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  • Ethicists call for killing of newborns to be made legal

    02/29/2012 11:57:06 AM PST · by NYer · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 29, 2012 | Madeleine TEAHAN
    Professors from Milan and Oxford argue that 'foetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons'Professors from Milan and Oxford argue that 'foetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons' (PA photo)A leading British medical journal has published an article calling for the introduction of infanticide for social and medical reasons.The article in the Journal of Medical Ethics, entitled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” states in its abstract: “After-birth abortion (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not...
  • Newt Gingrich to campaign through East Tennessee on Monday

    02/29/2012 11:55:40 AM PST · by Red Steel · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Knox News ^ | February 29, 2012 at 2:36 p.m. | News Sentinel staff
    KNOXVILLE Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is planning a campaign tour through East Tennessee on Monday, the day before the state's Republicans vote in the Super Tuesday presidential primary, according to his state campaign co-chairman. State Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, said it's still up in the air whether Gingrich will travel by bus or by airplane on the journey through East Tennessee. But he said it is firm that there will be stops in the Tri-Cities area, in Knoxville and in Chattanooga. Further specifics will be forthcoming later, possibility with more stops added, Shipley said. State Sen. Stacey...
  • Safety Alerts Cite Cholesterol Drugs Side Effects

    02/29/2012 11:44:07 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 28, 2012 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Federal health officials on Tuesday added new safety alerts to the prescribing information for statins, the cholesterol-reducing medications that are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, citing rare risks of memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain. It is the first time that the Food and Drug Administration has officially linked statin use with cognitive problems like forgetfulness and confusion, although some patients have reported such problems for years. Among the drugs affected are huge sellers like Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor and Vytorin. But federal officials and some medical experts said the new alerts should not scare people away...
  • The Circle faces backlash after mocking hero (Australian TV chat show repeatedly mocks war hero)

    02/29/2012 11:42:36 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Ninemsn ^ | 29th February 2012
    Network Ten's The Circle is facing a furious backlash from viewers after the hosts mocked war hero Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, suggesting he was dim-witted and "not up to it in the sack". The panel was discussing the Victoria Cross recipient after he appeared in a candid Sunday Night profile and aired a shot of him shirtless in a pool. After one of the hosts commented on Corporal Roberts-Smith's physique, Yumi Stynes said: "He's going to dive down to the bottom of the pool and see if his brain is there". Then as the shot of the war hero, who single-handedly...
  • PayPal Changes Customer Identity Program, Amends Privacy Policy (no rights, no more privacy online)

    02/29/2012 11:41:51 AM PST · by STARWISE · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Auction Bytes ^ | 2-27-12 | Ina Steiner
    PayPal is making changes to its privacy policy that will go into effect on April 1, 2012. The online payments unit of eBay is also adding extensively to its "Identity Authentication" section that all buyers and sellers must agree to as part of the User Agreement. PayPal said it was making changes to its Customer Identification program "as a result of changes in the law." Somewhat ironically, an alert reader noticed that PayPal users are unable to opt-out of AdChoice, a program that allows PayPal and other eBay entities to share information about visitors' past activities with its partners in...
  • Breaking : Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey to run for his former Nebraska seat

    02/29/2012 11:39:08 AM PST · by sunmars · 75 replies · 56+ views
    OMAHA, Neb. Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is reversing course and says hell seek the Democratic nomination for the Nebraska seat he once held. Kerreys announcement Wednesday comes just weeks after he publicly rejected a run to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson. Its also just two days before Nebraskas candidate filing deadline. The 1992 presidential candidate and former Nebraska governor previously said not running was in his familys best interest. Kerreys announcement gives new hope to national Democrats desperate to stop Republicans from netting four Senate seats this fall and regaining control of the chamber. But its also sure...
  • Santorum vs. Romney: I'm no lightweight, you're a lightweight

    02/29/2012 11:36:02 AM PST · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    msnbc ^ | February 28, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- As Michigan and Arizona voters went to the polls today, the gloves came off between the two top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. The first blow came this morning in Livonia, Mich., when Mitt Romney called Rick Santorum "an economic light weight." The remark kicked off a day of verbal sparing and boxing metaphors between the two both stumping in the Wolverine State. "I don't think he understands the process of job creating," Romney added. It was later that Santorum responded to the former Massachusetts governor, calling him "a lightweight on conservative accomplishments." The latest...
  • California bill would allow nurses and midwives to perform early abortions

