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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 ^ | 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
    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...
  • Romney still must woo conservatives even with Santorum gone

    04/15/2012 2:47:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    UPI ^ | April 15, 2012 | NICOLE DEBEVEC
    The exit of Rick Santorum from the Republican presidential primary essentially clears the path Mitt Romney is traveling to become the party's nominee against U.S. President Obama in November but Romney still has to win the hearts of GOP voters as well as the party's nomination. Romney had 573 delegates per the Republican National Committee's count to Santorum's 202 delegates when the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania withdrew last week. But he has yet to stir a fire in the belly of the party's evangelical and conservative wings as he moves closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to claim the...
  • The next six months will be a wild ride for Mormons

    04/15/2012 2:09:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 15, 2012 | Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb
    Last week it became clear that LDS Church member Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president. This is a momentous event for millions of Mormons who may have doubted it could ever happen. However, the general election campaign will be negative and nasty. We explore the continuing ramifications of Romney's religion in the presidential race.In hindsight, was religion as big a factor in the recent primary contests as it was in 2008?Pignanelli:"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is." — Mahatma GandhiReligion was an element in the recent primary elections,...
  • Newt Gingrich-Right to Bear Arms a 'Human Right' Not Just For Americans

    04/15/2012 1:40:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    You Tube ^ | April 14, 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    With crowd views: Five Minute Clip of Newt's Speech [universal right to bear arms] at the "NRA Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum".
  • Youth, above all, shouldn't cast lot with left

    04/15/2012 1:25:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Day ^ | April 15, 2012 | Red Jahncke
    Not since the "lost generation" of the First World War has the errors and miscalculations of their elders so disastrously affected the younger generation. Yet, today's youth seem curiously unaware of the bad hand dealt them. Witness the aimlessness of the Occupy Wall Street protest, whose cause and goal should have been clear. What enabled the young OWS protesters to camp out for months was their unemployed status. Indeed, the unemployment rate for all 16- to 24-year-olds is a stratospheric 17 percent. So jobs should have been their unambiguous and elemental cause. Instead, OWS squandered its energy on class warfare,...
  • Global Warming Dogma and the New Iron Triangle

    04/15/2012 1:01:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 15, 2012 | Norman Rogers, senior policy adviser at the Heartland Institute
    ....The iron triangle of interests that promotes government support for global warming consists of big science, environmental organizations, and alternative energy industries. ... The climate science community is kept submissive by domineering leaders in positions of power. The president's science adviser, John Holdren, is a longtime environmental extremist and promoter of global warming hysteria. Thomas Karl, another strong advocate of the dogma, holds important positions. He is head of the National Climatic Data Center and chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Climate Research Committee. The levers of bureaucratic power are firmly under the control of warmers. There are, however,...
  • Al-Shabaab execute al-Amriki

    04/15/2012 12:44:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    Somaliland Sun ^ | April 14, 2012 | Somaliland Sun
    The al-Qaeda-allied group al-Shabaab executed US-born jihadist Omar Hammami on April 5th, according to unconfirmed Somali media reports. Hammami, known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, said he feared for his life from other al-Shabaab leaders because of strategic and ideological differences in a statement released last month. According to Somalia's Gedo Online, Hammami was the only one absent from a recent meeting attended by top al-Shabaab leaders in Baraawe. Al-Shabaab reportedly hunted down Hammami after he left Marka in the Lower Shabelle region. He was reportedly beheaded on the spot and buried somewhere between Marka and Baraawe. According to the report,...
  • Pakistan to Deport Bin Laden Widows to Saudi Arabia

    04/15/2012 12:42:44 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/4/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Osama Bin Laden’s three widows and children will be deported from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia after this Tuesday’s expiration of their 45-day jail term for illegally entering and living in the country, their lawyer said on Friday. They are serving their time under house arrest in Bin Laden's million-dollar compound in Abbottabad. Indian television and CNN quoted their lawyer as saying they would be sent out of the country Wednesday. Two of the wives of the slain Al Qaeda terrorist leader are from Saudi Arabia, and the third is from Yemen. No explanation was given why the Yemenite woman was...
  • Egypt disqualifies top Islamists, Mubarak VP from vote

