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  • Don't Be Depressed by an Alternative Reality, Move to Realville and Live with Me

    02/29/2012 2:13:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | February 29, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Folks, I didn't tell you this when the show started, but the e-mail, subscriber e-mail, people who listen to this program e-mail is really down in the dumps today. I don't think it's coincidental; it has to do with the results out of Michigan. I don't know what the expectations were and I don't know what specifically in Michigan it's tied to. But there's a noted gloom out there. Maybe it's just the media. Wherever you look in the media, we've got 'em in the stack here: "Economy Coming Back." "Obama Stars Aligning Perfectly for Obama to...
  • Egyptian Cleric..: War with the US - Why Not? Allah Is on Our Side, Will Obliterate America

    02/29/2012 2:13:06 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 27 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 2-22-12 | Sada Al-Balad (Egypt)
    Full title: Egyptian Cleric Sallah Sultan, Founder of the Ohio-Based American Center for Islamic Research: War with the US - Why Not? Allah Is on Our Side, Will Obliterate America Transcript pending. See video at link.
  • Pro-life internist likes Santorum, but pleads for consistency on Title X

    02/29/2012 1:47:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Renew America ^ | February 29, 2012 | Matt C. Abbott
    Chris Kahlenborn, M.D., respected internist and founder/president of The Polycarp Research Institute, writes (slightly edited): I like Rick Santorum a lot. I like his family values. I like his persistence. And I love his love for unborn children, especially those with genetic problems. However, I do have a problem with his inconsistency regarding Title X funding. Mr. Santorum has publicly stated that he believes contraception harms women and families; and that Plan B may act as an abortifacient. He has also stated that he supported, and still supports, Title X funding to family planning agencies that supply both oral contraceptives...
  • Swing states poll: Health care law hurts Obama in 2012

    02/29/2012 1:36:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 1+ views
    USA TODAY | 2012-02-23 | Susan Page
    Read it here. It can only be linked.
  • Obamacare: Pay No Attention to Mandate Behind Curtain of Spin

    02/29/2012 1:35:08 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 6 replies · 3+ views ^ | February 25, 2012 | Sarah Torre
    In yet another slight to rule of law, the Obama Administration has asked a federal court to put a press conference pronouncement above official regulation. Last week, the Department of Justice filed a legal response to one of numerous lawsuits currently challenging the constitutionality of the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. The Administration submitted its response to the legal complaint of Belmont Abbey College, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, to the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. In what the Becket Fund is calling a “remarkable” stance, the Obama Administration argues that the court should dismiss Belmont...
  • McCain: Romney May Be Too Wounded to Win in November

    02/29/2012 1:35:00 PM PST · by Red Steel · 85 replies · 1+ views
    newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 12:55 PM | Martin Gould
    Mitt Romney could be too wounded from the drawn-out and increasingly bitter Republican primary battle to be an effective candidate against President Barack Obama, leading supporter Sen. John McCain suggests. And the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate called on all four candidates left in the race to tone down the intra-party attacks and concentrate on policies. “This is like watching a Greek tragedy,” McCain told the Boston Herald, saying that negative campaigning and increasingly personal attacks “should have stopped long ago.” “Any utility from the debates has been exhausted, and now it’s just exchanging cheap shots and personal shots followed by...
  • Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag

    02/29/2012 1:14:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    First Amendment: The ex-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compares the administration take on freedom of worship to the Soviet Union's and says its contraceptive mandate will force church hospitals to close. On the first Sunday of Lent, Chicago's Francis Cardinal George issued his version of the letter issued by the USCCB he recently led. It shredded assurances by the administration that things could be worked out so that religious freedom would not be impaired and painted a bleak future that just might be the administration's intent. Going a bit further than his peers, Cardinal George essentially rejected...
  • Pierce County flips, will buy Sheriff Department patrol boat

