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  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via twincities.com ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • 200-year-old shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico

    05/19/2012 3:52:18 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 28 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 19, 22012 | NA
    NEW ORLEANS – An oil company exploration crew's chance discovery of a 200-year-old shipwreck in a little-charted stretch of the Gulf of Mexico is yielding a trove of new information to scientists who say it's one of the most well-preserved old wrecks ever found in the Gulf. "When we saw it we were all just astonished because it was beautifully preserved, and by that I mean for a 200-year-old shipwreck," said Jack Irion, maritime archaeologist with the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in New Orleans. Video shows muskets and gin bottles littering the Gulf bottom, along...
  • Romney Is Wrong on Wright

    05/19/2012 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Saturday May 19, 2012 | Karin McQuillan
    According to the Times, the Romney team has decided not to assail Obama's "likability," for fear personal attacks will backfire with independents. Message to the Republican establishment:  do not muzzle those of us who want to focus on Obama's troubling history with angry Marxists, black and white, including Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers.   This is not about race.  It is about knowing who Obama is, understanding what he has already done to our country, and what he is capable of doing.  The issue of Rev erend Wright is not peripheral, it is central.  It gets to the heart of the...
  • Detained protesters accused of Chicago terror plot

    05/19/2012 11:13:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    AP via SacBee ^ | 5/19/12
    CHICAGO -- Prosecutors say three men arrested in a raid on a Chicago apartment had planned to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets, including police stations and police cars.
  • G-8 leaders hope Greece remains in eurozone

    05/19/2012 10:53:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2012
    The United States and other members of the Group of Eight industrial nations expressed hope Saturday that Greece will remain in the Eurozone, anxious to keep its economic troubles from spreading around the world. The leaders said all of the nations have an interest in the success of efforts to strengthen the eurozone and help Europe's economy grow. President Barack Obama said the leaders agreed that Europe's financial crisis must be addressed with a mix of growth and austerity measures, as they huddled for a shirt-sleeve discussion that also covered world concerns about ups and downs in oil prices. The...
  • Hawaii to Ariz.: Prove need to verify Obama birth

    05/19/2012 9:35:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 216 replies
    My Fox Phoenix.Com ^ | 5/19/2012 | Joshua Wisch
    OBAMA-ARIZONA BALLOT Hawaii to Ariz.: Prove need to verify Obama birth PHOENIX (AP) - The attorney general's office in Hawaii is telling Arizona's secretary of state that if he wants confirmation of President Barack Obama's birth records, he'll have to prove he legitimately needs it. Special Assistant Joshua Wisch said late Friday that Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett hasn't done that despite numerous email and phone exchanges between their offices. Wisch says Hawaii state laws require Bennett to show legal authority that this office needs the records to update its official lists as part of its ordinary work. Wisch...
  • Half of Florida high school students fail reading test

    05/19/2012 8:57:48 AM PDT · by yoe · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18, 2012 | Staff
    Nearly half of Florida high school students failed the reading portion of the state's new toughened standardized test, education officials said on Friday. Results this year from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test showed 52 percent of freshman students and 50 percent of sophomores scored at their grade levels. Students in the 10th grade must pass the exam in order to eventually graduate but can retake it if they fail. The results came days after the Florida State Board of Education voted to lower the standards needed to pass the writing part of the test, known as FCAT. The test is...
  • Mitt Romney holds fundraiser with manufacturer of the Morning After Pill

    05/19/2012 7:15:24 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 415 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    MIAMI, FLORIDA – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney scheduled a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of Phil Frost, the executive of the company that makes the Morning After Pill, on Wednesday night. Plan B One-Step is produced by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Frost’s company.
  • Brazil Stimulus Fails to Raise Growth

