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  • American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge

    02/27/2013 4:28:09 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem. Click here to read the lawsuit. Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty...
  • Seeing Politico 44's Tagline:'A Living Diary of the Obama Presidency' Just Makes Me Want to Puke

    02/27/2013 4:26:10 PM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Reading the Politico 44 article at FR about our new Secretary of Defense, Politico quotes Obama as the US now having the Defense Secretary it needs triggered within me a downward emotional process of anger, bitterness, revulsion at what is so very palpable, the meticulously orchestrated all-encompassing Machiavellian plan by Obama that touches upon every facet of American power, life that he has long been watering at the mouth in which to facilitate, bring to fruition, to render America a geopolitical non-entity, economically, militarily. His plan involving the various, disparate components, aspects that have made America great, now in the...
  • Russian parliament backs ban on 'gay propaganda

    02/27/2013 4:26:03 PM PST · by Westbrook · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:49pm EST | Gabriela Baczynska and Alissa de Carbonnel
    Russia's parliament backed a draft law on Friday banning "homosexual propaganda" in what critics see as an attempt to shore up support for President Vladimir Putin in the country's largely conservative society. ... "We live in Russia, not Sodom and Gomorrah," United Russia deputy Dmitry Sablin said before the 388-1 vote in the 450-seat chamber.
  • The Malignancy in Federal Medical Research

    02/27/2013 4:23:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    When George W. Bush was stumping as a "compassionate conservative" in the closing days of the 2000 presidential campaign, he went to Florida and repeated a campaign promise to double the funding for the National Institutes of Health. "I will lead a medical moon shot to reach far beyond what seems possible today and discover new cures for age-old afflictions," Bush said. After he won Florida by a famously narrow margin -- and thus was elected president despite losing the nationwide popular vote -- Bush basically made good on his funding promise. In fiscal 2000, the NIH spent $15.415 billion;...
  • EPA Funding Climbed 51% Since 2008

    02/27/2013 4:20:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 27, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is up by more than half—in real dollars—since 2008, according to calculations based on Treasury Department data. In 2008, EPA funding was $7,938,000,000, according to the Final Monthly Treasury Statement for fiscal year 2008. That would be $8,464,894,460 in real 2012 dollars, according to the BLS calculator. The same Treasury report said EPA funding climbed to $12,796,000,000 in fiscal year 2012. That’s a 51.1 percent funding increase from four years earlier. …
  • BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing (on CNN)

    02/27/2013 4:17:16 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/2713 | Brett LoGiurato
    Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester. CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined. "I think they're confused," Woodward said of the White House's pushback on his reporting. Earlier today on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran...
  • Budget Cuts Could Force Army and Marines to Cut 200,000 Troops

    02/27/2013 4:13:38 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 27 Feb 13 | John McCormack
    Many conservatives and Republicans are greeting the looming sequestration spending cuts with a collective yawn. "The much-ballyhooed 'sequester' is a cut of $85 billion in a nearly $4 trillion federal budget. Good, let’s do it," writes one contributor to National Review Online's symposium on sequestration. It's true that sequestration is a tiny cut to total federal spending. But it is also true that sequestration is a major cut to defense spending. According to the House Armed Services Committee, the 2011 Budget Control Act (the law that imposed both spending caps and sequestration) will force the Marine Corps to shrink by...
  • LGBT Rights Group Sues School for Banning Transgender 6-Year-Old Boy from Girls’ Bathroom

    02/27/2013 4:01:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 27, 2013 | Penny Starr
    A six-year-old boy who has been told that he cannot use the girls’ restroom at his elementary school is being discriminated against, because he is transgender, an LGBT advocacy group claims in a civil rights complaint, according to a report in a Colorado Springs newspaper, The Gazette. Coy Mathis’ mother said her son has lived as a girl, including dressing in girls’ clothing, using the girls’ bathroom at school and having teachers refer to her as a girl. “We socially transitioned her to a girl, which at that age means merely changing pronouns and growing her hair out,” Kathryn Mathis...
  • Obama Rationing Plan Revealed in Lawsuit

    02/27/2013 4:01:17 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    A federal lawsuit has revealed one of Obama's rationing plans. The Administration says states can cut Medicaid payments to doctors and other providers to hold down costs -- until they decide not to and states are stuck with the bill. This is a breathtaking statement. President Obama's signature law, Obamacare, adds 16 million people to Medicaid. It offers states the "opportunity" to expand Medicaid at no cost for the first two years, and then offers to pay 90% of the cost in perpetuity of all individuals eligible under the expansion. The law also increases payment to primary care doctors for...
  • Conservative Justices Doubt Ongoing Validity Of 1965 Voting Rights Act

    02/27/2013 3:59:58 PM PST · by algernon_garnock · 14 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 02-27-2013 | Nina Totenberg
    It was a historic moment at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices heard a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The landmark law spurred exponential growth in minority voting and is credited with getting many more minorities elected to office. But opponents say its time has passed, and the court's five conservative justices voiced strong doubts about the law's ongoing validity.
  • How Obama Wins

