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  • Democrats worried about Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts

    05/04/2012 8:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Are Democrats about to lose the Senate seat held by the Kennedys since before I was born ... again? According to the Boston Herald’s Joe Battenfeld, a number of Democrats in Massachusetts are aghast over Elizabeth Warren's faceplant on her claims to Native American heritage, and now worry about whether her campaign has completely derailed: Elizabeth Warren’s stumbling efforts to douse the firestorm surrounding her claims of being a Native American minority have raised concerns among local and national Democrats who are questioning her campaign’s competence.“There’s nobody watching this that doesn’t think she’s in big trouble,” one well-known Massachusetts Democrat...
  • [MN] GOP leaders scrap roofless stadium plan, set end-of-session path

    05/04/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by topher · 31 replies
    Politics in Minnesota ^ | May 3, 2012 | by Briana Bierschbach
    An 11th-hour Republican Vikings stadium plan that would have paid for the states share with general obligation bonds was declared dead late Thursday morning, and in its wake House GOP leaders pledged to hold a long-awaited floor vote next Monday on the stadium bill authored by Rep. Morrie Lanning and Sen. Julie Rosen. House leaders said they also hope to vote on their 2012 bonding bill Monday. GOP leaders said that serious questions about using general obligation bonds to pay for the states portion of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings have forced them to drop the plan, which...
  • Obamas Eligibility, the Gwatney Murder and the Planned Parenthood Attack;

    05/04/2012 8:13:00 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Conservative Commune ^ | APRIL 4, 2012 | DAN COLLINS
    Obamas Eligibility, the Gwatney Murder and the Planned Parenthood Attack; BY DAN COLLINS APRIL 4, 2012 When the Planned Parenthood in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, was bombed on the eve of Wisconsins primaries, all I could say was that it wasnt helpful. In the event, the bomb, apparently a plastic beverage container filled with gasoline, did little damage, thankfully. And I am thankful about it, because I detest this sort of attack. The suspect, who appears already to have pleaded guilty, is one Francis Grady from the nearby town of Little Chute. Stacys been on top of the case, and...
  • US Hiring Slows Sharply With Just 115K Jobs Added

    05/04/2012 8:07:50 AM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    AP ^ | Fri, 05/04/2012 - 10:01am | Christopher S. Rugaber,
    WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April for the second straight month, evidence of an economy still growing only sluggishly. The unemployment rate dipped, but only because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy added just 115,000 jobs in April. That's below March's upwardly revised 154,000 jobs and far fewer than the pace earlier this year. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent last month from 8.2 percent in March. It has fallen a full percentage point since August to a three-year low. But last month's decline was...
  • Failed plot to blow up Ohio bridge highlights potential 'Occupy' link to violence

    05/04/2012 7:53:17 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The 'Occupy' movement is scrambling to distance itself from five men charged with plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, but authorities have long been concerned about the group's potential to inspire violence. Aside from some vandalism and skirmishes with police, notably in Seattle and Oakland, the movement has largely stuck to its nonviolent approach. But the angry rhetoric of 'Occupy' leaders has long concerned authorities, and an internal Department of Homeland Security memo leaked earlier this year warned that fringe members could be driven to acts of terror, such as the thwarted plot to blow up a busy...
  • Osama bin Laden hoped to kill Obama, make 'utterly unprepared' Biden president

    05/04/2012 7:37:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    ny daily news ^ | may 3, 2012 | jonathan lemire
    But Bin Laden, who was killed in a Navy SEALs raid a year ago this week, still believed his fragmented organization could deliver a horrific blow to the U.S. He wrote that he wanted to target airplanes carrying President Obama and Army Gen. David Petraeus, at the time the leader of the American military effort in Afghanistan. Bin Laden wrote that a successful assassination would propel an utterly unprepared Vice President Biden into the Oval Office and send the United States spiraling into chaos.
  • Rubio and Birthright Citizenship

