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  • Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's children's charity The Second Mile to fold (n/p pedophile hook-up)

    05/25/2012 8:47:55 AM PDT · by Liz · 11 replies
    NY POST ^ | 5/25/12 | NEWSCORE
    The children's charity at the center of the child molestation case against Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky, will fold....requesting court approval to transfer its programs to Houston-based Arrow Child & Family Ministries. A grand jury report indicated Sandusky met his alleged victims through The Second Mile, which he founded in 1977 to help disadvantaged children. The former Penn State defensive coordinator is accused of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. He will stand trial June 5. Around $2 million in current cash assets will be transferred to Arrow to fund programs in Pennsylvania for up to two years. The...
  • Clinton: 'Significant Differences' With Iran Remain

    05/25/2012 7:12:23 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/5/12 | Gabe Kahn
    US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Friday that "significant differences" remain over Iran's nuclear program following two days of talks in Baghdad. Clinton says the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany – presented Tehran with a detailed proposal on all aspects of Iran's uranium enrichment during this week's talks in Baghdad. The P5+1 plan reportedly calls on Iran to halt enrichment past 3.5%, ship its stores of 20% enriched uranium out of the country, and shut down its heavily fortified Fordow enrichment facility. They had also called on Iran to live up to...
  • China: Two Incidents Open Pandora’s Box – Analysis

    05/25/2012 6:46:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Eurasia View ^ | 05/22/12 | Bhaskar Roy
    China: Two Incidents Open Pandora’s Box – Analysis May 22, 2012 By Bhaskar Roy Two incidents, one regarding Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai, and the other involving a blind human rights activist and self-taught lawyer Chen Guangchen, destroyed the myth that the Chinese system is a well oiled machine. Policy, individual, and bitter factional rivalries are kept sealed from the public to ensure the Party’s inviolability. This is the biggest political quake the country has experienced since the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. The new age of social communication, the internet, has also damaged the Party’s secrecy. Even people inside the...
  • Elizabeth Warren: Mom says I'm Native American (I bet "mom" also told her she was smart)

    05/25/2012 4:27:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/25/2012 | By MJ LEE
    An exasperated Elizabeth Warren told reporters Thursday that she’s certain about her Native American roots “because my mother told me so.” Surrounded by a group of reporters, the Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate was repeatedly questioned about why she hasn’t produced documentation to prove that she is part Native American. After several minutes of grilling, Warren said, “I am proud of my family and I am proud of my heritage.” “And does it include Indian background?” one reporter asked, according to the first report by that was aired on several local Boston TV stations
  • Rescue of Everest climber helps Israel-Turkey thaw

    05/25/2012 4:04:51 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 25, 2012 | Jonathan Head
    It isn't often these days that you see two men, arms round each other, holding Israeli and Turkish flags. But an extraordinary rescue on the world's highest mountain has bonded two climbers, one from Israel and one a Turk. By his own account Nadav Ben-Yehuda was only 300 metres from the summit of Mount Everest, and on course to become the youngest Israeli to conquer it, when he spotted someone lying in the snow, clearly in trouble. He recognised Aydin Irmak as a Turkish climber he had befriended down at base camp. Other climbers, set on reaching the summit, or...
  • The facts about the growth of spending under Obama (Surprisingly decent analysis)

    05/25/2012 3:47:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | 5/25/2012 | Glenn Kessler
    “I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out; do not buy into the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration. I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.”— White House spokesman Jay Carney, remarks to the press gaggle, May 23, 2012 The spokesman’s words caught our attention because here at The Fact Checker we try to root out “BS” wherever it occurs.  Carney made his comments while berating reporters for not realizing that “the rate of spending — federal spending — increase is lower under President...
  • Obama calls Romney speech 'a cow pie of distortion' (and Obama is just Bull Crap)

