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  • Outrage!! Catholic Georgetown Chooses Sebelius For Commencement (Petition against this linked)

    05/04/2012 7:45:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 72 replies
    NCRegister.com ^ | May 04, 2012 7:06 PM | Pat Archbold
    Outrage!! Catholic Georgetown Chooses Sebelius For Commencement   by Pat Archbold Friday, May 04, 2012 7:06 PM  I can't believe it. I can, but I can't.One of the leading ostensibly Catholic Universities, Georgetown, has invited the author of the virulently anti-Catholic HHS mandate, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to be one of its commencement speakers.There is no way to interpret this other than a direct slap and challenge to the USCCB.  Georgetown needs to lose its Catholic certification immediately.  The Cardinal Newman Society reports: In what can only be interpreted as a direct challenge to America’s Catholic bishops, Georgetown University has...
  • FBI: Border Patrol agent assaulted in La Grulla

    05/05/2012 3:30:43 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 5, 2012 | The Monitor, McAllen, Texas
    LA GRULLA — A Mexican national faces allegations that he repeatedly kicked a Border Patrol agent in the face late Wednesday night. Agents had been tracking a group of suspected illegal immigrants in La Grulla near Leopoldo Longoria and La Grulla streets about 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a criminal complaint published Friday
  • Whoa There! Some Greenland Glaciers Slowing Down

    05/05/2012 3:28:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 3 May 2012 | Sid Perkins
    Enlarge Image Slow flow.Satellite observations of glacial flow in Greenland reveal that many of the island's glaciers have slowed in recent years, a sign that ice loss during the 21st century could be less dire than in the worst-case scenarios. Credit: Science/AAAS For lumbering hunks of ice, glaciers have a surprising amount of personality. A new study reveals that not all of Greenland's glaciers behave alike, with some slowing their advance seaward in recent years, whereas others have surged in their forward march. Sea levels will continue to rise during the 21st century, as many studies have predicted, but...
  • United Methodist Church affirms homosexuality ‘incompatible with Christian teaching’

    05/05/2012 3:26:01 PM PDT · by fwdude · 82 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 05/05/12 | Ben Johnson
    AMPA, FLORIDA, May 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Members of the nation’s largest mainline Protestant church voted to maintain the doctrine that homosexual actions were “incompatible with Christian teaching” on Thursday. The United Methodist Church voted down two proposals to water down its stance on homosexuality on Thursday. One proposal called homosexuals “people of sacred worth” and acknowledged differing viewpoints on the issue, while another said humans did not know enough about human sexuality to prefer one lifestyle over another.
  • William Jefferson (11-time RAT FELON-La) settles in to federal prison in Beaumont, Texas

    05/05/2012 3:14:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/05/12 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson settles in to federal prison in Beaumont, TexasBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune Published: Saturday, May 05, 2012, 9:00 AM Former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson reported Friday to the low-security federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, to begin serving a 13-year sentence, the longest ever for a congressional member. Jefferson, 65, arrived about 40 minutes ahead of the noon deadline set by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III who presided over Jefferson's 2009 trial for corruption and bribery. **SNIP** His downfall began when a disgruntled investor went to the FBI in 2005, expressing concerns that she was being defrauded...
  • President Obama Hits Romney Directly at First Re-Election Rally [Says No Going "Backwards"]

    05/05/2012 3:11:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    ABCNews ^ | May 05, 2012
    May 5, 2012 President Obama Hits Romney Directly at First Re-Election Rally COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Obama kicked off his re-election campaign rally today before a sea of Ohioans holding blue “Forward” signs at The Ohio State University. Standing casually in shirtsleeves, the president for the first time drew direct contrasts between himself and the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, by name. “Governor Romney is a patriotic American who’s raised a wonderful family” and has “much to be proud of” with his business successes, Obama said. “But I think he has drawn the wrong lessons from those experiences.” “Somehow he...
  • Obama plunges into campaign, tears into Romney

