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  • Former CIA counterterror chief: Pelosi was briefed in 2002 about waterboarding and didn’t object

    05/01/2012 6:38:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/01/2012 | AllahPundit
    Ah, I remember spending a solid month on this story back in spring 2009 when Obama and Cheney were having their war of words over enhanced interrogation. Porter Goss claimed that he and she were both briefed on waterboarding in September 2002 as members of the House intel committee, a hugely incendiary accusation given Pelosi’s status as Speaker and therefore an anti-torture liberal light. Pelosi contended that, in the NYT’s words, “the lawmakers were told only that the C.I.A. believed the methods were legal — not that they were going to be used.” Then, as the media turned up the...
  • How US debt risks dollar doomsday

    05/01/2012 6:24:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/01/2012 | Scott S. Powell
    The US dollar is getting perilously close to losing its status as the world’s reserve currency. Should it cross the line, the 2008 financial crisis could look like a summer storm. Yes, worries about insolvency in Europe dominate the headlines. Last week, Standard & Poor’s cut Spain’s bond rating to BBB+ — a clear sign that Europe’s financial crisis is far from over. But America’s escalating debt problem is far more likely to precipitate a truly global crisis, because the dollar has for decades played such a central role in the world economy. How bad is the US problem? Former...
  • Catholic church to battle Obama Administration

    05/01/2012 6:15:08 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 8 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 5/1/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    The federal Department of Health and Human Services ignited a political firestorm in January that’s still smoldering when it declared institutions of the Catholic Church would have to include coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortifacients in their employee insurance policies. Most Americans initially backed the church in its contention that the HHS requirement, conjured out of the Affordable Care Act, violated the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty by forcing the church to provide drugs and services that run counter to its moral teachings. So the Obama administration engaged in a sleight-of-hand by declaring a “compromise” in which the insurance companies,...
  • RAHN: Geithner’s willful negligence

    05/01/2012 6:01:39 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4-30-12 | Richard Rahn
    What would you think of a secretary of the Treasury who failed to do serious cost-benefit analysis about regulations that could cost millions of Americans their jobs and cause innocent people to be subject to political abuse or worse and yet have almost no benefit to the United States? Over the past several years, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner was warned by many private economists and members of Congress of the adverse consequences of a proposed rule that would force U.S. banks to be uncompensated tax collectors for foreign governments. On April 17, Mr. Geithner issued the rule anyway. Rep....
  • Lawyers: 'Stand your ground' law becoming more common defense(FL barf alert)

    05/01/2012 5:49:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 1 May, 2012 | John Woodrow Cox
    BROOKSVILLE — On a sticky summer night in 2010, William Siskos tucked a .22-caliber Ruger in his waistband and walked to a home on Ligonier Road in Spring Hill. There, in the front yard, he met Joe Kasbach for the first time. In the nine months before that night, Siskos had been dating Kasbach's wife. An argument broke out almost immediately. Within minutes, authorities say, Siskos pulled his gun and fired a round into Kasbach's abdomen. The 46-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital. A witness, standing just feet away, told detectives Kasbach never threw a punch or pulled a...
  • Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights

    05/01/2012 5:28:22 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr 30, 2012 | Michael Mukasey
    OPINION Updated April 30, 2012, 7:43 p.m. ET Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights It's hard to imagine Lincoln or Eisenhower claiming such credit for the heroic actions of others. By MICHAEL B. MUKASEY The first anniversary of the SEAL Team 6 operation that killed Osama bin Laden brings the news that President Obama plans during the coming campaign to exploit the bragging rights to the achievement. That plan invites scrutiny that is unlikely to benefit him. Consider the events surrounding the operation. A recently disclosed memorandum from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta shows that the president's celebrated...
  • Martial Red Zone In America: Heavily Armed Security Teams To Patrol Chicago

    05/01/2012 5:22:55 AM PDT · by Fennie · 17 replies
    SHTF ^ | April 30, 2012 | Mac Slavo
    If Transportation Security pat downs at public venues, thousands of drones over the skies of America, and the National Security Agency's new Echelon-like listening center in Utah weren't enough to convince you that we're living in a police state, then perhaps the latest news out of Chicago will change your mind. As world leaders prepare to meet in the windy city for their annual NATO summit, U.S. federal officials are working feverishly to implement a security net so broad that it encompasses the entirety of Cook County, Illinois. While international summits are traditionally met with a larger police presence and...
  • (CT) House Passes Controversial Same-Day Voter Registration

