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  • Has CNN's Don Lemon Turned On Obama?

    04/25/2012 8:09:28 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 29 replies
    MRCTV ^ | Monday, April 23, 2012 - 3:32pm | MRCTVone
    A truly astonishing rant aired (albeit around 1:30am EST Monday) on CNN.
  • WTVJ Fires Reporter Jeff Burnside for Allegedly Editing Trayvon Martin 911 Tape

    04/25/2012 7:58:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 90 replies ^ | 4/25/12
    You won’t hear it anywhere else but here – insiders have told us WTVJ reporter Jeff Burnside was fired last Friday for allegedly editing the Trayvon Martin 911 tape, the same tape NBC aired on ‘Today’ in early April. Allegedly, his firing wasn’t announced internally and so far there is no information whether NBC made a conclusion if the edit was misleading on purpose or if it was an oversight.
  • AUDIO: Brett Baier corners Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Did she say "Harry Reems?")

    04/25/2012 7:45:27 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 25, 2012 | DailyWorldwideNews
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz conducted an interview with Brett Baier after a Republican primary and she tried to avert his questions. AUDIO
  • Wisconsin Issues 100,000th Concealed Carry Permit (VIDEO)

    04/25/2012 7:42:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 24 April, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Wisconsin just recently handed out its 100,000th concealed handgun permit, a feat that far exceeded expectations. Early last November when Act 35 took effect, members of the Wisconsin Department of Justice expected to deliver 125,000 permits within the first year. With 100,000 permits printed only six months in, these gun-loving cheeseheads may very well double the projected number. Last year, Wisconsin became the 49th state (beating Illinois) to join the modern era and allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns. With last year's census putting the Wisconsin population at around 5.7 million, that means that about one in every 57...
  • Jerry Brown warns of more cuts to state budget

    04/25/2012 7:42:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/25/12 | Andrew S. Ross
    The topic was "States and competitiveness in a global economy," but first off, the panel's moderator wanted Gov. Jerry Brown to give us a "sneak peek" at his 2012-13 budget revision, scheduled for next month. Brown demurred, but said, "It will be very interesting." In fact, "You'll hear howls of execration over the next 30 days," he told a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs on Tuesday. That is, when he lays out additional cuts - watch out health and social services - beyond the $4 billion he's already asked for. Basically, some cuts that Brown wanted have been delayed by...
  • Terrorists, OBAMA'S FRIENDS Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers Advocate Communism To Sheeple

    04/25/2012 7:40:43 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | April 23, 2012
    A former Soviet citizen who lives in the U.S. in New York and who is adamantly opposed to socialism/communism, often puts videos on Youtube of himself confronting liberals at various events like the Occupy Protests. I has posted a video of him confronting a mother and her son at Occupy who were convinced North Korea is a paradise, and the only thing harming it is imperialist countries like the U.S. Well, this past weekend, he attended the Earth Day festivities somewhere in New York City, and Bill Ayers and his wife spoke. The two spoke of acitivism against capitalism, "privelage",...
  • 54 National Park Areas Jeopardized Under Bogus "National Security" Bill Advancing in U.S. House

    04/25/2012 7:37:33 AM PDT · by opentalk · 38 replies
    PrNewswire ^ | April 18, 2012 | PRNewswire
    Legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives that is being falsely touted as improving U.S. border security would instead "have the potential to devastate 54 of America's national parks, historic sites, national monuments and other popular park icons and negatively impact the nation's economy," according to a warning issued today by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR). H.R. 1505, the mistitled "National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act," would gut a century's worth of proven federal lands protection, potentially opening up millions of pristine acres of national parks to off-road vehicle use, road construction, air strips and...
  • I Hunt, but the N.R.A. Isn’t for Me [barf alert]

    04/25/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 63 replies
    NYT ^ | 24 April 2012 | Lily Raff McCaulou
    EARLIER this month, Mitt Romney delivered a speech at the annual National Rifle Association convention, calling for a president “who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen and those seeking to protect their homes and their families,” presumably with guns. I’d like to remind Mr. Romney that those are distinct groups. Too often — especially during an election year — hunters and N.R.A. members are lumped together as one and the same. I’m a hunter and a sportswoman. I own guns, but not for self-defense. I support gun control laws. I would happily vote to repeal the Stand...
  • Why Trayvon’s killer should be acquitted

