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  • Almost Perfectly Preserved’ WWII Fighter Discovered in Sahara Desert — 70 Years After Disappearing

    05/11/2012 9:07:30 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 100 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/10/12 | Becket Adams
    It’s not quite the same as the opening sequence to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but it’s awfully close. The Daily Mail reports that a Polish oil company worker, Jakub Perka, has discovered an “almost perfectly preserved” Kittyhawk P-40 that crash-landed in the Sahara Desert in 1942. “Despite the crash impact, most of the aircraft’s cockpit instruments are intact,” according to the report.
  • Arpaio Faces a New Sheriff in Town...(Big Bad Obama?)

    05/11/2012 8:50:59 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/10/12 | Terry Greene Sterling
    A few days after the “Toughest Sheriff in America” oversaw his 60th Latino-harassing raid in the Phoenix area, the Obama administration’s top civil-rights lawyer flew to Phoenix and slapped Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office with a monumental civil-rights tort alleging rampant constitutional abuses, including widespread racial profiling of Latinos. The suit also claims the sheriff violated the civil rights of his critics by “illegal retaliation” that included baseless lawsuits and meritless administrative actions. Now 79, Arpaio claims he’s innocent and dismisses the lawsuit as politicking by the Obama administration in an election year.
  • Erika Harold, Former Miss America, Runs for Congress

    05/11/2012 7:19:22 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 37 replies
    After voters sent a former "Saturday Night Live" star (Sen. Al Franken), a hit recording artist (former Rep. Sonny Bono) and an astronaut (former Sen. John Glenn) to Congress, a former Miss America Pageant winner wants to try her hand at lawmaking. Erika Harold, who won the Miss America crown in 2003, passed the first hurdle this week in becoming the Republican candidate to replace Illinois Rep. Tim Johnson, who dropped out of the race two weeks after winning the GOP nomination in March. The GOP county chairman tapped Harold, a Harvard Law School graduate who now works as a...
  • Former Romney Classmate Describes 'Bullying Supreme' (Mega Liberal Barf Alert!)

    05/11/2012 7:06:40 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 74 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/09/12 | David Muir
    A high school classmate of presidential candidate Mitt Romney told ABC News today that he considers a particular prank pulled at Michigan's Cranbrook school to be "assault and battery" and that he witnessed Romney hold the scissors to cut the hair of a student who was being physically pinned to the ground by several others. "It's a haunting memory. I think it was for everybody that spoke up about it… because when you see somebody who is simply different taken down that way and is terrified and you see that look in their eye you never forget it. And that...
  • Breitbart witness: He dropped like sack of bricks

    05/11/2012 6:03:22 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 120 replies
    WND ^ | May 10, 2012 | Jerome R. Corsi
    A man who witnessed the collapse of conservative media icon Andrew Breitbart, the founder of and other sites, said he collapsed like a “sack of bricks” and died with a “thick white band” around his forehead. The testimony comes from Christopher Lasseter, 26, who was walking his dog outside the Brentwood Restaurant and saw Breitbart leave the eatery, cross the street and fall to the ground on the opposite side of the street. On assignment from WND, Los Angeles private investigator Paul Huebl found Lasseter Tuesday evening. In a video provided to WND and posted on YouTube, Huebl filmed...
  • USDA seeks change to regulate Internet pet sales

    05/11/2012 5:43:22 AM PDT · by Gennie · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2012 | TRACIE CONE
    Dog breeders who skirt animal welfare laws by selling puppies over the Internet would face tighter scrutiny under a rule change proposed Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The change would subject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies electronically, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale dealers as part of the Animal Welfare Act. That law, written in 1966, set standards of care for animals bred for commercial sale and research. Retail sales were exempt from inspections under the assumption that anyone who visited the store could...
  • More spies in U.S. than ever, says ex-CIA officer

