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  • Secretary of the Navy Announces DDG 116 to Be Named Thomas Hudner(crashed own jet to save wingman)

    05/11/2012 8:58:22 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies
    DOD Press Release ^ | May 7, 2012 | Unattributed
    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer (DDG) will be named the USS Thomas Hudner. Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a naval aviator who retired as a captain, received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman for displaying uncommon valor during an attack on his wingman, the first African American naval aviator to fly in combat, Ensign Jesse L. Brown. During the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, anti-aircraft fire hit Brown’s aircraft, damaging a fuel line and causing him to crash. After it became clear Brown was seriously...
  • The Ultimate Disorganizing Organization (The FED)

    05/11/2012 8:47:25 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Mises Daily ^ | May 8, 2012 | Peter G. Klein
    The Ultimate Disorganizing Organization by Peter G. Klein on May 8, 2012 [Testimony before US House Committee on Financial Services Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee, May 8, 2012] I specialize in the economic theory of organizations — their nature, emergence, boundaries, internal structure, and governance — a field that is increasingly important in economics and was recognized with the 2009 Nobel Prize awarded to Oliver Williamson and Elinor Ostrom. (Ronald Coase, founder of the field, is also a Nobel laureate.) Much of my recent research concerns the economics of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial character of organizations, both private and...
  • Beach Boys Singer : 'Obama's a Socialist A**hole'

    05/11/2012 8:42:54 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 67 replies
    TMZ ^ | MAY 11, 2012 | TMZ
    <p>Americans will be "f**ked" if Barack Obama gets re-elected ... this according to Beach Boys singer Bruce Johnston.</p>
  • Israel: The Eye of the Storm

    05/11/2012 8:40:14 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    WNS ^ | Publication date: May 7, 2012 | Jill Nelson
    Israel: The Eye of the Storm Jill Nelson (WNS) -- Iran's nuclear ambitions are an international dilemma, but nowhere is the threat more urgent than in neighboring Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that April negotiations in Istanbul gave a "freebie" to Iran of another five weeks — the timeframe until the next round of talks. This only increased speculation about when Israel will decide Iran's nuclear program is too close to the "point of no return" and launch an attack: This summer? Early fall? After the U.S. presidential election in November? No one knows the plans being drafted...
  • UK Reverses Decision On US Fighter Jet Deal

    05/11/2012 8:33:41 AM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    AP ^ | Thu, 05/10/2012 - 9:21am | David Stringer, Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary is ditching proposals to buy a particular type of F-35 Joint StrikeFighter — reverting to an original plan previously criticized by Prime Minister David Cameron. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that Britain would no longer purchase F-35c variants of the Lockheed Martin Corp. fighter jet because the cost of modifications to ships needed to accommodate the plane would be about 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion). The jet's design — which does not include vertical take-off and landing — means aircraft carriers would need to be fitted with catapults and arrester gears. Hammond...
  • "The List", Obama's One Hundred and Seventy-Second Week in Office

    05/11/2012 8:30:41 AM PDT · by Nachum
    Nachumlist ^ | 5/11/2012 | Nachum
    President Obama's One Hundred and Seventy-Second Week in Office5/10/2012ObamanomicsCoal industry warns proposed EPA rule could force fourth of plants to closeObama: "Sometimes I Forget" About The Recession's SeverityInhofe Introduces Bill To Require EPA Appointees Be Confirmed By Senate: 'They Want To Put People Out Of Business'Obama administration tells California it's time to vote on high-speed railU.S. records first monthly budget surplus since 2008Obama: Europe should have followed U.S. economic leadObama Administration Spending Millions More to Push Americans Toward Alternative-Fuel and Electric Vehicles324,000 Women Dropped Out of Labor Force in Last Two Months--As Number of Women Not in Labor Force Hits...
  • Russian Jet Crash Puts Indonesian Sales In Limbo

