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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...
  • Our National Media Don't Deserve Their 'Mainstream' Title

    04/23/2012 6:10:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 23, 2012 | Rep. Lamar Smith
    The modern encyclopedia Wikipedia says, "the term 'mainstream' media denotes those generally reflective of the prevailing currents of thought, influence or activity." But the opinions expressed by the media are neither widespread nor accepted by the majority of Americans. To call today's national media "mainstream" is inaccurate. They are better described as the "liberal" national media. Regardless, the term "mainstream" should be dropped. According to a Gallup poll, 55% of Americans have little or no confidence in the national media to report fully, accurately and fairly. Americans are right to be skeptical about the news they receive. How can something...
  • Connecticut Towns Collected Approx $1.5 Million From Unsuspecting Gun Permit Applicants

    04/23/2012 6:00:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 April, 2012 | Richard Burgess
    Connecticut --(Ammoland.com)- Since October 1, 2009 the Department of Public Safety (now DESPP) has been collecting an unlawful tax on the right to bear arms in Connecticut. The DESPP has utilized the local issuing authorities in towns across Connecticut as agents of the state to collect a $50 state background check fee. Local police departments are authorized by law to request and receive state background checks at no cost and do so on a regular basis. Prior to October 1, 2009 this fee exemption was exercised in the investigation into the background of permit applicants. DESPP changed the permit process...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Naval Special Warfare Command, California ~ 24 APR 2012

    04/23/2012 5:59:45 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 113 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Naval Special Warfare Command, CaliforniaThe United States Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSOC or NSWC) was commissioned on 16 April 1987, at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego, California. As the Naval component to the United States Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, Naval Special Warfare Command provides vision, leadership, doctrinal guidance, resources and oversight to ensure component maritime special operations forces are ready to meet the operational requirements of combatant commanders. Today's Naval Special Warfare operators can trace their origins to the Scouts and Raiders, Naval...
  • EDITORIAL: More fracking red tape

    04/23/2012 5:56:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | Editorial
    New EPA rules place a green thumb on energy scalesNewton’s law says for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Obama’s law says for every innovation, there is an equal and opposite regulation. Despite President Obama’s assurance he is doing everything he can to solve the nation’s energy woes, his minions are busily grinding out fresh regulations to ensure only unaffordable power options have a chance at success. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday finalized 588 pages of new restrictions on the production of natural gas and oil that take primary aim at hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”...
  • Caption Obama

    04/23/2012 5:51:36 PM PDT · by Roscoe Karns · 33 replies
    weasel zippers | April 23, 2012
    President Barack Obama strikes the Heisman pose after he awarded theCommander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team, Monday, April 23, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
  • Ben Crump: 'The lying has already begun'

    04/23/2012 5:48:24 PM PDT · by kristinn · 66 replies
    WKMG Orlando ^ | Updated On: Apr 23 2012 12:21:27 PM EDT | Shaun Chaiyabhat
    An attorney for Trayvon Martin's family believes their son's shooter is lying about injuries he sustained the night he killed the unarmed 17-year-old. "If this is any indication of what's to come, then the lying has already begun," attorney Ben Crump told reporters on Sunday, while promoting a documentary at the Florida Film Festival on another case. Crump took aim at Zimmerman's defense after it seemed to gain momentum on Friday. ABC News obtained a picture that appears to support Zimmerman's claim that Martin attacked him before he fired the shot in self-defense. The picture shows Zimmerman's bloody head wounds...
  • Anti-death penalty measure qualifies for November ballot

    04/23/2012 5:42:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/23/12 | Josh Richman
    California voters will decide this November whether to abolish the nation's largest death row by replacing capital punishment with life in prison without possibility of parole. Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office announced Monday that supporters of the SAFE California Act of 2012 had submitted enough petition signatures to qualify their measure for November's ballot. "It's a proposition whose time has come," measure proponent Jeanne Woodford told reporters on a conference call Monday morning, noting even those who led the death penalty's 1978 reinstatement now see it as "a colossal failure." Woodford, a former San Quentin State Prison warden who...
  • Romney's Taxes