    05/04/2012 7:25:23 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 419 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/4/2012 | Cindy Simpson
    Those conservatives who argue against "birthright citizenship" have just been thrown under the same bus as the "birthers" -- whether or not they like it, or the GOP admits it. The mainstream media, longtime foes against reform of the anchor baby practice, have been happy to help. And instead of quietly watching while a sizeable portion of the Republican party is run over, as in the case of the "birthers," we now have the GOP establishment lending the media a hand in brushing aside many immigration reform advocates -- by pushing the selection of Senator Marco Rubio for the VP...
  • Best Buy Employee Wrongly 'Outed' Denver Man

    05/04/2012 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05-03-2012 | Susanna Kim
    A heterosexual man in Denver claims that a Best Buy employee wrongly "outed" him on Facebook after he left his phone for repair. Rich Dewberry said he brought in his mobile device to get fixed and was given a new phone. Shortly afterward, his Facebook status read, "I am gay, I'm coming out." "The phone just started ringing constantly after that from [an] ex-spouse to friends," he told ABC's Denver affiliate, KMGH. Dewberry said he was logged into his Facebook account on the phone he left with the store. "I feel I have been humiliated. My reputation has been tarnished,"...
  • Summit Could Mean Airport-Style Security On Metra Electric, South Shore Trains (Chicago)

    05/04/2012 7:15:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    CBS 2 -Chicago ^ | May 3, 2012 | Jay Levine
    Some stations on the Metra Electric Line and South Shore Line could be shut down during the upcoming NATO summit, and passengers at other stations could face airport-style security screenings, due to the Secret Service security plan that could be released as soon as Friday afternoon. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has exclusive details on those security measures, which the Secret Service is expected to officially unveil on Friday, or at the very latest, on Monday. Federal officials have promised the announcement will include a comprehensive list of street closures and parking restrictions surrounding the NATO summit.
  • Parents' claws out after teachers' odd form of discipline (Kids forced to Crawl and Meow)

    05/04/2012 7:13:05 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 05-04-2012 | John MacCormack
    About all that is certain regarding the bizarre situation with fifth-graders in Junction is that when the teacher tells you to hush, responding with meows isn't the brightest idea. And maybe forcing the entire fifth-grade class to crawl down the school's track, meowing as they went along, wasn't a well-thought-out disciplinary response. Junction, a quiet town of 2,700 about 120 miles west of San Antonio, is best known for its beautiful rivers and its annual ranch rodeo. But in the wake of the Wednesday showdown at the elementary school, it's getting a different sort of attention. Upset Junction parents are...
  • Osama Bin Laden thought CBS might be a good network to air his propaganda

    05/04/2012 7:11:50 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 3, 2012 | jonathan lemire
    We should also look for an American channel that can be close to being unbiased, such as CBS, or other channel that has political motives that make it interested in broadcasting the point of view of al Mujahadin, Bin Laden wrote in one of the letters uncovered in the raid that killed him. But one of his top aides, American-born Adam Gadahn, raged against coverage of the terror group on U.S. television. Gadahn believed that several of the American networks, in particular CNN, were in cooperation with the government and saved much of his scorn for Fox News. -snip However,...
  • Yes, the Health-Care Mandate Is About Liberty

    05/04/2012 7:09:09 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 8 replies
    Bloomberg | May 3, 2012 | Jonathan Cohn and David Strauss
    Yes, the Health-Care Mandate Is About LibertyLink only. Bloomberg probably got tired of having their pants pulled down over their shoddy shell-game logic by alert FReepers.
  • China: Well let Chen, er, study abroad

    05/04/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Both China and the US acted overnight to bring an embarrassing string of incidents with dissident Chen Guangcheng to a rapid conclusion. Beijing announced earlier that they would look favorably on a request from Chen to "study abroad", which would rid them of the international focus on their repressive regime that suddenly erupted this week: China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the dissident Chen Guangcheng can apply to study outside China in the same manner as more than 300,000 Chinese students already abroad, signaling a possible breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis that has deeply embarrassed the White House and...
  • Unemployment rate at 8.1%, only 115K jobs added, participation rate shrinks again to new low

    05/04/2012 6:35:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The April jobs report fell short of analysts expectations, as only 115,000 jobs were added. Consensus expectations had been in the 165K-170K range, which still would have been below the rate jobs were added in February, January, and December. While the jobless rate dropped slightly, the number of jobs added came in short of March's disappointing level: Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 115,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade, and health care, but declined in transportation and...
  • Frank discussion re our loss to Obama/Romney and the future direction of FR and tea party movement