    04/15/2012 12:42:31 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 15, 2012 | Tom Perry
    The race for the Egyptian presidency took a dramatic turn on Saturday when the authorities disqualified front-runners including Hosni Mubarak's spy chief, a Muslim Brotherhood candidate and a Salafi preacher whose lawyer warned that "a major crisis" was looming. The presidential election is the climax of a transition to civilian rule being led by the military council that assumed power from Mubarak on February 11, 2011 at the height of the uprising against his three decades in power. The generals are due to hand power to the elected president on July 1. The disqualifications add to the drama of a...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • Eurozone crisis roars back to savage Spain

    04/15/2012 12:29:16 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/14/2012 | Liam Halligan
    'Today the problem is solved," declared French President Nicolas Sarkozy just five weeks ago. "How happy I am a solution to the Greek crisis, which has weighed on the economic and financial situation in Europe and the world for months, has been found." Just when you hoped it really was "solved", the eurozone crisis has roared back on to the global agenda. Like a lingering bad smell, the fundamental contradictions at the heart of monetary union can be blanked out for a while but refuse to go away. The busted banks, the grotesque indebtedness, the inherent contradictions – in recent...
  • [Red] China moves on currency after growing US pressure

    04/15/2012 12:17:30 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/14/2012 | Katherine Rushton
    China took a major step closer to turning its yuan into a fully tradable global currency today, by doubling the range by which it is allowed to rise or fall against the dollar. The People’s Bank of China said that from Monday it will double the trading band, so that the yuan can fluctuate by 1pc every day from a mid-point, compared with its previous limit of 0.5pc. The move demonstrates Beijing’s belief that the yuan is now stable enough to handle major structural reforms, despite slowing growth of the Chinese economy. Analysts said the slowdown may have actually spurred...
  • UPDATED: Experts Divided on Texas Medical Board's Plan to Regulate Stem Cell Treatments

    04/14/2012 11:42:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 12 April 2012 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Governor Rick Perry Credit: Gage Skidmore Tomorrow the Texas Medical Board will decide whether to sign off on what's said to be the first state-level policy imposing oversight on the medical use of experimental treatments using adult stem cells. The hotly debated plan has drawn mixed views from the scientific community over whether it's a good way to raise standards—and has generated confusion in the media. Some experts say the rule will allow unscrupulous doctors to evade review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it may clear methods that haven't been rigorously examined. But others...
  • Russia Rejects Gay Rights Remark in G8 Statement

    04/14/2012 11:11:40 PM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 13 Apr 2012 | Alexander Kolyander
    Russia, where anti-gay sentiment is strong, Thursday distanced itself from the endorsement of gay rights made in a joint statement by G8 foreign ministers on fundamental human rights and freedoms. Following a meeting in Washington, the statement of the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting Chair said: “The ministers reaffirmed that human rights and fundamental freedoms are the birthright of all individuals, male and female, including lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals. These individuals often face death, violence, harassment and discrimination because of their sexual orientation in many countries around the world.”The document came with a footnote saying “the Russian Federation disassociates...
  • When Fists and Kicks Fly on the Subway, It’s Snackman to the Rescue

    04/14/2012 10:29:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | Jim Dwyer
    The most enduring and useful custom of New York subway riders is that they don masks of stone at the turnstile, and keep them on until they’ve gotten where they are going. The origins of this sound practice are beyond the memory of any living New Yorker, but even if it began with Peter Minuit, its value continues to be proved every day. And so. On a Thursday night at the end of March, three people boarded the same car of an uptown No. 6 train at Spring Street. Eitan Noy, 25, a D.J. at heart and construction worker by...
  • Free Republic Shows Us How To Give Obama Another 4 Years ( LOL Alert)

    04/14/2012 10:23:11 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 333 replies ^ | April 14, 2012 | HAP
    I've never seen anything close to the hatred of Mitt Romney than I see at FR. The hatred exceeds anything I've seen or heard from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, David Axelrod, David Plouffe or anybody else in the Obama Administration. Most of the people who can't stand Romney on our side say he'd still be much better than another 4 years of Barack Obama who will never have to face the voters again. You won't find that at FR. Free Republic Jim Robinson: "A reminder for those who are not receiving the message: Romney is a pathological compulsive liar. Lie after...
  • Voter ID Laws: Racist or Reasonable?

