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  • On gay marriage, Romney has tried to ‘roll back’ laws, Axelrod says

    05/07/2012 10:04:05 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 7, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    As top aides to President Barack Obama struggled to contain the fallout from Vice President Joe Biden's comments on gay marriage over the weekend, one of the president's top re-election strategists criticized Mitt Romney's position on the issue. David Axelrod said Monday that the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party would "roll back" gay rights. Biden's comment that he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex couples having the same rights as others was "entirely consistent" with Obama's own views, Axelrod insisted for the second day in a row. The president has said his position is "evolving." "I think that they...
  • PA gun activists fuming over planned state instant check shutdown

    05/07/2012 9:55:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    thegunmag.com ^ | 7 May, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Pennsylvania gun owners are furious about a planned 60-hour shutdown of the state instant check system (PICS) later this month so the State Police can upgrade its fingerprint system. While a press release says the shutdown will “temporarily restrict the purchase of firearms and negate the ability to obtain criminal history checks,” an earlier “important notice” from Major Martin L. Henry III put it more bluntly. “During this time,” Henry said, “all calls will be forwarded to an operator and placed in an undetermined or denied status. Undetermined status queries will not be processed until after the system is back...
  • Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

    05/07/2012 9:54:49 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2012 | By Kevin Sieff
    KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks. ****************** But the releases are an inherent gamble: The freed detainees are often notorious fighters who would not be released under the traditional legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence — and U.S. officials warn them that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be detained once again.
  • Christie: Israeli control is best for proper worship at holy sites (lest if Islamists take over..)

    05/07/2012 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Milagros · 26 replies
    NJ.com ^ | Apr, 2012
    Gov. Christie: Israeli control is best for proper worship at holy sites Apr 4, 2012 - TIBERIAS, Israel — After Gov. Chris Christie, his family and top staffers made a day-long sojourn through the New Testament today, the ...
  • Joe Biden calls Mitt Romney 'President Romney'...(The box of rocks that keeps on giving...)

    05/07/2012 9:46:06 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 58 replies
    KFI640.com ^ | 05/07/12 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    It’s almost become expected at this point. In the nearly four years he’s been in office, Vice President Joe Biden has awed the country with his gaffes (see here, here, and here, just to name a few). And on Sunday, he struck again. During an interview with David Gregory on “Meet The Press,” Biden’s mind seemed otherwise occupied when it came to consistently and correctly referring to who he was talking about. For example, at one point, and much to the joy of Republicans, he referred to Mitt Romney as “President Romney.” But as if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, he...
  • Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.7 billion in 2017 and Android to Dominate as OS

    05/07/2012 9:44:26 AM PDT · by bigbob · 18 replies
    Wireless Design and Development ^ | 5/3/2012 | anine E. Mooney
    Smartphones will outperform the overall market for mobile phones, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.9% for the period 2011–17 to reach 1.7 billion units, according to Ovum. Predictions show Android as the dominant operating system over the next five years as handset vendors rush to make it their primary smartphone platform. In its latest forecast*, the leading telecoms analyst house reveals global annual mobile phone shipments will grow at a CAGR of 6.3% between 2011 and 2017, driven primarily by demand from emerging markets where connection growth will continue to fuel handset shipments. New shipments in...
  • Shaq earns doctorate in education at Barry in Fla.

    05/07/2012 9:41:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 5/5/12
    Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is a doctor now. O'Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1,100 other students during commencement ceremonies Saturday. The Miami Herald ( http://bit.ly/KCwbej) reports that O'Neal got on one knee so the chair of Barry's organizational learning and leadership program could drape a light blue hood around O'Neal's more-than-7-foot frame.
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  • Obama’s $25 million ad buy just the beginning, strategists say

    05/07/2012 9:34:49 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 7, 2012 | Amy Gardner
    The Obama campaign began the week by announcing a whopping $25 million ad buy in nine battleground states — and their top strategists told reporters that it is only the beginning. “We’re not letting our foot off the pedal,” said campaign manager Jim Messina in a conference call with reporters Monday morning. “We have a very simple choice between going forward and going back.” Messina, along with senior strategist David Axelrod, told reporters that the ad, called “Go,” is part of a larger campaign effort to convey all that President Obama has done since taking office in the midst of...
  • Would-Be Copper Thief ‘Extremely Grave’ After He’s Shocked And Catches On Fire

