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  • What did the Declaration of Independence Establish

    04/15/2012 5:31:13 AM PDT · by mek1959 · 315 replies
    The Founders Revolution ^ | April 13, 2012 | Scott Strzelczyk
    This Friday, April 13th is the birth day of Thomas Jefferson. In recognition of his birthday I thought we’d revisit the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. On the surface the meaning of the Declaration may be self-evident, but the true meaning of many of the sentences and phrases escapes most people. The Declaration of Independence stated to the world that the thirteen colonies were separating from Great Britain. In other words the colonies were seceding from Britain. The first paragraph says “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands...
  • No hands-on training to carry

    04/15/2012 5:29:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 apr 2012 | James Causey
    Imagine sitting through a two-hour driving course without spending any time behind the wheel. Your course instructor strongly encourages you to take some driving lessons, including merging into traffic and parallel parking. But it's not required. You send in your $50 and, in about a week, your driver's license arrives in the mail. Does this make you feel safer on the roadways? It shouldn't. Now imagine taking a two-hour gun safety course in which you never actually handle a gun or even a facsimile of a gun. Last week, I successfully completed a firearm safety course that's required by Wisconsin...
  • Pre-Med’s New Priorities: Heart and Soul and Social Science

    04/15/2012 5:24:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 13, 2012 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    ... In addition to the hard-science and math questions that have for decades defined this rite of passage into the medical profession, nearly half of the new MCAT will focus on squishier topics in two new sections: one covering social and behavioral sciences and another on critical analysis and reading that will require students to analyze passages covering areas like ethics and cross-cultural studies. ... In addition to more emphasis on humanistic skills, the new test had to take into account important new values in medicine like diversity, with greater focus on health care for the underserved, Dr. McGaghie said....
  • Obama calls on Romney to release tax returns: Univision

    04/15/2012 5:24:04 AM PDT · by shove_it · 27 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 14 Apr 2012
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called on likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns, in an interview with Univision released on Saturday. Obama's campaign has been pushing Romney, a multi-millionaire former private equity executive, to release several years of his prior tax returns to shed light on how he amassed his wealth. In an interview conducted on Friday and released on Saturday, an anchor for the Spanish-language network noted Obama had released his tax returns for 12 years and asked him if Romney should do the same. "Absolutely," the president replied, according to...
  • Experts say rigorous training needed to prepare gun owners (mild barf alert)

    04/15/2012 5:10:28 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 39 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 apr 2012
    Make no mistake - Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls is an advocate of concealed carry. But Nehls wants people seeking permits to take the most rigorous training available, not just what gets a permit. He encourages firearm owners to shoot at a range during the day and at night, and in a variety of weather conditions. "Strapping on a weapon puts you in a position to make a decision in a split second," Nehls says. "When you pull that handgun in a store to defend yourself or someone else, you don't see a paper target, you see a live human...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 15 April 2012

    04/15/2012 5:08:53 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 144 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 15 April 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows April 15th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Ed Gillespie, adviser to Republican presidential candidate Newt Romney; David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Democratic political strategist Hilary Rosen; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Geithner; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. THIS WEEK (ABC): Geithner.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.
  • China: Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind(purge escalates)

    04/15/2012 5:08:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    NDTV ^ | 04/13/12
    Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind Gu Kailai, the wife of an ousted Chinese politician, may have given evidence against her husband's ally in order to save herself from the death penalty. Gu was arrested on April 10—the same day her husband Bo Xilai was sacked as Chongqing's Communist Party Secretary. Gu is likely to be convicted for the murder of British citizen and family friend Neil Heywood. According to online news service Boxun, an anonymous source on Thursday said that Gu Kailai exposed a plot between Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai to stage a...
  • The 2080 Census: The World As We (Don't) Know It

    04/15/2012 4:58:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | April 15, 2012 | by LINTON WEEKS
    Census data from the past is really hot. When the National Archives posted details from 72 years ago — the 1940 census — online recently, millions of Americans stampeded the website to try to learn more about their past. But imagine how cool it would be if, by some twist of time, the National Archives were to make available detailed census information from nearly 70 years in the future — the 2080 census. We asked James Dator, director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, what kind of information census takers will be soliciting seven decades in the future....
  • 2 dead, 7 wounded in separate South and West Side shootings

    04/15/2012 4:54:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 15, 2012 | By Peter Nickeas
    Nine people were shot Saturday night and Sunday morning on the city's South and West sides, according to police. Two died. A 23-year-old was killed on the 1300 block of South Springfield Avenue about 1:40 a.m., police said. A 19-year-old man was shot on the 1000 block of North Waller Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood about 2:50 a.m. Three women were shot on the 13200 block of South Vernon Street about 10:25 p.m., police said. They were standing with a group of people at a party when a man who was denied entry came back with a gun and...
  • Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims....

