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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...
  • New Jersey woman hit with baseball sues Little League player

    06/23/2012 5:26:06 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies ^ | 6-22-2012 | AP
    <p>MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.</p> <p>Elizabeth Lloyd is seeking more than $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs stemming from the incident at a Manchester Little League game two years ago. She's also seeking an undefined amount for pain and suffering.</p>
  • 90 B61 nuclear bombs at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey (2009)

    06/23/2012 5:20:03 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 70 replies
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ^ | 23 NOVEMBER 2009 | ALEXANDRA BELL AND BENJAMIN LOEHRKE
    Today, Turkey hosts an estimated 90 B61 gravity bombs at Incirlik Air Base. Fifty of these bombs are reportedly assigned for delivery by U.S. pilots, and forty are assigned for delivery by the Turkish Air Force. However, no permanent nuclear-capable U.S. fighter wing is based at Incirlik, and the Turkish Air Force is reportedly not certified for NATO nuclear missions, meaning nuclear-capable F-16s from other U.S. bases would need to be brought in if Turkey's bombs were ever needed.
  • Anna Schwartz; economist co-wrote with Milton Friedman

    06/23/2012 5:12:32 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 9 replies
    Globe/NYT ^ | June 22, 2012 | Robert D. Hershey Jr.
    NEW YORK — Anna J. Schwartz, a research economist who wrote monumental works on US financial history in collaboration with Nobel laureate Milton Friedman while remaining largely in his shadow, died Thursday at her home in New York City. She was 96. Her death was confirmed by her daughter, Naomi Pasachoff. Dr. Schwartz, who earned her doctorate in economics at age 48 and dispensed policy appraisals well into her 90s, was often called the ‘‘high priestess of monetarism,’’ upholding a school of thought that maintains that the size and turnover of the money supply largely determines the pace of inflation...
  • Views shift little after Obama backs gay marriage (First Gay President flops at changing minds)

    06/23/2012 5:10:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Times Online ^ | 6/22/12 | ennifer Agiesta and AP writer Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage appears to have made Americans on both sides of the issue even more entrenched in their positions, firing up his young, liberal backers and intensifying opposition from Republicans and conservatives, according to a new poll. Overall, his announcement last month that he supported gay marriage did little to shift the nation's views on the subject, with the country remaining evenly divided on it, the Associated Press-GfK survey found.
  • Jim Rogers: European Bailouts May Lead to Another World War

    06/23/2012 4:56:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Moneynews ^ | Friday, 22 Jun 2012 01:47 PM | Dan Weil
    A continuation of bailouts in Europe could ultimately spark another world war, says international investor Jim Rogers. As an alternative, he recommends a combination of capitalism and socialism to weed out weak European banks and companies and to support the strong. “This is how we got into World War II,” Rogers tells Yahoo, referring to Europe’s handling of its financial crisis. “Add debt, the situation gets worse, and eventually it just collapses. Then everybody is looking for scapegoats. Politicians blame foreigners, and we’re in World War II or World War whatever.” The Rogers solution: “Let the people who have failed,...
  • Sandusky lawyers to appeal sex abuse convictions (Gay pride month not working out for Obama)

    06/23/2012 4:52:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6/23/12 | CBS News
    Defense attorneys say they will appeal the convictions of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. A jury in Bellefonte, Pa., deliberated 20 hours over two days before convicting Sandusky of 45 charges of child sex abuse. The jury of seven women and five men provided a resounding confirmation of the prosecution's case, convicting Sandusky on 45 of the 48 counts related to sexual abuse of young boys. Time and time again, the jury foreman, a middle-aged man with gray hair, recited the same word, guilty, ringing out like a gun shot in a dead quiet courtroom 45 times...
  • Allen West: ‘The free market without bankruptcy is like religion without hell’

    06/23/2012 4:21:49 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 20 replies ^ | June 23, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    In an official campaign kick-off speech, given earlier this month, Congressman Allen West covered a wide spectrum of issues educating his audience on where he stands on the issues that drive public conversation today. One topic that drew heavy applause was the idea of government bailouts.
  • Made-up memories: Lies Bam tells about himself

