Forum: News/Activism

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Recap: Woodward Dream Cruise in Ferndale Michigan(With Photos)

    08/19/2012 8:17:01 AM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    Ferndale Patch ^ | 19 August 2012 | Jessica Schrader and Leslie Ellis
    The ground rumbled and the air thundered Saturday as the Woodward Dream Cruise roared through Ferndale. The classic car parade and prime people-watching event was expected to attract 1.5 million people and 40,000 cars to a 16-mile stretch of the historic avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac. Did you attend the Dream Cruise? Add your photos to this gallery by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button above. Read on for a recap of the day's events from Ferndale! [...]
  • Spies, Enigma machine and James Bond's creator

    08/19/2012 8:15:22 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 22 replies
    Edmonton Journal ^ | August 18, 2012 | Kathryn Greenaway
    Date: Aug. 19, 1942 Time: 5 a.m. Location: A stone beach on the northern coast of France. Operation: More than 6,000 Allied forces infantrymen attempt to penetrate a German stronghold. Outcome: Unmitigated disaster. Less than six hours later, 60 per cent of the infantrymen were dead, injured and/or captured; 907 Canadians died. Why the Allied forces allowed the poorly planned Dieppe Raid to move forward has been a mystery for decades - until now. Montreal historian David O'Keefe has solved the mystery and, in the process, has rewritten a defining moment in military history. O'Keefe, a military historian by profession,...
  • Longing for Miss Howard

    08/19/2012 8:14:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Bill Tatro
    Maybe it’s just my naivety, but I long for the days of Ruby Howard. Miss (not Ms.) Howard was not some former Hollywood silent screen star, nor was she a financial or political guru of the past. Miss Howard was simply my ninth grade Social Studies teacher. The simplicity of the 1950s, over a half-century ago, seems like another world and it almost appears we’ve been on a downward spiral ever since. We’ve had some moments of greatness offset with many moments that we’d just as soon forget. When I think of Miss Howard, I recall a teacher who I...
  • Watchdog: Online Social Security file can be goldmine for ID thieves

    08/19/2012 8:01:59 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-19-12 | Debra O'Connor
    Dennis and Linnea Friemann's granddaughter showed them a website, open to everybody, that contains the Social Security numbers of millions of people who have died, including the Friemanns' relatives. "Anyone can now have access to these numbers," the Inver Grove Heights couple complained to the Watchdog. "How can we stop this from happening?" The answer, the Watchdog found, is that they can't. At least for now, the Social Security Death Master File is generally available, and that's a very hot topic in Congress. There are two sides to the debate, and they each have compelling arguments. Banks, pension funds and...
  • Geithner Favors Fannie Mae Debtholders over Taxpayers … Again

    08/19/2012 7:48:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Mark Calabria
    You have to give Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner some credit for spin: today the Treasury announced “Further Steps to Expedite Wind Down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” The only problem is that the steps announced largely put the taxpayer at greater risk in order to protect holders of Fannie and Freddie debt. Essentially, the Treasury has amended its agreements with Fannie and Freddie so that the companies no longer have to pay a fixed dividend to the U.S. taxpayer, but instead “every dollar of profit” from the companies to the taxpayer. The problem is that the Government Sponsored Enterprises...
  • Bill Clinton, And The Right to Express Your Religious Views

    08/19/2012 7:46:16 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Bill Federer
    "From the days of the ancient Maccabees down to our present time, tyrants have sought to deny people the free expression of their faith and the right to live according to their own conscience and convictions".
  • Iran rejects allegation of role in deadly Afghan bombings

    08/19/2012 7:32:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert
    KABUL (Reuters) - Iran has rejected Afghan government claims that Tehran orchestrated a series of suicide bomb attacks earlier this week that killed at least 28 people in Afghanistan, Iran's English-language Press TV reported on Sunday. Afghanistan's spy agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), killed two alleged insurgents and detained three more this week for what they said was their involvement in the bombings this week in Afghanistan's Nimroz province.
  • Document Reveals Accounts Of Vicious Assault From Victim And Suspects (2 Muslims gang rape CO woman)