    05/25/2012 3:36:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    msnbc ^ | 5/25/2012 | Kristen Welker
    President Barack Obama delivered one of his most direct attacks against Mitt Romney here Thursday night, painting Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider. At this event, held before an enthusiastic crowd of 2,500 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Obama reminded the crowd that Romney said “corporations are people,” while stumping in Iowa last August during the Republican primary. The president said there may be value in Romney’s experience in corporate buyouts, “but it’s not in the White House.” ,,,,, Several people in the crowd yelled back: "We love you!"
  • GOP Rep. King says Obama officials disclosed identity of jailed Pakistani doctor

    05/24/2012 10:39:38 PM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 24, 2012 | Joseph Weber
    GOP Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, expressed concern Wednesday about the extent of the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the Pakistan doctor who was sent to prison in Pakistan for treason after helping to find Usama bin Laden. "This has been handled very poorly right from the time of the raid," King told Dr. Shakil Afridi ran a vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA and verify bin Laden's presence at the compound in the town of Abbottabad where U.S. commandos killed the Al Qaeda chief in a May 2011 raid. The operation...
  • Washington, D.C., becoming a 'Mormon stronghold'

    05/22/2012 8:47:57 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 480 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 16, 2012 | Joseph Walker
    The stunning expansion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington, D.C., area is profiled in a long, interesting and meticulously accurate CNN story that suggests "the nation's capital has become a Mormon stronghold, with Latter-day Saints playing a big and growing role in the Washington establishment."-SNIP-"It's hard to point to federal legislation or a White House initiative that bears distinctly Mormon fingerprints," Gilgoff writes, "while it's easy to do the same for other faiths." He cites as an example a recent White House "compromise" on contraception funding, which he says was "mostly a reaction to...
  • Obama's campaign manager huddles with Senate Democrats (1st budget in over 3 years on the way?)

    05/24/2012 8:02:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/24/12 | Bernie Becker
    Obama's campaign manager huddles with Senate DemocratsBy Bernie Becker - 05/24/12 06:27 PM ET President Obama’s campaign manager huddled with Democratic senators on Thursday to brief them on the campaign’s grassroots strategy, according to lawmakers in attendance. Speaking to reporters afterward, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, a former top aide to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), said he walked the lawmakers through what the campaign was doing on the ground, and senators said the meeting did not spend much time on other hot-button issues — like the private equity experience of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. A number of Democrats have...
  • Detroit street lights may shrink by half

    05/24/2012 7:37:59 PM PDT · by bkopto · 66 replies
    Examiner ^ | 5/24/2012 | Rachel Dillin
    Detroit street lights may be going dark soon. At least half of them will no longer shine as the city shrinks. The city has 88,000 streetlights and about 40 percent of those are broken, and the city cannot afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing developed a plan to repair and reduce the street lights in Detroit. Unfortunately, the city is facing reduced population, which has reduced its budget for services like street lights. Under the new plan, the city would only have 46,000, and ultimately they would save $10 million a year once the changes were made. Of course,...
  • Occupy Wall Street sues NYC over confiscated books (titles, rape tents not mentioned)

    05/24/2012 7:24:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/24/12 | Joseph Ax
    Occupy Wall Street sues NYC over confiscated booksBy Joseph Ax | Reuters – 9 hrs ago NEW YORK (Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against New York City, claiming authorities destroyed $47,000 worth of books, computers and other equipment confiscated from the protesters' encampment in lower Manhattan last fall. **SNIP** As part of the sweep, Occupy claims, police officers seized more than 3,000 books from the "People's Library." While some of the books were eventually returned, many were in unusable condition, while the rest were apparently destroyed, according to Occupy's lawyer, Norman Siegel.
  • Are you clear about what happened between Pres. Obama and the HHS mandate v. our first liberties?