    02/29/2012 1:10:57 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 15 replies · 5+ views ^ | 28 Feb 2012 | Steve Maynard
    The Pierce County Council reversed course Tuesday and approved spending $730,000 for a new saltwater patrol and rescue boat for the Sheriff’s Department. Three months ago, the council refused to add the boat to this year’s budget, even though $525,000 of the cost would come from a federal Homeland Security grant. Council members cited sticker shock, saying they didn’t want to spend so much taxpayer money on a boat. But Tuesday, some council members said they had changed their minds and concluded the cost was appropriate for the kind of vessel the Sheriff’s Department would get. The boat would be...
  • Online Poker Kings Get Cashed Out

    02/29/2012 12:56:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | February 29, 2012 | Chris Parker
    When you've turned nothing into something once already, you tend to feel like you can do it again. There's faith your luck will turn. Perhaps it's delusion. But for a professional poker player, self-confidence is essential. So it is for Walter Wright, who now finds himself in Costa Rica. He left his wife and two children behind to redeem their failing finances and faltering marriage by doing something that's now illegal in the United States—playing poker online. Wright's life began to change in 2005, when he followed his then-girlfriend from New Orleans to Virginia, where she was beginning law school...
  • 'Super Tuesday' (Thomas Sowell on Obama & Gingrich)

    02/29/2012 12:55:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 109 replies · 3+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 29, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people are looking to the many primary elections on March 6th — "Super Tuesday" — to clarify where this year's Republican nomination campaign is headed. It may clarify far more than that, including the future of this nation and of Western civilization. If a clear winner with a commanding lead emerges, the question then becomes whether that candidate is someone who is likely to defeat Barack Obama. If not, then the fate of America — and of Western nations, including Israel — will be left in the hands of a man with a lifelong hostility to Western values...
  • San Antonio Spends $7500 per Electric Car on Recharge Stations

    02/29/2012 12:51:14 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies · 1+ views
    02/29/2012 | R2
    From the Express News... Power stations wait for traffic Colin McDonal, San Antonio Express-News  Updated 02:25 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2012       San Antonio now has more than 120 public electric car charging stations spread across the city, putting it on par with places like Austin, Seattle and San Francisco in welcoming the new vehicles. CPS Energy installed the stations and is celebrating them today at the Santikos Embassy 14 movie theater on the North Side with local electric car owners — a number that CPS estimates is now 80. ~snip~ The U.S. Energy Department paid for the stations, valued...
  • Newt Gingrich moves campaign event to Pell City

    02/29/2012 12:49:40 PM PST · by Red Steel · 13 replies ^ | pdated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 2:38 PM | George Talbot
    An Alabama campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has moved to a new location to accommodate a bigger audience. Gingrich, seeking the GOP nomination, announced last week he would speak at the Ritz Theater in Talladega on March 7. But an official with his Alabama campaign said the event will be shifted to Pell City "to allow for a larger venue and a more direct route to Birmingham." "We determined the seating capacity was far short of what we needed," said Steve Dean, Talledega County campaign chairman for Gingrich. Gingrich, a Georgia native and former U.S. Speaker of...
  • Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say

    02/29/2012 12:48:43 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 86 replies · 4+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | February 29, 2012 | Stephen Adams
    The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born. The journal’s editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the article's authors had received death threats since publishing the article. He said those who made abusive and threatening posts about the study were “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society”....
  • Media finally paying attention to eligibility?

    02/29/2012 12:38:52 PM PST · by spacejunkie2001 · 45 replies
    WND ^ | 2/29/2012
    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Poll after poll in recent months has revealed that Americans have a high level of concern over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, with one poll revealing fully half of the nation wants Congress to investigate the question. But mostly reporters for the traditional media – networks, major newspapers, major news corporations and conglomerates – have giggled when talk turns to the serious question of just what – exactly – does the U.S. Constitution require of presidents. But that’s changing, as media organizations from all political persuasions seek admittance to a news conference to be held by...
  • What the heck is happening to the drug supply in this country??? (VANITY)

    02/29/2012 12:37:51 PM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 122 replies · 4+ views
    2/29/2012 | Surrounded by blue
    I"m a nurse anesthetist, and I just got a work-related email from my boss. Basically it said "please conserve midazolam, fentanyl, morphine, and are CRITICALLY short & the hospital is struggling to maintain supplies". Um, ok. The last time I checked, this was the United States, not Crapistan. How are we "critically short" on all of the major anesthesia drugs that we use??? Am I supposed to offer the patient a bullet to bite? Are there any FReepers out there who have ties to the pharm industry and can explain this? Speaking with others throughout the hospital, I have...
  • GRPS: Voter to be charged for bringing gun to school(MI semi barf)