    05/19/2012 6:31:11 AM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | Joe Leahy
    Brazil’s economic output shrank in March, defying government stimulus measures and surprising economists who had predicted that Latin America’s biggest economy would begin to recover from a prolonged slowdown. The 0.35 per cent contraction, compared with February, makes Brazil’s growth the second slowest in Latin America in real terms, after Argentina. The news comes as Asia’s major emerging market economies, China and India, are also decelerating. “The weak … conditions are likely to encourage the authorities to add more fiscal and monetary stimulus to the economy and to remain activist on the foreign exchange front,” said Alberto Ramos of Goldman...
  • Hepatitis C tests urged for all baby boomers

    05/19/2012 3:19:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The federal government Friday called for all baby boomers to be tested for hepatitis C, which kills more Americans each year than AIDS and is the leading reason for liver transplants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to find hundreds of thousands of people who don't realize that they have the infection, which greatly increases their chances of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood, usually through intravenous drug use or transfusions. A blood test for it became widely available in 1992. Extremely small amounts of the virus are able...
  • Romney Faces a "Blue Wall" -- But Is It Solid?

    05/18/2012 7:55:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 18, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Last week, I wrote a piece suggesting that Mitt Romney's path to the presidency wasn't necessarily narrow. Rather, the breadth of that path will depend on "environmental" factors that could ultimately push him well past the 286 electoral vote ceiling that has seemingly been imposed upon the Republican party since 1992. On the other hand, Ron Brownstein suggests that this ceiling is an outgrowth of demography and changing coalitions, and is largely etched into our electoral map. This has created a “blue wall” consisting of “the 11 states from Maryland to Maine (except New Hampshire); the three West Coast states;...
  • Media Works To Suppress Obama 'Born in Kenya' Bio

    05/18/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    While the internet buzzed with Breitbart News’ release of a booklet from President Obama’s literary agency circa 1991 describing him as being “born in Kenya,” the mainstream media still refuses to report the story, or plays defense for Obama. Never mind that the agency used the “born in Kenya” biography until 2007. Never mind that authors who have worked with the agency state that the agency asks that authors pen their own biographies. Never mind that Obama has routinely padded his biographical details to appeal to particular audiences. Nothing to see here. Michael Shear, at the New York Times, was...
  • Protestors interrupt Kathleen Sebelius speech at Georgetown

    05/18/2012 8:39:28 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Friday May 18, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Anti-abortion protestors interrupted HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' commencement speech at Georgetown University this morning.
  • John Cornyn wants to know if ICE agent was victim of ‘Texas-based operation similar to Fast and...'

    05/18/2012 3:24:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 17, 2012 | Richard Dunham
    John Cornyn wants to know if ICE agent was victim of ‘Texas-based operation similar to Fast and Furious’ Texas Sen. John Cornyn said Wednesday that he wants to know whether murdered Immigrations & Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata “was a victim of a second Texas-based gun-walking operation similar to Fast and Furious.” Julian Zapata Espinoza, known as “El Piolin” or “Tweety Bird,” was extradited from Mexico and is being held in the United States to face murder charges. Operation Fast and Furious is the ill-fated Obama administration gun-sales sting that is the target of congressional hearings. Border Patrol agent Brian...
  • Could the mob have been wrong on Trayvon Martin?

    05/18/2012 12:40:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    <p>A medical report by George Zimmerman’s doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting. If this evidence turns out to be valid, the prosecutor will have no choice but to drop the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman — if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally.</p>
  • G8 summit: David Cameron to hold talks with Barack Obama about tapping into emergency oil reserves

    05/18/2012 12:03:27 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    David Cameron will hold talks with Barack Obama and other world leaders about tapping into emergency oil reserves in an effort to drive down petrol prices. The Prime Minister will arrive today at a G8 summit in the US promising to help families "struggling with the impact of oil prices." The summit, at the Camp David presidential retreat, will tomorrow discuss a US call for developed economies to release oil from their strategic reserves to try to bring down world oil prices.
  • Breaking News: Liberal Politicians and Now Judges Continue Attacks on Bachmann