    04/25/2012 7:31:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies ^ | 24 April, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    Critics of Florida’s self-defense law object to its recognition of a right to “stand your ground” in public places, which eliminated the duty to retreat from an assailant. Yet many of these critics seem to believe they have a duty to stand their ground and never retreat, using George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin as a weapon to attack Florida’s law, no matter what the evidence shows. The emphasis on the right to stand your ground is puzzling in the context of the Martin case, since Zimmerman’s defense does not seem to rely on it. The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer,...
  • Obama's Rolling Stone treatment -- politics to pop

    04/25/2012 7:27:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 25, 2012
    WASHINGTON — Offering riffs on Mick Jagger and reflections on race, President Barack Obama is capping a week devoted to courting young votes with a Rolling Stone magazine cover interview that segues from presidential musings on politics to foreign policy to pop culture.
  • Sources close to Newt Gingrich say he will end his bid for the GOP presidential nomination next week

    04/25/2012 7:18:48 AM PDT · by Gennie · 309 replies
    CNN ^ | April 25, 2012 | CNN
    Newt Gingrich to officially end bid for Republican presidential nomination and back Mitt Romney, sources tell CNN.
  • Senate Joins House in Condemning UN’s ‘Agenda 21’ (TN)

    04/25/2012 7:11:41 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 24 replies ^ | 4/24/2012 | Joe White
    The Tennessee Senate added its voice to the state House in condemning the United Nations’ ‘Agenda 21’ on Tuesday. The program is an environmental initiative meant to encourage sustainable development. A majority of Tennessee lawmakers now describe it as destructive. The United Nations Agenda 21 has never been endorsed by the U.S. as a treaty, but it has become a hot button issue among grass roots conservatives who see the United Nations as the first step to so-called one-world government. Resolution sponsor Mike Bell, a Republican from McMinn County, held up a black loose leaf folder several inches thick. “There...
  • Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives

    04/25/2012 7:11:05 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    Amazon ^ | 4/30/2012 | Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr.
    From a top-level operative in the counterterrorism unit of the CIA comes an explosive memoir about the behind-the-scenes fight against al-Qaeda after September 11. Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez from 2001 to late 2007 and built on by his successors. Like a real-life Jack Bauer from television’s 24, Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior...
  • Santorum: Romney Is ‘The Right Guy’ To Challenge Obama (Barf Alert)

    04/25/2012 7:11:03 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 62 replies
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he expects to endorse Mitt Romney. Santorum says that he believes Romney is “the right guy” to challenge President Barack Obama. Still, he’s stopping short of an official endorsement of his former rival. But Santorum tells CNN that he will ultimately support the GOP presidential nominee. And he says it’s clear that Romney will be that nominee. Santorum says he plans to meet with some of Romney’s staff on Wednesday. And he hopes to meet with Romney personally in the next week or two. Santorum once accused Romney of being the worst Republican...
  • Send (union) dues to charity

    04/25/2012 7:05:55 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies
    Send Dues To Charity In the twenty-two right-to-work States1, an employee can choose whether he or she wishes to belong to a union. In the other twenty-eight states2, the employees of any unionized employer are forced to belong to the union in order to work and these employees will find themselves paying dues to a union without any choice. These dues will be taken to support the union at the local, state and international level. Some workers may have sincere religious beliefs that conflict with their being compelled to support the union. For example, you may find that the union...
  • Gingrich To Suspend Presidential Campaign Next Tuesday, Sources Say

    Newt Gingrich plans to formally suspend or end his presidential campaign next Tuesday, senior Gingrich aides told Fox News.
  • Dad beaten over parking space: ‘It’s not worth it’

    04/25/2012 7:02:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 63 replies ^ | Jessica Heslam
    A Brockton man brutally beaten over a parking space recalled the harrowing attack yesterday from his Hub hospital bed, telling the Herald he’s lucky to be alive and the argument wasn’t worth it. Sosa said he and his wife were out at a friend’s house Saturday night, and a neighbor was waiting for him when they got home. Sosa, 40, said his car was parked in its designated spot — and the neighbor was fuming because it was blocking his space.Sosa said the neighbor wasn’t supposed to park there. The pair exchanged words, Sosa said, and the other man threatened...
  • NPR Admits It Scrubbed Clip of Mara Liasson Separating 'Educated Women' and 'Stay-at-Home Moms'

