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  • Scott Brown’s Mitt Romney problem

    03/08/2012 9:23:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 8, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    When Republican Scott Brown stunned the political world in 2010 by winning the U.S. Senate seat held for 46 years by Edward M. Kennedy, it was former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney who introduced Brown at the joyous victory party in Boston. A few weeks later, still basking in the rock-star glow of that unexpected win, Brown returned the favor. He introduced Romney at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference as “one of the Republican Party’s bright lights” and “my very, very dear friend.” But now, as the two men anticipate tough general-election battles in the fall, their paths are beginning...
  • Tennessee shows relevance, keeps GOP nomination muddied

    03/08/2012 9:22:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/8/12 | Michael Collins
    WASHINGTON — If not for Tennessee, the slugfest for the GOP presidential nomination might already be over. Rick Santorum's solid victory over Mitt Romney in Tennessee in the Super Tuesday presidential primary enables the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania to stay in the race and all but guarantees that the bloody battle for the GOP nomination will drag on for weeks. "That's the most important take-away here: The race will continue, and Tennessee had something to do with that — for better or worse," said Anthony Nownes, a political scientist at the University of Tennessee. Romney walked away with the...
  • Fast And Furious: Congressional Pressure For Holder's Resignation Grows

    03/08/2012 9:21:56 AM PST · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 8, 2012 | AWR HAWKINS
    It appears that as a result of Congressman Darrell Issa’s February 28 announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ were not complying with the investigation into gun-walking ties to death of Federal Agent Jaime Zapata, six more U.S. Reps have added their names to the list calling for Holder’s resignation. The six Reps, Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Conaway (R-TX), Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), bring the total number of House members calling for Holder’s resignation to 109. And four of these six—Huizenga, Gardner, Olson, and Conaway—have also signed Rep. Paul...
  • Gallup Survey: Unemployment now up over 9%

    03/08/2012 9:21:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the official unemployment report for the month of February, but we have two previews this week to use as a gauge. First, the ADP report predicts a net growth of 216,000 jobs in the private sector, improved from last month’s ADP report and about in line with the official January results from the BLS: Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 216,000 from January to February on a seasonally adjusted basis. The estimated advance in employment from December to January was revised slightly upwards to 173,000 from the initially reported...
  • Former Tennessee House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh won't seek re-election

    03/08/2012 9:18:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/8/12 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE – State Rep. Jimmy Naifeh of Covington – the son of Lebanese emigrants who served as House speaker longer than anyone in Tennessee history – announced on the House floor today that he won’t run for re-election this year after 38 years in the General Assembly. Naifeh, 72, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1974 and re-elected 18 times. The House elected him its speaker, the chamber’s presiding officer, for nine two-year terms from 1991 until 2009 when Republicans won a House majority. He’s remained an outspoken House member since then. Addressing his colleagues on the...
  • We’re Taking Obama’s “Abortion Mandate” To Court!

    03/08/2012 9:12:29 AM PST · by mgist · 10 replies
    Priests for Life ^ | 3/7/2012 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    We’re Taking Obama’s “Abortion Mandate” To Court! Here’s How You Can Show Your Support of Our Lawsuit! YOUR VOICE COUNTS! USE IT! March 7, 2012 Dear Friend of Priests for Life, As you already know, Priests for Life has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the horrifying “Abortion Mandate” in ObamaCare that will force abortion-inducing drugs (and other anti-life evils) down EVERYONE’S throats—starting August 1st of this year!! Our lawsuit is now underway, and it’s getting the close attention of the Obama Administration and the nation’s pro-abortion news media. They’re scared. So scared, in fact, that when a small...
  • Manhattan Moment: Whites hit hardest by public employee layoffs

    03/08/2012 8:46:47 AM PST · by Thunderballer · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/6/2011 | Steven Malanga
    A story appeared in The New York Times last week claiming that the downsizing of government is having a disproportionate impact on the economic fortunes of blacks because they are overly represented in government jobs. The Times then editorialized that this disproportionate impact was reason to pause and reconsider further government downsizing. Yet the Times' story, repeating a theme that others have echoed, ignores actual government data on public sector employment, which shows something quite different. In fact, it is whites who are somewhat more overrepresented in government relative to their position in the broader population, and it is whites...
  • Members of Congress: This job sucks

