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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.“