    08/19/2012 7:26:43 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 27 replies
    KKTV ^ | Aug 16 2012 | Staff
    Court documents reveal that the victim of an alleged vicious sexual assault remembers some of the suspects telling her about being unhappy with the way they were treated in the United States. Five Iraqi nationals were arrested in connection with the case. Two are charged with the crime while all five are charged as accessories with the crime. Some of the victim’s injuries were described by police as being “rarely seen.” "I can tell you this is one of the most horrific sexual assaults I've seen in my career as a police officer," said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado...
  • Coming Soon: Higher Energy Prices, Shortages

    08/19/2012 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Marita Noon
    “Once real numbers have come out about renewable energy costs, people are having second thoughts,” reported Maureen Masten, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources and Senior Advisor on Energy to Governor Bob McDonnell, VA,  while addressing his “all of the above energy” strategy to meet the state’s energy needs. The real costs of renewable energy are coming out—both in dollars and daily impacts. After years of hearing about “free” energy from the sun and wind, people are discovering that they’ve been lied to.On Tuesday, August 14, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved a new renewable energy rate rider that...
  • Skilled Work, Without the Worker (New wave of robots replacing workers in manufacturing)

    08/19/2012 7:23:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/18/2012 | By JOHN MARKOFF
    At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old way. At a sister factory here in the Dutch countryside, 128 robot arms do the same work with yoga-like flexibility. Video cameras guide them through feats well beyond the capability of the most dexterous human. One robot arm endlessly forms three perfect bends in two connector wires and slips them into holes almost too small for the eye to see. The arms work so fast that they must be enclosed in glass cages...
  • Dems dust off, attack 2010 Ryan plan to partially privatize social security

    08/19/2012 7:23:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/18/2012
    Democrats are eagerly renewing their fight against privatizing Social Security now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan as his running mate. It was a fight that didn't go well for the GOP when President George W. Bush pushed the idea in 2005. In his 2010 "Road Map for America's Future," the Wisconsin congressman proposed a plan to allow younger workers to divert more than one-third of their Social Security taxes into personal accounts that they would own and could will to their heirs. Ryan wrote that the accounts would provide workers an opportunity "to build a...
  • L.A mayor’s party will glam uptown (salute to Unca Teddy on opening night)

    08/19/2012 7:21:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 8/18/12 | Tim Funk
    L.A mayor’s party will glam uptownBy Tim Funk Posted: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 An army of A-list celebs and politicos are expected to show up at the N.C. Music Factory on Sept. 5 for a Hollywood-themed gala hosted by L.A. Mayor – and Dem convention chairman – Antonio Villaraigosa. The Dish has learned that the Factory’s Fountain Plaza and Osso Restaurant will get a one-night make-over. Picture palm trees, classic L.A. architecture and lots of California wine. **SNIP** Grandson Joseph Kennedy III, a candidate for Congress, will introduce a video salute to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy on the convention’s...
  • The Not-So-Strong Euro

    08/19/2012 7:19:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Reader Toney writes ... Hello Mish, Please consider writing a piece on your blog explaining why EUR USD is not more eroded.  It would seem that given the Euro zone's current troubles, the Euro would not have remained as strong as it has. I read your blog religiously. Thanks ToneyHello Toney, would not exactly call 1.23 "strong" but certainly there is room to fall. So why is it just sitting? Technically, the euro is at the lower end of a trading range and that would tend to bring out some buyers and some short covering. From that aspect, one might...
  • India bans mass text messages to stem panic among minorities

    08/19/2012 7:12:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 17 Aug 2012 | Dean Nelson,
    The Indian government banned bulk text messages on Friday in an attempt to halt the exodus of thousands of migrant workers from Bangalore and other major cities following false warnings of attacks on them. An estimated 15,000 people from Assam and states in north-eastern India ... have fled India’s IT capital and other cities including Chennai, Mumbai and Pune, after receiving text messages warning them of imminent attacks. The messages spread panic among the north-eastern minorities who were already fearful following recent clashes between members of Assam’s Bodo tribe and Bangladeshi settlers in in the state. More than 30,000 are...
  • Shame on Senator Frank R. Lautenberg!

