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  • Judge rules City Council candidate Charla Hawkes-Vinyard doesn’t need to prove residency

    05/08/2012 6:29:17 PM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 4 replies
    theshorthorn.com ^ | May 3 2012 | BY LINDSEY JUAREZ
    According to the Arlington City Charter, City Council members elected in Districts 6, 7 and 8 shall “reside and be registered to vote within the boundaries of the city of Arlington at the time of filing for the election.” Hawkes-Vinyard listed an Arlington address as her residence on the city council application. However, she owns a home in Frisco and claimed it on a 2010 Residence Homestead Exemption.
  • Breaking News: AP Headline Only: NC Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Passes

    05/08/2012 6:21:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    North Carolina already bans gay marriage by statute. Amendment One goes beyond confining marriage to heterosexual couples; it amends the constitution to also makes marriage between a man and a woman “the only domestic legal union” recognized in the state.
  • NC approves amendment on gay marriage

    05/08/2012 6:19:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2012 | MARTHA WAGGONER
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters have approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state to adopt such a ban. With 35 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial returns showed the amendment passing with about 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent against.
  • Obama Has Wrong Scapegoat; Many Of Us 'Speculate' In Oil

    05/08/2012 6:15:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012 | MERRIL MATTHEWS
    Amid outrages like an $800,000-plus party scandal at the General Services Administration, the Secret Service prostitute scandal and a recent Medicare fraud bust that netted 107 people scamming Medicare out of $450 million, what does President Obama want to do? Why, spend $52 million in taxpayer dollars cracking down on ... oil speculators. Depending on how the administration defines "speculation," the target could be half of the U.S. population — including me, and probably you. So let me 'fess up right here. I have a little money in a 401(k), and I have been known to put some of that...
  • The Sierra Club Opposes ‘Clean Energy’

    05/08/2012 6:02:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 8, 2012 | Robert Bryce
    ‘Clean energy” is the political darling of the moment. President Obama has made the promotion of clean energy one of the centerpieces of his administration and his reelection effort. The Democratic National Committee claims that “clean energy” investments are “helping pave the way to a more sustainable future, creating new jobs and entire industries here in America.” Last month, the Center for American Progress, a leftist think tank, released a report that touted the need to build a clean-energy economy.On Sunday, an editorial in the New York Times extolled the benefits of renewable energy and declared that the “clean...
  • Conservative candidate in VA-11, Ken Vaughn, needs your support

    05/08/2012 6:01:48 PM PDT · by iceskater · 5 replies
    me ^ | 5-8-12 | iceskater
    NoVa freepers in Virginia's 11th congressional district - you have a choice to restore VA-11 to common sense conservative leadership. Ken Vaughn is a small business owner who is working to unseat Gerry Connelly. Ken's number one priority is the debt and spending. He is pro-life and pro-second amendment. We need your help. We need folks to help knock on doors, make phone calls - you name it and we can use your help. We can use financial support as well since we all know that money is essential to running any campaign. We need your vote on June 12th....
  • Bin Laden May Ironically Be Obama's Albatross

    05/08/2012 6:01:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012
    Election '12: The president seems to think bragging about killing Osama bin Laden will help get him re-elected. But the question is increasingly becoming why the president hesitated on such a no-brainer decision. Jack Keane, the Army vice chief of staff from 1999 to 2003, told Mike Huckabee on Fox News over the weekend that the U.S. government knew exactly where Osama bin Laden was nearly a year before President Obama gave the order to send in the Navy SEALs to his compound in Pakistan. The retired general told Huckabee, "We had the target in the summer (of) 2010, and...
  • School Canyon Fire grows to 1,200 acres, incident commanders say

    05/08/2012 5:59:39 PM PDT · by exbrit · 1 replies
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 5/8/12 | Unspecified
    TUCSON - The School Canyon Fire has grown to an estimated 1,200 acres burning in the vicinity of School Canyon, in Coronado National Forest, near the U.S./Mexico border. According to the national Incident Information System, the School Canyon Fire started in Mexico, and has burned onto the United States portion of the Sierra Vista Ranger District. It is burning in grass and brush, and has forced the evacuation of Parker Canyon lake campground. No structures are threatened at this time.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Hummingbird Test ~ 09 May 2012