    03/08/2012 8:28:13 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Members of Congress: This job sucks By: Jonathan Allen March 7, 2012 11:38 PM EST For members of Congress, the thrill is gone. They don’t make national policy anymore. They can’t earmark money for communities back home. The public hates them. And perks little and big, from private jet travel to a little free nosh now and then, have been locked down by ethics rules. As they head for the exits this year, many leaving Congress say the prestigious job of being a congressman sucks now, and that’s why lawmakers young and old are trading in their member pins for...
  • Part of $11 Million in Stimulus Money to Buy Poor Job-Seekers Clothes, Helps Just 2 People

    03/08/2012 8:26:47 AM PST · by redstateone · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    A portion of an $11 million grant to help 400 low-income Detroit citizens purchase "business attire" for job interviews helped exactly two people, a city audit reveals...
  • Harry Reid Signals He May Gut Insider Trading Bill

    03/08/2012 8:24:36 AM PST · by redstateone · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 8, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    The bill spearheaded by Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer banning members of Congress from using nonpublic information to profit their personal investments may hit a wall in the form of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). On Monday, Mr. Reid indicated that he may simply accept the watered down version of the STOCK (Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge) Act passed by the House instead of sending the bill to a conference committee to hammer out the significant differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. “There is a decent chance that we will just take the House bill. That would be...
  • Blasphemy and Free Speech

    03/08/2012 8:07:05 AM PST · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    Imprimis ^ | February 2012 Issue: Imprimis | Paul Marshall
    A growing threat to our freedom of speech is the attempt to stifle religious discussion in the name of preventing “defamation of” or “insults to” religion, especially Islam. Resulting restrictions represent, in effect, a revival of blasphemy laws. Few in the West were concerned with such laws 20 years ago. Even if still on some statute books, they were only of historical interest. That began to change in 1989, when the late Ayatollah Khomeini, then Iran’s Supreme Leader, declared it the duty of every Muslim to kill British-based writer Salman Rushdie on the grounds that his novel, The Satanic Verses,...
  • California enforces death penalty without penalty

    03/08/2012 8:06:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/8/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    While running for governor in 2010, Jerry Brown admitted he would "rather have a society where we didn't have to use death as a punishment." But because the Legislature and California voters approved capital punishment, "we've got to make it work." With 725 condemned inmates living on San Quentin's Death Row but no executions since January 2006, I asked Gov. Brown at a Chronicle editorial board meeting Tuesday if California's death penalty is working. "It's working according to the Constitution of the United States, I can tell you that," Brown answered. No, it's not working. The U.S. Supreme Court has...
  • Obama Digs In: 'Personally Lobbying Democrats to Reject' Keystone Pipeline (Senate to Vote Today)

    03/08/2012 8:06:13 AM PST · by katieanna · 79 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama is digging in on the Keystone XL pipeline. He is "personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction," Politico reports. The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices. The amendment, proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), states that Obama would have no...
  • Secret Service agent: Clinton’s staff rude, Hillary aloof

    03/08/2012 7:47:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 7, 2012
    In a breach of tradition, a former U.S. Secret Service agent has self-published a book that savages the Clinton White House staff as arrogant and rude, suggests former first lady Hillary Clinton was aloof and charges that Bill Clinton endangered himself and agents for a “totally pointless photo op” on the South Korea-North Korea border. In several anecdotes, former agent Dan Emmett revealed that Clinton’s young staff had “fundamental traits of rudeness and arrogance” that teetered on the verge of being dangerous at times. “Most of these youngsters were from wealthy families, and many viewed Secret Services agents as the...
  • Undocumented Immigrant Asks Florida Supreme Court For Chance To Practice Law

    03/08/2012 7:44:29 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 25 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Thursday, March 8, 2012 | Jodie Tillman,
    He came to the United States as a fourth-grader who spoke only Spanish. He needed a year to learn English, then refused to let anything slow him down again. He became the 2004 valedictorian at Armwood High School in Seffner, an anthropology major at New College, a law student at Florida State University. He passed the bar exam last year on his first try. But when he applied for admission to the Florida Bar, José Godínez-Samperio was stopped in his tracks. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners refused to consider his application, instead asking the Florida Supreme Court to settle...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, March 8, 2012