    04/25/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT · by KarlInOhio · 53 replies ^ | April 25, 2012 | Tim Graham
    NPR's Mara Liasson outraged female listeners on Weekend Edition Sunday on April 15 when she said Mitt Romney's political problems aren't with "stay-at-home moms," but rather with "educated women." Seven days later, NPR admitted it scrubbed the clip and the transcript for the website. On April 22, in a letters segment, Liasson claimed "I misspoke and that's one reason why we corrected the interview for later feeds of the show." Maybe she didn't "misspeak" as much as she betrayed her own opinion. She's never stayed at home and her biographies list no children. At least NPR returned to the scene...
  • 45 years ago today - April 25, 1967 - The infamous day CO opened the door to the American genocide

    04/25/2012 6:59:01 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 8 replies
    America's Party News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Tom Hoefling
    "Exceptions to the equal protection of all persons opened the door to abortion on demand, and the subsequent brutal killing in this country of more than fifty million of our fellow human beings. And it is exceptions that keep that doorway to hell wide open." -- Tom Hoefling, April 25, 20122012 Presidential nominee, America's Party Equal Protection for Posterity-----skepticism.orgThis Day In History - April 25, 1967 Governor John A. Love of Colorado signs the first liberalized abortion law (based upon a model created by the American Law Institute) in the United States, allowing abortion in cases of permanent mental or...
  • Russian Security Firm Says Flashback Botnet Is Not Shrinking

    04/25/2012 6:50:42 AM PDT · by johncatl · 25 replies
    CRN (Computer Reseller News) ^ | 4/23/2012 | Kevin McLaughlin
    Contrary to recent reports, the worldwide botnet of Macs infected with the Flashback malware has remained relatively steady in size, the Russian security vendor Dr. Web said over the weekend. Dr. Web discovered the botnet -- which it calls BackDoor.Flashback.39 -- on April 4. It claims that more than 817,000 bots have connected to the botnet thus far, and that an average of 550,000 infected machines are interacting with a command-and-control server each day.
  • West Bank Jewish Communities in Existence for Two Decades Now Legal

    04/25/2012 6:43:02 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 10/25/2012 | Edmund Sanders
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his Cabinet has decided to retroactively legalize three West Bank outposts that previous governments had conceded were built without permission, marking the first step toward what critics fear will become Israel's first official new settlements since 1990. Government officials said it was inaccurate to characterize the legalization process as establishing new settlements, noting that the three outposts were founded in the 1990s, reportedly with the government's blessing. Officials said the outposts only lack certain technical authorizations and planning permits, which now will be given. "This decision does not change the reality on...
  • Mia Love: black, conservative, Mormon, GOP House candidate from Utah

    04/25/2012 6:42:06 AM PDT · by An American! · 43 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 4/24/2012 | Chris Moody
    Amid the crowded field of House candidates across the country in 2012, expect to hear a lot about Mia Love, a Republican who is an African American and a Mormon and who on Saturday defeated a handful of rivals to clinch the party nomination in the campaign for Utah's fourth congressional district. Love is preparing to face incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson. Victory in November would make her the first black Republican congresswoman in history. A Brooklyn-born Mormon convert, Love is a marathon-running mother of three and the daughter of Haitian immigrants who came to the United States with $10...
  • Obama Attacks Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist

    04/25/2012 6:41:47 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Obama Attacks Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist "I think Jon Stewart's brilliant." Daniel Halper April 25, 2012 9:08 AM President Barack Obama sat down with Rolling Stone for an hour long interview, which the editors there are billing the "most substantive interview the president has granted in over a year." The president used the opportunity to single out two conservative Americans for attack. The president was asked, "Is there any way to break through that obstructionism by Republicans?" He responded by attacking conservatives Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist: My hope is that if the American people send a message to them...
  • President Slow Jams The News On 'Late Night' (IDIOCRACY ALERT)

    04/25/2012 6:40:34 AM PDT · by TSgt · 25 replies
    AP via WLWT ^ | 9:14 am EDT April 25, 2012 | AP
    NEW YORK -- Add this to the list of ways the President of the United States woos young voters in an election-year: He slow jams the news. ... "Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people," Obama said. Then Fallon: "Ohhhh yeaahh. You should listen to the president."
  • Dr. Doom Says Market Crash Imminent

    04/25/2012 6:35:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | April 25, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds are listening to Marc Faber, aka Dr. Doom, on the global economy. Link if video does not play: Marc Faber speaks of Imminent Market Crash Faber says China faces a recession defined as a slowdown to 3%. Interestingly, 3% is the same long-term target that Michael Pettis at China Financial Markets has come up with. Indeed Pettis has made two bets with the Economist over growth rates and when Chain will surpass the US in terms of GDP. The Economist says China will pass the US up by 2018. Pettis and I say no way. Pettis also says...
  • Obama Now at 50% Job Approval; Leads Romney, 49% to 42% (Gallup)