    08/19/2012 6:59:18 AM PDT · by tselatysr · 12 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-08-19 06:14:32 | Rabbi Dr.Zucker
    By Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. ZuckerNew Jersey's senior U.S. Senator, Frank R. Lautenberg, published an article[1] ("Romney must stop playing politics with Israel") in the August 15, 2012 edition of The Jerusalem Post for which he should be thoroughly ashamed; it is a political smear and loaded with distortions and outright lies. It is a desperate attempt to stop the erosion[2] of Jewish votes from supporting the re-election of President Barack H. Obama that several polls[3] over the past few weeks have indicated is occurring.  Lautenberg's article is truly an ugly case of the kettle calling the pot black, and...
  • MSNBC Allows Black Commentator Toure to Use N-Word to Describe Romney

    08/19/2012 6:50:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Crystal Wright
    Vice-President Biden tells blacks, Romney’s “gonna put y’all back in chains.” Mitt Romney accuses Obama of running a campaign of “anger and division.” Then MSNBC host Toure charges Romney with engaging in the “niggerization” of Obama. WHAT? As my black father (note emphasis) said, “That’s the most unintellectual thing I’ve ever heard. Is he [Toure] making up words” ? Toure’s making up words and spinning fiction! (Evidently, that’s what a former musical journalist turned political pundit does.) If Biden had included the “n-word” in his me (white) versus “you blacks” statement, Toure may have expressed mild outrage at the remarks....
  • Wolf-hunting on Wall Street (Obama's Swiss Banker dumped by UBS, desperate for Obama's reelection)

    08/19/2012 6:37:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/19/12 | Page 6
    There appears to be a wealth of Wall Street sniping about Robert Wolf’’s departure from UBS after being described as a “fat cat with the president’s ear.” Wolf resigned as chairman of UBS Americas and president of global investment banking last month to set up his own firm, 32 Advisors. He’s among President Obama’s leading fund-raisers, a regular face at the White House and even golfs with Obama. He also makes regular Obama-friendly TV appearances, despite the president’s perceived anti-Wall Street rhetoric. A source told us, “Wall Street insiders are sniping that Wolf’s new career path appears to be serving...
  • Q&A: Oregon Police Chief leads lonely charge for stricter gun buyer background checks (Wisconsin)

    08/19/2012 6:28:00 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 19 aug 2012 | Steven Elbow
    In an era in which pro-gun advocates have been racking up a string of victories, Doug Pettit is trying to hit the brakes. The Oregon police chief, who serves as the legislative chairman for the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, is one of the most vocal proponents of expanding background checks for gun buyers. Pettit and his group are part of a national push by the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, which hopes to convince federal lawmakers to mandate background checks on people who purchase guns at gun shows, flea markets and other venues that don’t involve...
  • Illegal IRS Rule to Increase Taxes & Spending under Obamacare

    08/19/2012 6:26:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    The written testimony that Jonathan Adler and I submitted for the House Oversight Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s unlawful attempt to increase taxes and spending under Obamacare is now online. An excerpt: Contrary to the clear language of the statute and congressional intent, this [IRS] rule issues tax credits in health insurance “exchanges” established by the federal government. It thus triggers a $2,000-per-employee tax on employers and appropriates billions of dollars to private health insurance companies in states with a federal Exchange, also contrary to the clear language of the statute and congressional intent. Since those illegal expenditures will exceed...
  • Delegation penalties to remain unchanged at Republican convention

    08/19/2012 6:22:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 19, 2012
    The five states penalized for shifting their presidential primaries earlier than Republican National Committee rules permit will retain those penalties, each sending only half of its allocated delegates to the GOP convention later this month. Florida’s decision to shift its primary from March 6 to Jan. 31 sparked a political game of musical chairs, with a number of states subsequently moving their primaries back to retain significance in the drawn-out GOP nominating process. New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Arizona all scheduled earlier primaries, and Iowa moved its caucus up, flouting RNC rules concerning scheduling that had been dictated at...
  • President Obama Is MIA on Fiscal Policy