    06/23/2012 3:59:18 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 06/22/12 | Jonah Goldberg
    It’s becoming increasingly clear that President Obama is not burdened with too heavy a commitment to honesty. * * * That’s one obvious conclusion to be drawn from the all-too-delayed vetting of the president’s biography, most notably in David Maraniss’ aptly titled new book, “Barack Obama: The Story.” Obama has been less than honest about many things.
  • NJ woman sues after being hit in face with baseball overthrown by Little League kid

    06/23/2012 3:51:35 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 06/23/12 | PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR.
    Ain’t that America! A greedy New Jersey woman is trying to cash in on a clutzy Little League catcher — claiming he intentionally beaned her in the face with a baseball during a warm-up session with his pitcher.
  • 'Egypt gov't sources: Shafik to be named president' (Muslim Brotherhood loses!!!)

    06/23/2012 2:45:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 93 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/22/2012 | JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
    Ahmed Shafik, who served as Egyptian prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, will be announced as the winner of the country's presidential runoff election on Sunday evening, Egpytian daily Al-Ahram reported Friday, citing government sources. Al-Ahram quoted a source in the current Egyptian government as saying Shafik will be declared victor with 50.7 percent of the vote. Both Shafik and rival candidate Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood have previously declared themselves the winner of the runoff election. The results of the election were originally scheduled to be announced on Thursday, but the announcement was delayed as Egypt's electoral commission investigated...
  • Bobby Jindal attacks Obama as the Presidential race hots up

    06/23/2012 1:38:33 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 28 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, June 23, 2012 | Agencies
    Bobby Jindal attacks Obama as the Presidential race hots up Agencies Washington, Sat Jun 23 2012, 13:18 hrs Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal has launched yet another attack on the US President by alleging that Barack Obama's re-election campaign message is “divide and blame” and not “hope and change” of his 2008 campaign. “In 2008, President Obama campaigned on a message of 'Hope and Change'. (On) Thursday, speaking in Ohio, the President announced his re-election campaign message of 'Divide and Blame',” Jindal wrote in an op-ed on the CNN website. Jindal is said to be among those shortlisted as the...
  • PICKET: David Brock super PAC provides cover for its donors and Obama

    06/22/2012 11:49:31 PM PDT · by paltz
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 6/22/12 | Kerry Picket
    Following the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision in 2009 that resulted in a flood of super PACs, President Barack Obama attacked the high court’s opinion during the 2010 State of the Union and September 2010 weekly address: (bolding is mine) Now, the special interests want to take Congress back, and return to the days when lobbyists wrote the laws. And a partisan minority in Congress is hoping their defense of these special interests and the status quo will be rewarded with a flood of negative ads against their opponents. It’s a power grab, pure and simple. They’re hoping they can...
  • Ankara vows response after Syria downs Turkish jet

    06/22/2012 11:44:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    France 24 ^ | 6/23/2012
    Syria confirmed on Saturday it was responsible for shooting down a Turkish fighter jet over its territory, risking retaliation from Ankara. After emergency talks Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to take all the “necessary steps”. Syria on Saturday confirmed it had shot down a Turkish fighter jet that had entered their territory, as Turkey said it would take "necessary steps" once it had established all the facts. A Syrian military spokesman told the country's official news agency SANA that they had opened fire on an "unidentified target" that had entered its airspace, bringing it down in Syrian waters....
  • Obama weaves Fast and Furious fight into his re-election narrative

    06/22/2012 11:29:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/20/12 | Amie Parnes
    Obama weaves Fast and Furious fight into his re-election narrativeBy Amie Parnes - 06/20/12 08:29 PM ET President Obama escalated a battle between his administration and the Republican House over Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday in ways that could benefit his reelection campaign. By asserting executive privilege over “Fast and Furious” documents sought by the House GOP, Obama inserted himself directly into the fight between Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman. He also made it easier to run against not only Mitt Romney, but a Republican House he hopes to portray...
  • Greece: Country on review for move to emerging markets

    06/22/2012 11:16:53 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Athens News ^ | 6/21/2012
    The country has been placed on review for relegation to emerging market status by index provider MSCI, which would make it the first country to be thrown back out of developed equity indices. Analysts, however, reckon any such relegation would only happen if the country were to exit the eurozone. MSCI, which has $7 trillion benchmarked against its indices globally, said on Wednesday that the country was no longer in line with developed markets' size requirements. It also said the country’s authorities had failed to address concerns over certain kinds of transactions. "The Greek equity market has experienced sharp declines,...
  • Wisconsin Senate candidate calls Rep. Baldwin a communist