    05/01/2012 4:34:31 AM PDT · by raybbr · 12 replies
    Courant.com ^ | 4/30/2012 | Christopher Keating
    After more than five hours of debate, the state House of Representatives voted Monday night for the controversial Election Day voter registration bill that has a long history in the state legislature. By a vote of 83-59, the House voted allow the same-day registration, despite complaints by opponents about potential fraud. Nine conservative Democrats broke with their party and voted against the bill. Only one Republican, Livvy Floren of Greenwich, voted in favor. Lawmakers have been clashing for more than a decade as the issue has been blocked by a veto by then-Gov.John G. Rowlandin 2003 and a federal court...
  • May Day Eve Quickly Turns Ugly In San Francisco (Freeloaders smash car windows & store fronts)

    05/01/2012 2:39:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/01/12
    May Day Eve Quickly Turns Ugly In San FranciscoA day that is expected to be filled with anti-establishment protests all around the globe began early last night with a roving band of "anarchists" smashing car windows and store fronts in San Francisco's Mission District. The mini-riot (which was technically on April 30, but still) may have started as a "ruckus street party" organized by Occupy Oakland protesters who invaded their sister city ... The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News - 24 minutes ago
  • GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on Senate

    05/01/2012 2:33:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/01/12 | Alexander Bolton
    GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on SenateBy Alexander Bolton - 05/01/12 05:00 AM ET Third-party groups allied with the Republican Party have vastly outspent Democratic incumbents and their backers in Senate battlegrounds. The disparity in advertising firepower threatens Democratic control of the Senate and could have an impact on the presidential race as well. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a first-term Democrat from Ohio, has been the primary target of outside groups, which have outspent his allies by a ratio of 10-1 this election cycle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS and 60Plus Association have funded the bulk of...
  • POTENTIAL ASIAN MISSILE SHIELD IRKS CHINA...

    05/01/2012 12:43:45 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    AFPC Missile Defense Briefing Report ^ | 4/30/2012 | Ilan Berman and Richard Harrison , eds.
    POTENTIAL ASIAN MISSILE SHIELD IRKS CHINA... North Korea's expanding missile program has prompted the Obama administration to consider plans for an Asian missile shield – and raised concerns in Beijing in the process. In recent talks with U.S. allies in the Asia pacific, U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary Madelyn Creedon put forth the idea of modeling the potential system after the European Phased Adaptive Approach now being erected in cooperation with NATO - a system that combines land- and sea- based missile defense capabilities to defend against the missile threat from Iran. PRC officials have bridled at the idea, however. The...
  • Fingering Zimmerman: Payback for the Sanford Police?

    05/01/2012 12:03:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 1, 2012 | Jeff Lipkes
    The shooting of Trayvon Martin went viral after Tracy Martin, Travyon's father, approached civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, who in turn enlisted the Orlando publicist Ryan Julison. But why did Martin senior contact the lawyer? Had he been told simply that his son had attacked a man who turned out to be armed, he might not have pursued the case. But he had been led to believe that manslaughter charges were about to be filed against the shooter. When this didn't happen, he naturally felt aggrieved, and sought "justice for Trayvon."© It was lead investigator Chris Serino who gave Martin...
  • The Path To bin Laden’s Death Didn’t Start With Obama [Credit Bush and Black Sites]

    04/30/2012 10:29:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2012 | Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
    The Path To bin Laden’s Death Didn’t Start With Obama Text Size PrintE-mailReprints By Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., April 30 Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the CIA and the author of “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives.” As we mark the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama deserves credit for making the right choice on taking out Public Enemy No. 1. But his administration never would have had the opportunity to do the right thing had it not been for some extraordinary work during the George W. Bush administration....
  • Paul Ryan's Cross to Bear: The House Budget Chairman Challenges The Religious Left