    04/14/2012 10:13:20 PM PDT · by vadum · 21 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 13, 2012 | Brandon Darby
    There’s been much said lately about election integrity and voter identification laws. Both sides of the American political spectrum have raised concerns over polls and potential abuses in the American voting process. In fact, due to the serious voter registration irregularities identified by groups like True the Vote in Texas, along with the numerous voter fraud convictions across the nation involving workers from politically motivated groups like the failed organization ACORN, many states are pursuing photo identification as a means of addressing such assaults on election integrity. Texas, South Carolina, and Florida have all taken steps to mandate photo identification...
  • Pro-Hitler Satire Targets Rutgers Jewish Activist

    04/14/2012 10:04:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New Jersey Jewish News ^ | Apr. 14, 2012 | Debra Rubin
    A satirical op-ed ridiculing a campus pro-Israel activist is the latest chapter in a debate over allegations of anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitism at Rutgers University. On April 6, university president Richard McCormick criticized the publication that printed the item and said the university is launching a bias investigation. The op-ed, appearing in the “April Fools” edition of the satirical publication The Medium, praises Adolf Hitler and purports to have been written by Aaron Marcus, a senior political science major from West Orange. A photograph of Marcus accompanies the piece. The fake op-ed, headlined “What About All the Good Things Hitler...
  • Waukesha Co. DA investigates alleged Mitt Romney subs-for-votes

    A spokesperson for Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel told 27 News Schimel has launched an investigation into allegations that free sandwiches given out on election day by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney violated Wisconsin law. Waukesha County investigator detective David Witkowski told 27 News the criminal probe began Wednesday with interviews and requests for records. On Tuesday, April 3, Romney and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan greeted people at a Cousins Subs restaurant on Pearl Street. News video shows Romney encouraging people to vote and inviting them to pick up free sandwiches. "A reasonable person would understand that Romney's statement...
  • Court Rules Software Not Protected By Fed Crime Laws, Overturns Conviction of Goldman Engineer

    04/14/2012 9:55:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | April 14, 2012 | By Daniel McKenzie
    Before leaving Goldman Sachs to earn a millionaire’s salary with Chicago High Frequency Trading (HFT) startup Teza Technologies, Sergey Aleynikov made one last transaction. At 5:20pm on his last day, just before his going-away party, Aleynikov uploaded 500,000 lines of encrypted source code from the Wall Street firm’s proprietary HFT system to a server located in Germany. Following the clandestine upload, Aleynikov deleted the encryption program, wiped his command history, and headed to the party. Although Aleynikov later managed to download the source code to his home computer in New Jersy before flying to Chicago, he was apprehended by the...
  • Zimmerman Homeowners' Association Info (vanity)

    04/14/2012 9:43:55 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    After the shooting I saw the twitter feed for Zimmerman's HOA. On it was posted a thanks to "neighborhood watch" who solved four burglaries that week. Retreat at Twin Lakes townhomes. Seems to have disappeared.
  • WisPolitics: Kleefisch, conservative commentators fire up tax day rally at Capitol

    04/14/2012 9:25:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies ^ | 4-14-12 | Adam Wollner
    Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch warned a tax day rally Saturday that America's attention is focused on Wisconsin and residents here have a stark choice to make in the upcoming recall elections. Kleefisch defended the Republicans’ budget reforms and said the race represents a clear choice for which direction voters want to take the state. “America’s eyes are focused right here today,” Kleefisch said. “We have a choice right now of moving backward or forward.” Kleefisch was joined by several conservative commentators at the annual tax day rally put on by the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity. The speakers praised...
  • Lying Badly: Axelrod Tips CNN's Suicide Pact with White House

    04/14/2012 8:59:29 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 18 replies
    Conservative Commune ^ | April 13, 2012 | Dan Collins
    As happens on the web on Fridays, posts begin to turn towards just how the weekend’s television news ‘magazines’ and round-tables will choose to digest the news, and how they will frame it, in concert with the national Sunday papers. The left doesn’t need JournoList, though that was a convenience while it lasted, to know how to spin the week’s news in favor of libs and progressives, because it’s the zeitgeist: it’s in the air that they breathe and the cues that they receive from the lips of booked surrogates.Booked surrogates, you ask? What are they? Well, prior to this...
  • The line runs rather directly from Sarah Palin hatred to Ann Romney hatred