    02/29/2012 11:34:43 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/29/12 | newscore
    SAN DIEGO Nurses and midwives would be able to carry out early abortions in California, under a bill proposed by a Democratic state senator. State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) wants non-doctors to be allowed to perform aspiration abortions during the first trimester, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Kehoe said half of the state's counties do not have an abortion provider and she wants to make it easier for women to access the procedure.
  • ELECTION 2012 TRACKING Romney33% Santorum25% Gingrich16%

    02/29/2012 11:34:23 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 15 replies · 2+ views
    gallup.com ^ | 02.29.12
    TRIAL HEAT Romney50%+2 Obama46%-2 Obama49%-2 Santorum48%+5 Economy Is Paramount Issue to U.S. Voters Social issues, immigration are less important February 29, 2012 Registered voters rate the economy as the most important issue to their 2012 presidential vote, followed by unemployment, the federal budget deficit, and the 2010 healthcare law. Social issues rank as the least important issue.
  • Liz Warren (D-Hollywood) in "The Elitist"

    02/29/2012 11:26:49 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 2 replies
    MA State GOP ^ | 2/29/12 | raccoonradio
    She represents Cher but will she represent Mass.? New spot points out the candidate for U.S. Senate from MA who has big Hollywood money on her side...so much for being one of the 99 per cent, eh, Liz? Winner of the award for Hypocrisy it's The Elitist (sadly NOT a silent movie...) MA State GOP spot
  • Dinosaurs had fleas too _ giant ones, fossils show

    02/29/2012 11:22:44 AM PST · by null and void · 21 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 29, 1:16 PM EST | SETH BORENSTEIN 
AP Science Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the Jurassic era, even the flea was a beast, compared to its minuscule modern descendants. These pesky bloodsuckers were nearly an inch long. New fossils found in China are evidence of the oldest fleas - from 125 million to 165 million years ago, said Diying Huang of the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology. Their disproportionately long proboscis, or straw-like mouth, had sharp weapon-like serrated edges that helped them bite and feed from their super-sized hostsAP Photo/D. Huang But Engel said it's not just the size that was impressive about the nine flea fossils. It was...
  • Gingrich makes states' rights appeal to Deep South voters

    02/29/2012 11:18:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 29, 2012 | Michael Finnegan
    With his presidential aspirations riding on support in the Deep South, NewtGingrich opened his final one-week dash to the crucial Georgia primary on Wednesday with a states' rights plea laden with racial symbolism. His setting was the chamber of Georgias House of Representatives. From the rostrum, Gingrich told lawmakers that he would fight for a very strong states'-rights platform at the RepublicanPartys national convention this summer in Tampa,Fla. I want to return power back home to an extraordinary degree, said Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker who represented Georgia in Congress for 20 years. For generations, politicians in the South...
  • U.S. Business Activity Outpacing Forecast (Production surge shows demand will sustain Q4's pickup)

    02/29/2012 11:17:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CFO World ^ | 02/29/2012 | By Bob Willis and Alex Kowalski
    Companies took in more orders and stepped up production in February, a sign demand will sustain the U.S. expansion after a fourth-quarter pickup. The Institute for Supply Management-Chicago Inc. said today its business barometer climbed to a 10-month high of 64 from 60.2 in January. Readings above 50 signal expansion and the figure exceeded all forecasts in a Bloomberg News survey. The Commerce Department raised its growth estimate for the final three months of 2011, to 3 percent from 2.8 percent. Income gains in the second half of 2011 were stronger than previously reported, which may bolster household purchases that...
  • Gingrich Camp: Romney a 'Pavlovian' Liar

    02/29/2012 11:13:55 AM PST · by Red Steel · 34 replies · 1+ views
    newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 05:10 PM | Martin Gould
    Mitt Romney resorts to lying every time he is cornered, two former congressmen who support his rival, Newt Gingrich, claim in a letter sent to influential newspapers in Super Tuesday states. Former Reps. Bob Walker and J.C. Watts asked the papers to bear in mind 18 instances in which either Romney or his super PAC, Restore Our Future, have spouted what they call falsehoods. Governor Romneys negative attack mentality, unfortunately, is a reflection of his own persona, Watts and Walker say in the letter sent to leading newspapers in Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington state. All have primaries next...
  • Navajo Nation sues Urban Outfitters