    03/08/2012 7:42:18 AM PST · by IMissPresidentReagan · 112 replies
    Quick post Hubby's grandmother is not doing well so off to see her. Please send prayers. She's a real gem!
  • 5 Ways Government Could Cut Gasoline Prices Quickly

    03/08/2012 7:41:05 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/08/2012 | John Merline
    When President Obama talks about today's sky-high gasoline prices, he almost always laments that there's little anyone can do in the short term to bring them down. "There is no silver bullet" is his common refrain, one he used again at his press conference on Tuesday. But as gasoline prices reach historic highs — they've shot up more than 28 cents a gallon in just the past month — the government could make a dent.
  • Should (CT) state government offer a retirement plan for private citizens?

    03/08/2012 7:25:10 AM PST · by matt04 · 12 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | Keith M. Phaneuf
    State government should offer a retirement plan to the increasing number of people whose companies don't provide a pension or a 401(k) savings program, labor groups and other advocates this week told a legislative panel. The Labor and Public Employees Committee has raised a bill that would create a task force to study that concept and report back when the 2013 General Assembly session convenes next January. "Much of our membership is fortunate enough to have defined-benefit pensions, largely because we were able to fight for them at the bargaining table," Salvatore Luciano, a veteran state employee union leader, told...
  • Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize criticism

    03/08/2012 7:11:54 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/08/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The Nobel Foundation, which administrates the prestigious prizes in line with the will of Alfred Nobel, on Thursday rejected criticism of recent choices for the Peace Prize. "Despite that many lively discussions have been held on whether the chosen Peace Prize laureates fulfilled the prescribed provisions, the Foundation does not consider that the prize decisions made by the Norwegian Nobel Committee have entailed any such deviation," it said in a statement. Swedish authorities had asked the foundation to look into claims from Fredrik Heffermehl, a lawyer and author of the book "The Nobel Peace Prize: What Nobel Really Wanted," that...
  • Anonymous Not Anonymous Anymore to Hacked Off Drug Lords

    03/08/2012 7:06:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | John Ransom
    Here’s a lesson to the Hackers for the 99%: You’re not anonymous once you get caught. And you’ll always get caught, because, um, the internet was designed by the Department of Defense. And that’s a group that doesn’t want anyone to remain anonymous for long.  In fact, they are so good at tracking people down-with extreme prejudice- that they can make sure a very large bomb fits in a very tiny place. But that’s not your biggest problem. No your biggest problem is that hubris led you to a confrontation with Mexican drug lords who have all sorts of contacts...
  • Video: Taxpayers subsidize wind-farm generation … and non-generation

    03/08/2012 6:56:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Taxpayers have put out billions in subsidies over the last three years for Barack Obama's green-energy stimulus program, which has produced such success stories as Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Ener1. But what happens when taxpayers subsidize efforts that actually produce electricity? As people in the Pacific Northwest have discovered, they end up subsidizing green-power generation -- and non-generation: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest — built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced — are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the...
  • Economic Outlook: Worse after the Election (Economy is getting better, but it won't last long)

    03/08/2012 6:52:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/08/2012 | Jeffrey Folks
    Despite everything Obama has done to ruin it, the economy is getting better. And while a growth rate of 2.3% and an unemployment rate of 8.3% are not exactly worth bragging about, the president is doing just that. The direction of the economy, it seems, is more important than the record of the past three years. The problem is that the present direction is largely the product of this administration's unprecedented deficit spending and of monetary loosening on the part of the Fed. Once these forms of stimulus are withdrawn, as they must be after the election, the direction of...
  • Big Oil and Tax Breaks (Are Big Oil companies sucking money out of the Federal Treasury?)

