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  • Mofaz: Give the Palestinians 100% of Yesha

    04/07/2012 3:40:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) told the The New York Times that he would "respond to 100% of the territorial demands of the Palestinians" if elected Prime Minister. “I intend to replace Netanyahu,” Mr. Mofaz, 63, said. “I will not join his government.” Mofaz said that he believed Israel should keep the main settlement blocs, but that he would give the Palestinian Authority as much land from sovereign Israeli ground as he kept from Judea and Samaria. He added that he believes it is possible to reach an agreement on the borders and security within one year. When asked about...
  • Why John Derbyshire Hasn't Been Fired (Yet) “FR mentioned”

    04/07/2012 3:26:17 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 149 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | Apr 6, 2012 | Elspeth Reeve
    Derbyshire doesn't do the really obvious racist stuff -- the stuff that goes up at, for example -- like post photos Obama in stereotypical tribal garb with a bone through his nose.
  • White House pushing blame on Bush administration for GSA debacle

    04/07/2012 3:06:00 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 07, 2012 | Ed Henry, Doug McKelway and Judson Berger
    The administration also argued Friday night that the cost of the Western Regional Conference increased sharply under the Bush White House -- from $93,000 in 2004 to $323,855 in 2006 to $655,025 in 2008, then $840,616 in 2010, or just 28 percent under Obama.
  • Why don't black Americans swim?

    04/07/2012 2:43:19 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 317 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7th April 2012 | Finlo Rohrer
    'A month ago, six African-American teenagers drowned in a single incident in Louisiana, prompting soul-searching about why so many young black Americans can't swim. When 15-year-old DeKendrix Warner accidentally stepped into deeper water while wading in the Red River in Shreveport, he panicked. JaTavious Warner, 17, Takeitha Warner, 13, JaMarcus Warner, 14, Litrelle Stewart, 18, Latevin Stewart, 15, and LaDarius Stewart, 17, rushed to help him and each other. None of them could swim. All six drowned. DeKendrix was rescued by a passer-by. Maude Warner, mother of three of the victims, and the other adults present also couldn't swim. The...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s war on the courts

    04/07/2012 2:41:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 6, 2012 | Editorial
    Administration fears ruling will strike down Obamacare as unconstitutionalWord seems to have gone out in liberal circles that Obamacare is in trouble with the Supreme Court. A systematic and unprecedented assault is undermining the integrity of the system in an attempt to defend this highly unpopular law. President Obama claimed Tuesday that the court has not overturned a congressional economic regulation in more than 80 years, saying, “a law like that has not been overturned at least since Lochner, right?” Well, wrong. The 1905 case of Lochner v. New York dealt with a state statute and had nothing to do...
  • [EPA Press Release On "Environmental Justice" Initiatives]

    04/07/2012 2:34:20 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 24 replies
    In the following text which comes directly from the Environmental Protection Agency, certain words will have emphasis where appropriate. (Remarks that are easily deemed socilaist, trampling of the Constitution, etc.) Some remarks from this poster will be in brackets. *********************************** Release Date: 02/27/2012 Contact Information: Alisha Johnson (EPA),, Taryn Tuss (CEQ), 202-456-6998. En espańol: Betsaida Alcantara, WASHINGTON - Today, federal agencies, led by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released environmental justice strategies, implementation plans and progress reports, outlining steps agencies will take to protect communities facing greater health and environmental...
  • Poll: Warning Signs for Sen. Lugar (Mourdock closing in on this RINO)

    04/07/2012 2:32:44 PM PDT · by teg_76 · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/6/2012 | Naftali Bendavid
    The Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll shows Mr. Lugar with a 42%-35% lead over state treasurer Richard Mourdock, while among Republican voters, the two candidates are split at 38% each. Indiana has an open primary system, meaning non-Republicans can vote in the May 8 GOP primary. While Mr. Lugar is leading, the 42% figure is relatively low for a longtime incumbent, and the high proportion of undecided voters—23%—may be bad news for Mr. Lugar, given how well-known he is.
  • Is Serfdom an Executive Order Away? (Is this E O the start of something?)