    05/04/2012 6:31:27 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,524 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    My FRiends, we might as well face the reality that we the combined pro-life conservative movement and tea party coalition have lost this round (the presidential election) in the larger battle to reclaim our constitution and our inalienable rights. Rove, Romney and the GOP-e have successfully destroyed and driven off each and every pro-life conservative tea party candidate from the race and all have surrendered to the Romney camp. It is no secret that Romney is not one of us. There is absolutely no doubt that he has never accomplished a single conservative thing in his entire political career (one...
  • A Nation of Julias (Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you)

    05/04/2012 6:24:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/04/2012 | Rich Lowry
    In the competition for the creepiest campaign material of 2012, we may already have a winner. It is The Life of Julia, the Obama reelection teams cartoon chronicle of a fictional woman who is dependent on government at every step of her life. The phrase cradle-to-grave welfare state originated with Clement Attlees socialist government in postWorld War II Britain. Back then, it was meant as a boastful description of a new age of government activism. Subsequently, it became a term of derision for critics of an overweening government. In the spirit of Attlee, the Obama campaign revives the concept of...
  • No Jobs? Employment Is At 40-Year High For Those 55 And Up

    05/04/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    As the jobs crisis wears on, with payrolls still 5 million below their pre-recession peak, the share of age 55-and-older Americans working has recovered to near a 42-year high. Workers under 55 have borne the brunt of the jobs recession, which may mean that its economic effects due to long-term unemployment, underemployment and stretched household balance sheets may linger. Before the financial crisis, economists worried that labor shortages would develop in some occupations as baby boomers left the workforce. But that's moved to the back burner since the recession began in December 2007. Job holders 55 and up...
  • Note to Congress: The fiscal cliff cometh

    05/04/2012 6:16:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/04/2012 | Mohammad El-Erian, PIMCO
    Economists are rightly starting to warn that the United States faces a worrisome fiscal cliff at years end. The blunt spending cuts mandated by the 2011 compromise on the debt ceiling and the failure of the supercommittee that followed along with across-the-board tax increases would derail the U.S. recovery and undermine the well-being of the global economy. We should be avoiding the edge of this cliff and politicians should not believe that they have until the end of this year to act. In the next few months, possibly within weeks, markets here and abroad will be looking...
  • ROLL CALL: Are Lindsay Lohan & Samantha Ronson Rekindling Their Romance? [Lost Souls]

    05/04/2012 6:13:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Everything old is new again! Former girlfriends Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson reunited on Thursday at Le Baron in New York City - but is it more than just friends? "Lindsay and Sam were whispering and laughing and they left the club holding hands. They didn't care who saw them, and they definitely seem to be back on. It was just like the old days - they couldn't get enough of each other!" a source claimed to X17online.
  • German "Antifascist" Leftists Badly Beaten Up by Salafist Muslims

    05/04/2012 6:10:02 AM PDT · by Milagros · 19 replies
    EuropeNews ^ | May 4, 2012
    German "Antifascist" Leftists Badly Beaten Up by Salafist Muslims 4 May 2012 Ah, a chance to use that excellent German word Schadenfreude. On 1 May in Solingen, the German anti-Islam movement PRO NRW (Pro North Rhine Westphalia) held a demonstration. Hundreds of assorted Muslims and far-left extremists turned up to harass and intimidate them. Two of these "antifascists" found themselves in the midst of a horde of Salafist Muslims, who promptly started beating them up with bits of wood. Even after they were lying helpless and passive on the ground, the Muslims kept laying into them. One was bad;y hurt...
  • TVNewsers 2012 Guide To Graduation Speakers