    04/14/2012 8:43:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | April 14, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    A post at Bookroom Worm exploring the attacks on Ann Romney is getting a lot of attention: This transcends Leftist feminist sensibilities and touches upon a core issue in statism — namely, who raises the children? …. I am the counterweight to the state. Therefore, I am dangerous. I am subversive simply by existing. My love for my children is a dominant force that works its way into their psyches and that trumps the state-run schools and the state complicit media world. Some mothers, of course, are entirely in sync with schools and media. They happily reinforce the statist message....
  • Marco Rubio: I'm not going to be the vice president

    04/14/2012 8:32:14 PM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 88 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 14, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    In an interview with CNN today, Marco Rubio said in no uncertain terms that he’s not going to be the vice president. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, widely speculated to be a top pick for the Republican presidential running mate, once again firmly denied he would join the GOP ticket. “I’m not going to be the vice president,” Rubio said Friday in an interview with CNN en Español’s Ismael Cala. “I’m not.” We have two options. We can assume that Rubio meant to imply he wouldn’t join the 2012 GOP ticket under any circumstances — OR — we can parse...
  • Dana Loesch speaks at AFP rally in Madison today

    04/14/2012 8:29:21 PM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 04/14/2012 | wlichter1
    Dana Loesch is the Editor-in-Chief of Big Journalism and hosts her own daily radio show. "Conservative women hit back!"
  • The Soft Middle of François Hollande

    04/14/2012 8:24:41 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 14 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    Even after a precampaign diet last year — less wine, less cheese and especially less chocolate — François Hollande, the Socialist who is currently favored to become the next president of France, still has a soft face and looks slightly sloppy in his medium-gray suits. He used to be referred to as “Flanby,” after a brand of wobbly caramel pudding, just one of a string of insulting nicknames for a convivial man considered always at the second rank of politics. He has been called “a living marshmallow” and “Mr. Little Jokes,” and just last year, Martine Aubry, the head of...
  • Tornado moving through Wichita, KS

    04/14/2012 8:20:21 PM PDT · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 31 replies
    I see very strong rotation/hook on radar. A very strong tornado is on the ground and moving through the highly populated area !
  • Honolulu's Elevated Rail Project Gets Momentum, and Some Opposition

    04/14/2012 8:17:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Bond Buyer ^ | 13 April 2012 | Keely Webster
    After years of stops and starts on a $5.3 billion elevated rail system first conceived 45 years ago, the 20-mile Honolulu transit project appears to be rolling along. Construction began in March on the rail's first phase that runs from Kapolei on Oahu's west side to Aloha stadium. The island only has one freeway, H1, enabling people who live in the housing developments on the city's west side near Kapolei to reach downtown Honolulu where most of the jobs are, said Scott Ishikawa, a spokesman for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. When there is an accident, or something else...
  • Wichita in tornado crosshairs.

    04/14/2012 8:16:57 PM PDT · by lmr · 78 replies | 4-14-2012 | Self
    Severe Storms in Wichita. Large Tornado moving into Southwest part of city. Haysville, Derby, Wichita especially in the crosshairs. We're hunkered down here and prepared. It looks like it might miss us, but there are more storms expected tonight. Looks like a long evening. Stay Safe!
  • Men Who Hold a Gun Appear Taller and Stronger (Study Certainly Demonstrating Left Leaning Bias)

    04/14/2012 8:11:05 PM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 14, 2012 | Christie Nicholson
    Hey guys, want to look taller? Just pick up a handgun. Because a study finds that men are more often perceived to be big and strong when they hold a gun. The report is in the journal Public Library of Science ONE. More than 600 subjects looked at photographs of the right hands of four different white males, each holding a different object: A power drill, a handsaw, a caulking gun and a .45 caliber handgun. They then viewed silhouetted images of six men who varied in height and musculature and were asked to choose which man most closely...