    02/29/2012 11:13:43 AM PST · by Kartographer · 44 replies · 2+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | 2/29/12 | FELICIA FONSECA
    The American Indian tribe Navajo Nation has sued Urban Outfitters months after the tribe sent a cease and desist letter to the clothing retailer demanding it pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit filed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico alleges trademark violations and violations of the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which makes it illegal to sell arts or crafts in a way to falsely suggest they're made by American Indians when they're not.
  • Ohio adoptive father accused of raping 3 children

    02/29/2012 11:10:22 AM PST · by Enterprise · 32 replies
    FOX NEWS (Via KMJ 580) ^ | 2-29-12 | Unknown
    "An adoptive father in western Ohio has been accused of raping three children and allowing other men to have sex with one of them."
  • Deconstructing Obama's UAW Read: Alinsky Style

    02/29/2012 11:10:11 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 1+ views
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-29-2012 | MOTUS
    Even USA Today has noticed that Big Guys public appearances are morphing into campaign speeches. So thats that, it was not a campaign speech. Just a little I loves me some UAW kind of speech. Allow me to deconstruct:
  • Senate vote to block HHS mandate on religious organizations tomorrow

    02/29/2012 11:07:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Get your dialing fingers ready. Roll Call reports that the Senate will hold a floor vote on an amendment by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to impose a religious-conscience exception to the HHS mandate announced by Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius last month. The bill will come in the form of an amendment to the troubled transportation bill — which either complicates or simplifies the issue for the White House, depending on one’s perspective: The Senate will vote Thursday on a conscience clause amendment to release religious organizations from government mandates in health care, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) said today.The...
  • Egypt lifts travel ban on US pro-democracy workers, officials say

    02/29/2012 11:04:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/29/12 | AP
    CAIRO Egypt on Wednesday lifted a travel ban on seven Americans employed by pro-democracy U.S. groups, signaling an end to the worst crisis in relations between Egypt and the U.S. in 30 years. The seven, who include the son of U.S. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood, are among 16 Americans who are on trial along with 27 others on charges of using illegally obtained funds to foment unrest in Egypt and incite protests against the nation's military rulers. The trial opened on Sunday and adjourned until April 26, but the court's three judges resigned from the case on Tuesday, citing...
  • North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium, IAEA inspections

    02/29/2012 11:04:47 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 29, 2012 | Andrew Quinn
    (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Wednesday to stop nuclear tests, uranium enrichment and long-range missile launches, and to allow checks by nuclear inspectors, in an apparent policy shift that paves the way for resuming long-stalled disarmament talks. The surprise breakthrough, announced simultaneously by the U.S. State Department and North Korea's official news agency, makes possible the resumption of six-nation nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang. It followed talks between U.S. and North Korean diplomats in Beijing last week. While analysts cautioned that Pyongyang has backtracked repeatedly on past deals, the moves by North Korea mark a sharp change in course, at...
  • US: North Korea agrees to moratorium on nuclear program (Will Lucy pull the football again?)

    02/29/2012 10:59:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Breakthrough or breather? The US announced today that North Korea has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests and enrichment at the Yongbyon facility as well as long-range missiles. It’s the latest in a series of temporary truces, but at least this one has the novelty of coming under new management: The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea had agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests and long-range missile launches and to allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify a halt to all nuclear activities including uranium enrichment.The U.S. announcement paves the way for...
  • House subcommittee votes to repeal healthcare reform law's 'death panel' [17-5....]