    05/04/2012 6:04:07 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 6 replies
    TV Newser ^ | May 4, 2012 | Alissa Krinsky
    Tis commencement season, and so without further ado, we present TVNewsers fifth annual list of whos-speaking-where-and-when at Americas colleges and universities (in alphabetical order): ABC/CNNs Christiane Amanpour: University of Southern California - Annenberg School of Journalism (CA), May 11 NBCs Tom Brokaw: Arizona State University (AZ), May 3Vanderbilt University (TN) Senior Class Day, May 10 FNCs SVP of News Editorial Michael Clemente: Warren County Community College (NJ), May 19 ABCs Katie Couric: University of Virginia (VA), May 20 NBCs David Gregory: Emerson College (MA), May 14 CNN/CBSs Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan (MI), previously on April 28 NBCs...
  • Bibi v. Barak will be no contest this time around

    05/04/2012 5:59:42 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/4/2012 | Jonathan Tobin
    With the approval of the outgoing Knesset, Israel is moving toward early elections that will send its people to the polls on September 4. The decision will allow a new government to be in place in advance of the U.S. presidential contest that will take place two months later. If Israeli opinion polls are correct that will mean even if President Obama is re-elected, he still will be faced with his old antagonist Benjamin Netanyahu as his counterpart in the U.S.-Israel alliance. Since Obama spent much of his first term seeking to undermine if not oust Netanyahu from office, the...
  • Georgetown prof: US not overstretched; our world role is affordable

    05/04/2012 5:55:13 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/02/2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Dont believe the claims by those on the left and some on the right that America is overstretched abroad, says Georgetown University professor Robert J. Lieber. [W]e managed to maintain the worlds most advanced and capable military (including a volunteer army), fight two wars plus a global war on terror, and yet at the peak last year we spent just 5 percent of gross domestic product on defense a figure lower than the average during any of the Cold War years, Lieber told The Daily Caller. The percentage is already on the way down, toward less than...
  • Least 13 Killed in Suspected Suicide Bombings in Dagestan (Islamists)

    05/04/2012 5:13:23 AM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    VOA ^ | May 4, 2012
    Russian officials are blaming suicide bombers for twin attacks in the Republic of Dagestan, in the North Caucasus region, killing at least 13 people and wounded more than 100 others. Authorities said the first blast involved a car, which exploded as police approached it at a check point in Makhachkala, Dagestan's capital. The second explosion occurred as emergency responders arrived on the scene of the initial blast. The explosions ignited fires, which damaged several other vehicles. Police have been targets of similar attacks in Dagestan by Islamist insurgents. Last March, a double suicide bombing killed at least 40 people in...
  • No criminal charges against Cottonwood coach Josh Lyman, prosecutors confirm [Open season @ 18?]

    05/04/2012 5:02:25 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 30, 2012 | Jared Page
    SALT LAKE CITY The Cottonwood High School football coach accused of having inappropriate physical contact with a female student will not face criminal charges after prosecutors confirmed the student is 18 years old, district officials said. Josh Lyman, 32, was placed on paid administrative leave April 18 after Granite School District officials said students reported inappropriate contact between the coach and a student. "Because the alleged victim was 18 years of age, it appears it's not feasible to pursue criminal charges," said Ben Horsley, Granite School District spokesman. "However, because she is still a student, we continue to have...
  • Parsing Obamas Promise to Lower Insurance Premiums by $2,500 (7/23/2008. Blast to the past)

    05/04/2012 4:46:38 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 1 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 7/23/2008 | Jacob Goldstein
    Barack Obama says his plan to re-tool American health care would bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family. In a page one story this morning, the New York Times digs into the details behind that promise. First of all, the article points out, the $2,500 figure includes not only the portion of premiums paid by individuals, but also the large portion paid by employers and, in the case of Medicare and Medicaid, the government. Given that caveat, whats the source of the $2,500 figure? It comes from this memo, put out by three Harvard professors who are unpaid...