    08/19/2012 6:19:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    feel like a pendulum this election season. Something will happen that makes me want to eviscerate Obama’s statist policies and I’ll write a foaming-at-the-mouth post warning that the President is turning America into Greece. But then Romney will do something odious and I’ll sound the warning sign with a we-don’t-need-another-big-spender-like-Bush post.Today, it’s Obama’s turn on the chopping block. I went on Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business News program and commented on the fact that the President doesn’t have a fiscal plan.We started by discussing the President’s failure to embrace the findings of his own Fiscal Commission and then shifted to the...
  • Chick-fil-A flap embroils N.Y.U.; Vote on fall menu

    08/19/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 48 replies
    The Villager ^ | Aug 19 2012 | Gary Shapiro
    A local food fight is causing a lot of squawking in the Village. The ruckus began when Dan Cathy, president of the Atlanta-based restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, criticized gay marriage. N.Y.U.’s Weinstein Residence Hall, which is currently closed for summer break, serves food from this company. The Village location is the only Chick-fil-A franchise in the city. Hillary Dworkoski, a former student at N.Y.U.’s Gallatin School of Indi-vidualized Study, caused a lot of clucking by circulating a petition at, urging N.Y.U. to stop doing business with Chick-fil-A. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, stirred the pot...
  • To what conservative Senatorial candidate should I send my money? (vanity)

    08/19/2012 6:16:39 AM PDT · by bert · 47 replies
    08/19/12 | Bert
    To what conservative Senatorial candidate should I send my money? The preservation of conservative principle and ideals is a good thing, a necessary thing, and must be applauded. The continued application of principle to a short term situation in which all aspects of conservatism cannot be brought to bear becomes an exercise in futility and wasted time and effort. Such is the case in the current presidential election. Conservatism cannot have an effect on choosing an opponent to run against Obama. That decision was made in the primaries. There are pretenders who will take you money and your pretend vote...
  • Who Lost Egypt?

    08/19/2012 6:04:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    n 1949, the Communist takeover of China rattled the US foreign policy establishment to its core. China's fall to Communism was correctly perceived as a massive strategic defeat for the US. The triumphant Mao Zedong placed China firmly in the Soviet camp and implemented foreign policies antithetical to US interests. For the American foreign policy establishment, China's fall forced a reconsideration of basic axioms of US foreign policy. Until China went Red, the view resonant among foreign policy specialists was that it was possible for the US to peacefully coexist and even be strategic allies with Communists. With Mao's embrace...
  • Atlas shrugged? Manufacturing seems worn out

    08/19/2012 6:02:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Aug 19, 2012 | Greg Robb
    Economic Preview Aug. 19, 2012, 12:02 a.m. EDT Atlas shrugged? Manufacturing seems worn out By Greg Robb, MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — There are signs that the manufacturing sector, which has led the economic recovery, is about to take a breather. “It seems like the [factory] sector is stuck in neutral,” said Guy Berger, an economist at RBS in New York. Several factors appear to be at work, economists said. Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation’s facility in Coshocton, Ohio. Weakness in the global economy is cutting back exports. And factory owners are uncertain about how the outcome of the November election and what...
  • Anti-Japan protests break out in 8 Chinese cities over isle row

    08/19/2012 5:57:43 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Aug. 19, 2012 - 05:20PM JST
    Protests against Japan broke out in at least eight Chinese cities on Sunday, as authorities allowed thousands of people to show their anger over a bitter territorial row between the two nations. The demonstrations—which saw Japanese shops and cars targeted in some cities—erupted after Japanese nationalists landed on an island claimed by both countries. The latest anti-Japan protests are thought to be the most widespread in China since 2005, when several cities saw demonstrations over a slew of grievances including Japan’s wartime atrocities. In the southern city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, protesters waved Chinese flags and shouted slogans...
  • Term Limits for the Media

    08/19/2012 5:55:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 19. 2012 | Paul Jacob
    Years ago, working for a pro-term limits group, I was asked by a reporter what was meant by a clumsily-worded statement in our press packet announcing that we “provide information about term limits for the media.” The reporter was fixated on the phrase “term limits for the media” and, well, sorta panicked. Term limits are popular, after all. I jovially explained that “for” people laboring in the media we would “provide information” — that is, studies and press releases and backgrounders and stuff . . . about term limits for politicians. In other words: relax, reporters; we weren’t launching a...
  • Sudan plane crash kills up to 31 including religious affairs minister