    04/30/2012 10:12:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 30, 2012 | WILLIAM MCGURN
    April 30, 2012 McGurn: Paul Ryan's Cross to Bear The House Budget Chairman Challenges The Religious Left WILLIAM MCGURN Paul Ryan shocked the gentle souls at Georgetown University when he traveled up to their campus last Thursday and said: "We believe that Social Security legislation, now billed as a great victory for the poor and for the worker, is a great defeat for Christianity. It is an acceptance of the idea of force and compulsion." The Wisconsin Republican went on to lament that "we in our generation have more and more come to consider the state as bountiful Uncle Sam,"...
  • Municipal schools referendum bill approved by Senate, headed to Tennessee governor

    04/30/2012 8:14:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/30/12 | Richard Locker
    NASHVILLE – The state Senate gave final legislative approval this afternoon to a bill allowing the Memphis suburbs to hold referendums and school board elections this year on new municipal school districts, despite charges that the bill is “part of a growing trend…of apartheid in Shelby County.” The bill now goes to the governor for his signature, which is expected soon. The House approved the same measure Friday, which was the critical vote. The Senate, which had approved virtually the same language in the bill last week, followed suit today, approving the measure on a 22-9 vote that was largely...
  • Chechen women in mortal fear as president backs Islamic honor killings

    04/30/2012 8:01:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2012 | Diana Markosian
    ACHXOY-MARTAN, Chechnya — Chechnya's government is openly approving of families that kill female relatives who violate their sense of honor, as this Russian republic embraces a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam after decades of religious suppression under Soviet rule. In the past five years, the bodies of dozens of young Chechen women have been found dumped in woods, abandoned in alleys and left along roads in the capital, Grozny, and neighboring villages. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov publicly announced that the dead women had “loose morals” and were rightfully shot by male relatives. He went on to describe women as the property...
  • Dan Savage Apologizes For His Comments About Christianity

    04/30/2012 8:00:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/30/12 | Meenal Vamburka
    On Sunday, Dan Savage took to his blog to apologize for some controversial comments he made at an anti-bullying event. Savage said he shouldn’t have used the term “pansy-ass” and noted that he was not attacking Christianity, but rather, he was attacking hypocrisy. (Snip) People often point out that they can’t help it, they can’t help with the anti-gay bullying, because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans that being gay is wrong. We can learn to ignore the bull**** in the Bible about gay people.
  • Bill would ask state contractors: Are you gay or lesbian?

    04/30/2012 7:53:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/30/12 | Jim Sanders
    For the first time, California would ask its contractors if they are gay under legislation passed Monday by the Assembly. The measure, Assembly Bill 1960, would enable the owners of businesses that contract with the state to identify themselves as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. It would not require them to do so. The Assembly vote was 47-24, with only one Republican supporting it. The Department of General Services currently is required to collect data on contractors by race, ethnicity and gender. AB 1960 would add LGBT-owned businesses to that list. The bill by Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson seeks...
  • A perfect formula for budget failure

    04/30/2012 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    gulfnews.com ^ | May 1, 20-12 | William D. Cohan
    Erskine Bowles, a true Southern gentleman and co-chairman of President Barack Obama's erstwhile budget-deficit commission, came to New York City from his home in North Carolina the other night to talk sense about the nation's perilous fiscal condition. "I think today we face the most predictable economic crisis in history," he told an audience on April 24 at the Council on Foreign Relations — an audience that might actually be able to help do something about the problem. Without serious debt reduction, it won't take much of an increase in interest rates to create a fiscal crisis the likes of...
  • House Drafts Contempt Citation Against Eric Holder

    04/30/2012 7:12:27 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 27, 2012 | Mary Chastain
    Republican House leaders are finally holding Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for some of his actions. Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, drafted a 48-page contempt of Congress citation against him. The charge? Repeatedly obstructing and slowing the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.
  • "Forward Forward" A Hitler Youth Anthem

    04/30/2012 6:37:04 PM PDT · by B.Lyle · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/1/2012 | vanity
    A few people have commented on the fact that Obama's 2012 campaign slogan 'Forward' has a long history in socialist and communist ideology. The most chilling and in your face example I've seen so far is from the National Socialist Hitler Youth Anthem "Forward,Forward." The themes of youth have always been a big part of Obama's campaigns, but seeing his campaign slogan being sung by actual Hitler Youth Members really brings it all together and creeps me out. As I said on Twitter, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to release it as campaign material. Forward Forward
  • New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, Socialism (FORWARD!)