    05/04/2012 4:31:31 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 5/3/2012 | Larry Greenley
    One of the most successful grassroots campaigns during the past year has been the Stop Agenda 21 movement both at the local level and state level. However, we haven't heard as much about Agenda 21 implementation at the national level. Of course, there were President Bill Clinton's establishment of the President's Council on Sustainable Development by executive order in 1993 and President Obama's "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance" executive order in 2009. And, many federal agencies have been incorporating sustainability into various aspects of their organizations. Still, virtually all Stop Agenda 21 grassroots activity has been focused...
  • Ruling on health care law may affect Medicare [BO Tries to Intimidate SCOTUS]

    05/04/2012 4:22:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/4/12 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    ... In papers filed with the Supreme Court, administration lawyers have warned of extraordinary disruption if Medicare is forced to unwind countless transactions that are based on payment changes required by more than 20 separate sections of the Affordable Care Act. Opponents say the whole law must go. The administration counters that even if it strikes down the insurance mandate, the court should preserve most of the rest of the legislation. That would leave in place its changes to Medicare as well as a major expansion of Medicaid coverage.
  • Student suspended for wearing religious T-shirt

    05/04/2012 4:14:15 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 22 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 05/04/2011 | The Canadian Press
    A Grade 12 student in Nova Scotia has been suspended for wearing a T-shirt publicizing his religious beliefs. The South Shore Regional School Board suspended William Swinimer from Forest Heights Community School in Chester Basin for five days for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words, Life is wasted without Jesus. School board Superintendent Nancy Pynch-Worthylake said the wording on the shirt is problematic because it is directed at the beliefs of others.
  • 4 years later, race is still issue for some voters (MSM and Rats play the race card, again)

    05/04/2012 4:06:15 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    msnbc ^ | 5/4/2012 | SABRINA TAVERNISE/NY Times
    This is the land of die-hard Democrats mill workers, coal miners and union members. They have voted party line for generations, forming a reliable constituency for just about any Democrat who decides to run for office. But when it comes to President Obama, a small part of this constituency balks. Certain precincts in this county are not going to vote for Obama, said John Corrigan, clerk of courts for Jefferson County, who was drinking coffee in a furniture shop downtown one morning last week with a small group of friends, retired judges and civil servants. I dont want to...
  • Kentucky Basketball Team to Visit White House [Don't Worry About Unemployment Numbers]

    05/04/2012 3:52:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    WFPL ^ | 5/1/12 | Kenny Colston
    The University of Kentuckys mens basketball team is heading to Washington D.C. to meet President Barack Obama this Friday...
  • Jill Biden In Town To Recognize Military Families, Speak At BC Graduation [Lapdog Local Media]

    05/04/2012 3:20:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    CBS Miami ^ | 5/3/12
    Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, will visit Coast Guard Base Miami Beach Thursday to talk with spouses of Coast Guard members. Shes expected to talk at 4:30 p.m. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden just celebrated the one-year anniversary of Joining Forces, their initiative to honor, recognize and serve veterans, service members and military families. Friday, Dr. Biden will be speaking at the Broward College graduation commencement ceremony.
  • Media Matters, NOW unite to force Limbaugh off the air

    05/04/2012 2:59:02 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 38 replies
    TheDC ^ | May 4, 2012 | Caroline May
    Start listening to Rush Limbaugh. That was the unexpected message representatives from Media Matters for America and the National Organization for Women delivered to NOW chapter leaders in a secret, narrowly focused strategy session Wednesday night. In audio of the NOW/MMFA strategy webinar obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, the liberal organizations plotted the best ways to get the radio giant and veritable burr in their collective saddles off the air. Go after the local advertisers The key, according to Media Matters online outreach director Jay Carmona, is to target Limbaugh at the local level specifically advertisers in local...
  • GOP voters want Santorum, Rubio for VP

    05/04/2012 2:56:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/03/12 | Jonathan Easley
    GOP voters want Santorum, Rubio for VPBy Jonathan Easley - 05/03/12 04:32 PM ET Republican voters would like to see Rick Santorum or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) standing at Mitt Romney's side this fall, a new poll found. A Reuters-Ipsos poll released Thursday found Santorum and Rubio are the top choices among Republican voters to be Romneys running mate. Republican voters were presented with a list of 19 names, and a plurality, 18 percent, said Rick Santorum would be the best candidate to fill out the GOP ticket, while 17 percent went for Rubio. Rubio was by far the most...
  • Feingold rips Pelosi for willingness to consider entitlement cuts