    08/19/2012 5:52:38 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Times of India ^ | Aug 19, 2012, 05.25PM IST
    KHARTOUM: Up to 31 people including at least one Sudanese minister were killed when a plane taking them to an Islamic festival crashed in the south of the country, an official and state media said on Sunday. The plane went down in mountains around Talodi, a town in the border state of South Kordofan, while taking a government delegation there to celebrate the festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, state news agency SUNA said. State television reported that 26 passengers were killed, among them Guidance and Endowments (religious affairs) Minister Ghazi al-Sadeq. Abdel Hafiz Abdel...
  • Are taxes and charity equitable?

    08/19/2012 5:52:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Are taxes a form of charitable donation? Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney seemed to suggest that he might think so last week, when he responded to questions about how much he pays in taxes by suggesting that people should take into account his total contributions to the government and charities. The comment was a quick one — a by-golly insistence that despite paying a relatively low tax rate on his vast income, the millions he has given to charity show that he’s not a greedy guy. But experts who research public attitudes on philanthropy on both sides of the political...
  • Joan Walsh Accuses Ann Romney Of Throwing 'Tantrum' Over Tax Returns

    08/19/2012 5:51:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When it comes to family members of Republican presidential candidates, looks like the MSM has decided they're fair game for attacks. Yesterday we noted how ABC's Bianna Golodryga claimed that Paul Ryan's mother was campaigning in a "very calculated" manner. Today we offer Joan Walsh into evidence. Appearing on the weekend edition of MSNBC's "Hardball," the Salon editor accused Ann Romney of throwing a "tantrum" over her husband's decision to release no more than two years of tax returns. View the video here.
  • Egyptian man beats pregnant wife for taking off veil in heat

    08/19/2012 5:28:02 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 23 replies
    ANSA ^ | 08/17/12
    An Egyptian man brutally beat his pregnant wife Friday after she took off her veil in an attempt to find relief from the scorching heat [in Sicily].
  • Fort Hood Shooter Trial Delayed Indefinitely Over Beard

    08/19/2012 5:19:25 AM PDT · by SLB · 95 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Augnust 18, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A military appeals court placed the trial for accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan on hold indefinitely Friday amid continuing issues surrounding Hasan’s refusal to shave his beard, CNN reported. The court martial was first halted Wednesday so the appeals court could consider the Army psychiatrist’s objections to being forcibly shaved. He has been fined and held in contempt repeatedly for remaining bearded, which is a violation of Army regulations, but says the facial hair is an expression of his faith. Hasan, 41, is an American-born Muslim. Hasan’s court martial had been scheduled to start Monday for the 2009...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 August 2012

    08/19/2012 5:14:43 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 282 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 August 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 19th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Ed Gillespie, adviser to Romney's campaign; Robert Gibbs, adviser to Obama's campaign. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Govs. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., and Bob McDonnell, R-Va.; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Ted Cruz, Republican Senate nominee in Texas.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress.THIS WEEK (ABC): Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; Kevin...
  • The American Dream, or the Dreams of Obama’s Father?

    08/19/2012 5:13:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Austin Hill
    You think President Obama is avoiding the subject of the economy? Think again. In reality, thoughts and ideas about the economy, and about economics, and about money – especially thoughts about other people’s money – animate just about everything that President Obama says and does. He is fixated on his belief that it is a grave injustice for a private individual, family or organization to be financially successful, and he is determined that his presidency will be the one to save our country from this “problem.” So, while President Obama conveniently ignores the data on our current economic conditions –...
  • Howie Carr thread week of Aug 19, 2012

    08/19/2012 5:13:12 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 15 replies ^ | 8/19/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column. Excerpt: >>The more the campaign goes on, the more desperate the bowtied bumkissers of the lamestream media become in their attempts to save the failed administration of their hero. The latest example: A hip-hop expert went on MSNBC (where else?) and claimed that using the word “angry” to describe Barack Obama is racist. Then he threw in the n-word for good measure. Angry used to be popular with this crowd, at least when describing “angry white men” (Republican voters) or “temper tantrums” (GOP victories). But now “angry”...
  • History of the Second Amendment