    02/29/2012 10:38:26 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 1+ views
    House subcommittee votes to repeal healthcare reform law's 'death panel' By Julian Pecquet - 02/29/12 11:01 AM ET Bipartisan legislation to repeal the healthcare law's cost-control board sailed through a House panel on Wednesday, raising pressure on the Senate to take up the bill and dealing President Obama a political blow. The Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee vote was 17-5, with ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) crossing the aisle to vote for repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. There were no amendments. Votes in the full committee and on the House floor have...
  • US Muslim study finds jump in American mosques

    02/29/2012 10:37:54 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | RACHEL ZOLL
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of American mosques has increased dramatically in the last decade despite post 9/11 protests aimed at Muslim houses of worship, according to a new study. The new Islamic centers serve Muslims who moved into the suburbs and newer immigrants from Africa, Iraq and elsewhere.
  • Apologies count: Obama for accidental book burning = 3; Islamic for 18,500 attacks = 0

    02/29/2012 10:36:17 AM PST · by PRePublic · 9 replies
    Apologies count: Obama's apologies for accidental burning of a book = 3; Islamic apologies for 18,500 attacks = 0 The repeated geeky "apologies" by cowardice Obama's administration for the inadvertent "koran burning," has been heavily criticized. Even Liberals on CNN had to debate it, at least. Not to mention, it hasn't helped. We fail, time and time again to see that weakness emboldens them, while Obama was kissing bloody Taliban, Islamists butcher dozens. I am sure in their mindset we will all revere Islam much "better" now, right? I just hope, someone in the WH Will leave from this Storm...
  • Wyoming Caucus Compiled

    02/29/2012 10:36:15 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Wyoming GOP ^ | 2/29/12 | BigEdLB
    I have assembled the results of the Wyoming Caucus so far only Sweetwater County is missing... They are due today
  • California Rep. Dreier, chairman of powerful House Rules Committee, announces plan to retire

    02/29/2012 10:30:47 AM PST · by South40 · 9 replies
    WaPo (AP) ^ | 2/29/2012
    WASHINGTON Rep. David Dreier, the powerful chairman of the House Rules Committee, announced on the House floor Wednesday that he will not seek another term. He becomes the latest lawmaker to decide to retire because redistricting that complicated his re-election plans. Dreiers retirement would end a three-decade-long career representing his Los Angeles County district that began in 1980, the year Ronald Reagan entered the White House.
  • Gas Prices To Cost Obama

    02/29/2012 10:24:35 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 29 replies · 3+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 28,2012 | Dick Morris
    Obama refused, until two months ago, to impose tough sanctions on Iran, increasing the likelihood of an Israeli attack. Already, speculation that such a strike might be in the offing is driving up oil prices. His anti-Israeli policies have diminished that nations confidence that it can rely on the United States to handle Iranian nuclear ambitions. The presidents veto of the Keystone pipeline and his refusal to drill in Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Refuge makes it crystal-clear to voters that there will be no relief coming from the north. His stubborn refusal to issue deep-water drilling...
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu publicly urges Obama to back Israeli strike on Iran

    02/29/2012 10:19:56 AM PST · by pabianice · 4 replies
    Fox News Channel (live, no link) | 2/29/12
    Now on Fox. I wish I could be in the White House now to hear Obama's shrieks of impotent rage. One thing's for sure: Israel has decided to tell Obama to go pound sand.
  • Obama Cabinet Secretary: 'The Private Market is in a Death Spiral'

    02/29/2012 10:19:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 4+ views
    Obama Cabinet Secretary: 'The Private Market is in a Death Spiral' By Fred Lucas February 29, 2012 (CNSNews.com) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday that the days of private health insurance are coming to an end in the United States. The private market is in a death spiral, Sebelius said, contending this would be the case whether or not President Barack Obama's health care law had been enacted. At the Ways and Means hearing, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) asked Sebelius about the administrations assurances that people who liked their...
  • The Vocation of Christians in American Public Life

    02/29/2012 10:18:55 AM PST · by jobim · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Denver website ^ | March 1, 2010 | ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT
    ...Fifty years ago this fall, in September 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate for president, spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. He had one purpose. He needed to convince 300 uneasy Protestant ministers, and the country at large, that a Catholic like himself could serve loyally as our nations chief executive. Kennedy convinced the country, if not the ministers, and went on to be elected. And his speech left a lasting mark on American politics. It was sincere, compelling, articulate and wrong. Not wrong about the patriotism of Catholics, but wrong about American history and very...
  • Band of Brothers' soldier dies at 90 in Wash.

