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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