    05/11/2012 5:35:58 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    A former top CIA covert officer who ran one of the spy agency's secret domestic networks says there are now more foreign spies on U.S. soil than at the peak of the Cold War. The former officer, Hank Crumpton, who also served as deputy director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center and led the U.S. response to 9/11, speaks candidly to Lara Logan about his life as a spy on 60Minutes, Sunday, May 13at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Churchgoer rips off ear over dirty dishes [New Zealand]

    05/11/2012 1:00:35 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    NZ News ^ | 11 May 2012 | anon
    A Palmerston North churchgoer ripped off part of a fellow parishioner's earlobe and gave him a black eye when she became enraged because dishes were not washed after a service. Ateliana Lei Malu, 52, pleaded guilty in Palmerston North District Court on Thursday to assaulting the man at a church meeting in March, the Manawatu Standard reported. Police told the court that she wrestled him to the ground ...
  • JPMorgan Chase acknowledges $2B loss in trading portfolio

    05/10/2012 8:58:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:34 PM | (Via Associated Press)
    JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, said Thursday that it lost $2 billion in the past six weeks in a trading portfolio designed to hedge against risks the company takes with its own money. The company’s stock plunged almost 7% in after-hours trading after the loss was announced. Other bank stocks, including Citigroup and Bank of America, suffered heavy losses as well. “The portfolio has proved to be riskier, more volatile and less effective as an economic hedge than we thought,” CEO Jamie Dimon told reporters. “There were many errors, sloppiness and bad judgment.” The trading loss...
  • Boston wins series over Atlanta 4 - 2

    05/10/2012 7:49:33 PM PDT · by WellyP · 21 replies
    Yahoo sports | 10 May 2012 | WellyP
    Celtics take series over Halks with 83-80 win at The Gardens. Pierce's two freethrows with 1.3 seconds remaining clinched the game.
  • PURE LOVE… 6 Year-Old Boy Walks to His US Marine Father For First Time (Video)

    05/10/2012 7:21:29 AM PDT · by CitizenM · 16 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/9/12 | Jim Hoft
    Six year-old Michael surprised his US Marine father. Michael walked to his dad for the first time when his father returned home from war. Absolutely wonderful. (Warning: You may need a Kleenex for this one!)
  • 18-month-old baby pulled from flight, parents interviewed by TSA

    05/10/2012 2:30:28 PM PDT · by South40 · 30 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 5/9/2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    The parents of an 18-month-old girl say they were "humiliated" after being pulled off a plane and told their young child had been placed on a no-fly list. After boarding a JetBlue flight in Ft. Lauderdale, the parents of young Riyanna, who asked to remain anonymous over fears of repercussions, were told the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) wanted to interview their toddler. "And I said, 'For what?'" Riyanna's mother told ABC affiliate WPBF 25 News on Wednesday. "And he said, 'Well, it's not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly.' I said, 'Excuse me?'" Whoever is...
  • Arizona high school forfeits championship game rather than face girl opponent

    05/10/2012 1:11:45 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 249 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-10-2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A state championship high school baseball game is over before tonight's first pitch, after one Arizona team forfeited rather than play an opponent with a girl in the lineup. Our Lady of Sorrows refused to play Mesa Preparatory Academy in Thursday’s scheduled Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship game, because that team has Paige Sultzbach at second base. The 15-year-old agreed to sit out a pair of regular season victories over Our Lady of Sorrows, which is run by the Society of St. Pius X, an traditionalist church that broke away from Roman Catholic Church over Vatican reforms in 1970....
  • GOProud's Barron says President Obama's same sex marriage endorsement 'overtly political'

    05/10/2012 12:18:28 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 4 replies
    Starting Point ^ | May 10, 2012 | Soledad O'Brien
    Video clip shows Chris Barron, leader of activist homosexual group GOProud advising fellow Republicans to support Gary Johnson because he endorses full sodomite marriage. What is so revealing is that GOProud is the same front group that claimed to endorse Trump and then Herman Cain. Now they are finally admitting they are solely voting on homosexual special rights and demanding gay 'marriage'.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