    05/05/2012 3:01:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Google News/AP ^ | May 4, 2012 | DAVID ESPO, AP
    Plunging into his campaign for a new term, President Barack Obama tore into Mitt Romney on Saturday as a willing and eager "rubber stamp" for conservative Republicans in Congress and an agenda to cut taxes for the rich, reduce spending on education and Medicare and enhance power that big banks and insurers hold over consumers. Romney has staked his candidacy on an understanding of the economy, developed through a successful career as a businessman, and his promise to enact policies that stimulate job creation. But Obama said his rival was merely doing the bidding of the conservative powerbrokers in Congress...
  • Jordanians Protest, Call to End Peace with Israel

    05/05/2012 2:11:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/512 | Elad Benari
    Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets on Friday demanding an end to the country‘s 18-year-old peace treaty with Israel. According to a report by the dpa news agency, in a series of nationwide protests, demonstrators urged Amman to cut ties with the Jewish State. The protesters burned Israeli flags and chanted “death, death to Israel”, the report said. The protests took place in seven cities across the country, and the protesters urged authorities to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman, chanting “no to a Zionist embassy on our land.” Protest organizers, including the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and youth movements,...
  • What a coincidence! Breitbart's coroner dead from arsenic poisoning?

    05/05/2012 1:43:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    RT ^ | 05/03/2012
    The unexpected death of conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart just got a whole lot more mysterious. Only two months after Breitbart’s passing, the coroner that investigated the cause of death may have succumbed to arsenic poisoning. Michael Cormier, 61, passed away on April 20, the Los Angeles Times reports this week. Although Cormier’s death is only being publicized now, the timing of actual passing actually came within hours of the release of the preliminary autopsy report of Breitbart. Commenting to the Times on the latest news, Lt. Alan Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department says that investigators have not ruled...
  • Glow Ammo Cold Tracers: Non-Incendiary Ammo with Much Training and Tactical Potential (VIDEO)

    05/05/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    guns.com ^ | 3 May, 2012 | Max Slowik
    Glow Ammo is a new company that makes cold tracers. Cold tracers are small disks that can be pressed against the base of a bullet and after being shot, emit light. The cold tracers don't use phosphorus or other incendiary substances to emit light, they use a triboluminescent light source. Triboluminescent candyTriboluminescence is a poorly-understood phenomena, but not uncommon just the same. Triboluminescence is the phenomena you see when you peel some kinds of tape off a roll quickly, or when you chomp on a Wint-O-Green Life Saver, you know, in the closet. With someone, hopefully. Anyway, it's caused by...
  • Solar-powered catamaran completes record-setting circumnavigation

    05/05/2012 1:31:59 PM PDT · by shove_it · 35 replies
    Yahoo/GrindTV ^ | 4 May 2012 | Pete Thomas
    Turanor PlanetSolar, a futuristic-looking 100-foot catamaran, on Friday became the first vessel to have circumnavigated the planet exclusively on power generated by the sun. The voyage, which began and ended in Monaco, lasted 19-plus months and included layovers in 28 countries, which were designed to promote the importance of solar energy. [...] The boat, which was built in Germany for about $10 million, is 25 feet high and has a 50-foot beam (width), and wave-piercing pontoons. It's constructed largely of lightweight carbon fiber and powered by four electric motors that deliver silent, clean propulsion. [...]
  • Olmert: ‘Right-Wing Americans’ to Blame for Peace Failure

    05/05/2012 1:19:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accused right-wing Americans of being responsible for the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Wealthy Americans ousted him from power and derailed negotiations, he told CNN. Olmert said he was committed to reaching peace, “But I had to fight against superior powers, including millions and millions of dollars that were transferred from this country [the United States] by figures which were from the extreme right wing that were aimed to topple me as prime minister of Israel.” Olmert left office amidst accusations of corruption involving several different affairs. His bureau chief...
  • CBS intentionally violated posted gun show rules in phony undercover stunt

    05/05/2012 1:06:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 May, 2012 | David Codrea
    “‘Bullet Button’ Used To Get Around California Gun Laws,” CBS 5 San Francisco reported Tuesday. “CBS 5 went undercover to a recent gun show at the Cow Palace in Daly City and found ‘California legal’ assault rifles throughout,” they claim. It’s a non-story, really, as their undercover team found nothing illegal—they weren’t even looking for that—or that couldn’t have been obtained openly. The entire purpose of the “investigation” appears to be to gin up public frenzy about a legal device that allows for changing magazines on semi-automatic firearms that comply with California’s specific model and cosmetic features bans. “I've emailed...
  • The bone-shattering truth: U.S. football is doomed