    05/04/2012 2:52:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/03/12 | Russell Berman
    Feingold rips Pelosi for willingness to consider entitlement cutsBy Russell Berman - 05/03/12 04:24 PM ET A liberal stalwart is making a surprise attack on Nancy Pelosi, accusing the House minority leader of signaling a disturbing potential willingness to slash entitlement programs that Democrats consider sacred. Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on Thursday sent out an email through his Progressives United advocacy group criticizing Pelosi for saying she would support the Simpson-Bowles deficit plan, which called for using cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to close the nations budget gap. Recently, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has signaled a...
  • Quinn & Rose - Americas Morning Show - May 4, 2012

    05/04/2012 2:51:44 AM PDT · by sneakers · 10 replies
    coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show at: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Akron, OH) (airs later from 9-12) (Ashland, OH) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Bachmann: Why did I endorse Mitt Romney? Two words: Barack Obama

    05/04/2012 2:42:57 AM PDT · by RDAardvark · 97 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 03, 2012
    BACHMANN: Well, of course I can support him. Two words, Barack Obama. That's our alternative. We have President Barack Obama or we can have President Mitt Romney. It's very easy for me to come forward and support Mitt Romney because we simply have to win the election. He is our nominee.
  • Family: Disband FAMU band to stop hazing [Homosexual Band Member Murdered at Black University]

    05/04/2012 2:31:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/3/12
    There was no single blow, stomp or strike to Robert Champion's bruised and battered body that killed him as he was pummeled by fellow Florida A&M University marching band members during a hazing ritual aboard a charter bus last fall. Instead, his death was caused by multiple blows from many individuals. That inability to pinpoint which blow ultimately caused the 26-year-old drum major's death led authorities to charge 13 defendants Wednesday with hazing rather than more serious counts like manslaughter or second-degree murder.
  • Allen West Blames Obama for Afghanistan Suicide Bombing [If the shoe fit, liberal whiner]

    05/04/2012 1:58:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies ^ | 5/2/12 | Rich Abdill
    In a tweet this morning, Congressman Allen West linked to an article detailing a suicide bombing in Kabul, the Afghan capital that President Barack Obama had just departed from, and... took the side of the Taliban. "Pres flew into Afghanistan at night for 7 hrs," West wrote. "As sun came up, Taliban gave its response 2 his Chamberlain like actions."
  • Great New Video: Two Taliban Carrying IED... One Trips... Wait For It... Wait... Oooops

    Oooops! Great closeup color video
  • EU: Will Europe vote Merkel out of office?

    05/04/2012 1:10:52 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Die Zeit, Hamburg ^ | 5/3/2012 | Bernd Ulrich
    France, Greece, Holland and Germany: Europe is facing five new elections, each of which could not be more different. But all of them come down to the crisis policies of Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor may be voted out of office. Bernd Ulrich The five upcoming elections will change the country dramatically. The first will be the two state elections in the north and west of Germany, in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, which will decide whether the most popular German politician and the strongest politician in Europe still has a hope of holding onto power. At least as important for...
  • [Red] China takes interest in South Sudan pipeline

    05/04/2012 12:54:00 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 5/3/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    President Salva Kiir of South Sudan is in China to open a new embassy and meet with President Hu Jintao. Kiir is seeking Chinese financing for an oil pipeline through Kenya that would bypass Sudan. Beijing has already pledged technical assistance for the pipeline and will contribute heavily to the project, including labor, loans and development aid. Chinese construction companies and oil companies are likely to bid for the project, the Associated Press reports. This month Japans Toyota Tsusho Corporation completed a feasibility study for the pipeline and is putting together a proposal to begin construction. Landlocked South Sudan is...
  • Reexamining the Trayvon Martin Shooting

    05/04/2012 12:19:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jacob Laksin, Managing Editor
    The shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has seen the media at its sensationalist worst. Press reports have cast Martins shooter, George Zimmerman, as a trigger-happy vigilante looking to make trouble where there was none. Attached to this storyline has been the charged subtext that Zimmerman acted out of racial prejudice, confronting Martin simply because the latter was black. Not surprisingly, this media-made version of the shooting has roiled racial passions across the country, turning a tragedy into a referendum on American race relations and setting up one of the most polarizing legal cases in recent history. But there is...
  • PLA Daily takes aim at the Philippines