    04/07/2012 2:28:08 PM PDT · by BirdFLU · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | Sheldon Richman
    President Obama provided such a step with his March 16 Executive Order—National Defense Resources Preparedness. In it we see in detail how completely the government may control our lives—euphemistically called the “industrial and technological base”—if the president were to declare a national emergency. It is instructive, if tedious, reading.
  • Record 87,897,000 Americans Not in the Labor Force

    04/07/2012 2:18:01 PM PDT · by forbushalltheway · 70 replies ^ | Apr 07, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    Amid disappointing unemployment numbers that fell 80,000 jobs short of projections, another number is raising eyebrows: the number of Americans not in the labor force has hit a record high 87,897,000. This figure explains why overall unemployment dropped from 8.3% to 8.2%, as the Department of Labor's unemployment figure does not include people who have given up hope and are not actively seeking employment. When the number of individuals who have stopped looking for a job and/or who are working part-time but desire full-time employment is included--a figure known as the "underemployment rate"--real unemployment stands at 19.1%.
  • Jury awards $231,000 in damages to (Iowa) state senator in libel, slander case

    04/07/2012 2:16:59 PM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 5 replies
    RadioIowa ^ | 4/6/12 | O. Kay Henderson
    A jury late this afternoon awarded a state senator from Sioux City $231,000 in damages after finding his 2010 opponent and the Iowa Democratic Party committed libel and slander against him. Republican Senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City objected to a 2010 TV ad which claimed Bertrand’s company had been singled out by the FDA for the “marketing of dangerous drugs to children.” “This is how you change the face of American politics, it’s by standing up to the political party machine,” Bertrand said this evening during a telephone interview with Radio Iowa. “This is how it works.” Bertrand, who...
  • Obama Admin: Tax Cuts Work in China, Just Not in the U.S.

    04/07/2012 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 7, 2012 | Erika Johnson
    While speaking recently about the communist government in China, Undersecretary of State Robert Hormats -- an Obama appointee -- praised China's decision to spur economic growth by lowering taxes. So, at least somebody in the Obama administration definitely understands and embraces the basic lower-taxes-equals-higher-productivity principle of free-market economics, while President Obama himself chooses to neglect that certain principle. I award the administration zero points for consistency on this one: “China lowered taxes very recently, which will help increase demand, but it’s also good to boost consumption in China,” said Hormats. “So I think what’s interesting is that—sure, there are issues...
  • An Ailing Chavez Prays For Time

    04/07/2012 2:12:56 PM PDT · by libstripper · 50 replies
    Wall Street Journal Latin Ameica ^ | updated April 7, 2012 | Rogerio Jelmayer, Charles Roth, Ezequiel Minaya
    CARACAS—Concern about Venezuela President Hugo Chávez's health grew Friday amid reports the cancer-stricken leader will seek emergency medical care in Brazil, a day after the president broke down during a religious service and begged Jesus Christ to grant him life.
  • 3 dead, 2 wounded in Tulsa shooting spree

    04/07/2012 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Thunderballer · 61 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 7, 2012
    (CBS/AP) TULSA, Okla. - A spree of early-morning shootings within a one-mile span of north Tulsa in which three people were killed and two critically wounded has lead police to suspect the same attacker or attackers are behind them. All five of the victims were shot within an hour, and within a 1-mile radius of each other, police sources tell CBS News, and all five victims were out walking when they were shot. Police are speculating that the shootings were racially motivated because all of the victims are black; it is not believed the victims knew one another. Police won't...
  • Neo-Nazis Patrol Where Trayvon Martin Killed

    04/07/2012 1:24:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    A heavily armed troop of neo-Nazis are goose-stepping around the Florida town where Trayvon Martin was killed. Members of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement are patrolling Sanford, proclaiming they are prepared for violence in case of a race riot, its commander Jeff Schoep told the Miami New Times. "We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over," he said. "Whenever there is one of these racially charged events, Al Sharpton goes wherever blacks need him. We do similar things," he added. "We are a white civil rights organization." He said the patrols will...
  • Mitt Romney’s Fully Documented Liberal Left-Wing Social and Fiscal Record

