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  • Modern Day Ruins: Late Medellin Cartel Leader Pablo Escobar's Estates Abandoned, in Ruins (Photos)

    09/24/2012 11:17:03 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 24, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Photos of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s abandoned private island At the height of his power, Pablo Escobar was worth an estimated $3 billion (USD) and his Medellín Cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. So he may have had a few extra dollars to throw around on a private island. In fact, many drug lords had luxurious villas on small islands off the coast of Cartagena, islands that have since been abandoned by their human occupants. Urban explorer and photographer Stefaan Beernaert, also known as Fotantje, has explored the islands off Catagena and photographed the so-called "Drug Islands."...
  • Teachers Union 1: Rahm 0

    09/24/2012 8:22:54 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-21 | Matt Blumenfeld
    With the Chicago Teachers Union ending their seven school day strike earlier this week, the focus should now turn to the details of the new, tentatively, accepted deal: the CTU must vote to approve the deal on Oct. 2. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a chance to truly reform the education system of Chicago and curb the over-indulgent greed of unions, beginning with the CTU. Instead, Mayor Emanuel is going to have to raise taxes to pay for the agreed upon demands of the CTU while trying to balance a city budget that is already $369 million in the red....
  • Is it any wonder we don’t trust the media?

    09/23/2012 7:10:54 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies ^ | September 23, 2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    Friday’s Gallup poll showing 60% of Americans don’t trust the media got me thinking. The reprehensible dialogue of two “reporters” caught plotting Mitt Romney’s demise on open mic exemplifies the toxic media climate any Republican candidate faces, especially anyone opposing Barack Obama, the media’s darling. Here are for your review precepts of the Fifties Journalism standards taught …. in the University of Illinois’s School of Journalism. Perhaps, a review of what passed for journalism back then can put into perspective what Republican candidates, and especially Conservatives, must overcome to be elected now. The overarching rule was “The Pen is Mightier...
  • BIRTHER Hearing Monday in Jackson, MS

    09/22/2012 10:07:54 PM PDT · by jdirt · 24 replies
    BIRTHER Hearing Monday in Jackson, MS U. S. District Court 501 East Court Street Suite 2.500. Jackson, MS 39201 Judge Henry Wingate's courtroom 9:30 am Attorney Orly Taitz will be coming to MS to argue several motions. This case was filed in January and the Justice system has been avoiding it ever since. Law Enforcement has concluded that Obama's Birth Certificate is a FORGERY Law Enforcement has concluded that his Selective Service Record is a FORGERY Private Investigator concluded his Social Security number is FRAUDULENT He FAILED an E-Verify check SSA started new program to scramble ss numbers from now...
  • "I wanted to marry tiger"

    09/22/2012 4:05:28 PM PDT · by GeronL · 33 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 2-22-2012 | geronl/AP
    (Associated Posers) - BRONX, NEW YORK - Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, "Be love and fearless." Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal's den. His reason, they said, was that "he wanted to be with the tiger." Asked what he meant by that, David informed them that he is a female tiger trapped in a human male body and he was only seeking...
  • Church Converted to Mosque (Anaheim CA)

    09/22/2012 8:06:19 AM PDT · by chrisinoc · 11 replies
    OC Register ^ | 9/21/2012 | Eric Carpenter
    ANAHEIM – An Islamic mosque with plans to expand is now operating in a small former church that was previously occupied by a Maronite Catholic church. The sale prompted questions – even from church parishioners – about the future of the site.
  • Big Orange Book Festival at Chapman, September 21-22; Go Heckle Conservative Blowhard Mark Levin

    09/21/2012 7:10:13 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 17 replies
    Liberal OC ^ | September 21, 2012 | Dan Chmielewski
    Big Orange Book Festival at Chapman, September 21-22; Go Heckle Conservative Blowhard Mark Levin By Dan Chmielewski A postcard from our friends at Chapman University came in for the Big Orange Book Festival on the Chapman campus September 21-22. While the event looks like its a knock off of the LA Times Festival of Books, the promoted authoris include conservatiev radio host Mark Levin, a WABC host Sean Hannity often refers to as “The Great One,” expect I believe the correct spelling is “The Grate One.” Levin’s been one of the biggest critics of the Obama administration and once...
  • Obama's excuse for embassy attack, the movie, is failure as his Muslim policy

