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    07/03/2012 9:43:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC Iranian Democracy Monitor ^ | 7/3/2012 | Ilan Berman and Yassamin Issapour, eds.
    According to Iran's Minister of Health, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, approximately 10 million people now cope with drug addiction in Iran. Speaking on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug abuse, Dastjerdi noted that over the past few months, the quantity of both drugs and alcohol seized by authorities from Iranian citizens has topped 400 tons. In particular, alcohol (a formally-banned substance) has become increasingly popular among Iranians, and confiscation of alcoholic beverages by regime authorities has increased by 69 percent over the past year. (Tehran Fars, July 2, 2012)
  • Hemet: Marine convicted of smuggling rifle from Saddam palace (AK-47 stolen from Saddam's palace)

    07/03/2012 9:21:12 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies
    The Press Enterprise ^ | July 3, 2012 | JOHN ASBURY
    Hemet: Marine convicted of smuggling rifle from Saddam palace - An AK-47 seized from Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard, belonging to Twentynine Palms Marine Joel Cleve Miller. Federal prosecutors said former Staff Sgt. Joel Cleve Miller, 40, was found guilty of possession of an illegal chrome AK-47 that he smuggled back from Iraq during a 14-month tour in 2005. When he returned to his home in Hemet, he bragged to several friends that he smuggled the gun back after it once belonged to Saddam Hussein’s Royal Guard. The U.S. Marine Corps discharged Miller in December 2011 after 20 years in the...
  • North Carolina Legislature De-Funds Planned Parenthood

    07/03/2012 9:20:52 PM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies ^ | 7/3/12 | Steven Ertelt
    The North Carolina state legislature has de-funded Planned Parenthood — with legislative leaders agreeing to a state budget that redirects $343,000 in family planning funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, to county health departments. The budget was enacted at midnight last night after the legislature voted to override Governor Bev Perdue’s veto and it was the second time the legislature overrode a Perdue veto of a budget de-funding Planned Parenthood. Today, the Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life organization, praised Majority Leader Paul Stam, State Representatives Justin Burr, Marilyn Avila, Nelson Dollar, and the North Carolina...
  • Patient dying of thirst rang 999: Inquest hears of mother's fury at nurses who neglected son

    07/03/2012 8:34:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 2, 2012 | Claire Ellicott
    A young patient who died of dehydration at a leading teaching hospital phoned police from his bed because he was so thirsty, an inquest heard yesterday. Officers arrived at Kane Gorny's bedside, but were told by nurses that he was in a confused state and were sent away. The keen footballer and runner, 22, died of dehydration a few hours later. A coroner had such grave concerns about the case that she referred it to police. Yesterday an inquest was told how Mr Gorny died after blunders and neglect by 'lazy and careless' medical staff at St George's Hospital in...
  • Obama has now broken free of the Constitution

    07/03/2012 8:15:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 3, 2012 | Phil Kerpen
    Chief Justice John Roberts recently struck another blow against limited government by creating a new, unrestrained power to use taxes to compel activity (even if the proponents of the tax insist vehemently that it is not a tax!). There's something tragic about a decision that says federal powers are practically unlimited, checked only by public opinion and the political process. There should be a large and healthy sphere of American life that is insulated and protected from political negotiation. But we cannot dwell on that tragedy. We have no recourse left but to engage and win in the political process....
  • Roberts 'wrote both sides of US health care ruling'

    07/03/2012 8:07:38 PM PDT · by VictoryGal · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | July 3 2012
    WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts flipped late in the game on the Supreme Court ruling on "Obamacare" and ended up writing both the majority opinion and most of the opposing dissent, sources said Tuesday. Supreme Court experts described the move by Roberts, whose decisive swing vote to uphold President Barack Obama's overhaul of the failing US health care system, as unprecedented. The ruling on the reforms, Obama's signature domestic policy which aims to provide insurance to most of the 50 million Americans who lack it, was written in such a way that one can tell it was at first...
  • Soda Makers Begin Their Push Against New York Ban