    04/07/2012 1:06:28 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies ^ | 17 February 2012 | Gregg Jackson
    This is for everyone to read and understand, of course, but I hope value voters in both Michigan and Arizona read, understand, and share this article. I find it absurd that so many celebrity “conservatives” and “pro-family” and “pro-life” Christians continue to promote Romney as a Reagan Conservative when Romney’s actual record shows that he is an across the board liberal. Barack Obama in a Reagan Costume. Mitt Romney, Fiscal and Social Liberal: • Unilaterally, illegally & unconstitutionally instituted same-sex “marriage” falsely claiming the “court ordered him to.” Proof here and here • Signed the forerunner to Obamacare (Romneycare) into...
  • The Largest Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima

    04/07/2012 1:00:29 PM PDT · by Errant · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | April 7, 2012 | na
    We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the reactors themselves...
  • Bank wants Missouri Rep. Cleaver [D-MO] to pay $1.5 million on car wash loan

    04/07/2012 12:46:12 PM PDT · by Justaham · 23 replies ^ | 4/6/12 | Steve Kraske and Dave Helling
    U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's car wash headache is raging once again. The bank that loaned the Kansas City congressman and his wife $1.3 million in 2002 to buy the Grandview Auto Wash at 12204 Blue Ridge Extension is now demanding payment of more than $1.5 million, after the Cleavers repeatedly fell behind on repaying the loan. The suit, filed last week in Jackson County Circuit Court, said the demand for repayment came after three attempts to delay foreclosure. Bank of America also is seeking attorney’s fees and a receiver to protect collateral. “The Cleaver Company failed and refused, and continues...
  • Woo hoo!! Our 2nd quarter 2012 FReepathon is well underway!! [Thread IV]

    04/07/2012 12:44:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 537 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | April 7, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Howdy everyone!! The first week of our second quarter 2012 Freepathon is nearly complete and we've raised approximately the first eight percent. This is Easter weekend so I'm sure it will be slow, but our Freepathon thread will remain open for business 24/7. One percent per day keeps the 404 away. Happy Easter everyone!! No matter who wins the nomination or the election, we're going to need FR more than ever to hold their feet to the fire. We're hoping for the tea party rebellion of 2010 to continue in November. It's unlikely that we're going to have a conservative...
  • Defiant Syria is upgrading its military capabilities

    04/07/2012 12:25:32 PM PDT · by klpt · 6 replies
    Jpost ^ | 04/06/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Despite the ongoing internal unrest, Syria is continuing to upgrade its military capabilities and recently declared a number of new surface-to-air missile systems (SAMs) operational. Over the past year, Syria has received a number of SA- 17 batteries from Russia under a deal signed several years ago. Two batteries are already reportedly operational and deployed along Syria’s border with Lebanon. A third is undergoing training. As a result, the IDF has modified the way it flies in the North and particularly when conducting missions over Lebanon, where it continues to fly to gather intelligence on Hezbollah activities.
  • It Didn't Start With Dateline NBC (Flashback - "exploding" GM trucks)

    04/07/2012 12:17:33 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    Walter Olson. com ^ | June 21, 2012 | Walter Olson
    An "electronic Titanic"--as Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times called it---"an unprecedented disaster in the annals of network news, and perhaps the biggest TV scam since the Quiz Scandals." To many, NBC's Dateline fiasco seemed a freak, a bizarre departure from accepted network standards. Would any half-awake news organization have helped stage a crash test that was rigged to get a particular outcome? Or concealed from the public key elements--the hidden rockets, the over-filled tank, the loose gas cap? Or entrusted its judgment to axe-grinding "experts" who were deeply involved in litigating against the expose's target? Or, after questions...
  • Romney is a Manufactured Candidate (January 20, 20100

