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  • Chevy Volt a charged issue

    04/23/2012 7:25:12 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | April 22,2012 | Darren Samuelsohn
    The Chevy Volt — manufactured by bailout recipient General Motors, championed by President Barack Obama and touted as a solution to global warming. No wonder it’s become an election-year punching bag for conservatives. From Rush Limbaugh to Mitt Romney, critics on the right have tried to turn the electric-gasoline plug-in hybrid car into a synonym for Big Government overreach. Fox News business anchor Neil Cavuto recently called it a “Fred Flintstone car” and the “dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.” “It’s going to lead to a lot of divorces,” Cavuto said, theorizing that spouses will fight over who forgot to charge...
  • Missouri county jail to allow Muslim headscarves

    04/23/2012 7:22:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 23, 2012
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The St. Louis County jail has adopted a new policy that will let spare Muslim women from having religious headscarves removed in front of male inmates and staff. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the policy emerged from a meeting Monday of jail officials and members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  • The TSA's mission creep is making the US a police state

    04/23/2012 7:16:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    guardian ^ | 18 April 2012 | Jennifer Abel
    The out-of-control Transportation Security Administration is past patdowns at airports – now it's checkpoints and roadblocks. Ever since 2010, when the Transportation Security Administration started requiring that travelers in American airports submit to sexually intrusive gropings based on the apparent anti-terrorism principle that "If we can't feel your nipples, they must be a bomb", the agency's craven apologists have shouted down all constitutional or human rights objections with the mantra "If you don't like it, don't fly!" ... now TSA is invading travel by other means, too. No surprise, really: as soon as she established groping in airports, Napolitano expressed...
  • 'Loophole' Closing Eyed to Fund Student Loan Policy [More Taxes For Subchapter S Corp Owners]

    04/23/2012 7:09:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 23, 2012 | CAROL E. LEE AND JOHN D. MCKINNON
    'Loophole' Closing Eyed to Fund Student Loan Policy BY CAROL E. LEE AND JOHN D. MCKINNON [Subscriber Content Preview] The White House and Senate Democrats are looking at ending a tax provision benefiting some small business owners to pay for a year-long extension of a freeze in student loan interest rates, which are scheduled to double from 3.4% to 6.8% this summer, people familiar with the discussions said. The measure would change a feature of tax law that critics say has allowed many owners of small businesses—particularly those known as Subchapter S corporations—to escape employment taxes on much of their...
  • The Medicalization of Rebellion - The long, shameful history of using science to stigmatize dissent

    04/23/2012 7:02:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Reason ^ | April 21, 2012 | Sheldon Richman
    In 1861 Samuel A. Cartwright, an American physician, described a mental illness he called “drapetomania.” As Wikipedia points out, the term derived from drapetes, Greek for “runaway [slave],” and mania for madness or frenzy. Thus Cartwright defined drapetomania as “the disease causing negroes to run away [from captivity].” “[I]ts diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers,” Cartwright wrote in a much-distributed paper delivered before the Medical Association of Louisiana. Yet this disorder was “unknown to our medical authorities.” Cartwright thought slave owners caused the illness by making “themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating...
  • Romney Backs Student Loan Proposal Obama Supports [Undercuts Many House Republicans]

    04/23/2012 7:01:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 23, 2012
    Romney Backs Student Loan Proposal Obama Supports By KASIE HUNT ASTON, Pa. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday embraced a student loan proposal that President Barack Obama is selling on the campaign trail and refused to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio's conservative immigration plan aimed at helping young illegal immigrants. The two policy positions signaled an effort by Romney to move to the political center as he works to court critical general election swing voters — including young voters and Hispanic voters — after a brutal primary fight. "I think young voters in this country have to vote...
  • Commentary: Ann Coulter Says Blacks Need More Guns