    05/10/2012 10:32:33 AM PDT · by olcurmudgeon · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 9, 2012 | Sharon Otterman and Ray Rivera
    The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested. Old friends started walking stonily past him and his family on the streets of Williamsburg. Their landlord kicked them out of their apartment. Anonymous messages filled their answering machine, cursing Mr. Jungreis for turning in a fellow Jew. And, he said, the mother of a child in a wheelchair confronted Mr. Jungreis’s mother-in-law, saying the same man had molested her...
  • Prince Charles presents the weather at BBC Scotland

    05/10/2012 10:08:15 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10th May 2012 | BBC News
    'Prince Charles presented a special weather forecast during a visit to BBC Scotland's headquarters at Pacific Quay, Glasgow. The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay met staff during the tour to celebrate 60 years of BBC Scotland television.'
  • State finds thousands of non-citizens on Florida voting rolls; will they prosecute?

    05/10/2012 7:21:19 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 41 replies ^ | May 10, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Fueling the debate over the pervasiveness of election fraud in Florida, a Miami Herald article Tuesday exposed the possibility that thousands of illegal votes have been cast by foreigners, particularly in South Florida. The Florida Division of Elections is already working to stem the problem, its spokesman told the Herald. For the past year, the division has joined forces with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to identify potential fraud by rooting out foreigners on the voting rolls, division spokesman Chris Cate said.
  • WWII Veteran and wife die in brutal attack, civil rights leaders quiet

    05/10/2012 7:18:34 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 38 replies
    Paulding County Republican Examiner ^ | May 8,2012 | Christopher Collins
    Bob Strait, the 90-year-old Word War II Veteran that was beaten by an Oklahoma man in March, Tyrone Woodfork, 20, has died, reported yesterday by Fox News. Bob Strait was a World War II paratrooper, who took part in the D-Day invasion as part of the 101st Airborne Division. He was also awarded a Bronze Star. Back in March, he and his wife Nancy, 85, both white, were attacked, beaten and his wife sexually assaulted by alledged killer, Tyrone Woodfork, who is black. Two days after the brutal attack, Mrs. Strait, who was nearly blind, died from her injuries.
  • Leaked FAA memo sheds light on Superstition Mountains plane crash (AZ)

    05/09/2012 11:34:00 PM PDT · by hope · 6 replies
    Fox10 ^ | 5/9/12
    APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - The night before thanksgiving, while most families were preparing to spend the holiday together, a plane crashed into the Superstition Mountains in the east valley. All on board were killed, including these 3 young children and their father. The official cause of the crash won't be known for months, but tonight we have new troubling information that raises the question -- did this have to happen? Did they have to die? We've learned FAA safety investigators believe the air space around the Superstition Mountains may have contributed to this deadly crash. A problem they have known...
  • Postal Service plans to keep rural post offices, cut hours

    05/09/2012 7:30:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 9, 2012, 6:43 p.m. | Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
    The U.S. Postal Service backed off from a proposal to close thousands of rural post offices, opting instead to cut opening hours in a bid to stem devastating financial losses. The postal service estimates that the new plan will save $500 million a year once it is fully implemented in 2014. The previous proposal would have closed more than 3,000 rural post offices to save $200 million a year. Under the plan outlined Wednesday, 13,167 post offices will open for two to six hours a day. A spokeswoman for the postal service said that no community would be required to...
  • The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories

    05/09/2012 7:15:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    JALOPNIK ^ | May 7, 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories There is a dark side to driving in the US, and it is known as the DMV. Listen to these ten tales of woe from Jalopnik readers and you'll get a taste of American bureaucracy at its worst. 10.) Counterfeiters get Mustang GTs Suggested By: frankiepoops What happened: Worst experience that I ever had was when the NY DMV decided that my title for my 1996 green Mustang was counterfeit, not the first time I registered it, but when I went back to put it back on the road after parking it for a...
  • Hairstyling pioneer Vidal Sassoon dies at 84 in LA