    04/07/2012 12:15:41 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 44 replies ^ | January 20, 2010 | Steve Baldwin
    A few weeks ago an individual hereinafter referred to as, "the letter writer," circulated a letter urging conservative and evangelical leaders to get behind Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. We, the above listed individuals, have decided to respond with the argument that a Romney candidacy would be disastrous for the conservative movement and for the country. Romney’s Business Management Experience Does Not Guarantee He Will Govern As A Conservative One of the primary arguments presented by the letter writer is that Romney’s business management experience and his allegedly outstanding performance managing the state of Massachusetts thereby qualifies him to not only...
  • Romney Opposed The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts (January 7, 2008)

    04/07/2012 12:12:19 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    SC Hotline ^ | January 7, 2008
    Thompson for President press release Romney Opposed The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts “In 2003, the Governor refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts, earning the praise of Massachusetts liberal congressman Barney Frank.” (“The Romney Record: Promise and Puzzlement,” Club For Growth,, accessed 9/12/07) Romney Said He “Won’t Be A Cheerleader” For Tax Cut Proposals He Disagrees With. “According to the observer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Romney told the delegation that he ‘won’t be a cheerleader’ for proposals he doesn’t agree with, ‘but I have to keep a solid relationship with the White House.’” (Wayne Washington and Glen...
  • Voice forensics experts cast doubt on Orlando Sentinel analysis of Trayvon Martin 911 tape

    04/07/2012 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 6, 2012 | Chuck Rudd
    Voice recognition experts who spoke to The Daily Caller questioned the methodology and conclusions of a voice-identification analysis published by the Orlando Sentinel on March 31. Using two different forensic methods, the Sentinel’s chosen authorities determined that a scream heard in the background of a widely aired 911 call was not that of George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 A police recording of the call captured part of the struggle that ended Martin’s life. The Sentinel’s reporting has landed a blow against Zimmerman’s self-defense claims, suggesting that it was Martin, not Zimmerman, who...
  • Romney's Pro-Life Conversion: Myth or Reality? (June 14, 2007)

    04/07/2012 12:01:16 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2007 | RICK KLEIN and Jake Tapper
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has long cited a November 2004 meeting with a Harvard stem cell researcher as the moment that changed his long-held stance of supporting abortion rights to his current "pro-life" position opposing legal abortion. But several actions Romney took mere months after that meeting call into question how deep-seated his conversion truly was. Within two months of his epiphany on this issue, Romney appointed to a judgeship a Democrat who was an avowed supporter of abortion rights. In May 2005, Romney also declared his support for a House bill lifting President Bush's ban on federal funding...
  • California Dad Killed Shielding Son From Gunfire

    04/07/2012 11:55:14 AM PDT · by Raymann · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/7/12 | Newscore
    Family and friends staged a candlelight vigil late Friday for a California dad who died after he used his body to shield his son from gunfire. Fredrick Martin, 28, pushed his son to the ground after a gunman opened fire on him and his son in Inglewood, Calif., on Tuesday evening, KTLA reported. He was hit several times in the stomach and chest and later died in a hospital.
  • Sanford (FL) Police deny any indication of neo-Nazis patrolling

    04/07/2012 11:45:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies ^ | 4/7/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Did anyone bother to contact the Sanford Police? I did, and the Sanford Police deny any indication of Neo-Nazi groups patrolling in Sanford. Here’s the e-mail exchange: My initial e-mail (which included an embedded link to the Memeorandum thread): “There are a number of reports in the media that Neo-Nazis are conducting armed patrols in Sanford. Can you confirm or deny whether this is true, and provide any information you have on the subject? If someone is able to get back to me as soon as possible (and before Monday) that would be appreciated, since such rumors are spreading.” Response...
  • George Soros predicts riots, police state and class war for America (from the architect himself)

    04/07/2012 11:42:25 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies ^ | 25 January, 2012
    George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management (AFP Photo / Brendan SMIALOWSKI) Billionaire investor George Soros has a new prediction for America. While it might be as dire as it gets for the financial wiz, this bet concerns more than just the value of the buck. According to Soros, there's about to be an all-out class war.Soros, 81, previously bet against the British pound in the early 90s and made $1 billion off its collapse. In the years since, he’s remained active in investing, but also in advocacy. He’s helped keep Wikipedia afloat thanks to impressive contributions and through...
  • Will physicians lower their guard?