    05/05/2012 1:03:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 152 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 04, 2012 | John Kass
    With the apparent suicide of NFL great Junior Seau, who played 20 years in the world's most violently glamorous sport, American football is dying. It's about time. The nationally televised gambling and meat-rendering factory cannot survive without new players. And the parents of future players are asking themselves this: Is football worth it for my child?
  • Resisting the threat of fanatical Islam

    05/05/2012 12:30:35 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4 | Geert Wilders
    As I write these lines, there are police bodyguards at the door. No visitor can enter my office without passing through several security checks and metal detectors. I have been marked for death. I am forced to live in a heavily protected safe house. Every morning, I am driven to my office in the Dutch Parliament building in an armored car with sirens and flashing blue lights. When I go out, I am surrounded, as I have been for the past seven years, by plainclothes police officers. When I speak in public, I wear a bulletproof jacket. Who am I?...
  • US should return stolen land to Indian tribes, says United Nations

    05/05/2012 12:22:32 PM PDT · by tom h · 53 replies
    Guardian.com ^ | Friday 4 May 2012 | Chris McGreal
    UN's correspondent on indigenous peoples urges government to act to combat 'racial discrimination' felt by Native AmericansA United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination. James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes. Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian...
  • May 19 Veterans Parade and Resource Center Richmond VA

    05/05/2012 11:59:16 AM PDT · by concretebob · 14 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 1 May 2012 | Unknown
    The politics of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars is not the issue here. This is about thanking the men and women who have seen two, three or four deployments to faraway places. It’s an opportunity to show our appreciation to folks who have missed Christmases and weddings and even the births of their children so that our families can sleep safely at night.
  • GDEB Delivers USS Mississippi to US Navy 363 Days Ahead

    05/05/2012 11:56:47 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Naval Today ^ | May 3, 2012 | Naval Today Staff
    General Dynamics Electric Boat yesterday delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Mississippi (SSN-782) to the U.S. Navy 363 days ahead of contract schedule and more than $60 million below target cost. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics . John Holmander, vice president and Virginia program manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat, noted that Mississippi was at the most combat-ready state of any Virginia-class submarine at delivery. He credited the Navy, the shipbuilders and the supplier base for achieving significant shipbuilding benchmarks with the delivery of Mississippi. Mississippi is the ninth ship of the Virginia Class, the most...
  • Our debt mess (Obama's manipulation of Jobs Stats)

    05/05/2012 11:54:16 AM PDT · by radar101 · 3 replies
    The Register-Citizen ^ | May 04, 2012 | EDITORIAL
    The wreckage created by the disastrous Obama economy has taken many forms. One of the most alarming is the move from long term unemployed to permanent Social Security Disability benefits. As a way of surviving many long term unemployed have signed up for SSI benefits which tend to become life long subsistence. A shocking report by Investors Business Daily reports that in April alone more than 225,000 workers applied for Social Security disability benefits, and nearly 90,000 were enrolled, according to new data from the Social Security Administration. Top economists note that the shrinking labor force has masked the true...
  • Number of Americans working or looking for jobs falls to 30-year-low

    05/05/2012 11:34:12 AM PDT · by safetysign · 7 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 05/04/2012 | Toby Harnden
    The percentage of Americans working or looking for work has fallen to its lowest level in more than 30 years, according to gloomy economic figures that are a major blow to President Barack Obama’s hopes of re-election. This stark ‘participation’ figure of the proportion of Americans in work will underline the sense of continued crisis at a time when the views of voters on the economy are crystallising.
  • Think tank compares belief in global warming to Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden, others

    05/05/2012 11:13:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/04/12 | Caroline May
    Think tank compares belief in global warming to Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden, othersBy Caroline May | The Daily Caller – Fri, May 4, 2012 A free market think tank is taking its beef with climate change alarmists to the Chicago skies. The Heartland Institute has announced a billboard campaign highlighting the unsavory characters who “still believe in global warming,” including “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, mass murderer Charles Manson and dictator Fidel Castro. According to Heartland, terrorist Osama bin Laden and Discovery Channel hostage taker James J. Lee may also occupy a climate change billboard in the near future. “These rogues...
  • California Democrat (Pete Stark) confuses Solyndra with electric car company