    02/29/2012 10:17:22 AM PST · by Kartographer · 23 replies · 5+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 2/28/12
    Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died, his family said. Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/AmfhYe ) in a story Tuesday. In January, nearly 200 guests, including actors from the miniseries, attended his 90th birthday party, the Skagit Valley Herald (http://is.gd/XScV1b ) reported. "To us he wasn't really a war hero, he was just a hero, period," Tracy Compton told the Herald.
  • Man faces nine felony charges for false recall petition signatures

    02/29/2012 10:16:43 AM PST · by bigbob · 19 replies
    Fox 6 News Milwaukee ^ | 2-28-12 | Katie DeLong
    A man accused of falsely writing in signatures on a petition to recall State Senator Van Wanggaard, including one from a deceased person, is facing nine felony charges. 59-year-old Mark Demet of Racine has been charged by the Racine County District Attorneys office with two felony counts of election fraud/nomination certification and seven felony counts of misappropriating identifying information for financial gain. If convicted on all charges, Demet faces up to 42 years in prison, and fines up to $90,000. According to the criminal complaint, Demet admitted that he circulated the petition and signed the names of seven people on...
  • Gingrich super PAC spokesman: Santorum might win if he could speak English

    02/29/2012 10:09:58 AM PST · by VinL · 62 replies · 1+ views
    WashPo ^ | 2-29-11 | Sonmez
    A campaign thats already seen its fair share of sharp attacks took a novel turn Wednesday morning when the spokesman for a super PAC backing former House speaker Newt Gingrich took aim at former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorums ability to speak the English language. Speaking on MSNBCs Jansing & Co., Rick Tyler said that the outcome of last nights primaries in Arizona and Michigan gave Gingrich an opening. Rick Santorum failed to win, but Mitt Romney failed to inspire, Tyler said. Rick Santorum might win if he could speak English. Tyler is a senior adviser to Winning our Future, the...
  • California legislators show their hypocrisy over hunting issue

    02/29/2012 10:05:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/29/12 | Dan Walters
    Dan Richards, who chairs the California Fish and Game Commission, is under fire in the Capitol because he killed a mountain lion in Idaho and posed with his trophy for a picture that was later published on a hunting publication website. Forty Democratic legislators signed a letter to Richards saying he should resign. "Your actions raise serious questions about whether you respect the laws of the people of California and whether you are fit to adequately enforce those laws," the lawmakers told Richards. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom later joined the chorus. So let's get this straight.... Mountain lion hunting is...
  • CALIFORNIA: Same-sex marriage poll finds majority approve

    02/29/2012 9:58:57 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/29/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Support for same-sex marriage in California has never been higher, with 59 percent of the state's voters backing the legalization of gay nuptials, according to a new Field Poll. What's notable is that some of the more significant gains in support came from Catholics, Latinos and older voters - part of the core of support for voter-approved Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.Republicans and those who identify themselves as conservatives are the only demographic blocs that oppose allowing gays to marry, according to the survey of 1,003 registered voters released...
  • The Possum Republicans

    02/29/2012 9:56:32 AM PST · by bkopto · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb 27, 2012 | David Brooks
    All across the nation, there are mainstream Republicans lamenting how the party has grown more and more insular, more and more rigid. This year, they have an excellent chance to defeat President Obama, yet the wingers have trashed the partys reputation by swinging from one embarrassing and unelectable option to the next: Bachmann, Trump, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum. But where have these party leaders been over the past five years, when all the forces that distort the G.O.P. were metastasizing? Where were they during the rise of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck? Where were they when Arizona passed its beyond-the-fringe...
  • Holder: 1st Amendment Allows Gov't to Force Catholics to Buy Sterilization- Contraception-Abortion

    02/29/2012 9:56:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/29/12 | Fred Lucas
    The Justice Department will defend against any legal challenge to the new Obama administration mandate to force employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, even if it goes against their conscience, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House subcommittee Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Services rule, part of Obamacare, violates the freedom of conscience for Catholics and other religious groups that expressed their objections to the mandate, opponents say. Already there is litigation asserting that the rule violates the First Amendments guarantee to free exercise of religion.
  • PORTLAND OR - OWS VIOLENCE ALERT!