    05/09/2012 2:27:40 PM PDT · by Borges · 17 replies
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 5/8/12 | SANDY COHEN
    Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care. When he came on the scene in the 1950s, hair was high and heavy — typically curled, teased, piled and shellacked into place. Then came the 1960s, and Sassoon's creative cuts, which required little styling and fell into place perfectly every time, fit right in with the fledgling women's liberation movement. Sassoon died Wednesday at age 84 at his home on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, police spokesman Kevin Maiberger said. Officers...
  • Discount giant Aldi 'took government subsidies'

    05/09/2012 4:19:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    The Local ^ | 7 May 12 15:26 CET | (The Local/jcw)
    German discount supermarket giant Aldi, which has consistently made its owners the richest men in the country, has been taking government subsidies to train employees, it emerged at the weekend. But weekly magazine Der Spiegel said many details remain shrouded in secrecy even by the government, to protect the commercial interests of Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd—separate but associated companies. Information officially requested from the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) did show that Aldi training was being paid for with government funds, but details were scarce. …
  • MEPs divided on whether to punish EU agencies

    05/09/2012 3:44:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.05.12 @ 18:09 | Valentina Pop
    MEPs on Thursday (10 May) are to vote whether to punish three EU agencies for having used public money for questionable purposes and for tolerating conflicts of interest in top management. Political considerations and intense lobbying may change the outcome of the vote, however."There is a lot of lobbying around these agencies. People from the industries and agencies are very powerful and they talk to some of my colleagues," Romanian center-right MEP Monica Macovei told journalists on Tuesday. In charge of looking at how 24 independent EU agencies are spending their budget, Macovei, a long-standing anti-corruption campaigner, has recommended for...
  • My other car? Oh thats a Ferrari, its parked in my garage

    05/09/2012 2:13:09 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9th May 2012 | Yahoo News
    'Unable to rustle up the Ł15m he needed to buy his dream Ferrari, car enthusiast Chris Smart came up with an innovative solution - paint it on his garage door. He spent two weeks sketching and painting the rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO with weather resistant paints. Now neighbours and passers-by could be forgiven for thinking the customer support worker has traded in his BMW 1 Series for a classic motor.'
  • Obama: "Sailors and Soldiers are Out There Fighting on My Behalf" (HIS behalf?!)

    05/09/2012 2:04:48 PM PDT · by pabianice · 102 replies
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 5/8/12
    This is the ultimate in narcissism. Obama, commenting upon his sudden public approval of gay marriage, was just shown stating that he couldn't stand the idea of soldiers and sailors out there fighting on HIS behalf when they were not free to be in gay relationships. Forget the gay marriage issue. Our military is fighting on HIS behalf?
  • NASCAR - Saturday Night - Darlington and the Bojangles' Southern 500 on FOX, 5/12/12, 630pm ET

    05/09/2012 2:00:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 106 replies ^ | 5/9/12
    Some pretty good stories have come out of this track about those who raced there with fierce abandon and paid the price.. Saddle up and ride along as we see who The Lady in Black kisses this time. Who's gonna get a stripe or two this race? Cinch it up real tight for Saturday Night!!
  • Police accused of failing to investigate paedophile gang for fear of appearing racist

    05/09/2012 1:53:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies ^ | May 8, 2012 | Nigel Bunyan
    Police and social workers were last night accused of failing to investigate an Asian paedophile gang for fear of being perceived as racist, allowing them to prey on up to 50 young white girls.Complaints to social workers and the police were ignored because they were "petrified of being called racist", former Labour MP for Keighley Ann Cryer said. Mrs Cryer, who has campaigned to bring the issue of Asian sex gangs to light, said the girls had been "betrayed" and condemned to "untold misery" by the police and social services."This is an absolute scandal. They were petrified of being called...
  • OBAMA FLIP FLOPS ON GAY MARRIAGE---declares support

    05/09/2012 12:11:31 PM PDT · by WellyP · 43 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 9 May 2012 | Fox News
    Obama supports guay marriage!
  • Hamels' suspension 'too light,' says Leyland