    05/07/2012 9:33:00 AM PDT · by grundle · 97 replies
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBS) — A would-be copper thief was gravely injured early Saturday morning when he attempted to steal copper wiring from a live Edison vault, according to authorities. Witnesses told CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Melissa Maynarich that the man could be heard screaming in agony.Jeff Grammatico was across the street from the substation when he said, “I heard a boom.” He added, “It made me jump from one side of the room to the other.” He ran to the fence and saw a man burning alive. “It was scary. I was trying to cut the gate to get in....
  • Mining permit backlog leaves U.S. dependent on China for widely used rare minerals

    05/07/2012 9:30:23 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    human events ^ | may 7, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    Strategic minerals that are essential components in green and high technology such as hybrid cars, iPods and solar panels are readily available in the U.S. but efforts to mine the elements are being stalled by bureaucrats for years, industry officials say. “The United States is heavily reliant on foreign countries such as China for critical minerals that are the building blocks of our economy and imperative to renewable energy development, military technology and the manufacturing of nearly all of our electronic devices,” said Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Resources Committee.
  • Obama Cabinet member Arne Duncan backs gay marriage, one day after Biden comments

    05/07/2012 9:28:55 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Foxnews.com/AP ^ | May 7, 2012
    Another top Obama administration official appeared to break with the president Monday by publicly declaring his support for gay marriage -- something President Obama has not done. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in a television interview Monday morning, said unequivocally that he supports gay marriage. Asked if he thinks gay couples should be able to legally marry, he said: "Yes, I do."
  • 18th State Poised to Demand Balanced Budget Amendment

    05/07/2012 9:27:27 AM PDT · by SCharles · 4 replies
    US Daily Review ^ | 5.7.12 | US Daily Review
    The New Hampshire House of Representatives recently passed a resolution (HCR 40) that, if approved in the Senate, would make New Hampshire the 18th of 38 states needed to draft and ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Representative Ulery (District 27), the House Sponsor, stated, “a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) will force Congress to do what they seem incapable of doing, that is reduce spending and tell the American people the truth about the cost of our nation’s unfunded entitlement promises.” Co-founder of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force and Economics Professor (Ret.), Dr. Barry Poulson noted,...
  • Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights

    05/07/2012 9:21:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 30, 2012 | MICHAEL B. MUKASEY
    The first anniversary of the SEAL Team 6 operation that killed Osama bin Laden brings the news that President Obama plans during the coming campaign to exploit the bragging rights to the achievement. That plan invites scrutiny that is unlikely to benefit him. Consider the events surrounding the operation. A recently disclosed memorandum from then-CIA Director Leon Panetta shows that the president's celebrated derring-do in authorizing the operation included a responsibility-escape clause: "The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven's hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are...
  • Army: no bullet wound found in soldier Skype death

    05/07/2012 9:18:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2012 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army investigators said Monday they found no bullet wound nor evidence of foul play in the death of a soldier in Afghanistan who died during a Skype video chat with his wife. Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark collapsed while speaking to his wife on May 1 from his base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, southwest of Kabul. His wife, Susan Orellana-Clark, has suggested that Clark was shot, citing a hole visible in the closet behind him that she believed was a bullet hole.
  • Three US Soldiers Killed In Roadside Bomb Explosion In Afghanistan

    05/07/2012 9:16:18 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    RTT News ^ | 5/7/2012 | staff
    Three US soldiers were killed in an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. An International Security Assistance Force statement did not disclose their nationality, deferring casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities, but reports quoting western officials said three American marines were the victims of an explosion that hit the vehicle they were traveling in south of a military base in Ghazni province.
  • Knives are banned at Tampa’s GOP convention, but guns are OK

    05/07/2012 9:12:36 AM PDT · by bkopto · 25 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 2, 2012 | Fred Grimm
    Don’t come messing around the Republican National Convention with an “air rifle, air pistol, paintball rifle, explosive blasting cap, switchblade, hatchet, ax, slingshot, blackjack, metal knuckles, nunchakus, mace, iron buckle, ax handle, chain, crowbar, hammer, shovel or any club or bludgeon.” All this along with “any other instrumentality used or intended to be used to cause physical or personal damage.” Except, of course, for the most obvious instrument intended to cause physical or personal damage. The city didn’t prohibit guns. It can’t. Gov. Rick Scott, who could, won’t. He rejected a request from Mayor Bob Buckhorn asking for an “executive...
  • In D.C., low-cost apartments disappearing at rapid rate