    09/21/2012 4:03:09 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 8 replies ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The murder of a U.S. Ambassador is not only tragic, but it is also very unusual. It was the first time in 33 years an American diplomat had been killed while serving this nation. This is a major incident that should lead to congressional investigations and a full review of what happened. Since this incident occurred, the Obama administration has been unable to keep their story straight. Initially, the administration said the attack was a violent reaction to an amateurish anti-Muslim movie. Eventually, this cover story fell apart causing Jay Carney, the President’s Press Secretary, to finally admit that it...
  • Review of Self Reliance Expo- Hickory NC

    09/21/2012 5:38:17 AM PDT · by Gideonwoulfe · 9 replies ^ | 9/18/2012 | Jonathan Baird
    I will admit to being something of a”prepper”. For those not in the know, a prepper is a person who prepares for a disaster. Most preppers have a disaster they are specifically preparing for. In Florida most are ready for hurricanes, in California earthquakes. Some of us prepare for more world wide catastrophes. My personal opinion is that we might experience another Carrington Event within my lifetime. The Carrington event was a solar storm that struck the Earth in 1859. If the same type of storm hit the Earth today it would destroy all electronics on the planet. The entire...
  • Spain: Muslim Kills Horse By Anally Raping it With Wooden Handle

    09/20/2012 7:40:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    Islam vs. Europe ^ | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Cheradenine Zakalwe.
    <p>Not long ago I posted a story about a Muslim who had been kicked in the face by a horse he was trying to rape. Now it seems the same Muslim returned to the same place to do the same thing. This time he killed a horse, although we don't know if it was the same one.</p>
  • Walter Dalton Claims McCrory Would Govern North Carolina Like Scott Walker

    09/20/2012 8:03:31 AM PDT · by 92nina · 13 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-17 | Patrick Gleason
    Walter Dalton, North Carolina’s current Lt. Governor and Democratic nominee to be the state’s next governor, has been stepping up his attacks on Republican nominee Pat McCrory lately. On the campaign trail in Raleigh last Thursday, Dalton sought to tie McCrory to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But a review of Walker’s record makes one wonder why Dalton finds this comparison to be a negative. Chief Executive magazine’s annual survey of CEOs on the best and worst states for business had Wisconsin making the biggest improvement of any state following Walker’s regulatory and labor law reforms in 2011, rising to 24th...
  • Cops: Pair Sold Neighbor's Lost Dog On Craigslist

    09/19/2012 10:19:29 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 7 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 9/19/2012
    A Pennsylvania couple who found a neighbor’s lost puppy is facing criminal charges after they allegedly opted to sell the dog for $50 on Craigslist instead of returning the pooch to its owner, police allege.
  • New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store Lays Off 220 Employees

    09/19/2012 1:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    KGNB-AM ^ | September 19, 2012
    New Braunfels-based The Scooter Store suffered through another round of layoffs yesterday, as company executives eliminated around 220 employees across all areas of the business. Scooter Store Senior Vice President Tim Zipp says the layoffs are part of a company-wide cost savings plan designed to restructure the company in the wake of continued changes in the Medicare industry. That includes fundamental changes in claims processing procedures and reductions in reimbursement amounts (both of which are key to the Scooter Store’s business model). The Scooter Store has gone through some other changes in recent months, including the exit of founder and...
  • Romney and Ryan 2012

    09/18/2012 1:25:32 PM PDT · by Countryandproud · 2 replies
    WordPress ^ | September 17, 2012 | Ron and Kay Rivoli
    The Tea Party Express VIII – Winning For America Tour just finished it’s sixth day. It has been a great start to the tour having held several rallies in Florida, Georgia and covering the state of North Carolina. The number of first time attendees at a Tea Party rally were surprising. When talking to folks we were told they are coming out to show support and get informed. They are trying to find out if the liberal media is lying to them about the demise of the Tea Party. We assure them that “Yes, the media is lying! The Tea...
  • Would be Car Bomber Adel Daoud Was an Occupy and Obama Supporter