    07/03/2012 7:58:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 1, 2012 | Michael M. Grynbaum
    Lobbyists from Coca-Cola and other big soda companies have met with mayoral candidates and City Council members. Canvassers hired by the beverage industry are stopping New Yorkers on the street to solicit signatures on petitions. Facebook and Twitter pages tell readers to “say no to a #sodaban.” Confronting a high-profile attack on its fizzy products, the American soft-drink industry is beginning an aggressive campaign to fight New York City’s proposed restrictions on large servings of sugary drinks. Hoping for a debate about freedom, not fatness, the industry has created a coalition called New Yorkers for Beverage Choices to coordinate its...
  • States' revolt on Medicaid expansion could undermine health law

    07/03/2012 7:48:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    pioneer press/wapo ^ | 7-3-12 | N.C. Aizenman and Sandhya Somashekhar
    A growing number of Republican state leaders are revolting against the major Medicaid expansion called for under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, threatening to undermine one of the law's most fundamental goals: insuring millions of poor Americans. The Supreme Court opened the door Thursday, June 28, when it announced that although the rest of the law is constitutional, the federal government cannot punish states that refuse to adopt the measure's more generous eligibility rules for Medicaid. The Republican governors of four states -- Florida, Iowa, Louisiana and South Carolina -- have declared that they want to opt out of...
  • Outages put Pepco on multiple hot seats

    07/03/2012 7:20:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2012 | Tom Howell Jr.
    D.C. Council members planned to meet face-to-face with officials from Pepco as soon as Tuesday to address the “unacceptable” pace of the utility’s recovery efforts after Friday night’s fierce storm swept through the region and left hundreds of thousands without power in stifling heat. Their stern response to a third day of widespread outages builds on years of skepticism aimed at the utility that serves nearly 800,000 customers in the District and Maryland. Several city lawmakers could empathize with their constituents’ plight, because they, too, lacked power in their homes. They wondered aloud whether Pepco gave “short shrift” to the...
  • Salon: Roberts wrote most of the conservative dissent in the ObamaCare case too

    07/03/2012 5:31:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2012 | AllahPundit
    I wondered about this on the afternoon of the decision. It stands to reason: If, as most everyone believes, Roberts initially assigned the majority opinion to himself and then ended up flipping at the eleventh hour, the four conservative dissenters would have had to scramble to come up with an opinion of their own while handling the rest of their caseload. (Roberts authored no other opinions over the final two months of the term so he and his clerks could conceivably have drafted something new from scratch late in the process.) The easiest way to do that would be to...
  • ***Think Roberts was wrong? Just Listen To Mark Levin***

    07/03/2012 5:29:30 PM PDT · by The Wizard · 67 replies
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    If you have any doubts that Justice Roberts was wrong just listen to Mark Levin....He's ready to fight the Revolution again...... Now Mark isn't what you'd called subtle....when he gets upset he let's it all hang out, and that is why I love him......that's how I get....I scream and yell and vent against the enemy bambi and his criminal accomplices in the Senate...... But I can assure you, if bambi care had been killed, Mark Levin wouldn't be mounting the attack he attack we really need to win John Roberts saw that America hated this law and bambi and...
  • Teach for America Alums Take Aim at State Office

    07/03/2012 5:20:21 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies ^ | by Ben Wieder, Staff Writer
    When Teach for America alumnus Bill Ferguson took on six-term incumbent George Della for a Maryland Senate seat two years ago, he benefited from the energetic support of his fellow Teach for America alumni—but he had to overcome the strident opposition of the teachers’ unions. Ferguson upset Della in the Democratic primary and went on to win the general election, making him only the second Teach for America alumnus to secure a seat in a state legislature—following Mike Johnston, who joined the Colorado Senate in 2009. Johnston and Ferguson aren’t likely to be alone for long: At least six TFA...
  • House Chairman: Obama is Granting Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants Behind Americans’ Backs

    07/03/2012 4:58:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | jULY 3, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    Remember when President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and told the American people of his administration’s new plan to stop the deportation of younger illegal immigrants if they met certain criteria? Remember when he promised the policy change isn’t amnesty?     Over to you, Washington Times: Federal immigration authorities have begun granting tentative legal status to illegal immigrants under President Obama’s deportation halt — and in some cases are even ignoring the administration’s eligibility rules to stop deportations for those who shouldn’t qualify, according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.   Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican,...
  • No Vote Fraud? Tell it to Rangel’s Opponent.