    05/05/2012 10:58:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/05/12 | Daniel Strauss
    California Democrat confuses Solyndra with electric car companyBy Daniel Strauss - 05/05/12 12:37 PM ET Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) confused failed solar energy firm Solyndra with the electric car company Tesla. "I wish I had enough expense allowance to get one of those new S's that Solyndra's going to make down there - the electric car," Stark said in a Saturday report by the San Francisco Chronicle, after being asked about the defunct solar energy company. "They run $60,000 to $90,000." Solyndra fell under scrutiny after failing despite recieving a guaranteed $535 million low-interest loan from the Obama administration. House...
  • Four Years of Obama Undoes Eight Years of Reagan

    05/05/2012 10:50:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 4 replies
    Ricochet ^ | May 4, 2012 | Tommy De Seno
    The Labor Force Participation Rate shows what percentage of people are working, looking for a job and not looking for a job. It is a better yardstick to measure the workforce in America than is the usually cited "unemployment rate" which doesn't count people who are so frustrated they stopped looking for a job.
  • Obama Campaign Celebrates Disappointing April Jobs Report

    05/05/2012 10:32:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | May 5, 2012 11:26am EDT
    It may have fallen short of economists', but the Obama campaign's Tumblr says, “Holler for 26 straight months of job growth.” Also, they have a tag for “holler.” ***********************************************See the Diagram....LOL!
  • Traffic Stop Highlights Arizona Law [Obama's Immigration Detains Woman for 3 days]

    05/05/2012 10:24:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/5/12 | Miriam Jordan
    A week after Supreme Court arguments over Arizona's illegal-immigration law, the arrest, detention and subsequent release of an undocumented woman following a traffic stop added a real-world example to the courtroom debate about how the statute could play out. Araceli Mercado Sanchez, who is married to an American soldier and is in the process of legalizing her U.S. residency, was pulled over Tuesday for making an illegal turn, and sent to immigration authorities when she couldn't produce a driver's license or Social Security card requested by a sheriff's deputy. Federal authorities released her late Thursday after she had spent two...
  • Compton School Board Member On Leave After Trayvon Martin Slur

    05/05/2012 10:24:27 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    KTLANews ^ | May 05, 2012 | Skyy Fisher
    Compton School Board Member On Leave After Trayvon Martin Slur VIDEO: Watch Jim Nash's Report Skyy Fisher May 5, 2012 COMPTON, Calif. (KTLA) -- A Compton school board member has taken a leave of absence after outrage sparked over inflammatory comments he made about shooting victim Trayvon Martin on an internet podcast. Civil rights groups are calling for Skyy Fisher's resignation after he unleashed a profanity-laced tirade on an internet podcast during which he referred to Trayvon Martin a "f****t black dude" and called his own school Superintendent a "b***h."
  • Panetta: Troop misconduct shows 'a lack of professionalism'

    05/05/2012 10:17:38 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/4/12 | BYRON TAU
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called on American soldiers to remember that when serving abroad they are representing the United States — and that incidents involving the desecration of enemy corpses shows "a lack of professionalism" among American forces. Speaking to troops at Fort Benning, Ga., Panetta said that the high profile cases involving servicemembers urinating on Afghan corpses and posing for pictures with body parts "show a lack of judgment, a lack of professionalism, and a lack of leadership,"
  • Iowahawk: Julia's Circle of Life

    05/05/2012 10:16:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Iowahawk | May 4, 2012 | David Burge
    The continuing adventures of Barack Obama's favorite eyeless, mouthless government dependent Continued
  • Michelle Obama, The First _________ (fill in the blank)

    05/05/2012 10:15:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 19 replies
    e-mail, youtube ^ | May 5, 2012 | knarf
    I looked to see if this had been posted and found nothing.http://youtu.be/yf6EtBBkwmM
  • Rick Santorum Backs Richard Mourdock in Indiana Senate Race [Lugar Endorsed by McCain & Daniels]