    06/22/2012 11:16:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/22/12 | Cameron Joseph
    Wisconsin Senate candidate calls Rep. Baldwin a communistBy Cameron Joseph - 06/22/12 02:55 PM ET Wisconsin Senate candidate Eric Hovde (R) thinks Rep. Tammy Baldwin's (D-Wis.) philosophy stems from communism. "I fundamentally disagree with Tammy on almost everything. She has a more liberal voting record than almost anybody in Congress," he told The Hill in a recent interview. "Her philosophy has its roots in Marxism, communism, socialism, extreme liberalism — she calls it progressivism — versus mine, which is rooted in free-market conservatism." Baldwin's campaign pushed back against his remarks. "Unlike Tammy, who has worked across party lines to crack...
  • House Republicans release final Holder contempt resolution

    06/22/2012 10:55:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/22/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans release final Holder contempt resolutionBy Pete Kasperowicz - 06/22/12 06:22 PM ET Republicans late Friday released the final version of the resolution asserting that Attorney General Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation. The crux of the resolution is just three paragraphs: "Resolved, That Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, shall be found to be in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. "Resolved, That pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 192 and 194, the Speaker of the...

    06/22/2012 10:18:43 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 6/22/2012 | Jeff Smith and Tyler McKinley, eds.
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that last July’s election victory would be his last run for parliament. However, his announcement does not mean he will be giving up the power that he has amassed since the AKP came to power in 2001—at least not without a fight. Erdoğan seems to have his eye on transforming the traditionally symbolic presidency into his next bastion of power. In televised remarks made on June 6, Erdogan stated, “A further step should be taken to get more successful results for our country; it could be either a presidential or a semi-presidential system.”...
  • [Palestinian leader Mahmoud] ABBAS' NEW ALLY

    06/22/2012 9:56:13 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 6/22/2012 | Jeff Smith and Tyler McKinley, eds.
    It would seem that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has found a new ally in recently elected French Socialist President François Hollande, granting Abbas the confidence to once again try to circumvent direct peace talks with Israel. In a joint news conference with Hollande, Abbas stated that if Israel did not restart negotiations, he was ready to go the United Nations General Assembly in a bid for “non-member state” status. It is a move reminiscent of Abbas’ bid for full UN member-state status last September, which was supported by 120 General Assembly members but ultimately failed when the United States threatened...

    06/22/2012 9:43:12 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 6/22/2012 | Jeff M. Smith and Kunal Mehta, eds.
    Four Indian Navy Ships, led by the frigate INS Shivalik, were making their way to the South Korea from the Philippines when they were unexpectedly contacted by a Chinese warship welcoming them to the South China Sea. The Chinese warships then proceeded to escort them along their route. The Indian fleet was on a month-long goodwill tour that included stops at ports in Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea, Japan and, lastly, Shanghai. The greeting as well as the length of the escort, which lasted half a day, was seen as both an amicable gesture and a troubling assertion by...
  • Top Massachusetts court limits foreclosure relief

    06/22/2012 8:56:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 22, 2012 | Jonathan Stempel
    The highest court in Massachusetts ruled that lenders must have proper paperwork to conduct foreclosures but said its decision applies only to future property seizures, averting a potential flood of problems for banks trying to take possession of homes. Friday's unanimous decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a case that had drawn national attention, avoids the prospect that title could be clouded on thousands of recently foreclosed properties in the state. It said a lender must in the future have a borrower's underlying note, or act on behalf of someone who does, in order to foreclose. The court...

    06/22/2012 8:41:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 6/22/2012 | Jeff M. Smith and Kunal Mehta, eds.
    Myanmar’s reform-oriented president, Thein Sein, pledged to open up major sectors of the economy such as education, energy, forestry, health care, finance and telecommunications to competition and private enterprise. He called for a ‘second wave of reforms’ to replace the inefficient public sector monopolies that have dominated much of the impoverished country, making credit and basic commodities expensive and scarce. President Sein’s call for economic reforms, delivered in a major speech on the current situation in Myanmar, follow a series of drastic political reforms over the past year that have included greater freedoms for the media and political opposition, and...
  • 2,300 houses evacuated, 4,000 acres burned by target shooter ?