    05/09/2012 9:53:05 AM PDT · by TBP · 85 replies
    CSN Philly ^ | May 8, 2012, 12:00 pm | Staff
    If there's anyone who should be familiar with the kind of throwback, old-school baseball Cole Hamels discussed after intentionally hitting Nationals rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch Sunday night, it's Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Leyland, a baseball lifer, has managed in 3,203 games since 1986 -- when Hamels was just 3. But even Leyland's joining the chorus of critics displeased by Hamels' actions. During his regular pregame radio show Monday night, he characterized Hamels' five-game suspension as being "way too light," and, according to, suggested 15 games would have been more appropriate.
  • How unpopular can Obama get?

    05/09/2012 8:56:20 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 19 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 05/09/12 | Daily Mail Online
    Just how unpopular is President Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in a Texas prison received four out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary. Inmate Keith Judd, 53, is serving 17 years for extortion at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution. He was sentenced in 1999 for making threats against the University of New Mexico and is due to be released on June 24 next year.
  • Josh Hamilton Rips Four 2-run HRs

    05/08/2012 7:54:37 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 28 replies ^ | 5/8/2012 | Richard Durrett |
    Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton's torrid 2012 season now includes his first career four-home-run game, all of them two-run shots in a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Hamilton homered off Jake Arrieta in the first and third innings, added another off Zach Phillips in the seventh and topped it off with a one-for-the-books shot against Darren O'Day in the eighth. During the last at-bat, Hamilton took a mighty hack and missed, lined a foul into right-field seats and then sent an 0-2 pitch over the center-field wall. It marked the 16th four-home-run game in major league history. Hamilton is...
  • An Open Letter to Senator John McCain

    05/08/2012 10:29:05 PM PDT · by palin45potus · 16 replies
    5-8-2012 | vanity
    Senator McCain, By now you must know in your heart that your pick of Sarah Palin was a great act, but was being undermined from the beginning by the Bush Family operatives who were assigned by the party to operate your campaign for their own Family's fortunes. These guys were behind the vile attacks on your adopted daughter Bridget in 2000, and they have been behind much of the fratricide within the GOP over the past 35 years or so. To think that Sarah Palin was being set up by these pricks back in 2008 when the country's future was...
  • The Gay Old Party?

    05/09/2012 4:55:24 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 20 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5-9-12 | Daniel Allott
    President Obama and his lieutenants aren't the only ones whose views on same-sex marriage are "evolving." Republicans -- including prominent conservative office-holders, pundits and activists -- are increasingly endorsing key parts of the gay-rights agenda. What do former Vice President Dick Cheney, Governor Chris Christie, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, former Governor Sarah Palin, columnist Ann Coulter and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist have in common? They're all prominent conservatives, and they've all made overtures to the gay community. Cheney publicly endorsed gay marriage years ago. In January, Christie appointed New Jersey's first openly gay Supreme Court justice. Priebus has...
  • Hamilton makes history with four home runs

    05/08/2012 9:56:39 PM PDT · by TBP · 15 replies ^ | May 8, 2012 | T.R. Sullivan
    Josh Hamilton tied a Major League record when he hit four home runs against the Orioles on Tuesday night, and Netali Feliz allowed one run over six innings as the Rangers won their second straight with a 10-3 victory at Camden Yards. Hamilton is the 16th Major League player to hit four in one game and the first since Carlos Delgado did it on Sept. 25, 2003, for the Toronto Blue Jays. He also set an American League record with 18 total bases. He had a double in his other at-bat to tie a Major League record for extra-base hits....
  • Pacific plastic soup grew 100-fold

    05/08/2012 7:06:17 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 28 replies
    France 24 /International News ^ | May 9, 2012 | France 24
    The vast swirl of plastic waste floating in the North Pacific has grown 100-fold over the last 40 years, according to a research paper published Wednesday. And scientists warned the killer soup of microplastic -- particles smaller than five millimetres (one inch) -- threatened to alter the open ocean's natural environment. In the period 1972 to 1987, no microplastic was found in the majority of samples taken for testing, said the paper in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. Today, scientists estimate the swirling mass of waste known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG) or the Great Pacific Garbage...
  • Four reasons Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign had a bad week