    04/25/2012 6:34:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Gallup ^ | April 24, 2012 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Barack Obama's job approval rating has increased in recent days and now stands at 50% in Gallup Daily tracking for April 21-23. .................................................... Obama's increased approval coincides with his taking a lead, 49% to 42%, over Mitt Romney in Gallup Daily tracking of registered voters' 2012 presidential election preferences. That marks a shift from last week, when Romney held an edge in Gallup tracking.
  • Rock-in-Chief? Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson could pursue future in politics

    04/25/2012 6:28:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies ^ | April 25, 2012 | By Pete Griffin
    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger on the big screen, but would he ever consider following in the former movie action hero's political footsteps? The WWE superstar and "G.I. Joe" actor is open to it. "I wouldn't rule it out," Johnson told at the 2012 CinemaCon Convention Tuesday in Las Vegas. "I think in order for politicians to be successful, you have to be passionate about politics," Johnson said. "I care about our country, but right now I can make impact in other ways."
  • Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

    04/25/2012 6:26:12 AM PDT · by No One Special · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2012 | Patrick Richardson
    A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.” “Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read,...
  • The 1992 Memo That Explains Why Obama's Going on Jimmy Fallon's Show

    04/25/2012 6:25:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 4/23/12 | Elspeth Reeve
    President Obama will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC on Tuesday, and we can probably blame this on a 1992 memo from a Bill Clinton campaign staffer on the necessity of doing "UnPresidential" stuff to get voters to like the candidate. On Monday, Lapham's Quarterly posted an April 27, 1992 memo from Mandy Grunwald in which she encouraged the campaign to be openminded about getting free media from low-brow soft-focus interview shows like The Tonight Show, Late Night,and yes, The Arsenio Hall Show. Just over a month later, Clinton appeared on Arsenio and famously played the saxophone....
  • Abby Johnson: Counselor for My Abortion Had 9 Abortions (full account of her procedure)

    04/25/2012 6:25:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | April 23, 2012 | Abby Johnson
    I had a surgical abortion when I was 20 years old. I don’t remember many details. But what I do remember was not pleasant.I don’t remember how far along I was in my pregnancy. I do know that I paid $500.00 for my abortion.I went through a group counseling session with several other women. My “counselor” told me that she had 9 previous abortions. I think she said it to make us feel better somehow…and it worked.I don’t remember walking into the exam room. There was a nurse there giving me IV drugs to help me relax. I can’t say...
  • Real Clear Politics: General Election: Romney vs. Obama (RCP Avg Obama +4.1

    04/25/2012 6:24:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 78 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 25 Apr 12 | RCP
    General Election: Romney vs. Obama Polling Data Poll Date Sample Obama (D) Romney (R) Spread RCP Average 4/11 - 4/23 -- 47.7 43.6 Obama +4.1 National Journal 4/19 - 4/22 1004 A 47 39 Obama +8 Rasmussen Tracking 4/21 - 4/23 1500 LV 44 48 Romney +4 Gallup Tracking 4/19 - 4/23 2200 RV 49 42 Obama +7 NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 4/13 - 4/17 RV 49 43 Obama +6 CBS News/NY Times 4/13 - 4/17 852 RV 46 46 Tie
  • Dumbing Down the American Dream

    04/25/2012 6:18:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | April 25, 2012 | Susan Brown
    Young Americans received unwelcome news this week when an April 23 AP report found 53.6 percent of college graduates under the age of 25 are jobless or underemployed, and there is little hope for improvement in the near future. This news is grim for young Americans as well as an administration in reelection mode. President Obama attempted to dull the pain young Americans are feeling when he recently told a group of college students in Florida he “wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth” then went on to blame the mess we’re in on capitalism. He described capitalism...
  • Georgetown community criticizes Sandra Fluke campus event (closed to public & media)

    04/25/2012 6:10:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 24, 2012
    Georgetown University Healy Hall. Credit: Aurelien Guichard More than 100 students and alumni of Georgetown University criticized activist Sandra Fluke’s recent invitation to speak on campus without clarification of the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception. The group signed a letter calling on the Jesuit university to release a statement “clarifying its position on this fundamental issue of debate” to ensure that students are accurately informed on both the university’s current insurance policy and Church teaching. The statement came in response to an April 16 campus event, titled “A Conversation with Sandra Fluke on Contraception Access.”Fluke gained national attention in February,...
  • March durables orders post biggest fall in three years