    04/07/2012 11:39:50 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 11 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 7, 2012 | Editorial
    Health care costs have risen in part because doctors order all manner of superfluous tests and treatments in the event they need to prove to a jury their treatment met or exceeded standards for care. If the extra measures actually prevented adverse outcomes, so much the better. Two studies in 2010 found as many as 92 percent of physicians make medical decisions with an eye toward keeping trial lawyers at bay. Defensive medicine has never been without its critics, but since the dawn of Obamacare, it has come under fire from medical researchers and even physicians' groups for making care...
  • "Seasoned” NBC News producer fired, still anonymous

    04/07/2012 11:33:59 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/7/2012 | Jim Treacher
    The New York Times, which hasn’t been reporting on NBC News editing George Zimmerman’s 911 call to make him sound like a racist, is finally doing so. Brian Stelter writes: NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters. They also declined to name the fired producer. A spokeswoman for NBC News declined to comment. The action came in the...
  • In Mass., Romney raised taxes, fees

    04/07/2012 11:01:04 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies ^ | Jan 6, 2012 at 3:00 am | DEROY MURDOCK
    Hot on the heels of his eight-vote Iowa-caucus landslide, Willard Mitt Romney is crisscrossing New Hampshire before Tuesday's key primary. Romney is masquerading as a limited-government, free-market executive from next-door Massachusetts. From the Golden Gate to the Granite State, voters should greet Romney's impersonation with a quarry full of skepticism. In fact, Romney increased taxes by $309 million, mainly on corporations. These tax hikes, described by Romney apologists as loophole closures, totaled $128 million in 2003, $95.5 in 2004, and $85 million in 2005. That final year, Romney proposed $170 million in higher business taxes, the Boston Globe reports. However,...
  • Videos of $800K GSA conference surface

    04/07/2012 10:46:24 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/7/12 | BYRON TAU
    The Huffington Post obtains a series of embarrassing videos taken at the General Services Administration's 2010 Western Region Conference that show GSA employees destroying office property, drinking, singing "Luck be a Lady," flashings dollar bills, rapping about taxpayer-funded travel and government pay raises, blowing bubbles through hula hoops, and palling around with an "angry clown." The conference made headlines this week when an Inspector General report found a pattern of excessive spending, waste and possible fraud on the pricey, taxpayer-funded Las Vegas conference, where organizers went out of their way to organize a lavish,
  • Taki Magazine under web attack?

    04/07/2012 10:42:41 AM PDT · by Jonah Johansen · 10 replies
    Taki Magazine ^ | April 5, 2012 | John Derbyshire
    TItle form John Derbyshires site April 5, 2012 Taki's Magazine The Talk: Nonblack Version Teach your children well.
  • Our Contemptuous President [Mark Steyn]

    04/07/2012 10:41:11 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/7/2012 | Mark Steyn
    As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby observed in Road to Bali:He gets his shirts straight from Paris Cigarettes from the Nile He talks like a highbrow But he plays Chicago style . . . I’ve no idea where President Obama gets his shirts and smokes, but he certainly talks like a highbrow, sufficiently so to persuade presidential historian Michael Beschloss to pronounce him the day after the 2008 election “the smartest president ever.” Yet, in the end, he plays Chicago style. You can take the community organizer out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago out of the community...
  • Tea partyers trying to retire Sens. Lugar, Hatch

    04/07/2012 10:29:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies ^ | 4/7/12 | Tom LoBianco - AP
    Indianapolis (AP) -- Sen. Richard Lugar sounded wistful in his gratitude when he thanked supporters packed in the skybox of the Indiana Pacers' home court, as though he could see the approaching end of a political career that has spanned nearly half a century. "I thank all of you, the 50 or 60 of you who are co-sponsors of the rally. We appreciate very much your willingness to put your own names on the line and be helpful in bringing together this assembly," said the 80-year-old Indiana Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1976. That characteristically understated...
  • Effort underway to turn Texas into winner-take-all state [could affect Romney]