    03/08/2012 6:44:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/08/2012 | Randall Hoven
    To hear the president and Democrats talk, you'd think that Big Oil was sucking the Treasury dry with huge subsidies. Almost a year ago I wrote about the federal government's "subsidies" to Big Oil. I said then, "They are all tax 'breaks'... about $4.3 billion per year -- about 0.2% of this year's deficit and enough to fund about 10 hours of current US government spending." I was wrong. The tax breaks for all fossil fuels was not $4.3B in 2011. It was only $2.5B -- about 0.19% of that year's deficit, and enough to fund only six hours of...
  • On Iran and Entitlements, Obama Kicks the Can Down the Road

    03/08/2012 6:26:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Kicking the can down the road. That's been the Obama administration's response on issues from Iran's nuclear weapons program to America's entitlement systems. Start with Iran. In a statement in the Oval Office before his meeting with President Obama on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu noted that Obama had "reiterated yesterday" the principle that "when it comes to Israel's security, Israel has the right, the sovereign right, to make its own decisions." That evening, speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Netanyahu said: "Israel has waited patiently for the international community to resolve this issue. We've waited for...
  • The Not-So-Bitter Pill (Sandra Fluke's contraception-cost numbers don't add up)

    03/08/2012 6:15:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/08/2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The question of who controls health-care costs has been endlessly discussed, but it seems that we’ve all missed the answer: the media. In recent weeks, we have watched the cost of birth-control pills rise dramatically: Three weeks ago, in the infancy of the Sandra Fluke fracas, we were told that the annual cost was, at most, $600; then Fluke upped the ante, reporting $1,000 per year in her congressional testimony; and finally, her figure was widely misreported as being $3,000 per annum. This last spike seems to have been the messy byproduct of Fluke’s claim that $3,000 would be the...
  • Algae: Fuel of the Future? (And do we need government subsidies?)

    03/08/2012 6:13:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/08/2012 | Nash Keune
    President Obama’s latest renewable-energy fixation is algae. During a speech at the University of Miami, he touted his administration’s $24 million investment in the fuel, saying, “Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in the United States.” In 2010, the DOE awarded $6 million to Arizona State University for the creation of the Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium (SABC), $9 million to the University of California, San Diego for the creation of the Consortium for Algal Biofuels Commercialization (CABC), and $9...
  • Mandatory Contraception (Here's a doctor's perspective for Sandra Fluke's edification)

    03/08/2012 6:10:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/08/2012 | Marc Siegel
    As a practicing internist who prescribes contraception for women on a regular basis, I don’t see the current flame-throwing debate as being about religious principles or promiscuity, and certainly it isn’t about the need to save health-care dollars, as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has so disingenuously asserted. Instead, in the age of Obamacare, the new insurance mandate is simply about increasing government regulation. But if you regulate insurers, they will fight back. If something is mandated, something else will be cut. Premiums will rise, not fall. Health-care costs will rise, not fall. While I think it is absurd and inflammatory...
  • Arse Backwards: The Federal Reserve's Approach to the Housing Market

    03/08/2012 5:57:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2012 | Steve Forbes
    In reaffirming its near 0% interest rate policy for another three years the Federal Reserve averred that this was ­necessary to revive the housing market, which, in turn, was necessary for the economy to revive. House building and the buying and selling of existing homes are meaningful parts of the economy. More important, from the Fed’s perspective a house is the biggest asset for millions of people; therefore, higher values mean owners will be more likely to spend. This reasoning is arse backwards. A strong economy—and minimal gov­ernment interference—would rapidly revive the housing market. People who want to buy houses,...
  • Gasoline: 70% off

    03/08/2012 5:52:13 AM PST · by Josh Painter · 4 replies
    Human Events ^ | March 7, 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Six years ago, the New York Times profiled Charif Souki, the chairman of the Cheniere Energy company, which was building a nationwide network of natural gas import terminals. North American production of natural gas was declining, and Souki hoped to cash in on increased natural gas imports. Now, just a few years later, the price of natural gas has collapsed, largely due to an enormous increase in American supplies made possible by new discoveries and technologies. In January the Times ran another story on Mr. Souki. It was headlined, "U.S. Company, in Reversal, Wants to Export Natural Gas." His Cheniere...
  • Higgins: Holmes’ column on guns shows ignorance