    Dick does a nice job of explaining (and defending) the 2nd Amendment.
  • Ryan: ‘Bring on’ Medicare Fight

    08/19/2012 5:01:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Salena Zito
    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says he wants “to bring on” the Medicare debate with the Obama administration in the campaign for the White House. “We are heading towards a European-like debt crisis which means a deeper recession, fewer jobs, lower revenues and bigger deficits if we don’t get our fiscal house in order fast,” Ryan said on Thursday in an interview with the Tribune-Review. The Wisconsin congressman, tapped last weekend by Mitt Romney to join the GOP ticket, discussed the campaign after a rally and an unscheduled stop for hot dogs and hand-shaking at The Hot Dog Shoppe...
  • Chesterfield man held in hospital on concerns over Internet posts

    A Chesterfield County man and Marine veteran is in a local hospital after being picked up by federal and local law enforcement officials concerned about threatening Internet postings. Brandon J. Raub, 26, was in Hopewell's John Randolph Medical Center on Saturday. "I'm currently in John Randolph in the psychiatric ward being held against my will," Raub said in a telephone interview. Reports of his detention Thursday have gone viral on the Internet. Raub said Secret Service, FBI and Chesterfield police officers came to his home Thursday. "They were concerned about me calling for the arrest of government officials," he said....
  • Trees found to be emitting methane gas (Now the trees are part of the GW conspiracy)

    08/19/2012 4:52:40 AM PDT · by raybbr · 36 replies ^ | Sunday, 19 Aug 2012 | N/A
    UNION, Conn. (AP) — It's time to add gassy trees to the list of climate concerns. According to a new study by Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, diseased trees may be releasing unusually large amounts of methane gas into the air. If the data holds up, it could alter forest management strategies around the world and change the calculations for how much trees are able to offset carbon emissions. "If we're using forests as a climate mitigation tool, we have to know what we're getting," said Kristofer Covey, a Ph.D. candidate who worked on the study. "Carbon...
  • Bomber kills 7 Russian policemen at funeral

    08/19/2012 4:47:51 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | SERGEI VENYAVSKY
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up as policemen in southern Russia gathered Sunday for the funeral of a slain colleague, killing at least seven of the policemen and badly wounding 12 other people, investigators said. The funeral was held at the home of an officer who had been shot dead the night before by militants in Ingushetia, one of the predominantly Muslim republics in Russia's restive North Caucasus region. ...In Ingushetia, Governor Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said the militants had killed the police officer to set up the suicide attack at the funeral the next day.
  • Veteran honored by skydive at funeral

    08/19/2012 4:45:08 AM PDT · by SLB · 3 replies
    The News Enterprise ^ | August 19, 2012 | Jill Pickett
    Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Engel lands at Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens during the funeral of James Maynard Pile, to honor the veteran Saturday. The family wanted a skydiver at the funeral of their loved one, who was an Army paratrooper in World War II and was shot upon landing on a battlefield in France.
  • Egypt’s Military and the Arab Spring

    08/19/2012 4:39:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/18/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Things are bad, and they are going to get worse. Earlier this week, I wrote about Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. He is a Muslim Brotherhood adherent who rose to the rank of general in Egypt’s military — the armed forces he has just been tapped to command by Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood eminence who was elected president of Egypt a few weeks back. My column was prompted by the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of Sissi’s appointment, which strained to put a positive spin on an unfolding catastrophe. The Journal has been all in on the “Arab Spring” fairy tale from the...
  • Voters Want a Champion

    08/19/2012 4:25:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Salena Zito
    BEALLSVILLE, Ohio – Seventy-plus men walked out of the ground, overalls and hardhats covered in coal dust, and onto the risers of a stage built for a Mitt Romney speech. To onlookers, mostly press and staffers, the image was stunning. To the 2,600 family members gathered in the gravel parking lot or under tents, eating hotdogs and drinking pop, it was a moment of immense pride. This is what we do, said Tim Wiles: “We make things. We provide energy for the state, food for our families, and businesses are sustained around the county because they make money from...
  • U.S. Says Iraqis Are Helping Iran to Skirt Sanctions