    02/29/2012 12:36:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Matt Campbell and Jessica Puchala
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids Public Schools spokesman says a man was trying to make a political statement by bringing a gun into a school that was also serving as a voting site. The incident happened around noon Tuesday at Aberdeen Elementary School, 928 Aberdeen St. NE. Spokesman John Helmholdt says the man entered the school's gymnasium -- the location of the polling site -- through the doors designated for voters. The man voted, then tried to exit through the school building. Helmholdt says a teacher spotted the man and saw he was clearly carrying a gun in...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Georgetown co-ed wanting to be paid for sex 'a slut,' 'a prostitute'

    02/29/2012 12:34:53 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 82 replies · 4+ views
    TheDC ^ | February 29, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    February 29, 2012 Limbaugh: Georgetown co-ed wanting to be paid for sex ‘a slut,’ ‘a prostitute’ (edit) Published: 3:20 PM 02/29/2012 inShare1 Email This Article Print This Article By Jeff Poor - The Daily Caller Bio | Archive | Email Jeff Poor Follow Jeff Poor Get Jeff Poor Feed Ads by Google Save on Body ArmorExclusive Sales With Great Quality Military Products. Join Now & Save On Tuesday, Georgetown law student and “reproductive rights activist” Sandra Fluke testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to explain the obstacles female students face in acquiring birth control. CNS News’...
  • Gingrich: U.S. needs to ‘reassess' relationship with Islamic world

    02/29/2012 12:34:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies · 2+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 29, 2012 | Jeremy Redmon and Aaron Gould Sheinin
    ROME – Returning to Georgia Tuesday for several days of campaigning, Newt Gingrich accused Pakistan of hiding Osama bin Laden before U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated him during a daring night raid last May and said the United States should reevaluate its relationship with Islamic countries. "We now know that the Pakistanis for seven years were hiding bin Laden in a military city within a mile of their national defense university," the former Georgia congressman told hundreds of supporters gathered in an airplane hangar in Rome. "Does any serious person believe that could have been done without a significant part of...
  • Who would you vote for in a "brokered convention"

    02/29/2012 12:31:16 PM PST · by Prospero · 57 replies · 2+ views
  • UGA soccer player charged with stealing hashbrowns (cost: $1.06)

    02/29/2012 12:27:44 PM PST · by rawhide · 18 replies ^ | 2-29-12 | Joel Provano
    A University of Georgia soccer player is charged with trying to steal an order of hashbrown potatoes in her pants. According to UGA police records, Carli Shultis, 19, was arrested around 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Bulldog Cafe in the Tate Center on campus. The student newspaper, The Red & Black, obtained a copy of the police report, which stated that a food services worker detained Shultis after seeing her attempt to steal the potatoes while making a food purchase. Shultis admitted to a police officer that she had stuffed the hashbrowns in her pants to avoid paying for...
  • Rep. Nunes Turns On California Spigot

    02/29/2012 12:26:12 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Editorial
    Politics: Is sanity finally coming to California's Central Valley? America's breadbasket has long been victim of capricious water cutoffs to "save" the environment. A bill in Congress puts an end to this man-made drought. It should pass. Rep. Devin Nunes of Visalia, Calif., has come forward with a legislative remedy for the policies that have turned fertile fields into hollowed-out dust bowls in the name of "being green." Nunes' Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act goes to a vote in the House Wednesday and if it passes, it will guarantee that water the farmers paid for finally gets to the parched...
  • Newt Gingrich taps close Kasich political adviser Doug Preisse for Ohio leadership team