    03/08/2012 5:42:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    metrowestdailynews.com ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Jay Higgins
    You recently editorialized in response to an article focusing on rising gun sales in America (Gun shops find warm welcome in Natick: Feb. 29 Metrowest Daily News.)I would like to take this opportunity to respond to Rick Holmes (“Guns and paranoia,” March 5):. My first reaction to your opinion was a sense of embarrassment for you as a journalist. I simply cannot imagine a “journalist” who could be more ignorant of real reasons American citizens might choose to exercise their Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. The most glaring example of this shortcoming on your part would be the...
  • Cease Fire bus ad campaign a willful violation of Metro policy(WA)

    03/08/2012 5:21:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    “New bus ads draw the ire of gun rights advocates,” KOMO News reports: Local buses are full of ads for everything from necklaces to web search engines. But a new ad campaign from Washington Cease Fire has stirred controversy. "When you have a gun in the home, you are 22 times more likely to kill a family member or a friend than you are an intruder," said Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Cease Fire. Whatever the statistics, Second Amendment advocates aren't happy with the ads. Indeed, and Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman, quoted in the KOMO story, tells us why...
  • Barack Obama had a transgendered nanny in Indonesia

    03/08/2012 4:59:36 AM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Mar 07, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    JAKARTA, INDONESIA, March 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – As a young child in Indonesia, Barack Obama’s nanny was a transgender “woman” who walked around his home in female clothing and let the future president see him trying on lipstick. In 1969, “Evie” – who was born a man with the name Turdi – worked as a cook when he met Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. (Turdi/Evie, like many Indonesians, goes only by one name.) Dunham had moved to the nation’s capital of Jakarta to live with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro. For two years, Turdi watched “Barry”, as Obama was called,...
  • Florida religious leaders condemn 'anti-Sharia' bill

    03/08/2012 4:51:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 44 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Mar 7, 2012 | Brittan Alana Davis
    TALLAHASSEE — An imam, a rabbi and a pastor walked into Senate President Mike Haridopolos’ office Wednesday with two demands: Withdraw the foreign law bill they say targets Muslims, and investigate who is behind anti-Muslim booklets and flyers circulating the Senate. Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, presiding over a long-running Senate session, did not engage the clergy or the 20 Muslims, Christians and Jews who carpooled from around the state to protest together. The group organized after reading about the anti-Muslim booklets and flyers. At issue is a booklet Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, delivered to fellow senators called Shari’ah Law: Radical Islam’s...
  • Rick's Missing Message

    03/08/2012 4:45:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ross Kaminsky
    ....SenatorSantorum's other reference [to jobs] hits a level of self-absorption that even the patrician Mitt "I'm not worried about the very poor" Romney has not, at least when taken in context, come close to reaching: "Karen and I have seven children, ages 20 to three, not exactly the best time to be out running for president of the UnitedStates. We've given up our -- our jobs. We're living off our savings. Yeah, we're making a little sacrifice for a very, very big goal…" Yes, during his Tuesday evening speech, RickSantorum's only mention of someone losing a job was about him...
  • Obama brings daughters into flap over Limbaugh’s contraception remarks

    03/08/2012 4:43:49 AM PST · by IbJensen · 26 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Mar 07, 2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - President Obama told reporters Tuesday that he gave personal support to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University Law Center student who was vaulted to stardom after advocating for the birth control mandate, because the affair caused him to think of his daughters. “I thought about Malia and Sasha. And one of the things I want them … to be able to do is speak their minds in a civil and thoughtful way, and I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names when they’re being good citizens,” said Obama, as reported by The Hill. “And...
  • Obama Administration: No Confidence in Nuclear Energy

    03/08/2012 4:32:35 AM PST · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 06 March 2012 | Jack Spencer and Cornelius Milmoe
    A major public concern about nuclear reactors has been that the spent nuclear fuel could remain stranded at the reactor site indefinitely. In the 1970s, courts prohibited the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from licensing new reactors unless it assured the public that the waste would be removed—a requirement called the “waste confidence” rule. President Obama’s decision to abandon plans for removing the waste to the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada creates an uncertainty that could be a barrier to the expansion of nuclear power. Two nuclear policy experts argue that the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act provides sufficient confidence that spent...
  • Carl Levin calls for hearing on plans to cut Selfridge personnel by one-third