    05/18/2012 9:51:41 AM PDT · by Syncro · 25 replies
    bachmann.house.gov ^ | 5/18/2012 | Michele Bachmann
    Dear Fellow Conservative, I'm reaching out to you today because I need your support to continue fighting in the U.S. House of Representatives against President Obama's big government agenda. A major development has just occurred in my race for the U.S. House of Representatives and I'm asking for your immediate help... ...You see, in retaliation for repeatedly standing up to President Obama on the national stage, liberal judges have redrawn the lines of my Minnesota Congressional District to try and wipe me off of the political map once and for all. Their bias was so obvious they even gerrymandered...
  • Gallup Analysis: Obama’s Chance of a Loss Greater Than a Win

    05/18/2012 8:28:55 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 69 replies
    Newsmax ^ | MAY 17, 2012 | Henry J. Reske
    With an approval rating stuck below 50 percent, a sour national mood, and polls showing him tied or trailing rival Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama's re-election bid faces an uncertain future. Gallup polls show that Obama’s job approval rating in the first week of May averaged just 47 percent and a May 3-6 Gallup poll found only 24 percent of Americans were satisfied with the way things are going. A poll released Thursday in the battleground state of North Carolina showed Romney leading the president, and the same day another poll showed Wisconsin — which Obama won handily in 2008...
  • Hate Groups Grow as Racial Tipping Point Changes Demographics

    05/18/2012 7:51:33 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 84 replies
    ABC ^ | May 18, 2012 | COLLEEN CURRY
    The number of radical hate groups and militias has exploded in recent years in reaction to the changing makeup of America, and new census figures showing the majority of babies born in 2011 were non-white could fuel those simmering tensions, experts who track hate groups warned. "White supremacist groups have been having a meltdown since the census bureau predicted that non-Hispanic whites would lose the majority by 2050," said Mark Potok, spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups. "The demographic change in this country is the single most important driver in the growth of hate groups...
  • Neb. Senate stunner: Fischer wins

    05/17/2012 5:55:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | May 15, 2012 | David Catanese
    Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer wrested the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Attorney General Jon Bruning Tuesday night, riding a burst of late momentum to pull off an unexpected victory.Her stunning come-from-behind performance amounts to a warning flare about the volatility of the primary season and the unintended impact of outside groups.Fischer, a rancher and little-known state lawmaker, maintained a positive, above-the-fray tone while Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenberg consistently traded blistering barbs. But she also benefited from a flurry of outside spending against Bruning, the front-running establishment favorite for more than a year who watched his polling...
  • Obama's literary agent says he was 'born in Kenya'. How did the mainstream media miss this?

    05/17/2012 5:00:46 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 62 replies
    telegraph.uk ^ | May 18th, 2012 | Dr Tim Stanley
    Tim Stanley Dr Tim Stanley is a historian of the United States. His biography of Pat Buchanan is out now. His personal website is www.timothystanley.co.uk and you can follow him on Twitter @timothy_stanley. Obama's literary agent says he was 'born in Kenya'. How did the mainstream media miss this? By Tim Stanley US politics Last updated: May 18th, 2012 16 Comments Comment on this article Conservatives claim that Obama manipulated his Kenyan roots to gain attention Whatever you think of Breitbart.com’s punishing vetting process, it has exposed just how little work the mainstream media did in investigating candidate Obama back...
  • 50+ Professors & Staff Resign From Christian University After Refusing to Sign Homosexuality Pledge

    05/17/2012 12:32:51 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 201 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 16, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Last October, news broke that Shorter University, a Christian college in Rome, Georgia, had decided to ask its employees to sign a controversial pledge that affirms that they are not engaging in homosexuality, among other forbidden activities. Now, after scores of employees refused to sign the document, the college, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, has reportedly received a massive number of resignations
  • Iran Will Get Nukes and “We’re Not Going to Do Anything”: Ian Bremmer