    05/08/2012 5:59:35 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 88 replies
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  • Egypt's extremist Islamists, including jihadists, flex their muscles

    05/08/2012 5:51:16 PM PDT · by Milagros
    WP/AP ^ | May 7, 2012
    CAIRO — Militants who have vowed allegiance to al-Qaida attack security forces in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula close to Israel and enjoy unchallenged control of two border towns. Radical Islamists in Cairo chant anti-US slogans and dream of turning the most populous Arab country into a religious state... The militants, believed to be followers of former jihadist groups, lie at the outer edge of the Islamist movement. More mainstream Islamists gained instant ...
  • North Carolina Election: Democrat Primary 20% choose "no preference" over Obama

    These are the results, albeit partial, of the North Carolina Democrat Presidential Primary.Obama is winning 80.24% of the vote. On the other hand, nearly 20% of the Democrats have NO PREFERENCE.
  • Cherokee Liz's Shoddy Scholarship

    05/08/2012 5:44:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012
    Preferences: Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren insists she's a pre-eminent scholar who didn't need minority status to join Harvard's faculty. But critics have long questioned her research. The blond, blue-eyed Bostonian has been caught up in a bizarre racial-quotas scandal as she battles to take back Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat. Turns out throughout her academic career, Warren has listed her race as Native American in law school directories that administrators use as a tip sheet when making diversity hires. She claims to be 1/32nd Cherokee Indian, even though the Cherokee Nation has never counted her as a member. She bases...
  • Senator Kirk: "I want to thank everyone for the patience and support they are giving me to recover"

    05/08/2012 5:42:17 PM PDT · by bigbob · 16 replies
    Sen. Mark Kirk website ^ | 5/8/12 | Sen. Mark Kirk
    oday U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released a video outlining the progress of his recovery after suffering from an ischemic stroke in January and expressed his deep gratitude to the people of Illinois for allowing him the time he needs to recover. "I want to thank everyone especially for the patience they have given me to recover from a big stroke," said Kirk. "[And also] to the people of Illinois for granting me the honor to represent them in the United States Senate. I cannot wait to get back to work to vote to spend less, borrow less and tax...
  • Obama? Just the Forgettable 1980s Boyfriend of a Landlord’s Tenant (College beard story falls apart)

    05/08/2012 5:38:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/7/12 | JAMES BARRON
    As a recent college graduate holding down his first job in the 1980s, Barack Obama did not make much of an impression on someone who knew the ways of the world: His girlfriend’s landlord. “I can honestly say that I do not remember him,” said Ralph Allen, who owned the brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where Mr. Obama’s girlfriend at the time, Genevieve Cook, rented the top-floor apartment — an apartment Mr. Obama shared with her in late 1984. “Maybe we met while I was sitting out on the stoop one night. Who knows.”
  • No Birth Certificate Required

    05/08/2012 5:36:56 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 33 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 8, 2012 | Staff
    - Pro-Choice White House Requires Registration of Unborn Children for Tours - The White House Visitors Office requires that an unborn child—still residing in utero—must be counted as a full human being when its parents register for a White House tour, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. White House Visitors Office director Ellie Schafer sent an email to a Capitol Hill staffer Tuesday morning explaining the process for registering an unborn fetus for a White House tour: We have received a number of calls regarding how to enter security information for a baby that has not yet...
  • The Great Worker Shortage Lie is Alive and Well

    05/08/2012 5:31:59 PM PDT · by anymouse · 4 replies
    The Economic Populist ^ | 12/17/2011 | Robert Oak
    Corporate offshore outsourcing lobbyists are on a roll, going on talk shows and writing propaganda plants as articles. White papers are falling like snow where even labor economics equations are manipulated. Every day we hear pure statistical fiction and politicians tout corporate lobbyist provided talking points, even in GOP debates. Why? Corporations are demanding more immigration and foreign guest worker Visas to displace Americans, repress wages, technology transfer and offshore outsource further. There is No Labor Shortage in the United States. None, and that includes high skilled labor. In 2010, there were 3,531,000 computer & mathematical related occupation workers. Yet...
  • Report: Elizabeth Warren’s ancestor may have … rounded up Cherokee for Trail of Tears