    04/30/2012 6:22:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 93 replies
    WashTimes ^ | April 30, 2012 | Victor Mortan
    The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism. Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called "Forward (generic name of socialist publications)." "The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications," the online encyclopedia explains. The slogan "Forward!" reflected the conviction of...
  • Looks like an onion skin, but it could be electricity(new environmentalist regulations)

    04/30/2012 6:16:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Sergio Squatrito knows all about food waste. At Carla's Pasta, his family's company in South Windsor, in addition to an array of easy-to-prepare pasta and other Italian specialties, the company produces 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of food waste a day. "We've tried four different ways of getting rid of our food scraps and all of them have failed," said Squatrito, who is vice president of operations. "I have nothing against the waste companies handling our trash, but there's got to be a different mousetrap." That's pretty much Connecticut's thinking, too. Faced with statewide data that showed food waste is, by...
  • Washington, Where Nothing’s Funnier than Government-Sponsored Gun-Running(gunwalker)

    04/30/2012 5:56:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 30 April, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    The Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is a self-congratulatory mutual masturbation marathon that’s ostensibly a “roast” of the President. No matter who’s in the big chair, at best it’s a drunken festival of strained jokes, rictus-like grins and too-hearty knee slaps. Even with Lindsay Lohan in attendance. But as non-threatening as most of the routines are toward the current commander-in-chief, who the majority in the room would be only too happy to fellate if it would mean single-payer healthcare and Priuses for all, Jimmy Kimmel managed to work in a dig at the big guy (ever so tiny as it...
  • White House official confirms US carries out drone strikes

    04/30/2012 5:48:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/30/12 | AP
    White House counterterrorism official John Brennan publicly described how Al Qaeda targets are chosen for drone strikes, the first time the Obama administration has described the widely known practice so openly and in such detail. Brennan, speaking in Washington on Monday, says President Obama wants to be more transparent with the American public a year after a raid by Navy commandos killed Usama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. "Yes, in order to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States and to save American lives, the United States government conducts targeted strikes against specific Al Qaeda terrorists, sometimes using remotely piloted...
  • Elijah Cummings to Darrell Issa: Stop ‘witch hunt’

    04/30/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/30/12 | DARIUS DIXON
    Rep. Elijah Cummings warned Rep. Darrell Issa against turning a potential contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal into “an election-year witch hunt,” he wrote in a letter late last week. “Holding someone in contempt of Congress is one of the most serious and formal actions our Committee can take, and it should not be used as a political tool to generate press as part of an election-year witch hunt against the Obama Administration,” the Maryland Democrat wrote Friday to Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Last...
  • The Tea Party's Inner ACLU

    04/30/2012 5:28:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 April 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    A left-right alliance against military detention of terrorists. The tea party movement has generally been constructive, but every so often it runs off the road. A case in point is its emerging condominium with the anti-antiterror left to block terrorist detentions. This strange alliance has developed in response to one of Congress's rare bipartisan achievements—the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). That bill affirmed the long-standing distinction between civilian justice and the rules of war by letting the President detain terrorists (including U.S. citizens) captured anywhere and question them as long as necessary. A President can decide to try them...
  • Conservatism Without the Righteousness of Almighty God is Bankrupt.

    04/30/2012 5:11:57 PM PDT · by kindred · 16 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 4/29/12 | DJP, I.F.
    In the past five years - before our very eyes - we have seen the nearly complete erosion and virtual extinction of conservative policies and programs in US politics. It seems that The United States is increasingly becoming more like a secular socialist State than the Representative Republic of "In God We Trust" that it was founded upon. Our Judean-Christian heritage, morality and values do not dominate our culture and society as they once did. Another reality is that many have never known any other kind of society than what presently exists. Accountability, responsibility and virtue are “hisses and by-words”...
  • Senate Democrats “celebrate” three years without a budget