    05/17/2012 12:14:59 PM PDT · by EBH · 13 replies
    The Daily Ticker ^ | 5/17/12 | Aaron Task
    Oil prices have tumbled in recent weeks as concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions have taken a backseat to worries about Europe's debt crisis and the slowing global economy. But talks between Iran and U.N. negotiators continue and, despite reports of progress, the outcome is far from certain. In the end, the most likely outcome is Iran having "a nuclear program with breakout capacity that everybody knows about and that we deal with," predicts Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group. And by "deal with," Bremmer does not mean via military action. Despite tough rhetoric from both President Obama and GOP Presidential...
  • US Plans for Iran Military Option 'Fully Available'

    05/17/2012 11:37:47 AM PDT · by houeto · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-17-2012 | Chana Ya'ar
    The U.S. ambassador to Israel says military plans for a possible attack on Iran are “fully available.”*snip*"It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically and through the use of pressure than to use military force,” Shapiro said in remarks broadcast on IDF Army Radio. “But that doesn't mean that option is not fully available – not just available, but it's ready. The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it's ready,” he said.
  • Obama's Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'

    05/17/2012 10:58:09 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 899 replies
    Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."
  • Report: Romney, RNC to build 'shadow state party' in Nevada

    05/17/2012 9:59:20 AM PDT · by Gennie · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 17, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee (RNC) will erect their own Nevada state operation to supercede Nevada's dysfunctional state Republican apparatus, according to a report from the Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston. The Nevada Republican Party has long been a mess, and Ron Paul backers who have a questionable commitment to electing Romney recently took control of most of the party structure. Last week, the Clark County Republican Party, which covers two thirds of the state's population, called for RNC chairman Reince Priebus to resign. In response, Romney and the RNC will build out their own ground game in...
  • White House Objects to Legislation Protecting Military Chaplains from Doing Same-Sex Weddings

    05/17/2012 9:56:48 AM PDT · by massmike · 42 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | 05/17/2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    The Obama administration “strongly objects” to provisions in a House defense authorization bill that would prohibit the use of military property for same-sex “marriage or marriage-like” ceremonies, and protect military chaplains from negative repercussions for refusing to act against their consciences, as, for example, in being ordered to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony. In a policy statement released Wednesday, the White House Office of Management and Budget outlined numerous objections to aspects of the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill (H.R. 4310). The bill was reported out of the House Armed Services Committee last week and is set to...
  • Romney Campaign Rejects Using the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Against Obama

    05/17/2012 8:26:34 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 128 replies
    NYT ^ | Thursday May 17, 2012
    Mitt Romney’s campaign manager rejected efforts to use President Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in ads attacking the president, as reportedly planned by a “super PAC” working toward electing Mr. Romney in November. “Unlike the Obama campaign, Gov. Romney is running a campaign based on jobs and the economy, and we encourage everyone else to do the same,” the campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, said in a statement on Thursday morning. “President Obama’s team said they would ‘kill Romney,’ and, just last week, David Axelrod referred to individuals opposing the president as ‘contract killers.’ It’s clear President Obama’s team...
  • Contraceptives and the Environment - What the Pill Is Doing to Our Water Supply

    05/17/2012 8:42:30 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 55 replies
    Zenit ^ | 05/17/12 | Rebecca Oas, PhD
    Contraceptives and the Environment What the Pill Is Doing to Our Water Supply By Rebecca Oas, PhDWASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 16, 2012 (Zenit.org).- In 1960, the combined oral contraceptive pill was first approved for use in the United States.  Seven years later, “the Pill” was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, illustrating its enormous societal impact[1]. Roughly two generations later, statistics from the United Nations show that, within more developed nations worldwide, just under 16% of “partnered” women use contraceptive pills, a number which does not include usage among single women[2].However, even as the popularity of oral contraceptives remains high,...
  • The ‘bribe’ to silence Wright [Obama’s team tried to buy his silence]