    Out: Elizabeth Warren, Native American. In: Elizabeth Warren, Jacksonian Democrat. Man, in hindsight it’s a good thing she didn’t attend the annual Harvard Powwow yesterday after all, huh? Awwwk-ward. "As I pointed out in my article here on Sunday, no evidence supports this claim [that her great-great-great grandmother was Cherokee]. O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford had no Cherokee heritage, was listed as “white” in the Census of 1860, and was most likely half Swedish and half English, Scottish, or German, or some combination thereof. (Note, the actual 1894 marriage license makes no claim of Cherokee ancestry.)" "But the most stunning discovery...
  • Tea Party Upstart Mourdock Defeats Longtime Indiana Sen. Lugar

    05/08/2012 5:29:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 181 replies
    LATimes ^ | May 08, 2012
    Tea Party Upstart Mourdock Defeats Longtime Indiana Sen. Lugar By Kim Geiger May 8, 2012 Richard Mourdock has defeated longtime Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary, according to an Associated Press projection, ending the career of one of the Senate’s most pragmatic politicians and casting a cloud over GOP efforts to win control of the chamber. Mourdock, state treasurer in Indiana, campaigned as a conservative alternative to Lugar. He became a darling of the tea party movement after he began a legal challenge to the terms of the Obama administration’s bailout of Chrysler. Mourdock was endorsed...
  • Thanks to Biden, Democrats pressed on gay marriage

    05/08/2012 5:28:02 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/8/2012 | By Patricia Zengerle
    Tim Kaine, a Democratic candidate for Senate and one of President Barack Obama's closest allies, met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss politics nationally and in his home state, Virginia. And here's what everyone wanted to know: What do you, Tim Kaine, think about gay marriage? Thus began an inquiry in which a clearly uncomfortable Kaine, a former Roman Catholic missionary, crossed his arms and, while carefully avoiding an endorsement of same-sex marriage, stressed that "I believe in the legal equality of relationships." The scene reflected how Democratic candidates and office-holders are being drawn into the political hornets' nest that...
  • Polls close in NC primary, early returns in [Traditional Marriage Winning Big!]

    05/08/2012 5:26:53 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    WXII-TV ^ | 5/8/12
    Early election results are in for some of the biggest races in the North Carolina primary. Live Updates, Live Video: N.C. primary coverage Track the WXII12.com live wire as we post information throughout the day, including pictures from the polling places, quotes, polling figures and more! We'll also be pulling in Twitter feeds from WXII reporters. More According to the State Board of Elections website, with more than 600,000 votes counted, Amendment One had 55 percent voting for it and 44 percent voting against it. The amendment, if passed, would constitutionally make marriage between a man and a woman the...
  • Voters Are Confused on Taxes, And Obama Likes It That Way

    05/08/2012 5:08:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012
    Taxes: A new IBD/TIPP poll finds most back President Obama's soak-the-rich Buffett tax rule. But they also want dividend and capital gains taxes kept low to encourage investment and growth. Problem is, you can't do both. The IBD/TIPP survey found that 55% of Americans think investment income should be "taxed at a lower rate than wages." Even 38% of Democrats believe this. And, not too surprisingly, 65% of investors concur. They're right. Investment earnings already get taxed at the corporate level at 35% before they can be distributed as dividends. And capital gains aren't indexed for inflation. Both tax provisions...
  • GOP Looking to Pad Statehouse Majority -Indiana

    05/08/2012 5:06:23 PM PDT · by zaxtres · 2 replies
    http://indiana.onpolitix.com/news/118977/gop-looking-to-pad-statehouse-majority "Former state Democratic Party chairman Kip Tew said the new election districts might be another kind of overreach that tried to lock in too many Republican seats."
  • Carville: Wake up Democrats; you could lose