    03/08/2012 4:27:33 AM PST · by equaviator · 10 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | March 7 2012 | Chad Selweski
    U.S. Sen. Carl Levin has scheduled a March 20 hearing of his Senate Armed Services Committee to scrutinize Air Force plans to cut Air National Guard troops across the nation, including a one-third reduction of military personnel at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. An Air Force report concludes that eliminating Selfridge’s 24 A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft while adding four KC135 air refueling tankers would cost the Harrison Township base 720 jobs. But the Michigan National Guard said errors in the Air Force count puts the true number at 561, compared to an overall troop force at Selfridge of 1,586. In a...
  • FCC Considers Granting Police the Authority to Shut Down Cell Phone Networks

    03/08/2012 3:55:59 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 119 replies
    The Intel Hub ^ | 6 March 2012 | IntelHub
    The FCC is currently seeking public comments on whether or not it is appropriate and feasible to grant local police forces the power to shut down mobile phone networks.The request for the public’s input comes after BATR officials in San Fransisco shut down cell towers in an attempt to stop a first amendment protected protest for “public safety” reasons.An article published by CFO World broke down the FCC request in an easy to understand fashion: The FCC asks several questions in its request for comments. Among them:– When have government agencies in the U.S. considered interrupting mobile service?– When would...
  • Fluke and Liberals' Bodyguard of Lies

    03/08/2012 3:40:21 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 8, 2012 | Tom Trinko
    Winston Churchill declared that in war, truth was so precious that it must always be accompanied by a bodyguard of lies. Because liberals are at war with American society and their true beliefs are repugnant to most Americans, liberals constantly conceal the truth of their beliefs with sweet-sounding lies. Liberals constantly create a cloud of lies about their support for tolerance and diversity to conceal the absolutely intolerant core of their faith. Americans are informed that tolerance requires them to accept pornography, abortion, gay marriage, casual sex, and everything else that liberals happen to like. Strangely, however, liberals are not...
  • RomneyCare Now Funding FREE Abortions

    03/08/2012 3:13:47 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 16 replies · 1+ views
    AmyContrada.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Amy Contrada
    RomneyCare now offers free elective surgical abortions. Mitt Romney was the enabler. This is how his government-dictated health plan is playing out. And he’s still proud of it. When he does touch on defects in his health plan, he never mentions abortion coverage as a problem. He’s either fine with it, or realizes he has to downplay it to get the conservative vote. When the law was first implemented, there was a $50 copay for a RomneyCare elective surgical abortion. Now RomneyCare abortions are "free" for a $0 copay (or $50-$100 in some plans). In fact, the $0 copay shows up as...
  • FBI director: Have to check whether targeted killing rule is outside US only.

    03/08/2012 2:53:22 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 07, 2012 | | Catherine Herridge
    FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he would have to go back and check with the Department of Justice whether Attorney General Eric Holder's "three criteria" for the targeted killing of Americans also applied to Americans inside the U.S. Pressed by House lawmakers about a recent speech in which Holder described the legal justification for assassination, Mueller, who was attending a hearing on his agency's budget, did not say without qualification that the three criteria could not be applied inside the U.S. "I have to go back. Uh, I'm not certain whether that was addressed or not," Mueller said...
  • Romney not getting his due

    03/08/2012 2:23:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette ^ | March 8, 2012 | John J. Monahan TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
    Romney backers in Massachusetts were feeling some frustration yesterday over the long primary slog their candidate still faces after Super Tuesday. Some said his campaign is not getting enough credit for primary wins so far. “They continue to say he has to do this or that. He does it and they say he still hasn’t closed the deal,” said state Rep. George N. Peterson Jr., R-Grafton. “It seems as though he clears one hurdle and they put up a new one. He clears that and they say he didn’t clear it by enough.” The Romney campaign won six of 10...
  • ‘The Rich People’s President’

    03/08/2012 1:38:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
    Will France’s Nicolas Sarkozy be the next European leader to fall? If you understood how French president Nicolas Sarkozy found himself holed up in a barroom in Bayonne last Thursday afternoon, it would take you a long way towards figuring out what is going to happen in France’s two-round presidential election, coming up in April and May. Sarkozy, who heads France’s conservative UMP party, was making a surprise visit to the Basque country, along the border with Spain. The Socialists, who have not held the presidency since 1995, got wind of his visit. Together with local Basque separatists, they succeeded...
  • Wanted: Deus Ex Machina [There are none so blind...]