    04/25/2012 6:09:00 AM PDT · by upchuck · 22 replies
    Rooooooters ^ | April 25, 2012 | Lucia Mutikani
    Durable goods orders tumbled 4.2 percent, the largest decline since January 2009, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday after a downwardly revised 1.9 percent increase in February. Economists had forecast orders for durable goods, which range from toasters to aircraft, falling 1.7 percent after a previously reported 2.4 percent rise in February. Orders were dragged down by a 12.5 percent plunge in bookings for transportation equipment - the most since November 2010. Excluding transportation, orders fell 1.1 percent after a 1.9 percent rise in February. Economists had forecast this category rising 0.5 percent. The report added to signs that manufacturing...
  • Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

    04/25/2012 6:07:51 AM PDT · by yoe · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2012 | Patrick Richardson
    A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.” “Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read,...
  • Student debt: How big a risk does it pose to the economy?

    04/25/2012 6:04:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 04/25/2012 | Mark Trumbull
    Surging student-loan debt has become a burden on the US economy – and President Obama is warning of a "tremendous blow" that could occur for millions of students in the form of an interest-rate hike in July. So how big is this issue? Does student debt represent a brewing crisis? Student loans pose a significant financial challenge for America, some economists say, but in a way that's different from the big buildup in mortgage debt that ended in a housing bust and deep recession. "It's not a bubble that will burst," says Chris Christopher, an economist at IHS Global Insight...
  • Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus

    04/25/2012 6:00:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 38 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 25, 2012 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    [Snipped to conform to excerpting rule] Nearly four million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states. This is a sharp reversal from the 1980s, when 100,000 more Americans were settling in California each year than were leaving. While many middle-class families have moved inland, those regions don't have the same allure or amenities as the coast. People might as well move to Nevada or Texas, where housing and everything else is cheaper and there's no income tax. And things will only get worse in the coming years as Democratic...
  • A Recovery That Never Comes

    04/25/2012 6:00:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/25/2012 | Jeffrey Folks
    The President has been promising an economic recovery ever since 2008, when he promised to create 5 million green jobs and to "act quickly to help people stay in their homes." With all the promises Obama made, many voters who supported him expected the economy to begin turning around early in 2009. But then, shortly after his election, Obama let it be known that the economy had been driven "into a ditch" deeper than he had imagined, and the recovery would take some time. Then he discovered that the economy he inherited was not just in a ditch, it was...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: Contempt for Stay-at-Home Moms

    04/25/2012 5:57:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | April 25, 2012 | Rebecca Hagelin
    It took some pressure, but Hilary Rosen finally apologized. The Democrat strategist displayed a tin ear to women’s concerns when she snidely remarked that Ann Romney—mother of five and wife of presidential contender Mitch Romney--had “never worked a day in her life.” President Obama sought to defuse the negative impact of Rosen’s remarks only by expressing dismay, through his campaign manager, that Rosen’s criticism breached the unwritten rule that presidential candidate’s family members should be “off-limits.” Michele Obama straddled the issue with her every mom’s-a-winner tweet ("Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected…”). Meanwhile, liberal...
  • Obama Wins Close or Loses Big (O will be either a narrow winner or big loser in November 2012)

    04/25/2012 5:57:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/25/2012 | J. Robert Smith
    President Barack Obama: narrow winner or big loser in November. Presidential election history gives us indications that Mr. Obama either squeaks back into the White House or gets an undignified boot in the back of his designer trousers. In modern presidential elections, only Jerry Ford lost his re-election bid narrowly. Odds are, if Mr. Obama loses, it will probably be on the order of Hoover (1932) or Carter (1980). If Mr. Obama wins, it's closer to George W. Bush's re-election in 2004. But the conditions are dramatically different in the country from 2004, and not to Mr. Obama's advantage. A...
  • Youth vote still favors Obama, but enthusiasm is waning

    04/25/2012 5:51:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 4/25/12 | John Frank
    ... the Obama campaign in North Carolina – a major battleground in the 2012 election – faces a tough task as it seeks to capture the fickle youth vote that flocked to the polls in record numbers four years ago. A Harvard Institute of Politics national poll released Tuesday shows Obama with a 43 percent to 26 percent advantage against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney among 18- to 29-year-old likely voters.
  • Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores (nanny state cont'd)

    04/25/2012 5:51:20 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 115 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/12 | Patrick Richardson
    A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
  • Senate panel votes down self-defense bill (LA)