    05/08/2012 5:05:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    cnn.com ^ | May 8, 2012 | James Carville
    (CNN) -- A long time ago a great three-time governor of Louisiana, Earl Long, said about Jimmie Davis, the two-time not very good governor of Louisiana, "You couldn't wake up Jimmie Davis with an earthquake." As I go around the country and see various Democrats and talk to them on the phone, honestly I'm beginning to think that we have become the party of Jimmie Davis. My message is simple: WTFU. Translated -- wake the you-know-what up, there is an earthquake. You think that Democrats around the country are going to win -- as I hear time and time again...
  • Michele Bachmann claims Swiss citizenship [not kidding]

    05/08/2012 5:04:45 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 72 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/8/2012 | TIM MAK
    Rep. Michelle Bachmann is now officially a Swiss miss. Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently became a citizen of Switzerland, making her eligible to run for office in the tiny European nation, according to a Swiss report Tuesday. Marcus Bachmann, the congresswoman’s husband since 1978, reportedly was eligible for Swiss citizenship due to his parents’ nationality — but only registered it with the Swiss government on March 19. Once he did so, Michele automatically became a citizen, too, according to the Honegger.
  • Four reasons Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign had a bad week

    05/08/2012 5:03:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | News – 7 hrs ago
    the Empty Seats in Columbus. Some 14,000 supporters filled the arena—or rather, did not fill the arena. Coverage of the event focused heavily on the 4,000 empty seats, and Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod was pressed by ABC’s Jake Tapper about whether the turnout demonstrated a lack of “enthusiasm” for the president. If the jobs outlook for new college graduates and younger workers continues to be bleak, the problem won’t be filling seats in an arena, but filling the polls in November. Vice President Joe Biden, on “Meet the Press,” declared himself “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage—a position echoed...
  • It's All Your Money: Taxpayers may be on hook for US Postal Service losses

    05/08/2012 4:57:08 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/8/2012 | By William La Jeunesse
    The U.S. Postal Service is often the butt of jokes, but there's nothing funny about the agency's bottom line. The USPS is losing up to $25 million dollars a day. Until now, taxpayers have not been on the hook for its mounting losses, but that could be about to change. A bill recently approved by the Senate would appropriate $34 billion in federal money. "If the post office was a business, it would be in bankruptcy," said Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla. "It's insolvent." Ironically, however, Congress shares much of the blame. For years, the Postal Service begged Washington for the...
  • Russia Backs Greece-Cyprus-Israel Triangle Against Turkey on Offshore Gas

    05/08/2012 4:48:42 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    On May 3, Moscow criticized Turkey’s plans to explore natural gas deposits around the divided island of Cyprus, under the protection of Turkish naval and air power. Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s chief spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, cautioned Turkey that its actions “may exacerbate the situation on the territory of Cyprus” (Rossiskaya Gazeta, May 4). The Greek Cypriots and Israel are coordinating their plans to develop offshore gas deposits and export the product in partnerships with international companies. One export route under consideration would run via mainland Greece into Europe. The Republic of Cyprus, Greece and, recently, Israel are all involved in...
  • Texas Shale 'Gusher' Shows Why Fracking Is Important

    05/08/2012 4:48:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012
    Energy: Cutting our reliance on oil from unstable regions is a good idea if not a necessity. But that crude won't be replaced by algae or biofuel. To be more independent, we need to go to the well one more time — back to Texas. The Lone Star State is not a favorite of the environmentalists and their political-media allies. But it has long been a rich source of oil that drives our economy. While other states — particularly North Dakota and Alaska — have become more newsworthy for their oil production, Texas wells aren't yet dry. The Eagle Ford...
  • California may ban gay teen 'conversion' therapy

    05/08/2012 4:47:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2012 | HANNAH DREIER
    SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — A first-of-its-kind ban on a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight is speeding through the California statehouse. Supporters say the legislation, which passed its final Senate committee Tuesday, is necessary because such treatments are ineffective and harmful. "This therapy can be dangerous," said the bill's author Sen. Ted Lieu. He added the treatments can "cause extreme depression and guilt" that sometimes leads to suicide.
  • Exploration Intensifying for East-Mediterranean Natural Gas