    05/13/2012 5:11:14 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 133 replies
    New York Post ^ | MAY 12, 2012 | New York Post
    <p>When sermons of Obama’s Chicago pastor, Jeremiah Wright, surfaced during the Iowa primaries, it threatened to derail Obama’s campaign. ABC aired one where Wright screamed, “Goddamn America!” Edward Klein interviewed Wright, who told him Obama’s team tried to buy his silence.</p>
  • Obama’s aides freak over possible Rev. Wright-themed attack ads

    05/17/2012 8:25:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Obama’s aides freak over possible Rev. Wright-themed attack ads By Neil Munro - The Daily Caller 9:28 AM 05/17/2012 Top Democratic strategists have reacted quickly to stop a proposed $10 million advertising campaign that would highlight the relationship between President Barack Obama and his old Chicago pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Plans for the potential ad campaign were revealed this morning by the New York Times. “Stunning! Will Mitt stand up, as [Sen.] John McCain did? Or allow the purveyors of slime to operate on his behalf?” claimed a 5.42 a.m. tweet from David Axelrod, the senior strategic at Obama’s campaign...
  • Hopeless Change: Young Americans getting the worst of Obama's Economy

    05/17/2012 4:24:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    While we have rescued our economy from catastrophe, we have also begun to build a new foundation for growth." Barack Obama from the White House, August 7, 2009 In 2008, Obama inspired legions of young Americans who bought into his "Change you can believe in" campaign message. According to the Pew Research Center, voters under the age of 30 supported Obama over John McCain 66:31 – by far the largest disparity between young voters and other age groups in any presidential election since exit polling began in 1972. In addition to the critical vote totals, Obama attracted thousands of high...
  • I-Team Report: NATO Peacekeepers [Obama can't get Chicago the Olympics, only screaming anarchists]

    05/17/2012 7:10:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 5/17/12 | Chuck Goudie
    It is the largest law enforcement operation in Chicago history, melding dozens of agencies and spanning all levels of government. The goal is to protect the president, heads of state and diplomats from violent protesters, anarchistsand terrorists while at the same time securing everyone's rights and keeping property intact. On the waterways, in the air and on land,peacekeeping is a monstrous undertaking for federal, stateand local authorities.
  • Florida Catholic Univ considers dropping student health plan, on heels of Ohio decision

    05/17/2012 7:08:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2012 | Judson Berger
    On the heels of an Ohio school's decision to abandon its student health insurance plan, another Catholic university in Florida is considering whether to follow suit over concerns about premium costs associated with the federal health care overhaul, FoxNews.com has learned.  The school, the private Ave Maria University, is voicing both moral and economic concerns. Like Franciscan University -- the Steubenville, Ohio, school that just announced it is dropping student coverage -- Ave Maria officials are opposed to the so-called contraceptive coverage mandate. But for both schools, premium costs associated with new coverage requirements appear to be fueling their anxiety. ...
  • Report: GOP might keep parts of ObamaCare if law is struck down

    05/17/2012 6:44:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/17/2012 | AllahPundit
    The sourcing on this one is awfully thin, which raises two possibilities. One: The details are exaggerated or outright made up to try to start a firestorm among ObamaCare-hating conservatives. Two: The details are spot-on and are being deliberately leaked to see how ObamaCare-hating conservatives react. Can some parts of this thing be preserved or must the stench of The One's greatest victory be completely expunged before Congress takes another run at health care? If the law is upheld, Republicans will take to the floor to tear out its most controversial pieces, such as the individual mandate and requirements that...
  • A New York Judge Is Single-Handedly Blocking The Government's Indefinite Detention Provision

    05/17/2012 6:13:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 17, 2012 | Robert Johnson
    A New York judge ruled yesterday that the government may not lock up American citizens without due process as allowed by the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Bob Van Voris and Patricia Hurtado at Bloomberg report U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled against President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and the Department of Defense and in favor of a group opposing provision 1021 of the NDAA. The opposition, including former New York Times reporter Christopher Hedges, filed the complaint January 13....A bit of background: Late last year Senate Armed Services Chairman senior member John McCain (R.-Ariz.) and Carl Levin...
  • Chinese boats seized by North Koreans in rare public spat