    05/04/2012 12:11:13 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 5/3/2012 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    The official PLA Daily has issued Beijings harshest warning yet about tensions with the Philippines, claiming that U.S.-Philippine military exercises have increased the likelihood of armed confrontation over the disputed South China Sea. Behind these drills is a mentality that will lead the South China Sea issue down a fork in the road towards military confrontation and resolution through armed force. Through this kind of meddling and intervention, the United States will only stir up the entire South China Sea situation towards increasing chaos and this will inevitably have a massive impact on regional peace and stability. The U.S. strategy...
  • Accident-Zone: Poorer Neighborhoods Have Less-Safe Road Designs (Give me a BARF...)

    05/03/2012 11:50:50 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 5/3/12 | Sarah Fecht
    Traffic injuries are four to six times higher in low-income areas of Montreal, compared with wealthy neighborhoods. Researchers find that better road designs could reduce those disparities Approximately 40,000 people will die on U.S. roads this year, and thousands more will be injured. A disproportionate number of those traffic injuries will befall people from lower-income communities. According to new research, pedestrians in the poorest neighborhoods of Montreal were six times more likely to suffer traffic injuries than pedestrians in the wealthiest neighborhoods. Bicyclists and motorists in poorer neighborhoods were also at greater risk; they were four times more likely to...
  • The euro crisis just got a whole lot worse

    05/03/2012 11:38:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/2/2012 | Jeremy Warner
    With Europe plunging back into recession and unemployment soaring, Francois Hollande, the French presidential candidate, is calling for growth objectives to be reprioritised over the chemotherapy of austerity. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has meanwhile continued to insist that on the contrary, Europe must persist with the hairshirt. What's needed is political courage and creativity, not more billions thrown away in fiscal stimulus. Stick with the programme, she urges, as the anti-austerity backlash reaches the point of outright political insurrection. Hollande and Merkel are, of course, both wrong. What Europe really needs is a return to free-floating sovereign currencies. Only...
  • Attorney for Christian pastor on death row in Iran reportedly sentenced to 9 years

    05/03/2012 10:18:03 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 03, 2012
    Prominent human rights advocate and attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who represents the Christian pastor sentenced to death in Iran in a case that sparked international condemnation, has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in jail for allegedly "acting against national security" in Iran. Dadkhah has represented several political and human rights activists jailed since Iran's 2009 disputed elections, including Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian pastor charged with apostasy and sentenced to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity. "I have been convicted of acting against the national security, spreading propaganda against the regime and keeping banned books at home," Dadkhah...
  • Former Federal Prison Guard Admits to Sexual Encounter With Inmate

    05/03/2012 9:25:18 PM PDT · by Bronzy · 16 replies
    A former guard at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute pleaded guilty Wednesday to having sex with an inmate.
  • 4 Years Later, Race Is Still Issue for Some Voters (It's not called enemedia for nothing!)

    05/03/2012 9:12:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | Sabrina Tavernise
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio This is the land of die-hard Democrats mill workers, coal miners and union members. They have voted party line for generations, forming a reliable constituency for just about any Democrat who decides to run for office. But when it comes to President Obama, a small part of this constituency balks. Certain precincts in this county are not going to vote for Obama, said John Corrigan, clerk of courts for Jefferson County, who was drinking coffee in a furniture shop downtown one morning last week with a small group of friends, retired judges and civil servants. I...
  • Al-Faroq Media Releases Meeting w/ Muhammad al-Zawahiri (al-Qaeda's #2 brother in Egypt's "spring")

    05/03/2012 8:55:09 PM PDT · by Milagros · 6 replies
    SITE ^ | Apr 27, 2012
    Al-Faroq Media Releases Meeting with Muhammad al-Zawahiri SITE Intelligence Group - April 27, 2012 Al-Faroq Media Releases Meeting with Muhammad al-Zawahiri Al-Faroq Media, an Egypt-focused jihadist media group, released a video showing a meeting with Salafist leaders in Egypt including Muhammad al-Zawahiri, the brother of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and their marching with demonstrators in Tahrir Square. [Subscription -]