    05/08/2012 5:03:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | News – 7 hrs ago
    the Empty Seats in Columbus. Some 14,000 supporters filled the arena—or rather, did not fill the arena. Coverage of the event focused heavily on the 4,000 empty seats, and Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod was pressed by ABC’s Jake Tapper about whether the turnout demonstrated a lack of “enthusiasm” for the president. If the jobs outlook for new college graduates and younger workers continues to be bleak, the problem won’t be filling seats in an arena, but filling the polls in November. Vice President Joe Biden, on “Meet the Press,” declared himself “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage—a position echoed...
  • SPLC says it’s “not really set up to cover the extreme Left”

    05/08/2012 3:11:51 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 9 replies
    The Political Cesspool ^ | May 7, 2012 | James Edwards
    The Southern Poverty Law Center has over $150 million in portfolio assets, but says it doesn’t have the resources needed to track legitimate hateful and violent groups. Rather than doing that, apparently, they will continue to monitor and track everything I say on the radio. I was added to their “hate group” list years ago for making statements like the one below, which was documented in the epic report on my work that appeared in their misnamed “Intelligence Report” magazine. “Crime and violence follow African-Americans wherever they go,” he said in his April 4 CNN debut, a panel debate on...
  • Dinosaur Gas Caused Global Warming?

    05/08/2012 11:55:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush ^ | May 8, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I see this story, and then I realize: We have a lot of new listeners here, a tremendous number of new listeners. We officially know this now. It's beyond common sense supposition. We now know. Because of accurate records, we know. That's as much as I can legally say. But we know. We know it's huge, the new-listen number. Well, I have a story here that if everybody in the audience was up to speed and in total context with how things happen in this program, I would approach it a certain way. But we have people...
  • Elizabeth Warren Ancestor Rounded Up Cherokees For Trail of Tears

    05/08/2012 12:36:19 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/8/12 | Michael Leahy
    For over a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Warren has described herself as a Native American. When recently asked to provide evidence of her ancestry, she pointed to an unsubstantiated claim on an 1894 Oklahoma Territory marriage license application by her great-great grand uncle William J. Crawford that his mother, O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford, Ms. Warren's great-great-great grandmother, was a Cherokee.After researching her story, it is obvious that her "family lore" is just fiction. As I pointed out in my article here on Sunday, no evidence supports this claim. O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford had no Cherokee heritage, was listed as...
  • Brown calls on Warren to reveal law school records

    05/08/2012 12:20:20 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/8/12 | Hillary Chabot
    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown demanded that Elizabeth Warren release her law school applications and personnel files today, saying questions about Warren’s Native American heritage mean she must answer, “whether it was appropriate for her to assume minority status as a professor.” The demand comes two days after the Massachusetts Republican Party called for Harvard to investigate potential “academic fraud” committed by Warren. “Serious questions have been raised about the legitimacy of Elizabeth Warren’s claims to Native American ancestry and whether it was appropriate for her to assume minority status as a college professor. Her changing stories, contradictions and refusal to...
  • Obesity fight must shift from personal blame-U.S. panel

    05/08/2012 11:52:13 AM PDT · by EBH · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/8/12 | Sharon Begley
    America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday. In an ambitious 478-page report, the IOM refutes the idea that obesity is largely the result of a lack of willpower on the part of individuals. Instead, it embraces policy proposals that have met with stiff resistance from the food industry and lawmakers, arguing that multiple strategies will be needed to make the U.S. environment less "obesogenic." The IOM,...
  • Legal to Kill Bigfoot in Texas