    05/17/2012 5:44:15 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17, 2012
    North Korean officials have demanded payment before they will release Chinese fishing boats with a total of 29 men on board, Chinese media reported on Thursday, in a rare public spat between the neighbors and longtime allies. The Chinese owners of the boats said they were seized by a North Korean gunboat on May 8 in the Yellow Sea, between China and North Korea, the Beijing News reported. The owners said the vessels were fishing in Chinese waters. North Korea has not made any public comment on the case. The North Koreans holding the boats and sailors demanded payment of...
  • Mary Richardson Kennedy, wife of RFK Jr., found dead in New York

    05/16/2012 9:14:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/16/2012 | Tina Susman
    NEW YORK — Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead on the family’s property north of New York City on Wednesday, two years after her husband filed for divorce and following a history of drug and alcohol problems. Kerry A. Lawrence, a lawyer who had represented Mary Kennedy in a 2010 drunk driving case, confirmed the death, but neither he nor police in the town of Bedford in Westchester County, N.Y., released a cause of death. An autopsy was scheduled Thursday, the Associated Press reported. According to a brief statement from Bedford police,...
  • Surveillance Drone Spotted Near Chicago - For NATO Summit?

    05/16/2012 8:50:33 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 60 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 13th 2012 | MisterBees
    This was filmed in Elgin, Illinois about 40 miles from Chicago. I assume it's for the NATO summit this week as a security measure.
  • White House under fire for adding Obama policy plugs to past presidents' bios

    05/16/2012 7:00:19 PM PDT · by Justaham · 77 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/16/12
    The Obama White House is drawing ridicule for appending the official online biographies of nearly every president over the last century in order to link President Obama's accomplishments to the former commanders in chief. The Obama team went into the pages of U.S. presidents dating back to Calvin Coolidge to add friendly looking "Did you know?" fact boxes to the end of their bios. Those additions were used to plug a host of Obama administration initiatives, ranging from the health care overhaul to the so-called "Buffett Rule" to his green-energy policies. For instance, the following line was added to the...
  • Hillary: ‘Government Cannot and Should Not Control Any Individual's Life’

    05/16/2012 5:07:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies
    Hillary: ‘Government Cannot and Should Not Control Any Individual's Life’ By Pete Winn May 16, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, told an assemblage of human rights and “civil society” activists gathered at the State Department Wednesday that “government cannot and should not” control the lives of individuals. “(T)o make the case for civil society is really quite simple because government cannot and should not control any individual’s life – tell you what to do, what not to do,” Clinton said, taking part in a “Global Dialogue of Civil Society.” Clinton said that any “sustainable society” must have...
  • "From My Cold Dead Hands" Is Not Enough (2nd Amendment Activism, one Patriot at a time)

    05/15/2012 7:57:12 PM PDT · by DTogo · 38 replies
    AmmoLand.com ^ | May 15, 2012 | James Kaleda
    Often when I speak about the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, and what actions we need to take in order to preserve our rights, I am rebuked with the apathetic response, “From my cold dead hands.” While this is very poetic expression of an admirable sentiment, it is unlikely to ever happen, and unlikely to be effective. But there are things we can do today that are far less costly, far less poetic, and drastically more effective.
  • Oops! Anti-Gun Politicians Accidentally Make "Shooting Fundraiser" a Huge Success(oh)

    05/16/2012 3:37:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 15 May, 2012 | drieck
    Representative Margaret Conditt (Butler County District 55) held a fundraiser at the Middletown Sportsmens Club on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The plan was to invite a handful of supporters, spend a few hours shooting at targets, and raise a little money for her reelection campaign. But what actually happened took everyone by surprise. Rather than hosting a typical fundraiser which would ordinarily draw a few dozen people, Rep. Conditt ended up hosting a major event that drew over 200 attendees and raised tens of thousands of dollars. What happened? Rep. Conditt got an "accidental" assist from a group of anti-gun...
  • BREAKING: Democrat-Held Senate Rejects Obama's Horrific Budget, 99-0 (AGAIN!!!)