    09/18/2012 8:01:28 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 7 replies
    Riehl World News ^ | September 18, 2012 | Anonymous
    The FBI has charged an 18-year-old man for allegedly trying to detonate a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Investigators have identified the suspect as Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from of Hillside, Ill., a Chicago suburb. An Adel Daoud of Hillside, IL has a page at adel daoud hillside, IL. Daoud Adel’s “Impact” rating is : 25 Actions 4 Recruits. His actions involve the following: Obama for America 1 Action 0 Recruits Constance Ruff with Advancement Project 1 Action 0 Recruits StudentsFirst 1 Action 0 Recruits Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 1 Action 0 Recruits...
  • Nanny State Update: No More Soda for NYC and Bag Taxes for San Francisco

    09/18/2012 7:56:01 AM PDT · by 92nina · 11 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-09-14 | [Staff]
    New York City has sealed the deal: The New York City Board of Health voted to approve Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large-size sodas. Starting March 12th, 2013, New Yorkers will have to look outside the Big Apple of get many soft drinks that are larger than 16 ounces. This ban is the first of its kind in the country and is another wrong-headed crusade in the war against obesity. A Cry for Freedom by Houston Food Trucks: An owner of a Houston Food truck has petitioned the city council to be able to park his food truck downtown after learning...
  • Sherrod Brown's Job-Killing Energy Policies: Bad for Ohio, Bad for America

    09/17/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-12 | Joshua Culling
    Gas prices are on the rise again in Ohio, squeezing family budgets even tighter as the economy fights headwinds from D.C. in its attempt to recover. It’s time to take a hard look at Sen. Sherrod Brown’s long record of opposing energy policies that promote job creation and affordable energy across the country. Here’s a breakdown of Sherrod Brown’s votes for the radical environmental lobby, and against American families and job creators: Keystone Pipeline: Not only did Brown vote against approval of the Keystone XL pipeline; he voted for an amendment that would have prohibited the export of crude oil...
  • No Lesson Plans For Chicago Students This Week

    09/17/2012 8:53:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 17 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-13 | Tom Fletcher
    As the Chicago Teacher’s strike enters its fourth day, those on the picket line are insisting that they would rather be back in the classroom, and only want a “fair” deal. Chicago teachers are already well compensated, to the tune of $71,000 a year, and were offered a 16% salary raise before they initiated the strike on Monday morning. Teacher’s balked at this counter proposal and proclaimed, “[w]e’re not going back to work unless we have a fair contract.” That’s quite a statement when, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, the average starting pension for Chicago teachers is $77,496. Chicago...
  • Kim Rothstein Charged Over Pretty Baubles

    09/16/2012 7:29:50 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/16/12 | Friends of Ours
    Apparently she's a bit like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, and she must have the precious. Kim Rothstein, the wife of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, has been charged by federal prosecutors in Fort Lauderdale, FL with "conspiring to hide more than $1 million in jewelry from federal authorities," and "among the items was a 12.08-carat fancy intense yellow diamond ring" as reported by Jon Burstein for the Sun Sentinel. Scott Rothstein ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme involving his law firm as a front to sell phony legal settlements to investors, and he alleged pervasive public corruption...
  • Michelle Obama: [Another] VA School Rejects Her Request to Visit (Is the bloom off the rose?)

    09/15/2012 10:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | September 15, 2012 | Nick Chiles
    Yet another school has decided to make a political point by rejecting first lady Michelle Obama—this time an elementary school in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Officials claimed that it went against school policy to allow the First Lady of the United States to speak at the school while on the campaign trail in Virginia. But according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, school officials refused to discuss their reasoning. But James Holland, a Dale District Supervisor, and the only Democrat on the five-member Chesterfield board, was willing to talk. “I do believe and think that Mrs. Obama, the first lady, should be allowed...
  • Trayvon Martin to go under the public microscope, like George Zimmerman did

    09/14/2012 7:20:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 14, 2012 | Radell Smith
    On Friday, Sept. 14, the Orlando Sentinel stated that in response to the defense seeking Trayvon Martin's social media records and school records, which could show behavioral issues and more about the deceased, that the prosecution will release additional records on the accused next week. The family of the deceased has called the defense's request for personal records as "character assassination" and a "witch hunt," but any criminal defense attorney worth their salt calls it putting on a complete defense for their accused client. And since George Zimmerman's own life hangs in the balance in a court of law, it...
  • Talkers and Doers: My Exchange with a Lawyer and Karen Lewis (Chicago Teachers Union)