    05/08/2012 4:44:20 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    The Republic of Cyprus, a European Union member country, is proceeding with development of the Aphrodite offshore field. This is the first of 12 offshore gas and oil blocs that Cyprus plans to tender out to international companies. Bidding for the other 11 blocs was announced in February 2012, with a deadline for submitting applications by May 11 (www.cyprusprofile.com, May 7). Aphrodite is the southernmost field in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone, contiguous to Israel’s zone and the Leviathan deposit within the Israeli zone. Cyprus and Israel last year delineated their respective exploration rights and exclusive economic zones in the Mediterranean...
  • Obama Seeks Sovereignty Surrender Via LOST Treaty

    05/08/2012 4:41:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2012
    Sovereignty: Even if he's not re-elected, the president hopes to leave behind a treaty giving a U.N. body veto power over the use of our territorial waters and to which we'd be required to give half of our offshore oil revenue. The Law Of The Sea Treaty (LOST) has been lurking in the shadows for decades. Like the Kyoto Protocol that pretended to be an effort to save the earth from the poisoned fruit of the Industrial Revolution, LOST pretends to be an effort to protect the world's oceans from environmental damage and remove it as a cause of potential...
  • Lugar Defeated by Mourdock in Republican Primary

    05/08/2012 4:39:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 95 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., one of the longest-serving members of the Senate, lost the Republican primary to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock on Tuesday. With 14 percent of the vote counted according to the AP tally, NBC News has called the race for Mourdock, who leads Lugar 61 percent to 39 percent. Facing a headwind of tea party anger and hamstrung by a lingering story about his out-of-state residency, Lugar's campaign struggled badly in the final weeks of the campaign to make a forceful case for his re-election. Mourdock's bid was boosted by national conservative support from groups like the anti-tax...
  • Developed Nations At The Precipice Of Oblivion , As End Of The Debt Supercycle Draws Near

    05/08/2012 4:39:09 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    TMO ^ | 5-8-2012 | TGR - John Mauldin
    Developed Nations At The Precipice Of Oblivion , As End Of The Debt Supercycle Draws Near Interest-Rates / Global Debt Crisis 2012 May 08, 2012 - 04:56 AM By: The Gold Report Are developed nations across the globe at the precipice of oblivion? Yep, says pundit John Mauldin. Fresh after the announcement of a new joint venture with Casey Research and the conclusion of his own Strategic Investment Conference in Carlsbad, Mauldin spoke to The Gold Report. He believes that investors have a small window to save their investments from the end of the debt supercycle, but they'll have to...
  • The eugenic philosophy is alive in our culture

    05/08/2012 4:38:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/8/12 | Alex Schadenberg
    The Vatican’s newspaper has published an article by historian Lucetta Scaraffia concerning the translation into Italian for the first time of the 1920 book by Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche, titled, Allowing the destruction of life unworthy of life. The article, “If Life is ‘unworthy of being lived” (see below) offers an historical evaluation of the importance of the book and then it concludes that the basic ideology of the book - i.e. eugenics, or in other words, the elimination of people who are genetically “inferior” or mentally ill - is alive and well in this culture. Many people wrongly...
  • Media Matters, 'Stand Your Ground' and me

    05/08/2012 4:24:27 PM PDT · by Bobbys1963 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 1958 | John Lott
    Media Matters’ Founder David Brock showed no shame when he was caught illegally using guns for his own personal protection. Indeed, Media Matters’ continues to lash out at others who own guns or support letting individuals use guns for the own protection, even increasing their attacks. In April alone, Media Matters ran 32 articles attacking the NRA alone. Additional pieces have defended the Obama administration’s Fast & Furious program and dealt with other gun related topics. Media Matters also attacked me three times over the last two weeks: I had an op-ed in the New York Daily News and an...
  • Gay Marriage Drives North Carolinians to Polls