    04/30/2012 5:07:50 PM PDT · by Pasadena2k · 4 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 27 2012 | Andrew Stiles
    Sunday, April 29, 2012, is an anniversary unprecedented in the history of American politics, marking three years since the Democratic-led Senate last complied with federal law by passing a budget. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 stipulates that Congress must approve a budget resolution by April 15 of each year. In the Senate, only 51 votes are needed to pass a budget, as budgets are one of the few pieces of legislation invulnerable to a filibuster. Democrats currently control 53 seats. Democratic lawmakers have offered myriad excuses for their refusal to offer a budget, none of which hold up to...
  • Is Conscience Partisan? A Look at the Clinton, Moynihan, and Kennedy Records

    04/30/2012 5:00:01 PM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | April 30, 2012 | Richard M. Doerflinger
    On March 1, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 48 to table the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” introduced by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to protect conscience rights in the face of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This conscience proposal would forbid the use of new mandated benefits lists under PPACA to force those who offer, sponsor, or purchase health plans to cover specific items or services that violate their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” The immediate threat is the Obama administration’s mandate for almost all health plans to include...
  • Washington Has A Habit Of Trying To Fix What Isn't Broken

    04/30/2012 4:59:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 30, 2012
    Nanny State: The Obama administration's Secretary of Meddling continues his senseless war against cellphone use in cars. Don't the busybodies in Washington ever tire of coming up with solutions in search of a problem? Ray LaHood, who is actually Transportation secretary and a one-time a Republican congressman, wants to ban talking and texting on cellphones on every road and street in the country. Not only is this a local issue and not a federal case, it is also a fix that isn't needed. Look at the data. The effort to ban cellphone use by drivers is based on a National...
  • U.S. Takes It on the Chen for Foreign Aid

    04/30/2012 4:57:19 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 5 replies
    Washington Update - Email | April 30, 2012 | Tony Perkins
    An annual meeting of two world superpowers now hangs on the fate of one brave Chinese man. After 20 months of torture and malnourishment, blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng escaped his home under the cover of darkness Sunday and made it 370 miles to Beijing, where he is believed to be under U.S. protection. The "self-taught" attorney has been a favorite target of Chinese authorities for his crusade to expose the brutal sterilizations and forced abortions suffered by village women under the country's one-child policy. After surviving four years in prison on bogus charges, Chen was released and kept...
  • Walker raises $13 million since January (WI)

    04/30/2012 3:46:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-30-12 | Patrick Marley & Jason Stein
    Madison - Gov. Scott Walker raised an unprecedented $13.2 million since January to fight off the recall bid against him, far outdistancing his Democratic challengers and driving home the challenge they will have in beating the Republican incumbent. Crisscrossing the country on fundraising trips, Walker has raised more than $25 million in total since January 2011 and has $4.8 million in cash on hand - numbers unlike any that have been seen for a political candidate in Wisconsin. His fundraising numbers dwarf what his Democratic rivals have raised and are almost on par with that of second-tier presidential candidates. For...
  • Obama's Nakba (Catastrophe)

    04/30/2012 3:04:09 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2012 | James Lewis
    [Snip]...Obama has been working with Samantha Power and Code Pink to undermine Israel. In that process, at least 20,000 Arabs have died in what the media call the "Arab Spring." It has turned into an Arab Nightmare. Twenty thousand dead is a lowball estimate from Strategypage.com.
  • GOP lawmaker: Eligibility too scary to take on

    04/30/2012 2:30:27 PM PDT · by rxsid · 69 replies
    www.wnd.com ^ | 04/30/2012 | Drew Zahn
    "GOP lawmaker: Eligibility too scary to take on Fears investigation would be 'biggest constitutional crisis since Civil War' ... When it came to investigating Obama’s eligibility, however, Adams – who is now running for the U.S. House – said he feared Congress standing up to the chief executive would trigger “a constitutional crisis unlike one we’ve seen since perhaps the Civil War.” Further, Adams questioned whether an investigation by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio – determining probable cause to suspect the White House presented forged documents as “proof” of Obama’s eligibility – lends “credibility” to the case. In a video shot...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, April-30-2012

    04/30/2012 2:29:06 PM PDT · by Fudd Fan · 140 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Martial Red Zone In America:Heavily Armed Security Teams To Patrol Chicago (Shortened Title)