    05/11/2012 8:27:39 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    AP ^ | Thu, 05/10/2012 - 9:27am | Andi Jatmiko, Associated Press
    CIDAHU, Indonesia (AP) -- The crash of a new, Russian-made jetliner into a jagged, Indonesian volcano during a flight to impress potential buyers threw doubt on dozens of plane sales Thursday just as Moscow seeks a comeback in foreign markets. All 45 people aboard were feared dead. Search and rescue teams trudged and climbed through the mist-shrouded, jungly terrain for nearly 20 hours before reaching the site where the plane roared in at nearly 480 mph (800 kph) on Wednesday, blowing apart and raining debris down a nearly vertical slope. When weather clears, the bodies will have to be hoisted...
  • U.S. Trade Gap Widens At Record Pace

    05/11/2012 8:22:22 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    AP ^ | Thu, 05/10/2012 | Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. trade deficit rose in March at the fastest rate in 10 months. A rise in consumer goods lifted imports to a record level, outpacing a solid gain in U.S. exports. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the trade gap widened to $51.8 billion in March, up from $45.4 billion in February. Imports rose 5.2 percent to a record $238.6 billion, reflecting more foreign oil, autos, cell phones and clothes. Exports increased nearly 3 percent to $186.8 billion. Sales to Europe reached an all-time high despite the region's debt crisis. Economists caution that export growth, a...
  • Heads up: Jobless benefits end for 230,000 this weekend

    05/11/2012 8:18:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Eight states will cut off long-term jobless benefits this weekend, which comes from an agreement in Washington to dial down the length of benefits from 99 weeks to 79. The move will add more than 230,000 to the numbers of those cut off in 19 other states, bringing the total this year to over 400,000 who have been dropped before the end of the 99-week provision. But Congress isn’t the only driving force behind the change. Thanks to the oddities of the jobs data, the federal formula for jobless funds have shut down the support: Most states provide 26 weeks...
  • Bill blockbuster: O’s an ‘amateur’ (this is good!!)

    05/11/2012 8:18:17 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | Friday, May 11, 2012 | CARL CAMPANILE
    Obama, Bill Clinton said, “doesn’t know how to be president” and is “incompetent.” But Hillary resisted the entreaties, according to two of the guests interviewed for the book. “Why risk everything now?” a skeptical Hillary told her husband, emphasizing that she wanted to leave a legacy as secretary of state. “Because,” Bill replied, his voice rising, “the country needs you!” “The country needs us!” added Bill. He later even joked about the prospect of having two Clinton presidential libraries — about the only time that Hillary cracked a smile. “I want my term [at the State Department] to be an...
  • Mitt Romney focuses on family, not gay marriage, in draft of Liberty speech

    05/11/2012 8:18:07 AM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    Boston.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | Matt Viser, Globe Staff
    Washingtion - Mitt Romney focuses on his own family - and not the volatile of gay marriage - in early excerpts of the commencement address he plans to deliver Saturday at the conservative Liberty University.
  • MAURITANIA — Muslims Demand Investigation of Christians

    05/11/2012 8:17:32 AM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    MAURITANIA — Muslims Demand Investigation of Christians Muslim protesters in Mauritania have called on the government to investigate all Christians in the country, claiming that Christians were involved in the burning of a Quran after Islamic prayers on Friday, April 27. The protesters said other Islamic books were burned on the same day and that many copies of the gospel were distributed, insinuating that Christians had some part in what they consider one of the worst offenses possible. The protesters called on the government to investigate Christians to determine their part in the event and, if found guilty, to punish...
  • Congressional Insiders Agree: Pick Rob Portman (For VP)

    05/11/2012 8:15:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | 05/11/2012 | By Shane Goldmacher and Peter Bell
    As Mitt Romney mulls who to pick as vice president, members of Congress in both parties agree that among their colleagues there is no better pick than Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. More than half of Democrats and exactly half of Republicans surveyed in National Journal's Congressional Insiders Poll said that Portman, a first term Republican, would make the best pick, among current members of Congress. Which type of politician would make the best choice for Mitt Romney to tap as vice president?   Democrats (19 votes) Republicans (23 votes) Member of Congress 37% 26% Governor 16% 39% Former officeholder...
  • Tom Hoefling, LIVE on camera interview 11 am Eastern