    05/05/2012 10:11:50 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 05, 2012 | Shushannah Walshe
    Rick Santorum Backs Richard Mourdock in Indiana Senate Race By Shushannah Walshe | ABC OTUS News Rick Santorum has weighed in on the fierce primary battle in the Indiana senate race. The former presidential candidate tweeted his support of State Treasurer Richard Mourdock over longtime Sen. Dick Lugar. @RickSantorum: I encourage Hoosiers to help GOTV for @RichardMourdock. If I lived in Indiana he'd have my vote in Tuesday's #INSen race. Lugar has held the seat since 1976, but Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock is waging a serious challenge and is leading in state polls. Mourdock also has the backing of...
  • Obama To Kick Off 2012 Re-Election Campaign With Focus On Economy [New Slogan: "Forward"!]

    05/05/2012 10:06:17 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | May 05, 2012 | Paul Harris
    Obama To Kick Off 2012 Re-Election Campaign With Focus On Economy US president to outline plans for America's economic recovery at Ohio event billed as official start to his re-election campaign 5 May President Barack Obama will hold the first official campaign event of his re-election bid on Saturday by delivering a speech in the vital swing state of Ohio. Speaking before a crowd at Ohio State University in the state capital, Columbus, Obama will seek to re-ignite the popular enthusiasm that propelled him to a historic victory in 2008. However, his task is far from easy. More than three...
  • California’s 4th year of mass teacher pink slips spurs concerns about layoff process

    05/05/2012 9:55:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/05/2012
    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified teacher Mike Newman sighed when he saw the now familiar certified letter in his mailbox last month — a pink slip, for the fourth year in a row. “Here we go again,” said Newman, a 14-year classroom veteran who’s had his previous three layoffs rescinded and hopes for the same this year. “We keep thinking it’ll get better sooner or later, but it’s not.” A new term is being bandied about in California schools these days — “the RIFing season,” which refers to the “reduction in force” letters notifying teachers they may be laid...
  • Does state have money for communist politics?

    05/05/2012 9:33:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    The Journal-Inquirer ^ | May 5, 2012 | By Chris Powell
    New Haven state Sen. Toni Harp says her proposal for a $300,000 state grant for renovations at the New Haven People's Center, hastily removed from the agenda of the State Bond Commission the other day in part because of the center's connections to the Communist Party, will come before the commission again. That's good, as Connecticut will benefit from a full discussion and clear judgment on the issue instead of its embarrassed suppression. The People's Center, located in a three-story brick building on Howe Street, describes itself as "a meeting place of labor, community, peace, and social justice groups." That...
  • Why Christians and Patriots CANNOT vote for Mitt Romney (Vanity)

    05/05/2012 9:22:38 AM PDT · by Waywardson · 286 replies
    America's Wake Up Call ^ | 5/5/2012 | Craig Bergman
    Attention all Patriots: Tune in to America's Wake Up Call: Talk radio sponsored by Tea Party of America and Patriots for Christ. Hear Craig Bergman and Jamie Johnson make the case for why Christians and Patriots CANNOT vote for Mitt Romney. This Saturday at 1pm CST on 99.3 FM in the Des Moines, Iowa area or live streaming on the web at: www.americaswakeupcall.net Check out the facebook fan page and "like" it at www.facebook.com/americaswakeupcall Long live the Republic! In Liberty,
  • UN: USA should return stolen land to Indian tribes...

    A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination. James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes.
  • Human choices drive climate changes

    05/05/2012 9:14:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Morning Sentinel ^ | May 5, 2012 | by David F. Robinson
    FARMINGTON -- Maine is going to look a lot different in 100 years if climate change trends continue on the same upward trajectory. Moose may all but disappear from the forests, replaced by migrations of white-tail deer. The forests themselves will probably be taken over by trees found today as far south as Maryland, rather than the red spruce that make Maine's woods unique. Even black-capped chickadees, the state bird, may start to head farther north for cooler climes. These are just a few of the potential changes in store for Maine according to many scientists, who have been predicting...
  • Solar panel demand down nearly 90% following subsidy cut

    05/05/2012 9:06:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 1, 2012 | Damian Cardigan
    Solar panel installations have fallen by almost 90% in the weeks since the government halved cut the subsidy available, according to Department of Energy and Climate Change figures. The new data lends support to the charge of some in the solar industry that the government cut the subsidy too far and too fast, endangering thousands of jobs. Ministers have defended their actions, saying the scheme they inherited from the previous government was poorly set up and was too costly for the energy customers who ultimately foot the bill.
  • Composite Americans (Mark Steyn)