    02/29/2012 12:25:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    Cleveland Plains Dealer ^ | Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 3:06 PM | Henry J. Gomez,
    Far behind Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in Ohio polls, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has recruited a close adviser to Gov. John Kasich to help his presidential campaign here. Gingrich on Wednesday announced that Franklin County Republican Party Chairman Doug Preisse would serve on his leadership team, which will be led by former U.S. Rep. Bob McEwen of the Cincinnati area. "Newt Gingrich is a great American leader with a pro-growth strategy to put Americans back to work," Preisse said in a statement released by the campaign. Preisse is a top Kasich political consultant and Columbus lobbyist who...
  • Man who brought gun to school voting precinct frustrated after police called(MI)

    02/29/2012 12:22:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies · 2+ views ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Heidi Fenton
    GRAND RAPIDS — Nicholas Looman says he carries a gun on a regular basis to exercise his rights as a licensed firearms holder. He’s carried a pistol while grocery shopping, attending public events and while going about other parts of his daily routine. Looman believes he’s well-versed in the state’s right-to-carry laws. So when he was stopped outside a voting precinct after casting his ballot in Tuesday’s primary election, Looman, 25, said he was frustrated, more than anything, with what he believes is a lack of understanding over what the laws are. “I don’t want to be a problem. I...
  • Herman Cain to stump for Newt Gingrich in Cleveland Saturday

    02/29/2012 12:21:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | Wednesday, February 29th 2012 | James Harrison
    Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will stump on behalf of Newt Gingrich in Cleveland this Saturday. Cain will deliver his speech at Lee University's Rose Lecture Hall at 1 p.m. The event, hosted by the Lee University College Republicans, is free and open to the public. Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, is most recently known for running an unconventional, unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination last year. His 9-9-9 tax reform plan briefly made him the GOP front-runner until allegations regarding extramarital affairs dismantled his campaign. The speech comes less than one week before Tennessee voters go...
  • Media finally paying attention to eligibility?

    02/29/2012 12:20:17 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 99 replies · 4+ views
    WND ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | WND
    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Poll after poll in recent months has revealed that Americans have a high level of concern over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, with one poll revealing fully half of the nation wants Congress to investigate the question. But mostly reporters for the traditional media – networks, major newspapers, major news corporations and conglomerates – have giggled when talk turns to the serious question of just what – exactly – does the U.S. Constitution require of presidents.
  • MUST READ: Gov. Walker is in for the fight of his life according to new poll

    02/29/2012 12:19:29 PM PST · by Syncro · 25 replies · 3+ views
    Tea Party Express ^ | 02/29/2012 10:02:05 am | Staff
    Dear Loyal Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker, . There is a new Recall poll conducted by Public Policy Polling company that shows that Gov. Walker is in for the fight of his life. We need your help to boost his approval ratings! . Here are the findings of the poll that they released yesterday: . . While we face a tough challenge, it is clear what gov. Walker wants needs us to do to defend him. Most of the news coming from the main-stream media over the last year has been negative regarding the Gov. Walker and it has...
  • My favourite Anglosphere politician

    02/29/2012 12:18:31 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 26th February 2012 | Daniel Hannan MEP
    In a press conference on Saturday, Kevin Rudd, who has resigned as foreign minister to challenge his boss, Julia Gillard, said something revealing. 'The job of the Australian government', he pronounced, 'is to keep Tony Abbott out'. Really? That's the primary purpose of the state machine of the Commonwealth of Australia? Not to run the country? Thanks for clearing that one up, Kevin. ..... Tony Abbott is, at present, my favourite English-speaking politician (though Canada's Stephen Harper also has a pretty good claim). He is one of those fortunate men who is at once clever and likeable, a Rhodes Scholar...
  • Driver pulls gun on Good Samaritan after rollover crash(TX)

    02/29/2012 12:15:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies · 3+ views ^ | 29 February, 2012 | NA
    SAN ANTONIO -- Police arrested a driver they say pulled a gun and started shooting after he was involving in an accident on Interstate 37 Downtown. Police received a call about a rollover crash and someone firing a weapon on Interstate 37 near Commerce Street around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said they saw a green car that was traveling south on Interstate 37 go across the median and roll down an embankment. According to an officer at the scene, another motorist saw the accident and stopped to try to help. The officer said the driver of the green car then...
  • Sheriff’s Office offers free gun safety classes(AZ)