    05/07/2012 9:02:38 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/6/12 | Annys Shin
    For a year, Julio Benitez, 61, has complained to his landlord about the unpatched walls, leaky bathtub and broken electrical outlets in his apartment. Down the hall, where Paul Fisette, 28, moved in a month ago, everything is new, from the paint to the appliances. When the garbage disposal broke recently, the landlord replaced it by 11 a.m. the next day. Welcome to the New Hampshire, where the underprivileged and upscale exist under the same roof, part of a shift in the District’s housing stock that experts say is likely to change the face of the city for decades to...
  • Lawmakers Push Bill To Ban Criminals From Suing Victims(AL)

    05/07/2012 9:02:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    whnt.com ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Nick Banaszak
    Imagine the horror of having your home or business plundered by thieves. Not a good feeling, but even harder to fathom that the bad guys who did it could end up suing you in court. State lawmakers say an existing legal loophole allows thieves to file civil lawsuits against home and business owners if they end up getting injured while intruding. But a bill working its way through the Alabama State Legislature would put an end to the practice. If approved, House Bill 46 would grant immunity to property owners from civil lawsuits by criminals in almost all circumstances. State...
  • Official: Obama Admin Drafted Memo to Blame Military If Bin Laden Mission Failed

    05/07/2012 8:53:26 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 85 replies
    Fox News Nation ^ | May 07, 2012
    Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity tonight that the Obama Administration drafted a memo to protect the president from blame if the mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden would have failed. That way Obama could blame the general instead of taking the blame himself. Mukasey wrote about it this week in The Wall Street Journal. “That was a highly lawyered memo (designed to protect the president politically)… I think there’s going to be more that’s going to be tumbling out about that escapade but so far that memo is enough.“
  • Sleznikow overlooks key gun control arguments(WI)

    05/07/2012 8:51:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    The Badger Herald ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Justin Kramer
    This column is in response to Hannah Sleznikow’s recent column titled, “Safety concerns outweigh rights to bear arms.” On the Constitution being a “living document:” This is only true in the sense it is in full force today and can be formally amended. However, it cannot simply be reinterpreted based on one’s political whims or to “fit with the times.” When one tries to take the Constitution, or any of its subsequent amendments, out of its historical context, a great disservice is done and the floodgates are opened to abuse. We cannot twist and warp it to fit our own...
  • White House Can't Get Enough OF That Savage Love

    05/07/2012 8:50:41 AM PDT · by ethical · 14 replies
    May 7, 2012 | Linda Jordan
    Dan Savage is a foul mouthed homosexual thug who offers “sex” advice. He has been advocating dangerous sex and hating Christians since at least the late 1980’s. Fox news recently covered just how much Savage “respected” Christian teenagers at a Seattle journalism conference: ‘Anti-bulling bully bullys Christian students at high school journalism conference’ “As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant “pansy asses.” The speaker was Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better”...
  • Documentary reveals a different side of late night king Johnny Carson

    05/07/2012 8:48:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 86 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | May 07, 2012 | By Hollie McKay
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over “The Tonight Show” stage from Jack Paar. It is also the 20th anniversary of Carson’s retirement. But how much do most people really know about the television legend away from the lights and cameras? In a new documentary, “American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,” filmmakers Peter Jones and Susan Lacy peel back the many layers of the comedian’s life and career, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the man who won the collective heart of a nation. “The gift Johnny had was that he just had a magical...
  • Addressing Anti-Marriage Amendment Arguments [NC Marriage Amendment]

    05/07/2012 8:47:37 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 8 replies
    Greensboro Guardian ^ | 07 May 2012 | Tim Dunkin
    The other day, I had the singular misfortune of seeing my first television advertisement against the marriage amendment that our state will be voting on this coming Tuesday. You may have seen it – it’s the one with the woman from New Bern telling the audience about her sister who was murdered by her live-in boyfriend, which she gives as her reason for opposing the amendment. Supposedly, according to this woman, the marriage amendment would “take away protections against domestic violence.” Of course, the claim is utter nonsense. Constitutionally defining one man-one woman marriage as the “only domestic legal union”...
  • Is Fast and Furious the Next Watergate?