    09/14/2012 9:05:03 AM PDT · by PBRCat
    Hickeysiteblogspot ^ | September 14, 2012 | Pat Hickey
    Only a group with a different agenda than that of the genuine labor movement would take such a huge risk. Actually, from their standpoint – one which advocates “r-r-radical” change – it makes a peculiar kind of sense because it appears to demonstrate their intransigence. While stalwart militancy can be a valuable trait in a labor leader, mindless militancy of the sort on display among the top leaders of the CTU is dangerous. For too long the democratic left inside the AFT and elsewhere hasignored these risks. What animates this “mindless militancy”? It is the so-called “social justice” ideology propagated...
  • Illinois vs. Wisconsin: Two Distinct Approaches to Governance

    09/10/2012 12:12:37 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-04 | Joshua Culling
    [Last week] in the 7:00 hour Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will address the Democratic National Convention. Why he was chosen to speak I have no idea; he is probably the worst governor in America. Illinois' budget is an absolute mess, even after Quinn's $7 billion tax income tax hike. He has shown no appetite for difficult political decisions and has ceded much of his governing authority to the unions who financed his election. But his speech is useful in that it will tie Gov. Quinn to another prominent Illinois Democrat - President Barack Obama. And it will contrast their strikingly...
  • Some fancy neighborhoods open gates to Section 8 tenants

    09/09/2012 11:20:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 8, 2012 | Megan O'Matz, John Maines and Barbara Hijek
    Here's an odd side effect of South Florida's foreclosure crisis: Some immense homes with pools and three-car garages in gated communities are being rented out to unlikely tenants — poor people paying with Section 8 aid. Among the properties are homes with up to 4,500 square feet of space in private communities with guardhouses and regal names such as "Monarch Lakes" and "Bellagio at Vizcaya." Some of the owners are teetering on foreclosure and gambling they can earn enough money from the federal housing vouchers to stave off the banks. Others bought the properties cheap in foreclosure auctions and want...
  • Democrat National Convention to Showcase Tax Hiking Governors

    09/06/2012 1:54:24 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-04 | Will Upton
    On the opening day of their national convention, Democrats have chosen to showcase three governors who have a long history of pushing job-killing tax hikes on their respective states: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who kicks off the evening of tax hikers, has had a long love affair with tax increases. In May of 2009, Gov. Quinn proposed a 50-percent income tax hike, increasing the income tax rate from 3-percent to 4.5-percent. The proposed tax hike would have taken about $4 billion from Illinois’s private economy near...
  • Protesters gather near controversial Elkhart billboard

    09/05/2012 12:13:19 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    South Bend Tribune ^ | Aug 14, 2012 | Eric W. Dolan
    WSBT-TV Report 11:08 p.m. EDT, August 13, 2012 ELKHART -- A controversial billboard in Elkhart has been drawing a lot of attention-- both negative and positive this month. But Monday, protesters gathered at the billboard to argue its message. The billboard, paid for by a tea party group called "We the People of Marshall and Fulton County", is posted near Nappanee Street and John Weaver Parkway in Elkhart. It says: "The Navy Seals removed one threat to America. The voters must remove the other."
  • Charlotte’s Web: Clinton, Carter, Kerry, Obama weave deceit

    09/04/2012 3:32:10 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 3 replies ^ | September 4, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    Despite the reality of a failed fiscal plan and a woeful economy, Democrats at their convention in Charlotte this week will weave a web of deception. They will try to convince Americans that the economy is improving and that “Happy days are here again.”
  • Target Is Hiring: Harder Than Getting Into Harvard?

    09/02/2012 6:36:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Lansdale Reporter / AOL Jobs ^ | August 31, 2012 | Claire Gordon
    Early this month, hundreds of job seekers lined up in the California sun, some as early as 6:30 a.m., in the hope of scoring an hourly position at two new Target stores. While other companies are growing cautiously, Target is continuing a rapid expansion that has hardly paused for breath in 50 years -- this time with its sights on America's urban neighborhoods. But even an hourly job on the floor of the country's second largest retailer isn't an easy win these days, especially in a state like California, which still has double-digit unemployment. The Target store set to open...
  • K-9 DIES: Police Dog Left In Hot Car

