obama is more important even than the first,” Maher said. “Obviously, it was important to get the first black president elected. But if the first black president only has one term, America reads that as a failure.
  • Wastewater Jitters in New York

    05/05/2012 12:03:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 4, 2012 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    As I report in Friday’s Times, disposing of the waste produced by natural gas drilling will become a larger and more contentious issue if New York State gives the go-ahead to horizontal hydraulic fracturing, which uses millions of gallons of fluids per well to release gas from the Marcellus Shale. New York already deals with waste from about 6,800 active vertical and horizontal gas wells upstate. Although these wells require just a fraction of the water that would be needed for fracking in the Marcellus, they still produce waste that needs to go somewhere. Officials with the New York Department...
  • Aide: Santorum Endorsement Could Come In 'Next Week Or So'

    05/04/2012 8:38:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    KCRA ^ | May 4, 2012 | CNN Political Unit
    John Brabender, a senior strategist to former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, said Friday if the ex-GOP candidate endorses his former top rival Mitt Romney it will be "in the next week or so." Brabender's comments came after a meeting between the one-time opponents, which he characterized as a productive, issues-driven conversation. Nonetheless, the session did not produce an immediate endorsement from Santorum. Asked by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley what "sooner" meant, Brabender said "probably in the next week or so, not in the next two months."
  • Hawker Approved To Continue Paying Salaries During Bankruptcy

    05/04/2012 8:09:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KAKE-TV ^ | May 4, 2012 | Chris Frank
    Hawker Beechcraft has received approval from a federal bankruptcy court to continue paying employees, vendors and suppliers. There are still many questions about the filing and what it means to current and retired workers. Wichita bankruptcy attorney Bill Zimmerman says planes will continue to be built and, for all practical purposes, Hawker Beechcraft will continue operating during its restructuring. "The whole idea is to maintain value by continuing to operate," said Zimmerman. Something catching employees' attention is a statement on the company website that Hawker may have to terminate its pension plan. Zimmerman says it's not a done deal and...
  • If Obama wins, what would he do in a second term?

    05/04/2012 8:09:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 115 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2012 | Ezra Klein
    "In a second term," Mitt Romney darkly warned in a speech to the National Rifle Association last month, President Obama "would be unrestrained by the demands of reelection." ...His only specific prediction was that Obama would "remake" the Supreme Court. .... At the end of 2012, we'll face what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calls "the fiscal cliff": The Bush tax cuts are set to expire, the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts initiated when the deficit "supercommittee" failed to reach a deal are set to begin, we're expected to hit the debt ceiling again, and many other programs and...
  • ‘Bow Tie’N White Boy’: Democrat Strategist(Jehmu Greene) Hurls Racial Slur at Tucker Carlson

    05/04/2012 7:55:10 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-4-2012 | Bryan Preston
    May 4, 2012 ‘Bow Tie’N White Boy’: Democrat Strategist Hurls Racial Slur at Tucker Carlson Bryan Preston A racist comment may have ripple effects after airing on the Fox News Channel this afternoon. Democrat strategist Jehmu Greene and the Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show America Live, when Greene went after Carlson personally. Twitter lit up immediately: After a commercial break, Kelly reappeared and said that she had consulted with producers to find out if she heard Greene say “what she thought she heard.” Kelly then apologized to Carlson on behalf of herself and the Fox News...
  • When It's Okay to Ignore Racial Violence

    05/04/2012 7:32:33 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 30 replies
    patriotpost.us ^ | May 4, 2012 | Nate Jackson
    As the story of Trayvon Martin's death has slowly faded from the headlines, there have been numerous unreported instances of black-on-white violence that, were the media actually fair, they would have highlighted. In fact, these aren't really random acts of violence, but the direct result of media hype over Martin's death. In recent weeks, writes blogger Bob Owens, "At least 15 whites have been beaten not just with fists, but with potentially deadly weapons including hammers and lengths of chain. Many of the victims have been hospitalized, some may never fully recover, and one lingers on the verge of death."...
  • What Would Bush Have Done for Chen Guangcheng?

    05/04/2012 6:59:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, May 4, 2012 | Will Inboden
    The Obama administration's deal with the Chinese government over the blind lawyer-activist Chen Guangcheng initially appeared to be a diplomatic triumph, but now has turned into a serious test. The question is why. Based on the information available at the time, I initially thought the deal was a success, as I wrote here. This was because it appeared to honor Chen's desire to stay in China, and it appeared to represent a dual set of commitments: by the Chinese Government to respect China's rights, and by the Obama administration to hold Beijing to the agreement. Unfortunately neither of those commitments...
  • Paul Ryan: Obama's 'Julia' website 'creepy' and 'demeaning'

    05/04/2012 6:46:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 20112 | Justin Sink
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Friday that the Obama campaign's new website - which uses a fictionalized woman named Julia to illustrate how the president's policies help female voters - is "creepy" and "demeaning." "It suggests that this woman can't go anywhere in life without Barack Obama's government-centered society. It's kind of demeaning to her," Ryan said during a constituent meeting in Wisconsin, the National Review reports. "She must have him and his big government to depend on to go anywhere in life. It doesn't say much about his faith in Julia." Dubbed "The Life of Julia,"...
  • Jobs report shows effects of the incredible shrinking U.S. labor force

    05/04/2012 6:44:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 5/4/2012 | staff
    If the same percentage of adults were in the workforce today as when Barack Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 11.1 percent. If the percentage was where it was when George W. Bush took office, the unemployment rate would be 13.1 percent. That helps explain a seeming contradiction in the unemployment numbers — the rate keeps dropping even though job creation has been soft. In April, the U.S. economy added a mere 115,000 jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday. In a normal month, that would not even be enough to keep up with new...
  • Michigan welfare recipients get hundreds for car repairs, clothing allowance

    05/04/2012 6:12:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4 May 2012 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan’s welfare recipients may get up to $900 from the state in car repairs every year, but the House of Representatives is trying to cut that to $500. The car repair subsidies are part of a $6.4 million program the Department of Human Services has to help welfare recipients get a job and stay employed. Among many approved expenses, the program also includes up to $1,200 for welfare recipients to buy a car, and up to $500 for clothing allowance for job interviews and work. “You've got to be kidding me,” said Jim Chioda, a tea party activist from Holland....
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 5 May 2012

    05/04/2012 5:59:42 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 622 replies
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  • RNC might block entire Nevada delegation over Ron Paul delegate mischief

    05/04/2012 3:07:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/03/12 | Justin Sink
    RNC might block entire Nevada delegation over Ron Paul delegate mischiefBy Justin Sink - 05/03/12 08:53 AM ET The Republican National Committee is warning the Nevada GOP that if supporters of Ron Paul are allowed to take too many slots for the national convention, the party may opt against seating the state's entire delegation. "I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates, thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevada’s entire delegation to the National Convention," said John R. Phillippe Jr., the...
  • Bachmann: Why did I endorse Mitt Romney? Two words: Barack Obama

    05/04/2012 2:44:17 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 53 replies
    Fox news ^ | May 4,2012 | Fox news
    REP. MICHELE BACHMANN, R-MINN./FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Good evening, Greta. Good to talk to you this evening. VAN SUSTEREN: All right, well, things certainly have changed. So I know that it's no surprise that this candidate -- that this next phase of the election gets rolled out, you are going to see every sound bite you ever made saying something about Governor Romney. You're going to have to answer to it. It's going to be in every ad. And you're going to do it to the other side. So tell me, you called him a frugal socialist. Now what are you...