    05/07/2012 8:45:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    expertclick.com ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Alan Caruba
    When suspects in a crime are interrogated, they often develop memory loss. When the crime is running guns to drug cartels on both sides of the border, the crime involves the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, Brian Terry, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, Jaime Zapata, and countless Mexican citizens. Katie Pavlich has written an extraordinary expose, "Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-Up" (Regnery Publishing). She is a veteran agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) who has meticulously documented a story that should result in contempt of Congress action...
  • 6-Year-Old Colo. Boy Suspended for Reciting 'Sexy' Lyric

    05/07/2012 8:44:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    KAAL-TV ^ | Jennie Olson
    A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl "I'm sexy and I know it," a line from a popular song. D'Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother after he was sent home Wednesday.
  • Gun problem is a First Amendment issue

    05/07/2012 8:40:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    al.com ^ | 6 May, 2012 | John Archibald
    It's a Clint Eastwood kind of country, a go-ahead-and-make-my-day-and-age. I get it. I do. With the blessing of the founders and the High Court, you have the undisputed, undefeated right to bear-hug all the arms you want. I don't want to take your guns. I'm not trying to outlaw your guns. And I wouldn't pry them from your cold dead hands if I could. But Lord knows -- even Charlton Heston's ghost knows -- we need to talk about guns. Because the biggest threats to the Second Amendment are not the anti-gun, tree-hugging Greenpeace hippies. The biggest threats to responsible...
  • Mortgage legislation splits California Democrats

    05/07/2012 8:40:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/7/12 | Jon Ortiz
    The "60 Minutes"-style video climaxes with an assemblyman hustling through a Capitol corridor and down a flight of steps, trailed by a constituent asking where the lawmaker stands on controversial mortgage legislation. Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, the Sylmar Democrat who is the subject of "What Legalized Bribery Looks Like," says the piece produced by liberal activists is a "lie." It also highlights how the pitched political struggle over the future of California's mortgage law has roused labor and activist groups into using guerrilla tactics to call out moderate Democrats in an election year. . . . The issue is tailor-made for...
  • Charles Barkley To Romney: "We're Going To Beat You Like A Drum"

    05/07/2012 8:39:36 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 39 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 5/7/12 | unknown
    Former NBA great Charles Barkley commented on the presence of Mitt Romney at the Boston Celtics game this weekend during a post-game show on the TNT network. "Mitt Romney. Listen main man, we're going to beat you like a drum in November. Don't take it personally. You seem like a nice guy. But you're going down, bro," Barkley said.
  • Brokaw: White House Correspondents' dinner hurting the press

    05/07/2012 8:39:29 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 6, 2012 | David Eldridge
    Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw said Sunday that the glitzy annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner is damaging the perception of the press among the American public. "It's time to rethink that," the longtime newsman said Sunday in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." He said the annual black-tie affair, which features Washington reporters and editors drinking, joking and partying with Hollywood stars and the city's top lawmakers -- including the president -- is contributing to the public's mistrust of the media. snip... "That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people...
  • California a right-to-work state? Stop effort now

    05/07/2012 8:32:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/7/12 | Christine Bronstein
    There is a sneaky initiative on the November ballot that would put California on its way to higher poverty and lower wages. Dubbed the "Stop Special Interest Money Now Act," this initiative could increase the number of uninsured workers, double the wage gap, and cut your annual income by almost $6,000. Also known as the "Paycheck Protection" initiative, the measure would put California on a path to becoming a right-to-work state, that is, a state that limits collective bargaining. The initiative claims that it will remove "Big money Interests from politics" by banning unions and corporations from using "payroll-deducted funds...
  • North Carolina’s Ban on Gay Marriage Appears Likely to Pass [Obama Loses]

    05/07/2012 8:29:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 5/7/12 | Nate Silver
    On Tuesday, North Carolina will vote on a state constitutional amendment that declares, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized,” thereby banning recognition of same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships of any kind... The most recent poll was conducted by Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank whose poll results have generally shown little partisan bias in the past. That survey polled Democratic and Republican primary voters separately, but projected that the measure would win by 16 percentage points when it combined the results. An April poll by...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Monday, May 7, 2012

    05/07/2012 8:25:03 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 83 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 05/07/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Success of Ky. Bourbon Barrel Ale surprises even its company

    05/07/2012 8:23:42 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 13 replies
    Kentucky.com ^ | May 7, 2012 | Beverly Fortune
    Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, a local brew produced at a quaint brewery in downtown Lexington, is enjoying surging sales and developing plans for national distribution. This is the success the ale and Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. has enjoyed in the past 12 months: â–  In late 2011, Alltech began selling Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale in China, where it introduced the brew to the Beijing Horse Association. "Dxcel Distribution is the leading importer of American craft beer in China," said Matt Cordle, general manager and national sales manager of Lexington Brewing and Distilling. "The owner, Dean Lim, told us...
  • O’s Israel Basher Bundler