    08/19/2012 4:24:04 AM PDT · by StevenFlorida · 18 replies
    WASHINGTON — When President Obama announced last month that he was barring a Baghdad bank from any dealings with the American banking system, it was a rare acknowledgment of a delicate problem facing the administration in a country that American troops just left: for months, Iraq has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions imposed on Tehran because of its nuclear program. The little-known bank singled out by the United States, the Elaf Islamic Bank, is only part of a network of financial institutions and oil-smuggling operations that, according to current and former American and Iraqi government officials and experts on...
  • Gun-buying enthusiasts crash firearms 'turn-in' event at Memorial Coliseum(OR)

    08/19/2012 4:20:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 18 August, 2012 | Allan Brettman
    David West behaved as a cattle buyer might when a prized bull entered the auction ring. "One-hundred fifty for the revolver sir!" West shouted. "It's not too late!" Alas, it was too late because the man with the pearl-handled revolver proceeded to turn over the firearm Saturday afternoon in exchange for a $75 Fred Meyer gift card. He chose that route rather than sell the gun for more money to West or any of a half-dozen men standing on a sidewalk between North Broadway Street and a parking lot north of Memorial Coliseum. They were among a group of gun...
  • The Left and their anti-bomb campaign

    08/19/2012 3:37:23 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Steven Plaut
    The entire Israeli Left has by now morphed into a “Solidarity with Iran” movement. It seems to be united over little else besides its desire to see Iran get nuclear weapons. Almost every single Op-Ed in Haaretz and half of its news stories these days are devoted to lobbying AGAINST any possible Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. A petition by 300 of Israel’s “intellectuals” just called upon Israeli pilots to refuse to participate in any Israeli strike against Iran. Among those signers was the ex-Dean of the Law School at Tel Aviv University, a chronic contender for a Supreme...
  • Can traditional schools learn a lesson from charters' efficiency? [Charters want say in lawsuit]

    08/19/2012 3:34:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | August 18, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    Harmony Public Schools appears to have cracked the code. The charter school system, with 38 campuses across Texas and more than 23,000 students, regularly produces students who excel at math, science and engineering. And they do it on a shoestring. Harmony's five schools in Austin spent $7,923 per student in 2010-11 on operating expenses, almost $1,600 less than the Austin school district and about $800 less than the statewide average. Harmony's schools have also consistently beat the rest of the state on standardized test scores even while educating about the same proportion of students considered at risk of dropping out....
  • Marriage fight divides state's Catholics (Minnesota)

    08/19/2012 3:21:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 18, 2012 | ROSE FRENCH
    ***Those who oppose the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage are organizing, putting them at odds with bishops.*** [BIG SNIP] ......Groups of lay Catholics and former priests have spoken out against the bishops' campaign. Some parents and students also have criticized the church's move to talk about marriage in [archdiocesan] high schools. Active Catholics have met in Protestant churches to talk about how to defeat the amendment. Catholics and other faith groups have held meetings in their homes, like the one at Burg's house, where representatives for the anti-amendment Minnesotans United for All Families encourage them to hold conversations...
  • Oil boom gives railroads new life

    08/19/2012 3:10:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 19, 2012 | ADAM BELZ
    CAMERON, WIS. - The last time a train crawled east out of Cameron, rolling through town at about 5 miles per hour, a railroad worker stood on the front of the locomotive, peering at the warped rail and broken ties to make sure the train wouldn't slip off the track. The railroad gave the line over to weeds and saplings for more than a decade. The state almost turned it into a bike trail. But now Canadian National Railway is spending $35 million to rebuild the track. Why? Frac sand. Voracious demand for the hard, round sand of Wisconsin and...
  • Boston Globe: Biden should apologize for “back in chains” remark

    08/19/2012 3:06:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 17, 2012 | Staff Editorial
    When Vice President Joe Biden warned a Virginia rally of hundreds of African Americans that Republican efforts to loosen bank regulations meant “They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” Stephanie Cutter, Team Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said the president would have “no problem with those comments.” But imagine if Republican Paul Ryan uttered comments like that. Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president would be pilloried for racial insensitivity — and so would Romney. In the fight for civility and substance over pointless hyperbole, Biden may not be the worst offender. But he’s an offender nonetheless, and he should apologize....