    04/23/2012 5:40:43 PM PDT · by agee · 11 replies
    Founding Ideals ^ | 04/23/2012 | Aaron Gee & Steve Graff
    Has Andrew Breitbart won? The failure to properly vet the president was a rallying cry of Breitbart shortly before his death. On Saturday the über liberal New York Times promised to vet President Obama this election cycle. The Grey Lady, who in prior award winning journalistic fashion reported glowingly on 1930s progressive icon Joseph Stalin, admitted to not doing it’s job during the last election. From the Times Publi...
  • Contra Costa Times editorial: Nadia Lockyer resignation welcome, but serious questions remain

    04/23/2012 5:35:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/23/12 | Editor
    We are pleased that Nadia Lockyer last week resigned her seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors . . . frankly, she's an addict who behaves like one and, by her own admission, has lied . . . Nevertheless, her account raises questions about her husband's actions. For, while she tried to defend her husband by saying that she holds responsibility for her consumption of drugs, she did not deny her earlier claim - that her husband bought and supplied her some of those drugs years ago. In the time the two have known each other, Bill Lockyer has...
  • Nancy Pelosi Seeks To Rewrite First Amendment

    04/23/2012 5:35:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 23, 2012
    Free Speech: The former speaker, echoing the president, says the Supreme Court got it wrong in ruling we have the right to pool our money for purposes of political speech. Leave it to Nancy Pelosi, who said we had to pass ObamaCare in order to find out what's in it, to suggest that a document we had well over two centuries to read was misinterpreted by the court in its Citizens United decision wherein it held that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts on political advocacy as long as they do not coordinate with candidates or campaigns. Pelosi, at...
  • Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition (one of them said "Now thats justice for Trayvon.")

    04/23/2012 5:33:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 245 replies
    wkrg.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | WKRG Staff
    MOBILE, Alabama -- Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he's in critical condition. According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink. Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens. Owens' sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. "It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed." Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked...
  • 40 year old man beaten in street

    04/23/2012 5:33:06 PM PDT · by imskylark · 39 replies
    Fox10tv ^ | Apr. 23, 2012 | Chasity Byrd
    MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Police said attack leaves a man in critical condition, and police investigating possible arrests. It happened Saturday night, and allegedly started with kids playing basketball. "What we initially have been able to tell from the investigation is that our victim was fussing at some kids for playing basketball on the street. What we believe happened is the kids left and told someone that he was fussing about them playing basketball," said Cpl. Chris Levy with Mobile Police. That's when police said an unknown number of people came back and attacked Owens on the front porch of...
  • Obama Administration's Energy Policy A Boon To Petrotyrants

    04/23/2012 5:26:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Ibd Editorials ^ | April 23, 2012
    Oil & Gas/Fact & Fiction SeriesStrategy: Wittingly or not, President Obama has contributed to high oil prices by stymieing U.S. production. But if that's the idea, it makes sense to secure energy abroad. He hasn't. In fact, Obama's stated policy, in his March 30, 2011, energy speech has been a crude central planner's diktat of reducing oil imports by a third over the next 10 years and replacing them with increased production of biofuels and other unproven "green" energies yet to be developed. Net result: high oil prices and reduced U.S. access to overseas suppliers. A shrewder strategy would have...
  • Romney sides with Obama in supporting extension of low student-loan rates

    04/23/2012 5:19:14 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 24 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | April 23 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Remember that NYT piece last week wondering about friction between Romney and the House GOP as as he tacks towards the center for the general election while they try to hold the line on the right? Here’s the first wisp of smoke. “ "I fully support the effort to extend the low interest rate on student loans,” Romney said at a joint news conference with Florida Senator Marco Rubio. “There was some concern that that would expire halfway through the year, and I support extending the temporary relief on interest rates for students as a result of student loans, obviously,...
  • Defense Department Plans New Intelligence Gathering Service

    04/23/2012 5:11:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | by Eric Schmitt
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is revamping its spy operations to focus on high-priority targets like Iran and China in a reorganization that reflects a shift away from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan that have dominated America’s security landscape for the past decade. Under the plan approved last week by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, case officers from the new Defense Clandestine Service would work more closely with counterparts from the Central Intelligence Agency at a time when the military and spy agency are increasingly focused on similar threats. “It will thicken our coverage across the board,” said a...
  • Mourdock says May 8 primary offers chance to change nation's political discourse