    05/08/2012 4:23:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | VALERIE BAUERLEIN | VALERIE BAUERLEIN
    RALEIGH, N.C.—Turnout appeared heavy here late Tuesday as voters decide whether historically moderate North Carolina will join some 30 states in passing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as strictly between a man and a woman. Proponents and opponents waved signs and pleaded with voters in the late-afternoon 80-degree heat. The amendment has already driven a record turnout of 500,000 people for early voting, surpassing even the 2008 presidential primary here, when Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton. "Marriage is the basic building block of society," said Tami Fitzgerald, chairwoman of the pro-amendment group Vote for Marriage N.C. "This is a decision...
  • Bureaucrats on Board: Mandating Electronic Recorders for Truckers

    05/08/2012 4:22:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | May 8, 2012 | By James Gattuso
    America’s truckers are known for their independence, often driving alone in their rigs from one end of the country to the other. Now Congress wants to give them company in the form of an electronic “big brother.” Under a provision buried in the 600-page transportation bill recently passed by the Senate, truckers large and small would be required to buy and maintain “electronic on-board recorders” (EOBRs) that would document their travel time and distance. The annual cost to truckers and trucking firms: $2 billion. EOBRs are devices that record how long a truck is in motion and the distance traveled....
  • Obama releases Taliban prisoners while taking none among Romney donors

    05/08/2012 4:19:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    Composites seem to be all the rage this month, with the revelation that Barack Obama used them for girlfriends in one of his books and now his campaign has invented Julia to represent something in the presidential campaign. So, we decided it's our turn to provide a composite of two current news stories that seem to have been largely overlooked in the topsy-turvy news that's afflicting so many of us with dizziness, even six months out from the presidential election. Both of these bizarre stories are true. They come to us courtesy of the Washington Post and the Wall Street...
  • Mike Honda says Pete Stark is fit for office (VIDEO)

    05/08/2012 4:19:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/8/12 | Joe Garofoli
    Nineteen-term congressman Rep. Pete Stark has taken a lot of heat lately — some of it dished by The Chronicle here and here and here — for his unfounded accusations and Congressional record. His Democratic opponent in June’s primary, Alameda County prosecutor Eric Swalwell, went so far as to tell us “I don’t think he’s fit to be in office.” Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, disagrees. At least that’s what the five-term congressman said after we chased him down the hallway and up half a flight of stairs with the SF Chronicle/SFGate.com’s Shaky Hands Productions video crew. ..
  • Indiana Polling Results

    05/08/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by zaxtres · 52 replies
    Here is a link to WISH- TV showing live polls of Indiana: http://indiana.onpolitix.com/pages/72/indiana-election-results 12% Precincts Reporting 61% Mourdock 39% Lugar
  • School pool drains being repaired to meet federal safety regulations

    05/08/2012 4:15:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune Local - Libertyville ^ | May 8, 2012 | By Amy Alderman
    Pre-construction demolition work begins this week on Libertyville and Vernon Hills pools. Pool drains are being repaired to meet federal safety regulations requiring drains that won’t trap swimmers under water. Libertyville’s pool was drained over the weekend and the pool in Vernon Hills was scheduled to to be drained Wednesday. The high school pools were among about 400 public pools and hot tubs statewide that had not yet complied with the law, according to Illinois Department of Public Health officials.
  • House to vote on Trayvon amendment

    05/08/2012 4:14:11 PM PDT · by rarestia · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 May 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida. The amendment, which would withhold some grants from states that have such laws, will come as part of the House's debate on the Commerce Department spending bill. Emphasis added
  • EIA slashes estimates for retail gasoline prices (Still 100% increase since Obama took office)

    05/08/2012 4:13:57 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 5/8/2012 | Paul Rekoff
    U.S. gasoline prices at the pump will be much lower than previously estimated this summer, according to a new government report. The U.S. government downgraded its estimate for the average price of retail gasoline for the summer driving season to $3.79 a gallon from the previous month's $3.95, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook. The report added that prices at the pump already may have peaked for the rest of the year. The report said gasoline averaged $3.90 a gallon last month -- and estimates that the monthly average price will go no higher...
  • Indiana Senate Election Results