    05/16/2012 3:46:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2012 | Guy Benson
    For the second consecutive year, the Democrat-controlled United States Senate has unanimously rejected President Obama's 2013 budget.  The final vote was 99-0, making the the running two-year tally 196-0.  This move follows the House of Representatives' 414-0 rebuke of the same fiscal blueprint earlier this year.  Astonishingly, not a single Senate Democrat has voted in favor of any budget for three years, even as they refuse to offer a plan of their own.  Democrats have claimed that three fig leaves mitigate this embarrassing spectacle:   (1) "The Senate has already passed a budget!"  False. The Senate has not passed a...
  • GOP probe uncovers deal between Obama and drug cos

    05/16/2012 3:30:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Examiner ^ | May 16, 2012 | Phillip Klein
    Three years ago, President Obama cut a secret deal with pharmaceutical company lobbyists to secure the industry’s support for his national health care law. Despite Obama’s promises during his campaign to run a transparent administration, the deal has been shrouded in mystery ever since. But internal emails obtained by House Republicans now provide evidence that a deal was struck and GOP investigators are promising to release more details in the coming weeks.“What the hell?” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, who is now Obama’s campaign manager, complained to a lobbyist for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of...
  • New Wisconsin poll: Walker by six among likely voters, Romney tied with Obama at 46

    05/16/2012 2:22:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/16/2012 | AllahPundit
    The last Marquette poll, which had Walker leading Barrett by one thin point, made me want to drink whiskey in the daytime. This one makes me want to drink champagne. Yesterday's dKos/PPP poll had nearly identical numbers so it's safe to say this really is the state of the race in Wisconsin at this moment.I can’t believe I'm asking this, but are we headed for a Scott Walker landslide? Republicans are more likely to say they are “absolutely certain” to vote on June 5, at 91 percent, than are Democrats and independents, both at 83 percent. In other areas of...
  • Manny Pacquiao: 'I'm not against gay people'

    05/16/2012 12:33:01 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 16, 2012 | Andrew Blankstein, Bettina Boxall and Shelby Grad
    The Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles has banned boxer Manny Pacquiao over comments he made about gay marriage, but the boxer said he was misquoted. "Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance," the Grove said in a statement. In an interview with National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao addressed President Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage. "God's words...
  • A Censored Race War? (Thomas Sowell)

    05/14/2012 8:55:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 111 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 15, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    When two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks — beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work — that might seem to have been news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn't. "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel was the first major television program to report this incident. Yet this story is not just a Norfolk story, either in what happened or in how the media and the authorities have...
  • John Edwards Rests His Case Without Mistress' Testimony

    05/16/2012 11:57:29 AM PDT · by oxcart · 34 replies
    John Edwards' lawyers abruptly ended his defense today without calling the former presidential candidate or the mistress with whom he carried on an affair. Lawyers for Edwards ended their case with a series of bank statements, phone records and Federal Election Commission memos and a final shot at the credibility of Edwards' primary accuser, Andrew Young.
  • The New Labyrinthine Bureaucracy of Obamacare (159 New Ones)...

    05/16/2012 11:18:36 AM PDT · by yoe · 8 replies
    Save Your Rights ^ | April 3, 2012 | Staff
    Adding at least 159 new federal commissions and boards(my emp.) for healthcare reform seems like a great way to increase efficiency and access to medical care while at the same time decreasing costs. WRONG! Adding one new federal agency is one too many. Just 159 more reasons to repeal Obamacare! Below is a list of new boards and commissions created in the Obamacare bill.