    02/29/2012 9:53:07 AM PST · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 37 replies · 2+ views
    Self | 02/29/2012 | PhilStone
    Unconfirmed - Was outside having a smoke when a homeless I talk to occasionally was riding by and stopped to tell me to watch out going downtown. OWSers have turned violent and are massing downtown. They started out breaking windows of two Starbuck's on SE 39th (Cesar Chavez) and have moved downtown where they broke windows on two banks. Police were not notified of any planned protest march route. Will try to confirm through local media.
  • Bright the latest Indiana electric vehicle startup to call it quits

    02/29/2012 9:37:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 29, 2012 | By Julie Wernau
    Just when it seemed like things couldn't get worse, Indiana received more bad news on the electric vehicle front Wednesday as another promising hopeful announced it would call it quits. Bright Automotive, which had plans to deliver 300 manufacturing jobs to Indiana by 2012 pending the outcome of a loan from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program, announced Wednesday it has withdrawn its DOE application and will wind down operations in Indiana. In a scathing letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Bright Automotive Chief Executive Reuben Munger and Chief Operating Officer Mike Donoughe described an overly bureaucratic...
  • Gingrich has Gold Dome "homecoming" (Newt: "We will win Ga decisively")

    02/29/2012 9:36:38 AM PST · by VinL · 26 replies
    AJC ^ | 2-29-12 | Malloy
    Newt Gingrich never served under the Gold Dome, but greeted plenty of old friends as he made his way through the state house Wednesday morning, describing it as a real homecoming. Gingrich is in the midst of a campaign swing through Georgia ahead of the states March 6 primary, a crucial day for a campaign desperately in need of a win. Were going to win Georgia and win it decisively, Gingrich said.... Gingrich met with Deal as well as Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Ralston has not endorsed a candidate and Cagle had backed Texas...
  • 71-year-old wounded, returns fire during grocery store robbery(TX)

    02/29/2012 9:33:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies · 3+ views
    themonitor.com ^ | 27 February, 2012 | Naxiely Lopez
    NORTH OF WESLACO Armed robbers shot a 71-year-old man Sunday at his grocery store, but he didnt go down without a fight. After feeling the impact, he grabbed his .380-caliber handgun from under the counter and fired on his assailants, authorities said. He may have put one in the hospital. Hidalgo County sheriffs deputies responded to Perez Grocery Store near Mile 6 West and Mile 7 North about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Sheriffs Office. There, they found a wounded Carmen Polanco Perez, who told investigators that two gun-toting, Hispanic men had come...
  • Trenton Democrat urges support for Rick Santorum

    02/29/2012 9:30:57 AM PST · by writer33 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    New Jersey Jewish News ^ | 02/29/12 | Robert Wiener
    Rick Santorum, running under the slogan the True Conservative, may seem an odd match with a Trenton attorney often referred to as a prominent New Jersey Democrat. But Lionel Lonny Kaplan is urging fellow Jews to look past Santorums views on abortion, contraception, and religion and consider the Republican candidates views on Israel and, especially, his proposals for fixing a troubled economy. Kaplan, a former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has donated the allowable maximum to Santorums campaign $2,500 and expects to play a large role in the Pennsylvania Republicans fund-raising efforts. It is the...
  • Robbery victim fights with attacker(TX)

    02/29/2012 9:29:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 27 February, 2012 | Irika Sargent
    Victim, attacker shoot each other with same gun HOUSTON - A shopper kept fighting a carjacker in northeast Houston, even after getting shot. It started as a simple trip to the drug store for Eric Mayes, 23, but Houston police said soon Mayes was facing an armed attacker. Detectives said Mayes was standing in a Walgreens parking lot in the 6600 block of Tidwell when Reginald O'Neal shoved a gun in his back and demanded the keys to his car. Police said Mayes refused to give up his car or go down without a fight. Officers said Mayes and the...
  • Police investigate shooting at motel(NC)

    02/29/2012 9:24:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 1+ views
    wsoctv.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | NA
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. A Charlotte motel manager told Eyewitness News he acted in self-defense when he shot a man outside his motel Sunday morning. Police are still investigating what happened, but the manager said he was afraid for his life after being assaulted by two people trying to break into the lobby. Manager Ricki Patel didn't want Eyewitness News to record the surveillance video because police haven't yet returned to pick up a copy. But he agreed to show the video to reporter Jeff Smith. It showed two men pushing and shoving Patel, even after he took out his gun....
  • A-29 Super Tucano Vs AT-6: The Smoking Hole