    09/01/2012 8:43:45 AM PDT · by chrisinoc · 34 replies ^ | August 31, 2012 | Erik Wheater
    What Des Moines Police are calling a tragic accident, central Iowans are calling inexcusable. “We’re going to look into and find out exactly what the circumstances were that led to Harley passing,” said Sergeant Chris Scott with the Des Moines Police Department. Harley, a Labrador retriever worked as a K-9 officer with the department’s vice and narcotics unit.
  • Isaac tests Louisiana’s resilence, Hurricane Obama slams US economy

    08/31/2012 9:15:58 AM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 2 replies ^ | August 31, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    At the present time, an economic hurricane has devastated the country. The news keeps getting worse as Americans are facing a high unemployment rate, anemic economic growth, rising food and gasoline prices and a housing industry that is in a depression. Food stamp recipients are at an all time high and more Americans than ever are classified as poor.
  • Reactions to cable outages in Hurricane Issac's Path

    08/29/2012 4:22:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    I live in CT. I lived thru Irene and the freak October snowstorm that left parts of the region without power for over a week in some cases. The supposedly hearty New England residents were crying within two days how they didn't have power and cable. I decided to take a look at the Facebook page of one of the major cable companies in the path of Isaac. All these screen shots were taken around 6:30 PM Eastern time on 8/29.
  • The RNC Media Meltdown: A Hurricane Of Hate!

    08/29/2012 2:26:21 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 21 replies
    Self | 8/29/12 | Me
    The media’s coverage from the first night of the RNC was nothing short of appalling, racist, and so blatantly biased that it rivaled, if not surpassed, any state run propaganda from China. MSNBC cut out every speech by a minority, a Yahoo Bureau News Chief asked “how Republicans could throw a party while black people were drowning”, and Ann Romney – whose speech was whimsically political at best, merely a heartfelt recollection of their lives’ trials and tribulations – was stereotyped a “corporate wife” by Juan Williams; as if dining on an ironing board as a young couple and battling...
  • Gov. Nikki Haley's Critics Have a History of Sticking it to SC Taxpayers

    08/28/2012 11:48:21 AM PDT · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-23 | Patrick Gleason
    As ATR noted last week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has come under fire for simply asking state government employees to contribute a modest amount to help the state cover the rising cost of their health insurance. Listening to the heat that Gov. Haley is taking for this fiscally prudent decision, one would be surprised to find out that Haley’s action will result in government workers paying just a paltry $8 per month extra. Her critics in the legislature and in government employee unions would rather South Carolina taxpayers foot the entire bill. Given the record of some of her...
  • Moderates, Romney Wreak Havoc at National Convention - Will They Destroy the Republican Party?

    08/27/2012 8:37:56 PM PDT · by davidbellow · 51 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 8/27/2012 | David Bellow
    Update: I hear that the first issue below has been pulled from the table to avoid a fight. That does not mean that it cannot be brought up at the convention and there is also still the second important issue below that needs to be defeated! WARNING! Romney and Moderate Republicans want Control over who the national delegates are and what is in the Republican Party Platform and Rules! They want to take this power away from the states. This is an attempt to mold the Republican platform to his moderate values and also to force state delegates to be...
  • Sharpton leads sermon, speaks at Social Justice event (Voter ID, Trayvon & Tallahassee)

    08/27/2012 12:57:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The FAMUAN of Florida A & M University ^ | August 27, 2012 | Evan Miles, news editor
    The Reverend Al Sharpton spoke words of wisdom to a Bethel Baptist Church crowd for Social Justice Awareness Sunday evening. Sharpton emphasized three reasons why he was particularly motivated to travel to Tallahassee to speak: the Champion case, the Trayvon Martin case and voter suppression – all in Florida. Among the crowd were the parents of Florida A&M Student Robert Champion and Trayvon Martin. Today marks six months since Martin’s death at the age of 17 and just over nine months since 26-year-old Champion died. “We are still recovering,” said Sybrina Fulton. Sharpton admired the fact that the Martin family’s...
  • In Africa, Obama's Race Still Resonates

    08/24/2012 10:55:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Root ^ | August 24, 2012 | Jenée Desmond-Harris
    During the 2008 election cycle and after President Obama's victory over John McCain, Obama mania swept the world, and the international excitement was due in no small part to what made his presidency most historic: his race and, specifically, his Kenyan ancestry. The day after the election, the African Times chronicled the "euphoric reactions" of people in Ghana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast and Kenya. Nearly four years later, and less than three months before another election, what's the status of that euphoria among those for whom Obama's African roots created a personal stake in politics on another...
  • Oklahoma’s Intangible Property Tax Problem