    06/22/2012 8:37:33 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 63 replies
    Bureau of Land Management officials say they believe the blaze was caused when a bullet hit a rock and sparked the fire. This is the 20th target-shooting related fire this year in Utah, they said.
  • Black mob violence hits Nordstroms

    06/22/2012 8:17:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies ^ | June 22, 2012 | Colin Flaherty
    Black mob violence has taken on a new note in Portland, Ore. It’s not the unsuspecting passersby or the corner convenience store that’s the target here. It’s Nordstroms. Just weeks ago, a group of 10-15 hoodie-wearing blacks allegedly stole clothing and raced out of the store. Their actions were captured on video. So far, the evidence makes it looks like just one more of the hundreds of episodes of racial lawlessness that have taken place in more than 60 cities over the last three years. But on a local forum, the reaction gave the situation a truly unique flavor: “As...
  • Obama: U.S. needs 'bottom-up economics'

    06/22/2012 7:58:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | June 22, 2012
    TAMPA, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama told a campaign rally in Florida Friday the country needs "some middle class-out economics, some bottom-up economics." Speaking at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, the president said the economy is growing, following the worst downturn since the Great Depression, "but it needs to grow faster." He said what's holding back growth is "a stalemate between two fundamentally different views in Washington about which direction we should go in." He told his audience Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, "believe that we should go back to the top-down economics of...
  • Jerry Sandusky verdict: Complete breakdown of charges

    06/22/2012 7:52:16 PM PDT · by bd476 · 6 replies
    The Patriot-News/ PennLive ^ | Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:45 PM
    BELLEFONTE -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty this afternoon of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Sandusky faced 52 original counts of abuse, four of which were dismissed during trial. Here's a breakdown of all the charges with verdicts from the jury. VICTIM 1 Count 1: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse Verdict: Guilty. Count 2: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse Verdict: Guilty. Count 3: Indecent assault Verdict: Guilty. Count 4: Unlawful contact with minors Verdict: Guilty. Count 5: Corruption of minors Verdict: Guilty. Count 6: Endangering welfare of children Verdict: Guilty. VICTIM 2 Count 7: Involuntary...
  • Jerry Sandusky verdict: Victim 1's mom says 'I cried, I'm very happy'

    06/22/2012 7:43:48 PM PDT · by bd476 · 15 replies
    The Patriot-News/Penn Live ^ | Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 10:32 PM | By SARA GANIM, The Patriot-News
    BELLEFONTE -- When her son finished testifying against his molester, Victim 1's mom said, it wasn't over until Jerry Sandusky was locked up forever. Tonight, 'over' got that much closer. With only 20 minutes to get to court, Victim 1 and his mom were forced to hear about Sandusky's guilt on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse the way the rest of the world heard -- on television. Victim 1, 18, was on his way to work. He didn't want to disrupt his normal routine, his mom said. "I called him, I cried, I'm happy. I'm very happy,"...
  • Alert! World on the verge of chocolate crisis

    06/22/2012 7:22:22 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 49 replies
    Times of India ^ | Jun 18, 2012, 12.00AM IST
    The world is on the brink of a chocolate supply crisis owing to the instability in cacao growing areas and soaring demand in developing countries, an expert has warned. According to David Guest from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, farming methods used by cacao bean growers are in dire need of modernisation. He warns that global production of cacao, the raw ingredient in chocolate, must increase nearly a quarter by 2020 to keep up with demand from China and other rising economies. However, cacao growing regions remain some of the most undeveloped and unstable parts of...
  • Obama Asks You to Give Him Your Friend’s Birthday, Anniversary, or Wedding Gifts

    06/22/2012 6:57:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 57 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | June 22, 2012 | Bert Atkinson Jr.
    What better way to honor your friend’s special day than to throw money towards a campaign that once promised “Hope” and “Change” that never came? Ugh…
  • USDA: Food Stamps Help You Look And Feel Your Best

    06/22/2012 6:49:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    fox ^ | 6/22/12 | fox
    Although former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was smeared as “racist” by many Democrats and members of the main stream media for declaring Barack Obama “the food stamp president,” it turns out that, according to the USDA, being a “food stamp president” is really hip. In fact, the nation’s agricultural agency says, in a recent video ad,