    04/23/2012 5:10:28 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    The Evansville Courier ^ | April 23, 2012 | Thomas B. Langhorne
    Promising "a more conservative view representing Indiana," Richard Mourdock said Thursday the May 8 Republican U.S. Senate primary offers the GOP a chance to help change the nation's political discourse. Indiana Republicans will choose between Mourdock, Indiana's state treasurer, and incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar that day, and Mourdock told Courier & Press editors the election could point a new way for the party. The path would not involve unnecessarily ceding territory to political opponents, he said. "For all the cries for bipartisanship, it is bipartisanship that has taken us to the brink of bankruptcy," Mourdock said. "We don't need bipartisanship...
  • Washington sues Florida city over firefighter tests

    04/23/2012 5:09:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 23 Apr 2012
    MIAMI (Reuters) - The Justice Department sued the city of Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday, claiming its use of written tests to determine promotions in the city's fire department discriminates against African-Americans. The lawsuit followed a more than two-year investigation examining Jacksonville's record of promoting African-Americans for the ranks of lieutenant, captain, district chief and engineer dating back to 2004. It came after a separate lawsuit filed last year by two dozen Jacksonville firefighters challenging the city's promotional process. In the lawsuit, the firefighters alleged union officials unfairly shared exam questions with white workers but not with black workers ahead of...
  • 7 Reasons Why Mitt Romney’s Electability Is A Myth (27 Dec 2011)

    04/23/2012 5:01:46 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    RightWingNews.com ^ | 27 Dec 2011 | John Hawkins
    Mitt Romney was a moderate governor in Massachusetts with an unimpressive record of governance. He left office with an approval rating in the thirties and his signature achievement, Romneycare, was a Hurricane Katrina style disaster for the state. Since that’s the case, it’s fair to ask what a Republican who’s not conservative and can’t even carry his own state brings to the table for GOP primary voters. The answer is always the same: Mitt Romney is supposed to be “the most electable” candidate. This is a baffling argument because many people just seem to assume it’s true, despite the plethora...
  • War on Chelsea (Another dog-related controversy...)

    04/23/2012 4:58:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/23/12 | MICHAEL STARR
    Chelsea Clinton has a problem. The former first daughter’s new job as a correspondent for NBC News has gotten off to a rocky start — and, after just two on-air pieces (thus far) for “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and the “NBC Nightly News,” she has become the target of withering criticism from inside the TV world. And it’s only getting worse. A piece headlined “Chelsea Clinton, TV’s Dork Diva, Struggles at NBC” that appeared last week on the media site buzzfeed.com has renewed questions about her qualifications for the job — and NBC’s motives for hiring her.
  • Benjamin Crump Is Angry Zimmerman Is A Free Man Again

    04/23/2012 4:52:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    WTXL-TV ^ | April 23, 2012
    Tallahassee, FL -- Local attorney Benjamin Crump represents the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old who George Zimmerman admits to killing calling it self-defense. George Zimmerman got to walk out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford Florida. He got into a car and drove away a free man after securing enough money to satisfy a 150,000 dollar bond set Friday. Attorney Benjamin Crump, Parks and Crump Attorney's At Law, says he was not happy about the latest development in the case. Crump says, "It is with a heavy heart that Trayvon's parents had to watch...
  • Your Tax-Free Nest Egg May Not Be Tax-Free After All

    04/23/2012 4:52:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 23, 2012
    Duplicity: More than 30 years ago, lawmakers made a deal with Americans: Set up a retirement nest egg and we'll let you fill it with tax-free money. A financially troubled Washington now plans to break its word. Nothing brought ordinary Americans into the world of investing like 401(k)s. Named after a subsection of the Internal Revenue Code, these retirement savings accounts have become a wildly popular alternative to traditional employer pensions, and are today owned by a sizeable majority of Americans at or near retirement. Through 401(k)s, an employee — not the company he or she works for — decides...
  • NOW President: Social Security Panic Unwarranted: Report Sets Stage for Improved Benefits

    04/23/2012 4:50:59 PM PDT · by dead · 13 replies
    NOW dingbats ^ | April 23, 2012 | NOW President Terry O'Neill
    Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill Trustees for the Social Security Trust Fund report today that the program can pay full benefits through 2033 -- three years less than projected in 2011 due primarily to the continuing high unemployment rate. As usual, we can count on Wall Street interests and the politicians carrying their water to proclaim that Social Security is going bankrupt. That's plain wrong. Social Security has an accumulated surplus of more than $2.8 trillion and can pay 100 percent of benefits for the next several decades. NOW suggests that with a number of modest adjustments to Social...
  • Obama's $8.3 Billion Re-Election Slush Fund