    04/15/2012 4:53:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/14/12 | Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre
    Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims about expat's mystery death in hotel Neil Heywood was 'poisoned to cover up adultery and £800m wire transfers' Websites claim Chinese official has confessed that he prepared the poison By Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre A British businessman found dead in a Chinese hotel was murdered on the orders of a fallen Communist Party chief, according to new reports. The extraordinary accounts – published on respected Mandarin-language websites yesterday – claimed to expose a sex-and-money scandal behind China's biggest political crisis in a generation. The websites described how...
  • Howie Carr thread week of April 15, 2012

    04/15/2012 4:32:44 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 4/15/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Herald column
  • Taliban Strike Afghan Capital and Provinces

    04/15/2012 4:24:16 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies
    The Taliban staged multiple and sustained attacks across Kabul and eastern Afghanistan on Sunday hitting the heavily secured diplomatic neighborhood of Kabul and the Parliament area as well as Afghan government installations in at least two provinces. A NATO spokesman confirmed multiple attacks had occurred across Kabul, potentially in as many as seven locations.
  • Gingrich slams Obama at tea party events

    04/15/2012 4:09:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    News Observer ^ | April 15, 2012 | Rob Christensen
    GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sought to rally support among tea party backers Saturday, portraying himself as the kind of rock-ribbed conservative best equipped to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the fall. Introduced to the music from the iconic underdog movie “Rocky,” Gingrich pledged to campaign on despite what he said was an effort by those in the “Washington elite” to force him out of the GOP primary with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In stumping across the state, Gingrich mainly ignored Romney, but stepped up his criticism of Obama, describing him as “a Chicago-machine politician dedicated to Saul Alinsky’s...
  • Cain Campaign Paid Groups Reportedly Under Federal Investigation (WI)

    04/15/2012 4:08:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-15-12 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Nearly two months after dropping his bid for the GOP nomination, Herman Cain’s presidential campaign paid about $19,000 to a pair of nonprofit groups that are reportedly under federal investigation for boosting his White House bid. The Wisconsin-based groups, Prosperity USA and Wisconsin Prosperity Network, were run by Cain’s top aides and footed the bill for about $40,000 of goods and services — including iPads and chartered flights — that helped Cain’s campaign get going early last year, according to documents obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Wisconsin-based groups, Prosperity USA and Wisconsin Prosperity Network, were run by Cain’s...
  • Former GE CEO Jack Welch Blasts Obama’s Leadership

    04/15/2012 3:50:29 AM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 13, 2012 | Bruno J, Navarro
    President Obama’s “divide-and-conquer” approach isn’t what great leaders do, Jack Welch said Thursday. The renowned former General Electric [GE 18.88 -0.42 (-2.18%) ] CEO chided the president for blaming others for economic woes. “It was the insurance executives in health care. It was the bankers in the collapse. It was the oil companies as oil prices go up. It was Congress if things didn’t go the way he wanted. And recently it’s been the Supreme Court,” he said. “He’s got an enemies list that would make Richard Nixon proud.” Welch, who helmed GE for 21 years and founded the Jack...
  • Not one 'union label' anymore as public, private sector unions diverge

    04/15/2012 3:31:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-15-12 | Editorial
    Growing tension between President Obama and unions, and rifts within unions, create opportunity for Republicans to attract disaffected workers interested in economy, jobs, and growth. Could the disharmony and dissatisfaction create a Reagan moment for the GOP? All is not placid in Camp Obama. For more than a century, Democratic Party power has been based on private-sector unions and their workers—voters who actually produce such things as cars and steel. But in recent years that political power also has been strengthened by the rise of government-worker unions and environmental groups, which are less about productivity and more about spending and...
  • Large Scale Attack on Afghan Parlament

    04/15/2012 3:28:04 AM PDT · by An.American.Expatriate · 32 replies
    20 Minuten ^ | 15.04.2012 | self
    According to 20 Minuten (Swiss), there is a large scal attack underway against the Parlament buildings in Kabul. The Russian Embassy has reportedly taken rocket hits. Headline only .....
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/15/2012 3:20:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4-14-12 | Jason Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent. He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London. In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation....
  • Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal

    04/15/2012 3:14:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/13/12 | MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE
    Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal By MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE BEIJING — The scandal that climaxed here on Tuesday when Communist Party leaders suspended the Politburo member Bo Xilai and accused his wife of murder seems poised to destroy a charismatic party leader who challenged President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s vision for China. But for the Chinese leaders who purged Mr. Bo, there are threats as well. In the view of some analysts and party insiders, that same scandal has raised the notion of high-level misconduct among China’s elite to a level that...
  • Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua

    04/15/2012 3:06:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/14/12 | Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden
    Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua New pictures have cast a fascinating light on the privileged lifestyle and influential circle of friends surrounding the son of ousted Chinese Communist party leader Bo Xilai. By Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden 9:00PM BST 14 Apr 2012 A prime seat at the Beijing Olympics, nights out with Oxford friends, and a mentor at the heart of the British establishment – this is the gilded lifestyle of the son of the ousted Chinese Communist party leader linked to the death of a British businessman. These pictures shine...