    05/05/2012 9:03:28 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 5-4-2012 | Mark Steyn - Commentary
    <p>But being yourself is never going to be enough in the new composite America. Last week, in an election campaign ad, Barack revealed his latest composite girlfriend — “Julia.” She’s worse than the old New York girlfriend. She can’t even be herself. In fact, she can’t be anything without massive assistance from Barack every step of the way, from his “Head Start” program at the age of three through to his Social Security benefits at the age of 67. Everything good in her life she owes to him. When she writes her memoir, it will be thanks to a subvention from the Federal Publishing Assistance Program for Chronically Dependent Women but you’ll love it: Sweet Dreams from My Sugar Daddy. She’s what the lawyers would call “non composite mentis.” She’s not competent to do a single thing for herself — and, from Barack’s point of view, that’s exactly what he’s looking for in a woman, if only for a one-night stand on a Tuesday in early November.</p>
  • Best recession insurance: Marriage

    05/05/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Janice Shaw Crouse
    Economists refer to the economic benefit that accrues to married couples as the “marriage premium.” A recent CBS television special asked the question, “Why is marriage such an economic turn-on?” The program “MoneyWatch” gave three reasons based on a report from the Pew Research Center’s report, “Women, Men and the New Economics of Marriage”: Economies of scale: Married couples share the cost of necessary expenses, such as health insurance, utility bills and mortgage payments. That is especially significant today when more than two-thirds of men have working spouses and 22 percent of wives make more than their husbands. Married couples...
  • Woo hoo!! Now over SEVENTY percent!! Let's git 'er done!! [FReepathon thread XIX]

    05/05/2012 8:53:33 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 603 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | May 5, 2012 | Jim Robinson
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  • France’s Turn for the Worse... Europe’s far right has already won

    05/05/2012 8:51:03 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 29 replies
    Slate ^ | 5/4/2012 | Yascha Mounk
    On Sunday, by almost every indication, François Hollande, who has been leading in the polls for months, will defeat Nicolas Sarkozy and become France’s next president. Hollande’s Socialist Party, which hasn’t ousted an incumbent president in over three decades, has every reason to celebrate. But the true winner of this election isn’t France’s left; it’s Europe’s far right. The reason is simple. In this election, France’s establishment has embraced Islamophobic ideas to an unprecedented degree. Right-wing populism, once a fringe phenomenon, has been conquering the bastions of Europe’s political mainstream with frightening speed; even so, most observers failed to predict...
  • Recession generation has adulthood on hold

    05/05/2012 8:43:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | May 5, 2012 | Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER
    Alyssa Kjellberg still can't believe it. Two years beyond college, her career path has led only to jobs at a greenhouse, a hotel front desk, an aunt's office and a seasonal landscaping company -- all paying less than $12 an hour. After applying for about 100 jobs, the environmental science major even offered "one week of free labor'' last summer to get a foot in the door at the landscaping company. But that job ended with the season, as will the one she's in now. Her dream of becoming a park ranger or environmental educator is drifting away. Kjellberg had...
  • More N.C. GOP candidates doubt Obama's birthplace

    05/05/2012 8:43:00 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 39 replies
    News Observer ^ | May 04, 2012 | Franco Ordońez
    Long after the controversy over President Obama’s birthplace seemed settled, some Republican congressional candidates in North Carolina have brought new attention to the issue as they seek advantages in hard-fought primary races. Richard Hudson, considered a leading Republican candidate in the race to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell in the 8th Congressional District, told a Tea Party group in Rowan County recently that “there’s no question President Obama is hiding something on his citizenship.” Dr. John Whitley, one of Hudson’s opponents in Tuesday’s primary, declared Obama’s birth certificate a “poorly reproduced forgery” after comparing it to the Hawaiian birth...
  • Mexico drugs: 23 bodies found in Nuevo Laredo