    04/25/2012 5:51:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 25 April, 2012 | MICHELLE MILLHOLLON
    Legislation inspired by Florida’s Trayvon Martin case failed in a Senate committee Tuesday amid concerns that it would cloud state law. Senate Bill 719 by state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, would have rewritten Louisiana’s justifiable homicide law. Under the change, the law would not apply when the person committing the homicide is the aggressor. “What I don’t want to happen in this state is that we have permission to murder,” Dorsey-Colomb told the state Senate Committee on Judiciary C. Critics of the change complained that the measure would lead to confusion and possibly result in people provoking aggressive behavior...
  • Why America Is Still the Best Hope

    04/25/2012 5:51:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/25/2012 | Dennis Prager
    Does it break some unwritten rule for a columnist to bring his readers’ attention to his own book? If so, I ask your indulgence. But, after nearly a thousand columns and twelve years since my last book, I hope readers will forgive me for noting that today, April 24, 2012, HarperCollins is publishing the culmination of a lifetime of thinking and years of the most challenging writing of my life. The book is Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. It is an argument on behalf of the moral superiority — and universal applicability —...
  • Two Hypotheses for the "Current" Trend in New Jobless Claims

    04/25/2012 5:48:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | April 25, 2012 | Political Calculations
    Those who follow our analysis on a regular basis already know that we consider the number of seasonally-adjusted initial unemployment insurance claims filed each week to be the most easy-to-accurately-predict number in all of economic datadom.  The reason why is because the weekly data tends to follow a straight-line path over time, with the variation in the data from week-to-week about these linear trends being easily described by a normal, bell-curve kind of statistical distribution. Periodically, breaks in existing trends occur and new trends begin, which we are able to identify using the kind of statistical analysis that has been...
  • Police: Homeowner shoots intruder(KY)

    04/25/2012 5:43:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville Metro Police said a teenager was shot by a homeowner in west Louisville during an attempted break-in. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Monday in the 400 block 38th Street. Police are investigating the shooting after the intruder was rushed into surgery at University Hospital. Police said he's expected to be OK. Some homeowners sounded off on whether they thought the shooting was justified. "I feel like he was justified for doing it, right, because he was trying to break in. It's his home, not nobody else's," said neighbor Lerenza Jones. "I'm OK with it....
  • Floridians back “Stand Your Ground” law

    04/25/2012 5:38:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies ^ | 24 April, 2012 | Jason Pye
    In the wake of the Trayvon Martin’s death, many on the Left have been blaming Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, a statue passed last year that allows use for the use of deadly force in self-defense (my home state of Georgia passed a similar law a few years ago). They say that the law empowered George Zimmerman to target Martin and claim self-defense. While I have no opinion on Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence in the case at this point — I believe too little is known to jump to conclusions one way or the other, the ire over the “Stand...
  • No charges over 'reverse Trayvon Martin' shooting in Phoenix area

    04/25/2012 5:30:33 AM PDT · by loucon · 3 replies ^ | 4/25/12 | David Paulin
    Police have yet to charge a black motorist who shot dead a mentally disabled and unarmed "white Hispanic," Daniel Adkins, in a Taco Bell parking lot near Phoenix earlier this month. The two reportedly exchanged words before the shooting that occurred, according to some accounts, after the motorist almost ran over Adkins who then banged his fist on the car's windshield. Read more:
  • Learning to live in a well-armed state(WA)

    04/25/2012 5:30:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 24 April, 2012 | Danny Westneat
    First an 8-year-old in Bremerton was nearly killed when a gun in her classmate's backpack went off. Next, kids in Pierce and Snohomish counties were killed by guns left behind in cars. Then the 10-year-old daughter of a Spokane cop shot herself in the leg with his service weapon. All were accidents, all leading to pointless injuries or death to kids. The victims were so young and innocent. It made the past few months the worst run of publicity for guns, and the idea of home gun ownership, in years. Even gun-rights advocates braced for some sort of backlash. Yet...
  • No charges over 'reverse Trayvon Martin' shooting in Phoenix area

    04/25/2012 5:25:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-25-12 | David Paulin
    Police have yet to charge a black motorist who shot dead a mentally disabled and unarmed "white Hispanic," Daniel Adkins, in a Taco Bell parking lot near Phoenix earlier this month. The two reportedly exchanged words before the shooting that occurred, according to some accounts, after the motorist almost ran over Adkins who then banged his fist on the car's windshield. The April 3 shooting by the 22-year-old black man -- whom police in suburban Laveen have yet to identify -- has gotten little if any coverage by the national media. Nor has President Obama weighed in on the case....