    05/07/2012 8:22:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/7/12 | Adam Kredo
    Team Obama includes a self-identified “Muslim Palestinian-American” campaign fundraiser who has a history of blasting Israel in highly charged letters and newspaper articles about the Middle East conflict. Hala Hijazi, a Jordanian native and current San Francisco city employee, has personally secured between $100,000 to $200,000 for Obama’s reelection effort, according to Federal Election Committee filings. She also has gone on record accusing Israel of war crimes while castigating America for providing the Jewish state critical military aid—a long-term investment that has bolstered U.S. security interests. Hijazi, who has cultivated pristine left-wing credentials
  • George Lindsey, Andy Griffith Show’s Goober, dies at 83

    05/07/2012 8:21:47 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    WBRC ^ | 5/7/12 | Kate Stanhope
    George Lindsey, best known for playing Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, has died. He was 83 years old. Lindsey died Sunday in Nashville after an extended hospitalization, The Tennessean reports. An Alabama native, Lindsey went to college to become a teacher, but joined the United States Air Force in the '50s. He eventually moved to New York to study acting and began appearing in stage productions.
  • Occupy's anarchists seen as both divisive, crucial

    05/07/2012 8:20:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/7/12 | Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Every time windows are smashed and clashes erupt with police at Occupy protests in Oakland and San Francisco, one group is in the thick of it: masked, black-clad anarchists known as the Black Bloc. Police say they are pure trouble and point to conflicts at last week's May Day rallies as the most recent example. Most pacifist protesters wish they would go away. Hard-core Occupiers say they like having them around to diversify their movement's tactics. Exactly who makes up the Black Bloc is, by design, a bit of a mystery. Adherents rarely reveal their identity and say they aren't...
  • SCIENTISTS SUGGEST DINOSAURS TOOTED A NEW CLIMATE

    05/07/2012 8:08:58 AM PDT · by lward99 · 66 replies
    Times247 ^ | 5/6/12 | Pamela Owen
    Dinosaurs may be partly to blame for a change in climate because they created so much flatulence, according to leading scientists. Professor Graeme Ruxton of St Andrews University, Scotland, said the giant animals spent 150 years emitting the potent global warming gas, methane. ... Read more: http://times247.com/articles/scientists-suggest-dinosaurs-tooted-a-new-climate#ixzz1uCGVTUeC
  • Disbursement through NGOs: Pakistan seeks details of US aid (Theft of $7.5B by Dick Lugar)

    05/07/2012 8:04:45 AM PDT · by JimWayne · 7 replies
    Tribune (Pakistan) ^ | May 15, 2011 | Shahbaz Rana
    Pakistan has demanded the US to share details of funds that it plans to spend through nongovernmental channels, and without the government’s knowledge, under the $7.5 billion Kerry-Lugar aid package... Under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package, the US committed to give $7.5 billion in civilian assistance to Pakistan from 2010 through 2014, amounting to $1.5 billion every year.
  • FEATURE - Syria's Muslim Brotherhood rise from the ashes

    05/07/2012 8:03:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    At a meeting of Syria's opposition, Muslim Brotherhood officials gather round Marxists colleagues, nudging them to produce policy statements for the Syrian National Council, the main political group challenging President Bashar al-Assad. With many living in the West, and some ditching their trademark beards, it is hard to differentiate Brotherhood from leftists. But there is little dispute about who calls the shots.
  • Americans: Too broke to go bankrupt

    05/07/2012 8:01:47 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/7/12 | Blake Ellis
    This year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to be too broke to file for bankruptcy. The average cost to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, the most common form of consumer bankruptcy, is more than $1,500, according to recent research submitted to the National Bureau of Economic Research. As a result, anywhere between 200,000 and one million consumers are estimated to be unable to afford that steep cost this year. The research, conducted by a group of professors from Columbia University, the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis, examined how bankruptcy filings spiked after people...
  • What the LDS know about Welfare Systems (and how it could benefit America)

    05/07/2012 7:57:49 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 49 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | March 2012 | Naomi Schaffer Riley
    SALT LAKE CITY — Ever since Mitt Romney said he was “not concerned about the very poor” but would fix the safety net “if it needs,” conservatives and liberals have been frantically making suggestions. Gov. Romney says he would consider options. But if he wants to see a welfare system that lets almost no one fall through the cracks while ensuring that its beneficiaries don’t become lifelong dependents, he could look to his own church. As I ride in a golf cart through a new 15-acre warehouse on the outskirts of Utah’s capital, I can’t help but wonder: How...
  • Obama Orders IRS to refund 'Illegal Aliens' $4.2 billion, While Asking the Rich....