    04/23/2012 6:56:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    bet.com ^ | 23 April, 2012 | Cord Jefferson
    Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when you could make a Venn diagram for ultraconservative commentator Ann Coulter and historic Black leader Malcolm X? Well, if you’re reading this, you’ve lived to see that day. In an interview on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program last week, Coulter said that, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, African-Americans should begin arming themselves. Here’s the full context of the conversation: Coulter: We are going to have a trial, but I was just making the point that if what [MSNBC] is claiming happened — that George Zimmerman stalked...
  • MF Global Roundup: the [so-far] Great Escape of "Teflon Don" Corzine; Bankruptcy Shenanigans Expose

    04/23/2012 6:52:37 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 1 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | April 22, 2012 | Bob English
    Ahead of Tuesday's Senate Banking Committee hearing on MF Global, we present the April 20 installment of Capital Account with Lauren Lyster, featuring futures industry veteran guest, Mark Melin. Ms. Lyster pulls no punches in the opener: Has the case really gone cold? Or, are those who are in charge of the investigation, the "regulators" and the trustees, simply spraying teflon on every piece of sticky evidence that could lead to criminal prosecutions--and, ultimately--the recovery of stolen customer money? We wish that MF Global were just a one-off affair--a bad apple, if you will. Unfortunately, it seems more likely to...
  • SNL'S LOVITZ SLAMS OBAMA, TAXES, FAKE 99 PERCENT-ERS

    04/23/2012 6:50:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 64 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | April 23, 2012 | Jon Lovitz
    On the "ABC's of SNL" podcast, Jon Lovitz called Obama a "jackass" for claiming that the rich don't pay enough taxes. "
  • The War on Terror Is Over

    04/23/2012 6:47:37 PM PDT · by Drill Thrawl · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 'The War on Terror Is Over' | DANIEL HALPER
    In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Obama administration is grappling with how to handle Islamists, radical adherents to Islam. Particularly, the issue has come to the fore in regards to Egypt, which, as Reuel Marc Gerecht notes, "is now certain" to elect "an Islamist" as its leaders the next time the Egyptian people go to the polls. But some in the Obama administration are now seeing things differently. "The war on terror is over,"a senior official in the State Department official tells the National Journal. "Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have...
  • Romney Still Needs Almost 500 Delegates to Clinch GOP Nomination

    04/23/2012 6:45:02 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 37 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | /12/2012 | Jennifer DePinto
    Even though Romney's chief rival, Rick Santorum, has suspended his campaign, states continue to hold primaries. There are five contests on April 24th with 219 delegates at stake; but even if Romney won every single delegate that day he would be far short of 1,144. Wyoming and Missouri are holding conventions before April 24th where Romney may pick up some delegates but even winning all of them wouldn't bring him much closer to the magic number. Looking ahead, Romney would need to win about 80 percent of the delegates available in the April and May events to possibly clinch on...
  • The conservative Robert Downey Jr.

    04/23/2012 6:40:58 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 47 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | APRIL 23, 2012 | Rod Dreher
    Film Journalist confesses that there was always something he didn’t like about Robert Downey Jr., and now he knows what he is: the actor is a Republican. This explains why he appears in movies Film Journalist doesn’t like, says film journalist. More: In 2009 Downey conveyed his politically rightward drift to N.Y. Times reporter David Carr. “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a...
  • Democrats plan bill to undo Arizona immigration law if it is upheld by court

    04/23/2012 6:33:58 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    The Wasington Post ^ | 23 Apr 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Senate Democrats are making plans to force a floor vote on legislation that would invalidate Arizona’s controversial immigration statute if the Supreme Court upholds the law this summer. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) will announce the fallback legislation at a hearing on the Arizona law Tuesday, a day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a suit to determine whether Arizona had the authority to enact the 2010 state crackdown. The legislation would have little chance of passing in a stalemated Senate or being approved by a GOP-held House, but it would allow Democrats to push their electoral advantage...
  • 59% Favor Automatic Immigration Checks During All Traffic Stops