    02/27/2013 3:53:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    President Obama is one of the great political knife-fighters in modern history. He is a failed president -- his economy is bleak, his foreign policy bleaker, his vision for American even bleaker still. But he wins. He wins by losing. President Obama has only had two major policy victories during his tenure: the stimulus package and Obamacare. Both are massively unpopular. The stimulus package launched the tea party movement. Obamacare led to the Republican wipeout of 2010. Then Obama began to lose. He wasn't able to push forward climate change legislation or immigration reform or gun control or increased taxes...
  • Woodward: Very Senior Obama White House Official Threatened Me Over Sequester Reporting

    02/27/2013 3:51:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 115 replies
    CNN via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    "Very senior person" at White House emailed Bob Woodward "you're going to regret doing this," says Woodward live now on @CNN.
  • Cuomo Announces Plans To Modify Gun Control Law To Exempt Film Industry

    02/27/2013 3:50:27 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | February 27, 2013
    Just a month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the strictest gun control law in the country, state officials plan to make some exemptions. The law toughened restrictions on military-style rifles and high-capacity semiautomatic handguns, but those restrictions will be changed so those types of weapons can be used on the sets of television shows and movies being shot in New York.
  • Phony Minorities and the New Gay Hell

    02/27/2013 3:47:24 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 12 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | February 9, 2013 | Thomas Clough
    Are girls with eating disorders an oppressed minority? I ask this question because the rexies are demanding some respect. ------------ If all of this is more than you can imagine, then come to terms with these historical facts: this fanciful arc of an upcoming Rise of the Rexies is exactly the pathway to “gay acceptance” that was paved by homosexual activists. This is the history of the Gay Movement. ------------ The media campaign of gay activists is modeled on a battle plan scripted by the queer theorists Marshall Kirk and Erastes Pill. This strategic document is appropriately titled “The Overhauling...
  • Committee passes gun bill without doctor provision

    02/27/2013 3:46:20 PM PST · by lacrew · 5 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | February 27, 2013 | Andy Marso
    A House committee on Wednesday passed a gun rights bill after removing — for now — a provision barring doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. House Bill 2199, dubbed the "Second Amendment Protection Act" by supporters, mainly focuses on prohibiting the federal government from regulating guns manufactured and sold within the boundaries of Kansas. But a secondary provision that would have made it illegal for any doctor other than a psychiatrist to ask about gun ownership threatened to hold it up.
  • US praises Germany’s “exemplary leadership” in Europe (John Kerry)

    02/27/2013 3:45:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02/27/2013 @ 09:58 | Valentina Pop
    On his first trip to Berlin as US foreign secretary, John Kerry on Tuesday (26 February) praised Germany’s leadership in Europe and made a strong case for an EU-US free trade agreement. … “What you’re doing now in Germany is so remarkable in terms of leading Europe and expressing a vision about where we can go together,” Kerry told the young audience. He repeated the compliment when meeting Merkel, thanking “Germany's exemplary leadership.” …
  • Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots (outstanding read alert!)

    02/27/2013 3:43:25 PM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Monte Perlin's World ^ | February 27, 2013
    H. L. Mencken correctly observed: Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent. Mencken also was prescient: As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. But this is not about Mr. Mencken....
  • DOW HITS NEW BULL-MARKET HIGH (+175): Here's What You Need To Know

    02/27/2013 3:41:49 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Sam Ro
    DOW HITS NEW BULL-MARKET HIGH: Here's What You Need To Know Sam RoFebruary 27, 2013, 4:00 PMWow! What a huge day for stocks. First the scoreboard: Dow: 14,075, +175.2 pts, +1.2 percent S&P 500: 1,515, +19.0 pts, +1.2 percent NASDAQ: 3,162, +32.6 pts, +1.0 percent And now the top stories: * The Dow closed at a new post-crisis, bull-market high. The S&P 500 got close. Both indices are near their all-time highs. The Dow closed at its all-time high of 14,164 on October 9, 2007. The S&P closed at its all-time high of 1,565 that same day. * The big...
  • U.S. felons a potentially powerful yet shunned voting bloc

    02/27/2013 3:39:31 PM PST · by yoe · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2012 | Thomas Ferraro
    Felons could account for up to 10 percent of the roughly 130 million Americans expected to vote in the November 6 election, more than enough to affect the razor-thin margins that could determine the outcome.
  • Chris Matthews: Support Gun Control or an American President Could Be Murdered

    02/27/2013 3:37:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/27/13 | Scott Whitlock
    In a closing commentary on Wednesday, Hardball's Chris Matthews ranted that opposing gun control could lead to the assassination of a future American president or politician. Matthews fumed that he supports new restrictions because "the next mass shooter could well emerge out of this pack" of the "politically nutty." He lobbied, "Check the shooters of John F. Kennedy and Jerry Ford, who got out twice. Look at the men that shot Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and George Wallace. They all had political motives and they all had guns." In the very next sentence, Matthews sneered,...