News/Current Events (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Oscar Pistorius Is Granted Bail

    02/22/2013 7:39:41 AM PST · by John W · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 22, 2013 | LYDIA POLGREEN and ALAN COWELL
    PRETORIA, South Africa — After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation. “The accused has made a case to be released on bail," the magistrate concluded. Pistorius family members in the packed courtroom shouted: "Yes!" The terms of the bail were not immediately disclosed.
  • President Obama holds off-record meeting with top White House reporters

    02/22/2013 7:28:33 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    President Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with top White House reporters on Thursday afternoon, POLITICO has learned. The meeting, with reporters from major print and television outlets, comes days after the White House Correspondents Association complained publicly about their lack of access to the president during a golf outing in Palm Beach, Fla., and one day after Obama met with local television reporters.
  • Public Schools Installing "Panic Buttons"

    02/22/2013 7:24:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 22, 2013 | CBS Atlanta
    MARIETTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — Marietta Public Schools have added “panic buttons” to its schools in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. WGCL-TV reports that these “panic buttons” will immediately place a call to 911 when pushed by school officials.
  • Dog slips leash in St. Petersburg; angry motorist shoots owner

    02/22/2013 7:19:43 AM PST · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    ST. PETERSBURG — A man walking his dog was shot in the leg by a disgruntled motorist after the animal lurched into the road, forcing a pickup to stop. St. Petersburg police are searching for a man who shot Peter Harbachuk, 46, on Friday after his dog got off her leash. "Some dude hopped out and he pointed a gun toward my head," Harbachuk said. "I said, 'Hey, this doesn't have to go down like this.' " The man lowered the gun a bit, closed his eyes and squeezed the trigger, he said.
  • Ravens' Matt Birk to announce his retirement today (NFL's Pro Life and Traditional Marriage leader)

    02/22/2013 7:17:58 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 7 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 2/22/13 | Aaron Wilson
    INDIANAPOLIS --— Baltimore Ravens six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk will announce his retirement from the NFL later this morning, according to a source with knowledge of his plans. Birk, 36, played in the NFL for 15 seasons and won a Super Bowl in his final season with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. Birk played well last season and could have continued to play, but the Harvard graduate, former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and married father of six opted to leave the game at this time.
  • Maryland to Hold Committee Hearings on 51 Anti-Gun Bills in Just 2 Days

    02/22/2013 6:48:51 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Maryland --(Ammoland.com)- 2 More Gun Bill Days are Scheduled – 51 Bills to be Heard Briefly stated, here is the situation: A total of 51 bills will be heard over 2 days in 3 Committees. Each day we will have bills being heard in 2 different Committees at the same time. This tactic is intended to dilute our numbers, which is why a strong “boots on the ground” turnout is so important. This is especially true on March 5th because the hearings will be in different buildings. Friday, March 1st @ 1:00 PM: 4 bills in the House Health &...
  • Senators in Immigration Talks Mull Federal IDs for All Workers

    02/22/2013 6:47:59 AM PST · by haffast · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 20, 2013, 7:47 p.m. ET | DANNY YADRON
    Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person's legal eligibility to work. snip But at least five of the eight senators writing the bill have backed biometric ID cards in the past. At least three of them—Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.)—have said they support requiring the cards under the new law but are open to other options, aides say. snip Mr. Graham, in an interview, said that...
  • JOE BIDEN ON HOME DEFENSE

    02/22/2013 6:41:11 AM PST · by shortstop · 31 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 02/20/13 | bob Lonsberry
    Biden goes Rambo. In an online interview with a magazine reporter, day before yesterday, the vice president of the United States told us how to defend our homes. He is a significant federal officer -- first in succession to the presidency -- and was one of the longest-serving senators in modern history. And he has given us instructions. The vice president said he told his wife, "If there’s ever a problem here, just walk out on the balcony, here, walk out, put that double-barrel shotgun and just fire two blasts outside the house." He then went on to say that...
  • Sanford police: We'll buy your gun, no questions asked

    02/22/2013 6:41:00 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 21 replies
    The Orlando Slantinel ^ | 22 FEB 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    <p>In another sign that Sanford police are ratcheting up their campaign against street violence, the department on Friday announced a gun buyback next week.</p> <p>The agency will buy any gun – no questions asked – and give the person turning it in a $50 Target gift card.</p>
  • A year later, Trayvon Martin case murkier than ever

