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  • Going to the dogs: When do presidents trot out the first pooch?

    06/23/2012 9:30:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | June 23, 2012 | Ashley Killough
    Does the first dog, Bo, get his biggest headlines during wartime? A new study, "The Politics of Pets in the White House," suggests that presidents carefully calculate when best to showcase their furry friends–and periods of military conflict tend to be primetime for presidential pets. "In times of crisis, the American people want a steady hand at the helm," the study notes. "How else to establish that a president is in charge than seeing the commander-in-chief confidently playing fetch with a four-legged companion in the middle of the afternoon?" The report, primarily conducted by researchers at George Washington University,...
  • Obama falls on Florida stage; Bush's fault, no doubt (with video)

    06/23/2012 9:09:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | June 23, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    An exciting campaign video roused the Tampa crowd for the imminent vision of you-know-who Friday night. "Please welcome," said the arena announcer, "the president of the United States!" Pregnant pause to let the cheers build. Then, out from behind the blue curtain sauntered the perpetually campaigning president, known today as Barack Obama. Big smile. Waving to the crowd. Obama began his familiar jaunty jog up the stage steps, when, suddenly...Oops! Bam! He disappeared. Democrat down. (See video above) Obama stopped the very public fall -- Forward -- with his hands, inches from a painful face-plant. Then, he bounced back up,...
  • Fading Furiously (Saturbray)

    06/23/2012 9:07:24 AM PDT · by bray · 8 replies ^ | 6/23/12 | bray
    ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered, “he said to them, ‘You also go and WORK in my vineyard.’ Matt 20:7 Just when you thought you couldn’t get worse than Jimmy Carter you go and trip over a guy named Richard Nixon. The big question for the Establishmedia is, what do you know and when will you report it? This is another giant blow for the corrupt media industrial complex as it continues to attempt to push their rope up hill in hopes nobody will notice their efforts. This may have been the worst month in the histoir of...
  • Russian Warships to Defend Naval Base in Syria

    06/23/2012 8:59:58 AM PDT · by pabianice · 23 replies
    Seawaves ^ | 6/23/12
    If needed, large landing ships Nikolai Filchenkov and Caesar Kunikov will maintain security of Russian Navy's technical support base in Tartus (Syria), said a source in the Navy Mail HQ. "Crews of Nikolai Filchenkov and Caesar Kunikov and rescue tug SB-15 with marines on board are capable to secure Russian citizens and evacuate property of the Tartus base, if required", the Navy spokesman told Interfax. Black Sea Fleet (BSF) press secretary Capt 1 Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev said on Monday that large landing ship Caesar Kunikov returned to Sevastopol from the Mediterranean cruise in order to prepare for new deployments. "The...
  • Man jailed for threatening South Park writers (Muhammad in a bear suit)

    06/23/2012 8:44:08 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 22 June 2012
    A Muslim convert from New York has been sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison after admitting threatening the writers of South Park over their depiction of the prophet Muhammad. Jesse Curtis Morton, 33, alias Younus Abdullah Muhammed, ran a website that encouraged Muslims to engage in violence against perceived enemies of Islam. In February he pleaded guilty to making threatening communications, using the internet to put others in fear and using his position as leader of the Revolution Muslim organisation's websites to conspire to commit murder. The sentence was handed down in a federal court in Alexandria,...
  • Gay-rights leader steps down after his arrest

    06/23/2012 8:27:47 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 12 replies
    The Colombus Dispatch ^ | June 23 2012 | Rita Price
    The state’s largest gay-rights group will begin the search for a new leader to succeed Ed Mullen, who resigned after being arrested last Saturday during Columbus Pride festivities. Mullen, hired as executive director of Equality Ohio last year, faces misdemeanor charges of menacing and disorderly conduct. According to police and court reports, he went onto the property of a Buttles Avenue resident and threatened him around 7:20 p.m. last Saturday. The complaint filed in Franklin County Municipal Court said Mullen also began taking pictures of the man’s house, saying, “Smile now, we’ll be back for you.” Reached by email, Mullen declined...
  • Zimmerman Prosecutors Struggle to Outmaneuver Florida Law