    05/11/2012 8:12:59 AM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 32 replies
    Tom Hoefling for President 2012 ^ | May 11, 2012 | Steph Watts
    Tom Hoefling is the longtime FReeper EternalVigilance -- and he's the presidential nominee of America's Party. America's Party is unlike any party you've seen before -- it is designed to ensure that America's Principles are its guiding force. The party doesn't want your money, it just wants you to do your duty as a citizen. Check out Tom's first campaign video interview, being conducted live now.
  • Dick Morris: Romney Should Win in a Landslide

    05/11/2012 8:12:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 05/11/2012 | Dick Morris
    If the election were held today, Mitt Romney would win by a landslide. The published polls reflect a close race for two reasons: 1. They poll only registered voters, not likely voters. Rasmussen is the only pollster who tests likely voters, and his latest tracking poll has Romney ahead by 48-43. 2. As discussed in previous columns, a study of the undecided voters in the past eight elections in which incumbents sought a second term as president reveals that only Bush-43 gained any of the undecided vote. Johnson in Â’64, Nixon in Â’72, Ford in Â’76, Carter in Â’80, Reagan...
  • Washington state health officials declare whooping cough epidemic, seek CDC help as cases soar

    05/11/2012 8:10:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    AP ^ | May 10, 2012 | Staff
    Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher. It’s the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic.
  • Restaurant group: 'Let Obama eat his hot dog'

    05/11/2012 8:08:30 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    Restaurant group: 'Let Obama eat his hot dog' By Elise Viebeck - 05/10/12 01:39 PM ET A group funded by the restaurant, food and beverage industries called a petition for President Obama to stop eating junk food before cameras "absurd" and the product of a "vegan agenda." The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) also blasted the health advocacy group behind the call as a front for animal welfare organizations. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) "is just another animal-rights group created to spread fear about perfectly safe food that's not PETA-approved," J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst with CCF,...
  • Washington Post Romney Hit Piece Implodes

    05/11/2012 8:04:27 AM PDT · by pabianice · 35 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/11/12 | Shapiro
    Today’s unconscionable Washington Post story, which implied without evidence that Mitt Romney was a homophobic bully to one John Lauber back in his high school days five decades ago, has totally imploded. Timed to drop the day after President Obama’s announced embrace of same-sex marriage, the story set the political world atwitter. But earlier today, Breitbart News reported that the Post had inflated witness testimony. The original Washington Post piece stated the following: “I always enjoyed his pranks,” said Stu White, a popular friend of Romney’s who went on to a career as a public school teacher and has long...
  • Mass. governor calls Alabama immigration policy 'hysterical and poisonous;' compares it to Jim Crow

    05/11/2012 7:45:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 43 replies
    al.com [AL] ^ | May 02, 2012 | Debbie M. Lord
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick compared Alabama and Arizona immigration policies to McCarthyism and Jim Crow in a speech Monday to students at Tufts University, according to a story on Boston.com. “The actions of various states to take matters into their own hands have been ham-fisted, self-defeating, and even racist,’’ Patrick was quoted as saying. The tone of Patrick’s speech Monday - he called much of the debate surrounding immigration reform “hysterical and poisonous’’ - has struck some state lawmakers and immigration policy specialists as more vehement than previous speeches, the story said. “The public discourse about immigration is as toxic...
  • Romney's Views On Gay Marriage: Also Evolving?

    05/11/2012 7:25:44 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | May 10, 2012 | Tovia Smith
    Unlike Obama, Romney says he hasn't changed at all. "I have the same view that I've had since running for office," he said. But that could depend on which office he means. Back when Romney was running for the U.S. Senate, he promised to be a champion for "full equality" for gays and lesbians — which many understood to include even gay marriage. "His campaign distributed at the gay pride parade pink flyers that asserted that he would be a better and a stronger advocate than Ted Kennedy," recalls lobbyist Arlene Isaacson. "Once he became governor and had his eye...