    04/30/2012 2:15:37 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 33 replies
    SHTFPlan.com ^ | 4/30/2012 | Mac Slavo
    Martial Red Zone In America: Heavily Armed Security Teams To Patrol Chicago, Feds Prepare for Mass Detentions, Evacuation Planning Underway If Transportation Security pat downs at public venues, thousands of drones over the skies of America, and the National Security AgencyÂ’s new Echelon-like listening center in Utah werenÂ’t enough to convince you that weÂ’re living in a police state, then perhaps the latest news out of Chicago will change your mind. As world leaders prepare to meet in the windy city for their annual NATO summit, U.S. federal officials are working feverishly to implement a security net so broad that...
  • Double Down: Obama Again Suggests Romney Would Have Blocked Bin Laden Raid

    04/30/2012 2:13:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | April 30, 2012 | Guy Benson
    The Obama brain trust evidently believes it's got a winning message here, so brace yourselves for six more months of smug, smirking implications that Mitt Romney would have nixed last May's military and intelligence triumph:   Obama: "Hardly Think You Have Seen Any Excessive Celebration Taking Place"   "I'd just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and to take out bin Laden," Obama said, obviously taking a shot at Romney. "I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. And...
  • Cops involved in shooting ATL teen "We're ALL Eric Williams now"

    04/30/2012 2:13:25 PM PDT · by Student0165 · 7 replies
    ATLANTA — Police said a man wounded in an officer-involved shooting was walking around a neighborhood with a loaded shotgun during the incident. The shooting happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Paines Avenue near North Avenue in northwest Atlanta. Relatives of Eric Williams said the incident has left them upset because they do not believe the 18-year-old had a gun. Channel 2's Ryan Young spoke to Williams' brother, who said he found the teen "laying on the ground stretched out" after running from police following a traffic stop. Within minutes, Chopper 2 was flying over the...
  • x-CIA Counterterror Chief says Pelosi ‘Reinventing the Truth’ about Waterboarding

    04/30/2012 2:10:56 PM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2012 | Marc A. Thiessen
    In an explosive memoir released today, former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez provides new evidence that Rep. Nancy Pelosi lied when she declared she had not been briefed about the use of waterboarding. Recall that in a Capitol Hill news conference three years ago, Pelosi (D-Calif.) vehemently denied being told about the use of waterboarding at a CIA briefing in September 2002. “We were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used,” Pelosi said. She later changed her story, telling reporters, “We were told explicitly that waterboarding was...
  • Apple, the tax-dodger? We certainly hope so. You should too.

    04/30/2012 1:46:10 PM PDT · by freedombiz · 12 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 4-30-12 | Mark Landsbaum
    The New York Times reported Apple “paid cash taxes of $3.3 billion around the world on its reported profits of $34.2 billion last year, a tax rate of 9.8%.” Further more, Apple’s federal tax bill likely would have been $2.4 billion higher last year without these moves, says the Times. The fact remains Apple paid less tax than it would have otherwise had it not moved operations to low- or no-tax jurisdictions. Good for Apple. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had the same flexibility?
  • As scandal winds down, aging state Treasurer Bill Lockyer sets sights on controller's job

    04/30/2012 1:45:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/30/12 | Josh Richman
    He's almost 71. And his wife just resigned from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors after a drug-fueled affair with a meth addict. Her sensational downfall included shocking allegations that he once supplied her with drugs and encouraged her to commit suicide during a recent argument. So now, after months of personal turmoil and four decades as one of the state's most powerful Democrats, is state Treasurer Bill Lockyer preparing to quietly fade away? Not a chance. In fact, he's already squirreled away more than $2.5 million to run for another statewide office when he's 73. Asked whether recent events...
  • Kip Smith exits U.S. Senate race (WI)

    04/30/2012 1:41:59 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-30-12 | Don Walker
    Updated: 1:48 p.m. | Kip Smith, a Rhinelander physical therapist who entered the U.S. Senate race as a longshot Republican on a platform dedicated to cutting spending and repealing the Affordable Care Act, is dropping out. Smith will formally announce his exit from the race on Tuesday in front of the Oneida County Courthouse at 10 a.m. in Rhinelander. In a statement released Monday, Smith said "my decision is based mostly on the difficulty in raising the funds necessary to continue this mission. We have brought forth an amazing campaign on a true 'shoestring' budget. I cannot, however, continue this...
  • EPA official resigns over “crucify” comments (Al Armendariz pays for his gaffe)