    05/08/2012 11:15:20 AM PDT · by Sic Parvis Magna · 18 replies
    Cryptomundo ^ | 05/04/2012 | Loren Coleman
    A man named John Lloyd wrote to the Texas Parks and Wildlife about killing Bigfoot, and got a response, which said in part: 'An exotic animal is an animal that is non-indigenous to Texas. Unless the exotic is an endangered species then exotics may be hunted on private property with landowner consent. A hunting license is required. This does not include the dangerous wild animals that have been held in captivity and released for the purpose of hunting, which is commonly referred to as a “canned hunt”.'
  • Cher doesn’t want to breathe the same air as Romney ~ tea bagger masters’

    05/08/2012 10:48:43 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 46 replies ^ | Twitchy Staff
    If ROMNEY gets elected I don't know if i can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters
  • Questioning Safety of Heavy Passengers on Planes

    05/08/2012 10:18:55 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 51 replies
    NYT ^ | May 7, 2012 | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified that seats be designed for a passenger weight of 170 pounds. But now the average American man weighs nearly 194 pounds and the average woman 165. Now, some engineers and scientists have raised questions about whether airplane seats, tested with crash dummies that reflect the 170-pound rule, are strong enough to protect heavy travelers. “If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash,” said Robert Salzar,...
  • Pinellas Humane Society medical director leaves post after boyfriend's arrest

    05/08/2012 7:51:44 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 41 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 8, 2012 | Lorri Helfand
    The medical director at the Humane Society of Pinellas left her post late last week, days after her live-in boyfriend, a former Humane Society employee, was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography and having sex with their dog. The nonprofit animal shelter, citing a policy against commenting on personnel issues, was tight-lipped about Katerina Williamson's departure and wouldn't say whether she was fired or left her job voluntarily. Shelter officials also wouldn't say whether her departure was related to her boyfriend's arrest on May 1. "I'm not at liberty to discuss personnel matters," said Humane Society director of development...
  • Meridian (Idaho) seniors pull prank, face charges

    05/08/2012 7:22:20 AM PDT · by Domandred · 29 replies ^ | 5/8/2012 | Andrea Lutz
    25 Mountain View High School students face misdemeanor charges for a senior prank they pulled late Sunday night. One senior said Monday, she and her fellow classmates are being treated unfairly by the district. “Everyone participates in senior pranks,” said Arica Nitz. “It’s not meant to cause any damage or harm.” A group of seniors formed a Facebook page sometime ago to decide on this year’s senior prank. “The plan was to sticky note the hallways, the doors, the windows, the lockers just sticky note everywhere. Just colorful hallways down every hallway,” said Nitz. The seniors also brought along some...
  • Prosecutors change timeline in Jerry Sandusky case...

    05/07/2012 3:31:39 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 20 replies ^ | 5-7-12 | Sarah Ganim
    Prosecutors no longer thinking that Mike McQueary saw Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a Penn State locker room the night before spring break in 2002. Instead, new evidence shows what McQueary saw really happened in February 2001, the attorney general's office said in court paperwork filed today. In the motion, the prosecutor allude that the change does not affect the allegations of a crime. Also today, prosecutors responded to a request by Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, for more evidence to be turned over before trial. The judge is expected to rule on that request at a Wednesday court...
  • Parents: Rule’s half-baked State’s junk food ban could take bite out of school fundraisers

    05/07/2012 2:28:49 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 13 replies
    Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids. At a minimum, the nosh clampdown targets so-called “competitive” foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement. But state officials are pushing schools to expand the ban...
  • Investigating the IRS: Why it gives billions to illegal immigrants (Tax loophole cost billions)

    05/07/2012 2:02:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies ^ | April 26, 2012 |
    Investigating the IRS: Why it gives billions to illegal immigrants INDIANAPOLIS - Why are many illegal immigrants getting a bigger tax refund than you? Blame it on the IRS and a massive tax loophole that's now being exposed by Eyewitness News. 13 Investigates has found the IRS is giving away your tax dollars to illegal workers and people who don't even live in the United States - and the problem is costing billions! We want you to see exactly where your money is going and why the IRS is allowing it to happen. From the homes of illegal workers in...