    08/24/2012 1:42:45 PM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-23 | Will Upton
    Besides choosing their elected officials this November, Oklahoma voters will have to make an important decision on State Question 766, deciding whether or not intangible property will receive a tax exemption. A quick hint, if SQ 766 passes it could fuel further job growth and innovation in the state. If the ballot measure fails it could cost Oklahoma businesses precious resources in a stagnant economy and lead to new rounds of layoffs. Until a 2009 State Supreme Court ruling, some Oklahoma businesses were “centrally assessed” by the State Board of Equalization while others were “locally assessed” by county assessors. Those...
  • OUTRAGEOUS! Gay Couple Sues to FORCE Christian Photographer to Take Pictures of Same Sex Wedding

    08/24/2012 10:41:43 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 47 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 8/24/2012 | David Bellow
    Eugene Volokh has been doing extensive blogging on the Volokh Conspiracy Blog about Elane Photography v. Willock That is where I heard about this case of a Photographer being forced by the government to take pictures of an private event that violates the photographer's beliefs. This case is about a photographer in New Mexico who did not want to take pictures of a gay marriage wedding because it violated their beliefs. This gay couple could have went anywhere else but they decide to go to court to force this photographer to take their money and take pictures for them at...
  • Soros-funded Marxists to “Occupy the RNC”

    08/23/2012 11:45:54 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | August 20, 2012 | Tina Trent
    This is a Special Report from the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism Republican delegates arriving in Tampa for the convention this week will likely find one thing more oppressive than the humidity: hordes of motley Occupiers, political puppeteers, Teamsters, Code Pink activists dressed as giant female body parts, open-borders extremists, vegan Marxists, and tattooed anarchists, all assembling for their quadrennial temper tantrum. One major target is the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, and anything ever associated with him. Plans include a tent city called “Romneyville” and protests against any companies assisted by Romney’s old firm, Bain Capital. The purpose, in...
  • Proposition 209 Helped Blacks

    08/23/2012 11:27:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 16, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    An historic ballot proposition passed by California voters in 1996 to end race-based admissions to the University of California may have led to more blacks being admitted to UC. “At present, by a wide range of metrics—including relative to state population share and changes in toal UC enrollment—black and Hispanic enrollments are higher than before Proposition 209,” Stuart Taylor, Jr. and Richard Sander write in an amicus brief they filed in a U. S. Supreme Court case. “UC black enrollment had returned to pre-209 levels by 2002 and averaged some 40% above pre-209 levels by 2007.” They filed a brief...
  • Chick-fil-A: Anti-Gay Marriage Chain Set to Open More Bay Area Restaurants

    08/23/2012 10:35:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The San Francisco Weekly ^ | August 21, 2012 | Suzanne Stathatos
    Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain that San Franciscans reamed last month, has given the gay marriage movement a few more potential Bay Area locations to stage future kiss-ins. According to media outlets, the Atlanta-based chain bought property in Novato in Marin County this past month with hopes of opening a new restaurant soon, and it has other plans to expand to the East Bay. Naturally, this news has left a bad taste in the mouths of the LGBT community. Stuart Gaffney, media director of MarriageEquality USA, told SF Weekly that he wasn't confident the fast-food chain would thrive in this...
  • Texas Anti-Obama Billboard: Bankrupt America Yes We Can!

    08/20/2012 7:28:47 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 16 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 8/20/2012 | David Bellow
    A friend of mine was driving through Temple, TX when he snapped this picture of a large billboard by the highway. The billboard had a picture of President Obama and it had a simple, clear message: Bankrupt America YES WE CAN!
  • Gross … Code Pink Activists Dress Up as Vaginas for "Free Abortions" Rally

    08/19/2012 11:32:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 18, 2012 | Twitchy
    Code Pink members attend We Are Woman rally in vagina costumes Mainstream media outlets struggling to find a tasteful way to cover the “Pussy Riot” protests in Russia have another challenge on their hands, this one much closer to home. Representatives of Code Pink (as identified by the poster of the image) attended today’s “We Are Woman” rally dressed as vaginas. This clearer photo identifies at least two of the vaginas as representatives of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Feminist Campus project. The costumes did garner attention, if not necessarily respect.
  • East Texas Obamacare Forum Making BIG WAVES Nationally - Local Papa John's Forced to Cut Jobs