    04/30/2012 1:41:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Michael Kinsley once defined gaffe as the accidental telling of an embarrassing political truth. EPA official Al Armendariz has paid for his 2010 gaffe, captured on video and highlighted by Senator James Inhofe, with his job: The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe his approach to enforcement.In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator...
  • Milestone: It’s now been 3 full years since Senate Democrats last passed a budget

    04/30/2012 1:37:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2012 | MORGEN RICHMOND
    Yesterday marked an inglorious milestone for the Democrat leadership in the U.S. Senate: it was the 3-year anniversary of the last time they passed a budget measure. Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Budget Committee, seems to have diagnosed the problem. Via the Daily Caller: “This is a deliberate plan that the Democratic majority has executed for three years to avoid the responsibility of laying out a financial plan for America,” [Sessions] said in an interview.The Democratic majority in the Senate, Sessions said, “cannot lead.”“When your party cannot coalesce around a plan that your members can...
  • Judiciary Chairman Unleashes on Holder for ‘Partisan’ Ignorance of Constitution

    04/30/2012 1:20:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 30, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    With a scathing roll call of Eric Holder's sins, Lamar Smith paves the way for the attorney general's upcoming appearance before his committee. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee launched a scathing attack on the Department of Justice today with a report outlining how Attorney General Eric Holder’s agency is “ignoring the Constitution to impose a partisan agenda.” “The pattern of pushing partisan ideology rather than neutrally enforcing the law began nearly as soon as the Administration took office and has continued unabated since,” the report from Rep. Lamar Smith states. The Texas Republican said that under the Obama...
  • More money for EU investment bank as leaders re-focus on growth

    04/30/2012 1:14:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 30.04.12 @ 21:08 | Valentina Pop
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is backing calls by the EU commission to boost the funds of the European Investment Bank (EIB), a move meant to show that leaders are putting their money where their mouth is in terms of growth. As leaders are increasingly shifting their focus from austerity to growth-boosting measures, older plans tabled by the EU commission in the past few years are being revived. Boosting the lending capacity of the Luxembourg-based EIB is one of those ideas. Merkel over the weekend told Leipziger Volkszeitung she "can imagine that we further strengthen the capabilities of the European Investment...
  • The Auto Bailout Bust

    04/30/2012 1:00:44 PM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    The Free Beacon ^ | 4/30/12 | McMorris
    Obama’s rescue of Chrysler and General Motors unpopular with voters, creditors, and GM management President Barack Obama has made the auto bailout a centerpiece of his reelection campaign, using it to bash Republican nominee Mitt Romney. But the tactic may backfire as the general election heats up, public opinion surveys suggest. Recent polling from Rasmussen indicates that 59 percent view the bailouts as a “failure” and only 44 percent think the bailouts were “good for America.” The administration has already written off $7 billion in taxpayer losses in the American takeover of Chrysler and General Motors; those losses are expected...
  • Report: Almost 70% of Guns Found in Mexico Came From US

    04/30/2012 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 30 Apr 2012 02:58 PM | Newsmax Wires
    A new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) shows that more than more than 68,000—or 68 percent—of the 99,691 guns recovered in Mexico between 2007 and 2011 were either made in the U.S. or legally brought into the U.S. at some point. As you might expect, gun-rights advocates and gun-control advocates view the data quite differently, The Hill reports. Gun-rights advocates say the 68 percent number is overstated because the sample pool only reflects guns submitted to the ATF for traces. There are many other guns in Mexico, and many don’t have a U.S. connection,...
  • Arianna Huffington: Obama's bin Laden Ad 'Despicable'

    04/30/2012 12:25:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 30 Apr 2012 01:03 PM | Newsmax Wires
    Arianna Huffington, founder of the liberal leaning news site The Huffington Post, has criticized the Obama campaign for an ad suggesting that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have killed terrorism kingpin Osama bin Laden, calling the move "despicable." In May 2011, President Barack Obama authorized the raid that did away with the al Qaida leader. But a video ad released by the Obama campaign last week, which included former President Bill Clinton trumpeting Obama’s achievement, also had wording which suggested that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Romney might not have made the same decision. "I don't think there should be an ad about...