    02/29/2012 9:22:28 AM PST · by DefenseMatters · 34 replies
    Second Line of Defense ^ | Timperlake | Ed
    Super Tucano Vs AT-6: The Smoking Hole by Ed Timperlake While we pursue perfection, we sometimes fall short, and when we do we will take corrective action, said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, in a statement Tuesday (Feb 28, 2012). The USAF just withdrew their selection of the SuperTucano for the Afghan Army Air Force LAS. Numerous worldwide news stories are reporting this action. The Air Force plans to set aside a disputed $354 million contract for a light air support plane and initiate an investigation into the award. A senior USAF acquisition official, who is reportedly leaving soon in...
  • Numerous Tea Party chapters claim IRS attempts to sabotage nonprofit status

    02/29/2012 9:17:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies · 4+ views
    Numerous Tea Party chapters claim IRS attempts to sabotage nonprofit status By Perry Chiaramonte Published February 28, 2012 | FoxNews.com Tea Party chapters around the nation are blasting the Internal Revenue Service after the federal agency sent them letters demanding information about their politics, contributors and even family members. In letters sent from IRS offices in Cincinnati earlier this month, chapters including the Waco (Texas) Tea Party and the Ohio Liberty Council were asked to provide a list of donors, identify volunteers, financial support for and relationships with political candidates and parties, and even printed copies of their Facebook pages....
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Tangles With Gretchen Carlson On Fox & Friends

    02/29/2012 9:11:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies · 4+ views
    Fox ^ | 2/29/12 | Fox
    In an at-times heated interview, Fox and Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson grilled Democratic Nation Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz over high gas prices, and played video of her criticizing President Bush over the same problem. So I think you felt the President could have done something about lowering the gas prices, Carlson pressed. What do you say now that gas prices are going to reach $5 a gallon under President Obama? What I was referring to in that speech, as I have for many years, is that focusing on fossil fuels and continuing the drill baby drill strategy that President...
  • Iraq Violence Kills Eight

    02/29/2012 9:10:42 AM PST · by combat_boots · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Al Manar ^ | 2/29/2012 | Local Editor
    Eight people were killed on Wednesday, including four security forces, in different attacks across Iraq. In Baghdad, a car bomb in the eastern Ameen neighbourhood killed three people and wounded at least nine, security and medical officials said. Another car bomb in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometers north of Baghdad, struck as an army-police patrol was passing. Four security force members -- an army lieutenant colonel, another soldier and two policemen -- were killed, and two soldiers, a policeman and a civilian were wounded, according to Lieutenant Colonel Jassim al-Bayati of Tuz police and Dr Hidayet Mustafa at...
  • Poll: Wisconsin's Walker to survive union recall drive

    02/29/2012 9:06:25 AM PST · by mandaladon · 33 replies · 3+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 29 Feb 2012
    So much for that recall effort. According to a new Rasmussen poll of likely Wisconsin voters, Gov. Scott Walker should survive an effort to throw out his 2010 election, a campaign driven by pro-union activists angered that he limited collective bargaining rights for public employees in a budget-cutting move. Its a huge and positive switch for Scotts fortunes. Opponents made headlines when they easily collected 1 million signatures on a recall petition. Walker this week said he would not challenge the signatures-including names like Donald Duck-because there isnt enough time before the May recall election. Rasmussens poll is the latest...
  • Iowa House Democrats leave Statehouse in protest (Demoncrats flee pro-RKBA bills, 2nd Amendment)

    02/29/2012 9:04:22 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 36 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 29 FEB 2012 | James Q. Lynch
    Iowa House Democrats left the Capitol in protest Wednesday, saying they were betrayed by the Republican majority that decided this morning to debate controversial gun rights legislation. Weve been doubled-crossed, said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, just before he lead his 40-member caucus out of the Statehouse. Democrats had been led to believe a constitutional amendment spelling out Iowans right to bear arms and the so-called Castle Doctrine giving Iowans the right to defend themselves would not be debated Feb. 29, McCarthy said. However, he was told after both parties went into their routine closed-door meetings to discuss...