    06/23/2012 1:22:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    US Politics Today ^ | June 23, 2012
    Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is complicating matters for prosecutors rushing to convict George Zimmerman. The law is clear that residents can meet force with force when they feel threatened. Florida's Stand Your Ground law allows residents to use deadly force to defend themselves or their property, and when doing so, protects them from prosecution. This law may derail the prosecution of defendant George Zimmerman in the much-publicized case of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin. State prosecutors see the case as open-and-shut, arguing that Martin was simply a kid buying a soda at a...
  • Rio summit ends with 'meaningless' agreement

    06/23/2012 8:07:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies
    Rio summit ends with 'meaningless' agreement By News Wires the 23/06/2012 - 13:58 The Rio development summit ended on Friday with world leaders signing an agreement that many critics have slammed as too weak to solve the world's pressing environmental concerns. REUTERS - Global leaders ended a U.N. development summit on Friday with what was widely considered a lackluster agreement, leaving many attendees convinced that individuals and companies, rather than governments, must lead efforts to improve the environment. Nearly 100 heads of state and government gathered over the past three days in efforts to establish “sustainable development goals,” a U.N....
  • Democrats Will Remove Obama via Twenty Fifth Amendment

    06/23/2012 7:54:34 AM PDT · by Uncle Sham · 107 replies
    self ^ | June 22, 2012 | Uncle Sham
    Those who have placed Obama where he is have seemingly sent signals that his usefulness to them has expired. His support is eroding within the ranks of his own party and cracks are starting to show in the media treatment he has received. They cannot allow his presence on the ticket in November as it will help destroy the cause in which they believe.If they are going to pull the rug from under him, it has to be done in a way that his core supporters can find acceptable. There isn't sufficient time left before the election for impeachment proceedings...
  • Did Maraniss Commit Fraud to Protect Obama?

    06/23/2012 7:50:56 AM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 23, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    I was sitting out at lunch the other day reading David Maraniss's new book, Barack Obama: The Story, when I came across a passage that gave me pause. Maraniss excerpted the passage from an article, "Breaking the War Mentality," that Obama had written in 1983 for a Columbia University publication called the Sundial. What caught my attention was that the passage in question read better than I remembered. I returned to my office after lunch, checked a digitized copy of the article, and then double-checked a PDF of the original print edition. I was right. The passage had been edited...
  • Book containing George Washington's copy of Constitution fetches nearly $10M

    06/23/2012 7:34:03 AM PDT · by ETL · 24 replies ^ | June 22, 2012 | Maegan Vazquez
    A book owned by George Washington and containing his own annotated copy of the Constitution sold for almost $10 million at Christie's, more than three times what it was expected to draw. A fierce bidding war between two unidentified parties forced the price up, and applause erupted in the venerable auction house when the hammer came down and the 223-year-old book sold for $9,826,500 to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.The Acts of Congress volume includes a copy of the Constitution, a draft of the Bill of Rights, and acts creating the executive, State and Treasury department. The book was printed...
  • New Video: HHS Mandate and Religious Liberty

    06/23/2012 7:33:49 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 5 replies
    Acton Institute Powerblog ^ | June22, 2012 | Michael M. Miller
    What would Diedrich Bonhoeffer have to say about the HHS mandate? Eric Metaxas–best selling author of the biographies on William Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer:Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy gives us some insight in this 2 minute video that explains the real issue behind the HHS Mandate: Religious liberty. He’s joined by economist Jennifer Roback Morse, a Catholic economist and founder and president of the Ruth Institute. The short video distills the fact that opposition to HHS Mandate is not about the morality of contraception or even abortion. It is about religious liberty and maintaing the freedom of religion that our Founders realized...
  • White House rebukes guests who flipped bird at Reagan portrait

    06/23/2012 7:22:30 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 83 replies ^ | 6/22/12 |
    The White House did not approve. "While the White House does not control the conduct of guests at receptions, we certainly expect that all attendees conduct themselves in a respectful manner. Most all do," Shin Inouye, a White House spokesman, said. "These individuals clearly did not. Behavior like this doesn’t belong anywhere, least of all in the White House."
  • 3 reasons Microsoft's Surface is no joke