    02/29/2012 12:09:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 29 February, 2012 | NA
    Free adult and youth gun safety classes, hosted by the Graham County Sheriff’s Office, will be given Saturday, March 11, at the Graham County Fairgrounds. The youth class is 11 a.m., and the adult class is 2 pm. For more information call the Parks Office at 928-428-7180.
  • U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea

    02/29/2012 12:09:39 PM PST · by Repeat Offender · 73 replies · 7+ views
    The Envoy via Yahoo ^ | 29 Feb 2012 | Laura Rozen
    The United States announced a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea Wednesday. Under an agreement reached in direct talks in Beijing last week, North Korea has agreed to allow the return of nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and has agreed to implement a moratorium on long-range missile tests, nuclear tests, and nuclear activities at Yongbyon, including uranium enrichment activities, the State Department said. In return, the United States will provide North Korea with a large food aid package.
  • Analysis: Super Tuesday won't help clear up GOP race

    02/29/2012 12:09:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/29/2012 | Peter Hamby
    Since 1988, when Michael Dukakis beat his main Democratic rivals in a slew of March primary states, "Super Tuesday" has usually played a pivotal role in determining presidential nominees in both parties. This year, it will not. That's because the mechanics of the 2012 Republican race are beginning to resemble those of the 2008 Democratic nomination fight, a grind-it-out battle for delegates that could last through well into the spring. Republicans grudgingly came around to this realization even before Tuesday night's primary results in Michigan and Arizona. "It's a muddle," said Jack Lindley, the Republican Party chairman in Vermont, one...
  • Newt Gingrich says he'd deepen Savannah's port as president

    ATLANTA Newt Gingrich, campaigning at the state Capitol today, said he would deepen Savannah’s port if he’s elected president. “I think it has to be done,” the Republican former House speaker said in an interview with Morris News Service. “You have the widening of the Panama Canal, which will be completed by 2014, and if you don’t appropriately expand the harbors, you can’t deal with the new, larger shipments, so it’s really very, very important.” Gingrich said he would fund the $400 million project by authorizing offshore drilling for natural gas. “The initial bids on the leased properties would more...
  • Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

    02/29/2012 12:05:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 3+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    I've called the judicially-imposed drought in California's Central Valley --- the Dust Bowl Congress created --- through its creation of the Endangered Species Act, invoked in this case by the Delta smelt, a fish that's not suitable for eating. Once a breadbasket for the nation, the cutoff of irrigation water to the Central Valley has destroyed agriculture and tens of thousands of jobs as a tradeoff for the endangered fish. Now, however, voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the man-made economic and agricultural disaster, as Rep. Devin Nunes builds support for his Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability...
  • Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say

    02/29/2012 12:04:23 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 29 Feb 2012 | Stephen Adams
    Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued. The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born. The journal’s editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics,...
  • 54% in Wisconsin Oppose Recall of GOP Governor Walker

    02/29/2012 12:01:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 7+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 02/29/2012
    Most Wisconsin voters approve of the job embattled Governor Scott Walker is doing and oppose the effort to recall him from office before the next election. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely Wisconsin Voters at least somewhat approve of Walker’s job performance to date, while 46% at least somewhat disapprove. These findings include 40% who Strongly Approve of how the Republican governor is doing and just as many (40%) who Strongly Disapprove. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen...
  • Egypt lifts travel ban on U.S. pro-democracy workers

    02/29/2012 11:59:27 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Egypt on Wednesday lifted a travel ban on seven Americans employed by pro-democracy U.S. groups, signaling that the worst crisis in relations between Egypt and the U.S. in 30 years could soon be brought to an end. 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...
  • 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 he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the Nebraska seat he once held. Kerrey’s announcement Wednesday comes just weeks after he publicly rejected a run to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson. It’s also just two days before Nebraska’s candidate filing deadline. The 1992 presidential candidate and former Nebraska governor previously said not running was in his family’s best interest. Kerrey’s 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 it’s 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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 Georgia’s House of Representatives. From the rostrum, Gingrich told lawmakers that he would fight for a “very strong” states'-rights platform at the RepublicanParty’s 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 Romney’s 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...