    04/07/2012 10:27:04 AM PDT · by publius321 · 54 replies ^ | 4/6/2012 | Caroline May
  • (GSA) Gov’t splurge jerks mock $$ waste

    04/07/2012 10:15:09 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    ny post ^ | April 7, 2012 | Todd Venezia
    Workers at the General Services Administration think wasting taxpayer money is so hilarious, they can’t help singing about it! A shocking new video has surfaced showing an employee for the embattled agency wearing sunglasses and performing a wild rap song in which he jokes about blowing public dough on lavish perks. The musical celebration of careless spending was so well received by other GSA workers, they actually gave it the top prize in a talent show held during a notorious 2010 junket to Las Vegas in which the federal agency blew $820,000 on a four-day bash. In the short video...
  • Iowa GOP Sen. Grassley Calls Pres. Obama 'Stupid'

    04/07/2012 10:14:13 AM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    Twitter ^ | Satudat, April 7, 2012 | Sen. Charles Grassley
    Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law 50+ Retweets 6 Favorites 11:51 AM - 7 Apr 12 via Twitter for iPhone
  • The Growing Turkish Threat

    04/07/2012 10:09:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | April 7, 2012 | unattributed
    Iran does not like Turkey supporting Syrian rebels, but does little beyond complain about Turkey and Iran disagreeing about what is happening in Syria. Iran is intent on maintaining good relations with the Turks, who have been a formidable (and usually victorious) foe for centuries. This strategy is based on fear, reflected in a recent Turkish opinion poll that showed 54 percent of Turks approved Turkey developing nuclear weapons if Iran does. To make matters worse Turkey has joined with the Sunni Arabs to rebuild the old (pre-1918 when the Ottoman Turk empire collapsed) coalition opposing Shia Iran. Back in...
  • New York Times Repeats NBC Smear With Selective Edit of Zimmerman 911 Call

    04/07/2012 10:08:02 AM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies ^ | April 3, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    Today's front-page article in the New York Times on the Trayvon Martin case repeated NBC's attempt to cast George Zimmerman as a racist by selectively editing his 911 call. Here is the 911 call transcript: ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about. 911 DISPATCHER: Okay. And this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? ZIMMERMAN: He looks black. And here is what the Times reported: “Hey, we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood,” Mr. Zimmerman said to start the conversation with the...
  • Hamas chief vows to kidnap more Israeli soldiers

    04/07/2012 10:02:22 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2012
    DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The leader of the Islamist militant group Hamas has vowed to kidnap more Israeli soldiers to pressure the Jewish state to release Palestinian prisoners. The comments from Khaled Mashaal come after the deal Hamas struck last year with Israel to swap an Israeli soldier held by Hamas for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, including many jailed for helping carry out bombings.
  • 2004: Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban

    04/07/2012 10:01:42 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    February 4th, 2012 ^ | February 4th, 2012
    . . . . . In a move that will help keep the streets and neighborhoods of Massachusetts safe, Governor Mitt Romney today signed into law a permanent assault weapons ban that forever makes it harder for criminals to get their hands on these dangerous guns. “Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,” Romney said, at a bill signing ceremony with legislators, sportsmen’s groups and gun safety advocates. “These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.” Like the federal assault weapons ban, the...
  • US-backed battery company's sale to Russian tycoon sparks anxiety

    04/07/2012 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 7, 2012 | By Julie Wernau
    Department of Energy invested millions to develop cutting-edge technology to power electric vehicles, but that know-how is now in foreign hands. "This is about the future. And the question is which nation is going to seize the future. Some nation is going to grab it by the throat. One of the nations of the world is going to lead the world in green energy and technology," Vice President Joe Biden said in January 2011 in a speech praising federal support for Ener1 at its facility in Indiana. That nation, it turns out, is Russia. A little more than a year...
  • Report: Gay rights activists arrested in Russia

