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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.