    04/23/2012 4:42:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April23, 2012
    Medicare: Backers like to say the more people know about ObamaCare, the more they'll like it. So why is the administration spending $8.3 billion to hide a key provision from millions of seniors until after the election? That's precisely what administration officials are doing right now as a way to mask the effect of ObamaCare's deep cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program. Championed by Republicans in 1997, Medicare Advantage offers seniors an escape valve from the creaky, government-run Medicare insurance program. The idea was that private insurance companies could better manage costs than the government's own top-down insurance plan,...
  • Google Books lists Bill Ayers as author of Dreams from My Father

    04/23/2012 4:40:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2012 | Thomas Lifson
    Google, which sits atop more data than anybody outside the NSA, is presenting Bill Ayers as the author of Barack Obama's purported first autobiography, Dreams from My Father. Follow this link and see it while you can. If it is gone by the time you read this, a screen shot of the page, and a close-up on the Dreams entry are provided for posterity...
  • EU: Dutch government falls in skirmish over austerity measures

    04/23/2012 4:38:42 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    WaPo ^ | 4/23/2012 | Howard Schneider
    A backlash against proposed austerity measures upended the government of the Netherlands on Monday, highlighting the growing peril facing efforts across Europe to tame the region’s financial crisis. The collapse of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s governing coalition came after the populist Freedom Party, led by euro-opponent Geert Wilders, abandoned negotiations over ways to meet deficit targets. National elections are now expected to be held in June. The Netherlands, which prides itself on fiscal prudence, has been one of the strongest advocates in Europe for strict deficit limits throughout the region. The Dutch government’s inability to raise the retirement age and...
  • Media Want Complexion To Count In Guilt Or Innocence

    04/23/2012 4:36:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | April 23, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice. An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking — and lack of thinking — that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated. One of the first things presented in the media was a transcript of a conversation between George Zimmerman and a...
  • Ted Nugent set for court date in illegal kill case

    04/23/2012 4:35:46 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 16 replies
    BuffaloNews.Com ^ | Apr. 23, 2012 5:06 PM ET | RACHEL D'ORO
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed. The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court. Nugent was set to participate by telephone in Tuesday's U.S. District Court proceeding in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, his attorney said. The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska days after he...
  • No racism against world's first white orca

    04/23/2012 4:35:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Boston Metro ^ | April 23, 2012
    Scientists have spotted what they believe to the first ever all-white adult orca, or killer whale, off the coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in the north Pacific Ocean. The male, named "Iceberg", was discovered by an international Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) near the Commander Islands. "He’s a symbol of all that is pure, wild and extraordinarily exciting about the ocean," said Erich Hoyt, the co-head of FEROP.
  • 40 Days for Death? The dangerous ‘spirituality’ of Planned Parenthood

    04/23/2012 4:33:11 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews/LiveActionNews ^ | 4/23/12 | Karen Dudek
    April 23, 2012 (LiveActionNews.org) - In imitation of the Christian 40 Days for Life program, Planned Parenthood is embracing its own version of a 40-day prayer, in what they call a “show of support” for women. As the minds behind the “Official Committee of Six Rivers Planned Parenthood” push their abortion agenda to the limit, they have now produced a doctrinal outline of sorts, where PP and its “Clergy for Choice” exalt abortion as “sacred” and themselves as the “compassionate people of faith and wisdom” who value all human life. Christians will find the prayers disturbing, along with the possibility...
  • Biden calls Everglades 'The Ever-Gators'

    04/23/2012 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/23/12 | Charlie Spiering
    During Vice President Joe Biden's campaign event at the Everglades, he referred to the national park as the 'Ever-gators.' "Back in '28 when it was built, they didn't realize that they effectivly created a dam through half of the Ever-gators - through half of the Everglades - cutting off the water supply that these wetlands depend upon," Biden said. Biden told the crowd that his Secret Service agent would "shoot the alligator" if he ended up in a wrestling match with one.