    04/23/2012 6:33:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 23, 2012
    59% Favor Automatic Immigration Checks During All Traffic Stops in PoliticsEmail thisShareThis Monday, April 23, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on the controversial immigration law first passed in Arizona two years ago, and a majority of voters nationwide still agree with one of the law’s chief provisions. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 59% believe police should automatically check the immigration status of individuals they pull over for a traffic violation. One-in-three (32%) opposes such a rule. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Hindus In Pakistan Accuse Muslims of Kidnapping Teens As Wives

    04/23/2012 6:29:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 23, 2012
    Hindus In Pakistan Accuse Muslims of Kidnapping Teens As Wives The girls are forced to convert to Islam, rights groups say. In court, a few wives have chosen to stay with their husbands, but families say they were coerced. Maharajni Andhrabai holds a photo of Rachna Kumari, her 16-year-old granddaughter, in Jacobabad, Pakistan. “I asked her, ‘Why did you leave us?’ ” the grandmother recalled. “She said, ‘I was forced to.’ She was weeping.” By Alex Rodriguez April 22, 2012, JACOBABAD, Pakistan — Rachna Kumari, 16, was shopping for dresses in this city's dust-choked bazaar when it happened. The man...
  • In Syria, Lebanon’s Most Wanted Sunni Terrorist Blows Himself Up

    04/23/2012 6:28:30 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    Time ^ | April 23, 2012 | Aryn Baker and Rami Aysha
    When one of Lebanon’s most wanted terrorists kills himself while planting a bomb it is cause for at least some sort of grim celebration. But when the chief bomb-maker of the country’s most notorious terror group self detonates while helping rebels fight in Syria, it is cause for concern.
  • Repeal Stand Your Ground and bring back sensible gun laws (Compares Trayvon to Emmett Till!)

    04/23/2012 6:25:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | April 23, 2012 | Clarence Page
    Supporters of the protests that followed the suspicious death of Trayvon Martin are raising a good question: What next? Many have compared the shooting of the 17-year-old to the brutal 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the black Chicago teen who was murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The comparison is far from perfect. George Zimmerman, 28, the volunteer neighborhood watchman charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of the unarmed youth, claims self-defense. Till's murderers were enforcing the old South's willfully racist political and social system. But as markers of their very different eras, the two...
  • The Last Field Commander

    04/23/2012 6:23:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 23, 2012 | Bing West
    Helmand Province, Afghanistan — In late August 2011, General John R. Allen visited a base built atop the ruins of a 19th-century British fort here. Allen, an avid historian, grasped the irony of the setting. Over the previous 150 years, two British armies and one Russian army had left Afghanistan in frustration. Now Allen was in command of the fourth army to leave. He is the last NATO field commander, charged with extracting 140,000 international troops from combat while fighting a war with an uncertain outcome against an enemy with a certain sanctuary in next-door Pakistan.By this year’s end,...
  • “If I wanted America to fail” video-maker suspended from Twitter after video goes viral

    04/23/2012 6:22:59 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 45 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 4/23/12 | Michelle Malkin
    “If I wanted America to fail” video goes viral, but Twitter suspends By Michelle Malkin • April 23, 2012 08:34 PM This weekend, a video produced by Free Market America went live on YouTube — and it is racking up nationwide hits. Deservedly so. The Earth Day-timed message is compelling and extremely relevant this campaign season. As the group writes: “The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism — it’s become an economic suicide pact. And we’re here to challenge it.” For some reason still unknown, Twitter suspended the group’s account. They’ve tried to get answers about the cause of...
  • Gun club's future in hands of courts, county(Kitsap, Washington)

    04/23/2012 6:13:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    kitsapsun.com ^ | 22 April, 2012 | Christopher Dunagan
    CENTRAL KITSAP — Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club is fighting for its life, according to legal documents filed with the Washington State Court of Appeals. Under a court order, the club’s shooting range on Seabeck Highway is effectively shut down at the moment. The club now faces what it considers to be severe restrictions on any future operations — including limited hours and the type of guns to be shot. That’s why the club went to court last week pleading for a postponement of the order handed down in Pierce County Superior Court. Members should know soon whether the stay...