    05/05/2012 8:30:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | May 4, 2012
    At least 23 people have been killed in gruesome circumstances in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, on the US border. Nine bodies with signs of torture were found hanging from a bridge. Hours later, 14 decapitated bodies were discovered in a vehicle, police said. Their heads were found in ice boxes dumped outside the mayor's office. Nuevo Laredo is the scene of a feud between two of Mexico's biggest drugs gangs, who are fighting for control of smuggling routes into the US. A message left with the hanged bodies said they were members of the Gulf drugs cartel who...
  • Boston Globe: Bad week may haunt Warren - Handling of controversy is roundly criticized

    05/05/2012 8:14:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 5, 2012 | Noah Bierman and Frank Phillips
    Elizabeth Warren fumbled through her worst stretch as a Senate candidate this week, setting off a debate among strategists over whether the controversy over her claims to Native American ancestry would linger when the November election is closer. The Warren campaign will not say when top advisers learned that she considered herself part-Native American, but it was an element of her biography that seemed to catch them off guard. When news emerged last Friday that Harvard Law School had publicly touted Warren as a Native American professor in the Harvard Crimson in the 1990s, Warren advisers saw it as a...
  • Developers Overlook Complex Accessibility Regulations, Fed Catches up

    05/05/2012 7:41:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Epoch Times (NY) ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Amelia Pang
    NEW YORK—The confusing tangle of regulations from multiple unrelated federal entities, along with state and local regulations, has lead to increased accessibility lawsuits against unsuspecting local developer and architects. Many New York City developers and businesses thought it would suffice to meet the accessibility standards under Local Law 58, but unmet federal regulations have triggered recent lawsuits. The Department of Justice (DOJ), under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), is currently targeting the top 50 New York restaurants for accessibility inspections. “These are big-deal, famous-chef restaurants,” Stratton said. “They use the Zagat guide to identify the top restaurants.” Some restaurants...
  • How Green Was My Bankruptcy?

    05/05/2012 7:33:22 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | May 4, 2012 | David Middleton
    My apologies to the memories of the late Richard Llewellyn and late John Ford; but I just had to borrow their title for this post. This paragraph from a 2010 Telegraph article really says it all… Its 500,000 photovoltaic panels will generate 30 megawatts of electricity, enough, in the popular measurement, to power 9,000 homes. It is costing about $250 million to build, significantly less than a gas, coal or nuclear power station, which can easily exceed $1 billion. And it represents a sea-change in America’s energy business.America has been notoriously devoted to hydrocarbon fuels. Big Oil, Big Coal and...
  • New Federal Regulations Call For Healthier School Lunches

    05/05/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Mike DeNardo
    PHILADELPHIA - New federal regulations require healthier lunches in schools next year. USDA undersecretary Audrey Rowe lunched on chicken salad yesterday with kids at the Roberto Clemente Middle School. Rowe was in town to highlight new school lunch nutrition standards that take effect in the fall. “We will be expanding on the amount of fruits and vegetables offered to the children. Obviously, even though the products are going to be prepackaged, they’re going to be healthier.” With the new requirements, comes a modest 6-cent-per meal increase in federal reimbursements.
  • Portrait of a widow's grief: Wife of fallen U.S. soldier weeps as she clings to his coffin

    05/05/2012 7:22:32 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 4, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It is the heartbreaking image of the undocumented victims of war. Here, Ashley Edens collapses on the coffin of her 22-year-old husband, Army Spc. Jason K. Edens, as his body arrives in Nashville, Tennessee from service in Afghanistan. More than 100 friends, relatives and Patriot Guards gathered at Smyrna Airport to welcome the fallen soldier home on Thursday after his death on April 26.
  • Iran readies secret salt desert bunkers for clandestine nuclear facilities

    05/05/2012 7:14:16 AM PDT · by kindred · 7 replies
    Debka File ^ | May 5, 2012 | unknown
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Yukiya Amano declared Friday, May 4, that “Parchin (the suspected site of nuclear-related explosion tests) is the priority and we start with that,” he may have missed the boat. As he spoke, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said it was possible that Iran was already putting in place the infrastructure for building a nuclear bomb in 60 days. In this regard, debkafile’s military sources disclose that Iran had by the end of 2009 early 2012 completed the construction of a new chain of underground facilities deep inside the Dasht e-Kavir (Great Salt Desert) -...