    05/07/2012 7:56:55 AM PDT · by yoe · 31 replies
    (Loophole.)(4 Billion a year)(video)(Illegal Aliens Getting Bigger Tax Refund Checks?)
  • Ron Paul Could Still Win Enough Delegates To Deny Mitt Romney The Republican Nomination

    05/07/2012 7:45:57 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 127 replies
    The American Dream ^ | 5/7/2012 | Staff
    Despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, Mitt Romney does not have the Republican nomination locked up. In fact, he is rapidly losing delegates that almost everyone assumed that he already had in the bag. To understand why this is happening, you have to understand the delegate selection process. Each state has different rules for selecting delegates to the Republican national convention, and in many states the "voting" done by the public does not determine the allocation of delegates to particular candidates at all. And the truth is that delegates are the only thing that really...
  • Obama’s disastrous war [U.S. president all but concedes Afghanistan defeat]

    05/07/2012 7:43:15 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies
    QMI Agency via Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2012-05-07 | Peter Worthington
    We’ve seen this before, and now we are seeing it again. This time it was U.S. President Barack Obama’s quick, unadvertised visit to Afghanistan to sign a partnership deal with President Hamid Karzai, and to assure U.S. troops and all Americans that “there is light on the horizon.” In other words, Obama is all but conceding defeat. We saw it in Vietnam when then-president Richard Nixon assured that the withdrawal of American troops meant “peace with honour” — and America’s South Vietnamese allies were abandoned to the forces of Ho Chi Minh. President Obama promises U.S. forces will mostly be...
  • General Motors is becoming China Motors

    05/07/2012 7:37:05 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | May 4, 2012 | Vince Wade
    General Motors is becoming China Motors. Forget the spin. The evidence is clear and convincing. Did U.S. taxpayers save GM for China? Listen to the candid comments of GM's CEO.
  • Arianna Huffington's wings clipped at AOL

    05/07/2012 7:31:21 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4, 2012
    The good news for Arianna Huffington is that she gets to keep her share of the $315 million that AOL shelled out for her website. The bad news is her duties as editrix of the once-mighty Web conglomerate are being scaled back. Way back. When AOL boss Tim Armstrong announced he was adding the Huffington Post to the company’s stable of websites, he crowned the liberal doyenne editor of all properties, including TechCrunch, Patch.com, MovieFone and MapQuest. That announcement rubbed several longtime company journalists the wrong way, as Huffington has never been known for her diplomatic skills.
  • Battleground Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat (Romney 48, Obama 47)

    05/07/2012 7:26:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/07/2012 | James Hohmann
    A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds a dead heat in the presidential race six months before the election. Mitt Romney edged out President Barack Obama 48 percent to 47 percent among likely voters, a number well within the margin of error, as Republicans rapidly consolidate behind the likely GOP nominee. The former Massachusetts governor has opened up a 10-point lead, 48 percent to 38 percent, among independents in a poll conducted Sunday, April 29 through Thursday, May 3 and a 6-point lead among those who describe themselves as “extremely likely” to vote in November. Obama led Romney by...
  • Japan's Nuclear Power Hara Kari (Will Japan shut down its Nuclear Industry forever?)

    05/07/2012 7:21:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/07/2012 | Ron Lipsman
    Any discussion of Japan and nuclear power is complicated by that country's history as the only nation ever to suffer a nuclear attack. That event continues to haunt the venerable Pacific nation. This is an immutable truth that one must accept regardless of which side one is on concerning the legitimacy of the US attack 67 years ago. That said, the Japanese nation nevertheless staked much of its economic destiny on nuclear power. Beginning more than four decades ago, Japan deployed over 50 nuclear power plants to feed the energy needs of its densely packed population. Very limited in domestic...
  • Chris Christie Goes National. Romney’s running mate? NJ insiders say it’s not so far-fetched.

    05/07/2012 7:15:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/07/2012 | Robert Costa
    A few steps away from the Delaware River, in the marble halls of New Jersey’s capitol, there’s a consensus among Trenton insiders: Governor Chris Christie would gladly accept the vice-presidential nomination, should Mitt Romney offer it. “Christie is open to it, his family’s comfortable with it, and he’s been vetted before,” one top state lawmaker says. “He isn’t going to campaign for it, but it’s no secret that he would relish the opportunity to play at that level.” The open question, however, is whether Romney will actually pick up the phone and call — tapping one of the GOP’s brightest...