    05/24/2012 7:00:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 5/24/12 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    The excellent Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has a great timeline on their site about the HHS mandate, along with a detailed list of plaintiffs against the Obama Administration. HHS Mandate Timeline: August, 2011, Federal government issues a regulation requiring that all group health plans must cover “[FDA-]approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.” The mandate, a provision of the “Affordable Care Act,” would take effect August 1, 2012.November 10, 2011, Press Release,  Belmont Abbey College Sues Federal Government (Becket Fund)December 21, 2011, Press Release, Colorado Christian University First Evangelical University to Fight Abortifacient Mandate (Becket Fund)January...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday ~ 25 May 2012

    05/24/2012 6:29:20 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 79 replies
    May 24, 2012 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Music NightTo keep you all in the moodfor the music threadFabulous FRiday is going to be aboutthe 45 rpm record Remember the 45s?Never heard of them? Take a trip back in time to see what it's all about. Tonight we check out the history of the 45. The basic parameters of he music single were established in the late 19th century, when the gramophone record began to supersede phonograph cylinders...
  • AWOL Muslim soldier guilty in Fort Hood bomb plot

    05/24/2012 6:09:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 5/24/12 | ANGELA K. BROWN
    A federal jury on Thursday convicted a Muslim soldier on six charges in connection with a failed plot to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops, his religious mission to get "justice" for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Jurors in U.S. District Court in Waco deliberated a little more than an hour before finding Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence. Abdo, 22, did not stand with...
  • Obama, the born-again Catholic

    05/24/2012 5:54:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/12 | Neil Munro
    Amid polls showing that his efforts to regulate religious institutions have hurt his image among Catholics, President Barack Obama has begun touting his early ties to the church. “My first job as a community organizer was with Catholic churches who taught me the power of kindness and commitment to others in neighborhoods,” he declared at a Hollywood fundraiser May 23. “When I was a young community organizer, I was working with Catholic churches and they taught me that no government program can make as much of a difference as kindness and commitment on the part of neighbors and friends,” he...
  • Palin endorses Sen. Hatch

    05/22/2012 7:49:10 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 84 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | 5-22-12 | Paul Mirengoff
    Sarah Palin has just announced that she is endorsing Sen. Orrin Hatch in the Utah Senate primary. Palin revealed this on Greta Van Susteren’s show. She emphasized Hatch’s record and position on balancing the budget........"
  • Obama will win, he can relax, says expert US forecaster

    05/24/2012 4:04:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/23/12
    Obama will win, he can relax, says expert US – Wed 23 May, 2012 Allan Lichtman introduces "the world's only do-it-yourself prediction" to a select audience in Calcutta. The prediction model ' based on 13 keys ' forecasts the reelection of Barack Obama in the US presidential election to be held on November 6. To convince the audience, Lichtman took them through all the 13 keys asking them to ascertain if they were true or false. The audience judged 11 out of the 13 keys to be true, a sure shot that Obama would be reelected as six or...
  • Mexico’s two major crime cartels now at war

    05/24/2012 3:48:25 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/24/2012 | William Booth
    The two most important criminal organizations in Mexico are engaged in all-out war, and the most spectacular battles are being fought for the cameras as the combatants pursue a strategy of intimidation and propaganda by dumping ever greater numbers of headless bodies in public view — the victims most likely innocents. No longer limiting themselves to regional skirmishes, the older, established drug-smuggling Sinaloa cartel is now fighting the brash, young paramilitary Zetas crime organization across multiple front lines in Mexico in a desperate fight, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials and security analysts on both sides of the...
  • The stunning chart that shows the Obama spending binge really happened (Up 25.3%)

    05/24/2012 2:37:05 PM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The American/AEI ^ | 5/24/2012 | James Pethokoukis
    In a column on Tuesday, Rex Nutting of MarketWatch ran some budget numbers and concluded the following: "Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future. Even Democrats seem to think it’s true. But it didn’t happen...." The shocking, contrarian piece was widely circulated in liberal circles and was even cited on Wednesday by White House spokesman Jay Carney. But there were a few problems with Nutting’s numbers....