    07/03/2012 4:29:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Commentary ^ | 7-3-12 | Jonathon S. Tobin
    In the last year as Democrats have tried to oppose all efforts to ensure the integrity of the vote in the fall election, they have derided voter ID laws as not only racist in motivation but also unnecessary. Though the basic proposition that anyone who shows up at the polls ought to be able to prove they are who they say they are and are registered voters seems like common sense, liberals have claimed such measures are utterly superfluous because voter fraud is not a problem in the United States. And because there is no problem to be fixed, any...
  • DOJ lawsuit: Physical test for police officers discriminates against women

    07/03/2012 4:08:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/3/12 | Joel Gehrke
    The Corpus Christi, Tex. Police Department has found itself on the business end of a civil rights lawsuit after the Justice Department concluded that a physical ability test used when considering job applications discriminates against women. As a condition for employment, new applicants must pass a physical ability test (PAT) involving: pullups, a 300-meter run, a 1.5 mile run, and sit-ups. Only 19 percent of female applicants passed this test between 2005 and 2009, compared to 63 percent of men, the DOJ complaint records. The Justice Department says that the test discriminates
  • Wasserman Schultz: ObamaCare Not A Tax, IRS "Easiest" Way To Enforce Penalty ("roll the dice")

    07/03/2012 4:01:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Wasserman Schultz: ObamaCare Not A Tax, IRS "Easiest" Way To Enforce PenaltyPosted on July 2, 2012 **SNIP** "The way we usually think of taxation, Wolf, is that taxation as the IRS administers is collected on broad swaths and large categories of individuals. This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs," Wasserman Schultz said on the Monday evening broadcast of CNN's "The Situation Room."
  • Dean of students at Monterey Naval Postgraduate School Alan Poindexter dies

    07/03/2012 3:30:35 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies ^ | 7/2/2012 6:45:43 PM ET
    The Dean of Students at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey died suddenly on Sunday after he was in a jet ski crash. Capt. Alan "Dex" Poindexter was 51. The accident happened when the astronaut's 26-year-old son, Zachary, collided into the back of a jet ski that Poindexter was riding off the coast of Florida. "They were both moving and for some reason Capt. Poindexter stopped his watercraft and Zachary for some reason didn't see him stop," said Stan Kirkland, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "Zachary's watercraft went up and struck Capt. Poindexter." Another son,...
  • Carnahan releases language for Missouri Plan, health exchange ballot measures

    07/03/2012 3:12:59 PM PDT · by MissouriConservative · 8 replies
    The Kansas City Star (Midwest Pravda) ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jason Hancock
    Ballot summaries for two measures that will appear on the November ballot were released today by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. **SNIP** Carnahan's approved ballot summary asks voters: Shall Missouri law be amended to deny individuals, families, and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans through a state-based health benefit exchange unless authorized by statute, initiative or referendum or through an exchange operated by the federal government as required by the federal health care act? No direct costs or savings for state and local governmental entities are expected from this proposal. Indirect costs or savings related to...
  • Big US banks submit "living wills" to regulators

    07/03/2012 3:05:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Google ^ | 7/03/12 | ALEX VEIGA
    Big US banks submit "living wills" to regulatorsBy ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer – 1 hour ago Nine of the largest U.S. banks have submitted plans offering roadmaps for how the government could break up and sell off their assets if they are in danger of failing. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. released summaries of the "living wills" on Tuesday for Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and UBS. The plans were required under the 2010 financial overhaul, which gave regulators the power to seize and dismantle banks that threaten the...
  • Gov. Snyder vetoes election bills denounced as 'voter suppression' by critics

    07/03/2012 2:56:07 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 29 replies
    Mlive ^ | July 03, 2012 | Dave Murray
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed election reform bills that sparked angry protests and cries of voter suppression during committee hearings. Snyder, in one day doubling the number of bills vetoed during his tenure, nixed bills that aimed to prevent voting fraud by requiring a voter to reaffirm U.S. citizenship before receiving a ballot and requiring photo ID when picking up an absentee ballot from a city office. He also rejected a bill that would have required training for people, companies and organizations participating in voter registration drives. Snyder in a release said he appreciates the issue of...