    05/08/2012 4:12:01 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 150 replies
    Indiana State Election Commision ^ | 5-8-2012 | Indiana State Election Commision
    Here We Go. Go Mourdock
  • Bomber in Plot on U.S. Airliner Is Said to Be a Double Agent

    05/08/2012 4:04:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 8 , 2012 | SCOTT SHANE and ERIC SCHMITT
    The would-be suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually a double agent who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the suicide mission, American and foreign officials said Tuesday. In an extraordinary intelligence coup, the agent left Yemen, traveling by way of the United Arab Emirates, and delivered both the innovative bomb designed for his air attack and critical information on the group’s leaders to the C.I.A., Saudi and other foreign intelligence agencies. After spending weeks at the center of the terrorist network’s most dangerous affiliate,...
  • EU: Greece drifts closer to euro exit

    05/08/2012 3:58:22 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/8/2012 | Emma Rowley
    A rudderless Greece was drifting closer towards a euro exit on Tuesday night as the man tasked with forming a new government vowed to abandon its austerity promises. Left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was handed a mandate to attempt to form a coalition, after the two mainstream parties failed to reach a deal following Sunday’s inconclusive election. But fresh elections loom as soon as next month, after the politician said he would rip up the agreement under which Athens was bailed out by the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), cancelling cuts and reforms. The turmoil is seen as raising...
  • Lugar makes last ditch appeal to save Senate career

    05/08/2012 3:56:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 70 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/8/12 | Nick Carey and Eric Johnson | Reuters
    INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Senator Richard Lugar appealed to Democrats to cross party lines and vote for him in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday, in a last ditch effort to save his 35-year Senate career from a Tea Party backed rival who accuses him of being too supportive of President Barack Obama. "I've asked very candidly for support from all Hoosiers. Not just Republicans, but Democrats and independents. I'm asking for the Republican Party to expand," Lugar said at his campaign headquarters in Indianapolis on Tuesday, where two dozen volunteers rang a bell each time a voter pledged to vote...
  • Henninger:Memo to the Youth Vote.

    05/08/2012 3:41:17 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-8-12 | daniel henninger
    Why would anyone under the age of 25 vote for Barack Obama in November? Mr. Obama resumed his College Tour 2012 last week, visiting campuses in Iowa, North Carolina and Colorado for the purpose of replicating his 66% youth-vote total from 2008. In 2008, he reeled them in with promises of hope and change. In 2012 he's offering cash, promising to protect 3.4% interest on their college loans. We're about to find out if it's true that when you're young, hope springs eternal. Put differently, the past three years have been a Peter Pan presidency for Peter Pan voters. If...
  • Petty, anti-gun antics from the Ohio Democrat Party and its allies

    05/08/2012 3:39:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | 05/08/2012 | Raquel Okyay
    The anti-gun lobby, the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence and Democratic state officials are aiming their pointy little fingers at state Republican Rep. Margaret Conditt of Liberty Township because she plans to have an election fundraiser at Middletown Sportsmen’s Club on May 12. The club is a -- danger alert -- firing range, and apparently a big no-no if concerned citizens care about gun violence and young people. Firing ranges, being operated by the experts, taking the best possible precautions, are practical, effective and legal; so what is the problem with having a politician conduct a fundraiser at a local...
  • You are the Free Republic—Enhancement and Initiative Announcement

    05/08/2012 3:35:15 PM PDT · by Admin Moderator · 210 replies
    We can’t rely on the media, even the alternative media. Free Republic is announcing a new initiative that gives you a platform. We want to leverage the most powerful minds on the right to make a difference. To do this, we want to bring a new level of activism, the citizen investigator. In the spirit of 1750’s The Pennsylvania Gazette published by Ben Franklin and of Andrew Breitbart. For the longest time, our primary focus has been on looking at what the media presents and investigating it or discussing it. We have been missing something, YOU! Jim has created a...