    06/23/2012 7:18:05 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 274 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 22, 2012 | Don Sears
    Many have scoffed at the idea that Redmond's tablet will succeed. But there are three crucial reasons to take the effort seriously. By Don Sears FORTUNE -- Do not underestimate Microsoft's Surface tablet move. Its gambit to design and build its own hardware is a bold play to develop a thriving ecosystem of new products. It is centered on Microsoft's dominant property: the operating system. Monday's flashy Surface launch may have felt like an Apple event with its bright, pastel-colored keyboard, slick introductory videos and breathless hyping from little-known engineers. But, in fact, Microsoft's play is anything but Apple-like. The...
  • Do Democrats Have a Shot at the House?

    06/23/2012 7:04:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 23, 2012 | by Nate Silver
    So far this election season we have written very little about the race for the House of Representatives. In part this is because this looks to be less dramatic than the presidential race — where Barack Obama has only a slight edge, in my view — or the race for the Senate, which looks increasingly like a tossup. In the House, by contrast, Republicans are reasonably clear favorites to maintain their majority. Still, the House is probably more difficult to analyze than the battle for the Senate or the presidential race. Democrats, in my view, do retain something of an...
  • Pelosi: Obama Should Unilaterally Eliminate The Debt Ceiling By Declaring It Unconstitutional

    06/23/2012 7:00:29 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 42 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | June 22, 2012 | Zip
    She does realize he’s not a dictator, right?
  • Is Romney too focused on the economy? (More symptoms of dementia from PMSNBC...)

    06/23/2012 6:54:32 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/22/12 | Michael O'Brien,
    Is it possible that Mitt Romney, in his campaign for the presidency, has been too focused on the economy? The presumptive GOP presidential nominee has focused intently on turning the election into a referendum on President Barack Obama, rarely veering from making the case that the Democratic incumbent has failed to manage the economy. Most every issue but the economy is viewed as a distraction by Romney’s high-command in Boston; it dismisses hand-wringing over issues like Donald Trump, Democrats’ claims of a “war on women,” or the president’s recent order on young illegal immigrants as a distraction. When Romney reacts...
  • Udall and Bennet Side With Obama on Key Energy Vote

    06/23/2012 6:32:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Colorado Observer ^ | June 21, 2012 | Mark Stricherz
    Colorado’s two Democratic senators sided with the White House on Wednesday when they voted to affirm what one GOP senator called “the centerpiece of President Obama’s war on coal.” The rule, which proponents say is necessary to limit harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants, but that opponents say will destroy jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket, narrowly survived an attempt at repeal yesterday. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet opposed a measure that would have overturned the controversial EPA rule. The measure failed on a 46-to-53 vote yesterday. ... Udall and Bennet joined seven other Senate Democrats from major coal-producing...
  • Did Maraniss Commit Fraud to Protect Obama?

    06/23/2012 6:18:03 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 69 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 23, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    I was sitting out at lunch the other day reading David Maraniss's new book, Barack Obama: The Story, when I came across a passage that gave me pause. Maraniss excerpted the passage from an article, "Breaking the War Mentality," that Obama had written in 1983 for a Columbia University publication called the Sundial. What caught my attention was that the passage in question read better than I remembered. I returned to my office after lunch, checked a digitized copy of the article, and then double-checked a PDF of the original print edition. I was right. The passage had been edited...
  • Leadership Brawl Could Draw in Wasserman Schultz [Obamugabe's Poodle Wants To Be Speaker]

    06/23/2012 5:39:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | 6/20/12 | Billy House
    When Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida was tapped last year to lead the Democratic National Committee, it seemed like the latest ascension for a fast-rising star destined for even higher positions. Some stumbles and an apparent falling out of favor with the White House had changed that calculus. Now it looks like it could be changing again. Talk is that Wasserman Schultz will not be asked to serve another term at the DNC, regardless of whether she helps President Obama win a second term. Yet the native New Yorker could use that to her advantage, as she reportedly now...