    03/08/2012 1:12:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 7, 2012 | Michael Walsh
    Rich [Lowry], you have nailed it re the necessity of defeating Barack Obama this fall. But how to do it? Despite Romney’s wins yesterday, there’s still a so-what air about his candidacy; he’s like one of those seat-warmers at the Oscars who slips into the vacancies so as to give the continuing illusion of a packed house. He’s a passionless candidate with a passionless following at a time that positively demands passion in order to counter the great Axelrod Media Machine, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic party and its functioning propaganda arm. Take the latest Romney “tax” plan....
  • Obama’s Internet police: Moves to regulate online commerce

    03/08/2012 1:01:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2012 | The Editors
    It’s the same old story. Ever since the Internet became popular, politicians have looked for a way to sink their claws into it. They hate the idea that the public might communicate and engage in commerce largely free from governmental red tape. So President Obama last month announced a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to give Uncle Sam more of a role in shaping the online experience. The idea is to exploit the recent, high-profile privacy controversies surrounding Google and Facebook. Some complain that these online giants are collecting too much personal information. Usually, public outrage about intrusive practices is...
  • Azerbaijan’s Arms Deal with Israel Raises Caucasus Tensions

    03/08/2012 12:27:33 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Already in 2012, two Iranian terrorist plots against Azerbaijan have been exposed, Moscow has substantially reinforced its garrisons in the Caucasus in expectation of a war involving Iran by this summer, and Russia has also warned Georgia against hosting US troops there for purposes of conducting such a war. These extraordinary moves testify to the importance the Caucasus has in conjunction with the possibility of a war against Iran. Therefore the recent announcement of a large-scale Israeli arms sale to Azerbaijan only adds to the high degree of tensions there. Israeli Hermes 450 Drone In late February, Israeli officials confirmed...
  • Your doctor could be Obama (She was right)

    03/07/2012 11:29:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Dickinson Press ^ | March 8, 2012 | Nat Hentoff
    Ever since Sarah Palin’s end-of-life counseling “death panel” remarks exploded into national consciousness in 2009, I have researched the real power ObamaCare will have to overrule your doctor’s decisions about what’s best for your health care. Forget death panels. Starting in July 2014, if Barack Obama is still president, a 15-member board that he selects with Senate confirmation — the Independent Payment Advisory Board — will be in charge of deciding when to reduce government spending per capita (for each person) on health care. Opponents such as Congressman Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who is also a doctor and the co-chairman of...
  • 50s Commercial with Ronald Reagan

    03/07/2012 10:57:51 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    This is a commercial from the 1950's with Ronald Reagan. In this commercial he explains the evils of socialized medicine. How it can lead to total socialism, even back in the 50's people were worried about what the government was trying to do with universal health care.
  • Pat Robertson: "It's time we stop locking up people for possession of marijuana..."

    03/07/2012 10:40:18 PM PST · by MetaThought · 115 replies
    Reason ^ | March 6, 2012 | Mike Riggs
    Pat Robertson, America's longest-serving eschatological bigot and spiritual leader, took to the airwaves of the 700 Club last week and denounced the war on weed, as well as liberals, all of whom write laws in a "punitive spirit." Putting aside the fact that Robertson has, on occasion, invited God to smite people people of abominable politics and preferences, this time he is making (some) sense: We here in America make up 5% of the world's population, but we make up 25% of jailed prisoners... Every time the liberals pass a bill -- I don't care what it involves -- they...
  • Doctor Teller’s Strange Loves, from the Hydrogen Bomb to Thorium Energy

    03/07/2012 10:11:54 PM PST · by Praxeologue · 26 replies
    The Big Picture - ritholtz.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | Barry Ritholtz
    Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb, had a thing for nuclear bombs. He wanted them bigger, smaller, faster, used in ways that no one had thought of before or since, and always more of them. He suffered no fools, and though he would be more villified than any other American scientist in the 20th century, he always dismissed his critics as lacking in common sense or patriotism. Amid Cold War paranoia and fears of the Soviet nuclear program, the stakes were simply too high: for the free world, building the most powerful weapon in history was a matter...