    04/07/2012 9:54:05 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies ^ | April 7, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    <p>Moscow (CNN) -- Police in the Russian city of St. Petersburg have arrested two gay rights activists for breaching a new law that bans the "promotion of homosexuality" to minors, state news agency RIA Novosti reported Saturday.</p> <p>The two men were detained on Thursday after picketing against the law, which came into effect on March, the news agency said.</p>
  • Source: NBC News fires producer involved in editing audio of George Zimmerman’s 911 call

    04/07/2012 9:51:44 AM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 49 replies
    Washington Post Online ^ | 4/7/2012 | Associated Press
    <p>NEW YORK — NBC News has fired a producer for editing a recording of George Zimmerman’s call to police the night he shot Trayvon Martin, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.</p> <p>The person was not authorized to talk about the situation publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The identity of the producer was not disclosed.</p>
  • College chess champs uproot, move to Missouri (Entire Texas Tech team goes to Webster)

    04/07/2012 9:50:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/06/12
    College chess champs uproot, move to MissouriAssociated Press – Fri, Apr 6, 2012 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It was one of the most brazen moves in the chess world since the Najdorf Sicilian Defense, perhaps even the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Fresh off her second straight national championship, the legendary chess coach at Texas Tech is jumping to another school and taking all the top members of the team with her. No one has ever seen anything like it in intercollegiate competition, not even among powerhouse basketball and football teams that are worth many millions of dollars. Similar deals are not uncommon...
  • Catholic cardinal calls on Christians to wear their crosses every day

    04/07/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-7-12 | Damien Pearse
    Head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, says symbol shows you 'live by Christ's standards in daily life' Britain's most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as "a symbol of their beliefs" and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appealed for more people to attend church this Sunday – even if they are "a bit vague" about religion....
  • Justice Department Probing Widespread Stimulus Fraud

    04/07/2012 9:45:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | April 6, 2012 | By ERIC PIANIN
    In what is shaping up as another troubled chapter in the saga of the Obama Administration’s economic stimulus program, the Justice Department is investigating whether billions of dollars worth of federal highway and transportation programs are rife with fraud and abuse. Federal investigators have uncovered widespread financial management problems with many of the projects. As of early March, federal authorities were investigating 66 cases of alleged false statements, bid rigging, fraud and embezzlement, according to a report by Calvin L. Scovel III, the Department of Transportation’s inspector general. Justice Department lawyers are scouring 47 of those cases for potential prosecution,...
  • Jet crash in Virginia Beach fiery, not deadly

    04/07/2012 9:37:33 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 19 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | 07 Apr 2012
    Zooming along at 170 mph in a fighter jet carrying thousands of pounds of volatile fuel, two Navy pilots faced nothing but bad choices when their aircraft malfunctioned over Virginia's most populated city. "Catastrophic engine system failure right after takeoff, which is always the most critical phase of flying, leaves very, very few options," said aviation safety expert and decorated pilot J.F. Joseph. "You literally run out of altitude, air speed and ideas all at the same time," he said. Somehow, however, the student pilot and his instructor and everyone on the ground survived Friday when the men ejected from...
  • Greek Minority Party "Omonia" Reports Vandalisms in Orthodox Churches

    04/07/2012 9:26:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    EU Greek Reporter ^ | April 5, 2012 | Areti Kotseli
    The Greek Minority Party "OMONIA" reports extreme ignorance of Albanian authorities regarding the protection of Orthodox churches in areas where Greek minorities reside. The Organization specifically condemned the desecration of the church of Agioi Pantes in Chimara that took place a few days ago. "Unknown criminals vandalized the church and caused multiple damage in priceless icons of great religious and historical value," reports the announcement of OMONIA. "We have repeatedly denounced similar cases in previous official announcements, but the authorities have unfortunately never taken specific measures for the protection of the churches and the arrest of the suspects. The cases...
  • Views from the Northwest: JOBS Act legislation designed to speed up startups [BO Heard in March]

    04/07/2012 9:22:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies (Link Only, Gannett source) | 4/7/12 | Mike Flynn