    08/19/2012 6:45:55 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 3 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 8/19/2012 | David Bellow
    Last month, Jeff Sadighi and the Southeast Texas Tea Party organized a Health Care Town Hall. Little did they know that their Obamacare Forum would lead to national attention. This Texas Healthcare Forum made big waves after a local Papa John's owner, Ms. Judy Nichols, spoke at the forum and told the audience that Obamacare might force her to stop expanding, and even fire employees. This is all thanks to the fact that she will not be able to afford the increased expenses that Obamacare would force upon her business by having over 50 employees. The youtube video of this statement by Ms....
  • Hank Williams Jr. Calls Obama 'Muslim' Who 'Hates The Military'

    08/19/2012 12:38:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 18, 2012 | Aaron Couch
    The country singer's comments at the Iowa State Fair come during a month in which musicians have been particularly vocal about their politics. Hank Williams Jr. is giving the encore no one really asked for. The country star, who caused a stir last year by comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler, unleashed more sensational criticism of the Commander in Chief at the Iowa State Fair Friday. According to the Des Moines Register Williams told the crowd: "We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!" The controversial comments went over well...
  • Young people protest for gun rights in front of D.C. city hall

    08/17/2012 5:39:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2012 | Tom Howell Jr.
    About 40 young people waved signs and voiced loud support for Second Amendment rights in the front of D.C. city hall on Friday, an unusual sight in a heavily Democratic city that is known for its strict gun-control laws. For about two hours, they captured the attention of passing motorists and tourists with their argument that increased gun ownership equals increased public safety. Their rally comes two days after an unarmed building manager was shot in the arm at the Family Research Council, a conservative organization in the District’s busy downtown. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has pledged to preserve the...
  • This is critical: (Obama campaign email)

    08/17/2012 11:27:59 AM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    Obama Campaign email
    I just got back from Iowa, where we are being outspent 2 to 1 on the air. Voters there mentioned it to me more than once. We expect Mitt Romney and the Republicans to outspend us. What I will not abide is getting outspent by a margin that negates all the hard work our volunteers are doing -- talking to voters, knocking on doors, making calls. We are in control of that outcome, but our time to close the gap is dwindling. After three consecutive months of being significantly outraised, it couldn't be more urgent. Will you make a donation...
  • Suspected Family Research Council shooter is LGBT center volunteer (Naturally)

    08/15/2012 6:22:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 15, 2012 | Dean Chambers
    The suspected shooter in the Family Research Council office earlier today is reported as having been a volunteer at a Washington, D.C. based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered center, according to a report by Fox News online. Early Fox News reported on Special Report that the suspected gunman was stopped and had his gun taken away from him, after injuring one person, by a security guard at the office. The report said he shot one person in the arm and after the security guard took his gun away, he plead to the guard, saying “Don't shoot me, it was not...
  • Shooting at Family Research Council - Shooter Opposed Chick-Fil-A & FRC's Pro-Life Pro-Family Agenda

    08/15/2012 1:35:29 PM PDT · by davidbellow · 43 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 8/15/2012 | David Bellow
    A hero guard was shot today as he stopped a gunman from entering the Family Research Council in Washington DC. The shooting is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. Family Research Council is a Christian, conservative based organization. Fox News reports that witnesses say the shooter was speaking out against the Family Research Council's Pro-Life, Pro-Family agenda as he tried to enter the building. A security Guard stopped the shooter to ask where he was going and that is when the security guard was shot. Thankfully, the guard fought back, even after being shot, and was able to...
  • Why New York State Should Lift its Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

    08/14/2012 1:20:32 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    As New York’s Department of Energy Conservation (DEC) prepares to issue a report on hydraulic fracturing, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens finds himself in a precarious position. As former founder of Catskill Mountainkeepers—your run-of-the-mill anti-energy, anti-hydraulic fracturing group—Martens spent most of his days making sure oil and natural gas producers were creating jobs in Pennsylvania, not New York. Hydraulic fracturing is effectively banned in New York State (indefinite moratorium) which means that the Utica Shale play, the natural gas formation that stretches from West Virginia to New York, is off-limits. Were NY’s DEC to issue an objective report about the pros...