    02/22/2013 6:37:22 AM PST · by rellimpank · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Eric Zorn
    The simple story — cops yawn when burly white vigilante stalks and kills unarmed African-American child for the "crime" of walking while black — shocked the conscience of much of the nation a year ago and touched off an explosion of indignant demagoguery. Trayvon Martin, 17, was walking through a Sanford, Fla., subdivision early on the evening of Feb. 26, 2012, headed from a convenience store to the home where he was staying with his father. Off-duty neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, was driving to the grocery store when he saw Martin and called police to report that an...
  • MA Liberal Pushes Gun Ban, Citizens Show Up To Shoot It Down

    02/22/2013 6:30:43 AM PST · by suspects · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 22, 2013 | Michael Graham
    The people have spoken, the ... conservatives? The original, less-family-friendly quotation came from California Democrat Dick Tuck after he lost a U.S. Senate primary in 1966. This particular sentiment reflects the divide between the ever-more-left-leaning Democratic Party and the average person — even here in Massachusetts. Wednesday night the Westford Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to withdraw an article from the Town Meeting warrant calling for the town to ban the possession of virtually all modern firearms. An overflow crowd of more than 400 people showed up to let liberal Selectman Robert Jefferies know that he doesn’t speak for them....
  • Kid President and Obama announce White House Easter Egg Roll [Clown Plays Games While Economy Tanks]

    02/22/2013 6:22:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/21/13 | Maura Judkis
    This year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be the cutest one EVER, obviously. Just watch.... Kid President, a.k.a. nine-year-old Robby Novak,announces that the ticket lottery for the April 1 White House Easter Egg roll is open,and closes on Monday, Feb. 25. Better get your name in there if you want to meet Kid President! Or real president. But the former upstages the latter in this mega-cute video...
  • My Dinner with Calvin [Coolidge]

    02/22/2013 6:19:01 AM PST · by statestreet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 20, 2013 | David Pietrusza
    My phone rang late on a Friday evening. The number was from an area code with which I wasn’t too familiar. Would I be able to attend a dinner in Manhattan honoring Amity Shlaes on the occasion of the publication of her new Calvin Coolidge biography? Well, yes — yes, I would. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/20/my-dinner-with-calvin/#ixzz2LdOsACmC
  • Why the income tax is worth celebrating

    02/22/2013 5:58:52 AM PST · by tom h · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2013 | Molly Michelmore
    The federal income tax celebrates its 100th birthday this month. With so few fans of the tax in and outside Washington, few are likely to celebrate. But maybe we should. The income tax was once quite popular ... After the Civil War, the federal government relied on a combination of consumption taxes and high tariffs to raise revenue. Both bore most heavily on regular people while doing little to tap the fortunes of the Gilded Age’s robber barons. Popular hostility toward these moneyed interests helps explain the initial popularity of the income tax ... At their 1896 convention, Democrats endorsed...
  • Biden Tells Gun Control Conference:"We Must Speak For Those 20 Beautiful Children"

    02/22/2013 5:50:41 AM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    http://www.courant.com/ ^ | February 22, 2013 | Jenny Wilson
    DANBURY —— Amid concerns about getting a vote on tighter gun control legislation only months after the worst elementary school massacre in history, Vice President Joe Biden joined many of Connecticut's most powerful leaders in a daylong forum to press for change. "There's a moral price to be paid for inaction. If you're concerned about your political survival you should be concerned about the survival of our children," Biden warned. "I believe the price will be paid politically by those who refuse to act, who refuse to step forward."
  • Country Club Republicans Link Up With Democratic Ruling Class

    02/22/2013 5:23:13 AM PST · by SueRae · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/20/2013 | Angelo Codevilla
    Full Title: As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned On January 1, 2013 one third of Republican congressmen, following their leaders, joined with nearly all Democrats to legislate higher taxes and more subsidies for Democratic constituencies. Two thirds voted no, following the people who had elected them. For generations, the Republican Party had presented itself as the political vehicle for Americans whose opposition to ever-bigger government financed by ever-higher taxes makes them a “country class.” Yet modern Republican leaders, with the exception of the Reagan Administration, have been partners in the...
  • Adrian Wyllie announces bid for Florida governor, plans to eliminate federal meddling

    02/22/2013 4:26:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Oath Keepers EMail | Jan 28, 2013 | Staff
    With the 2012 election behind us, candidates have begun preparing for races in 2014. One of the earliest Libertarian Party candidates to declare is Adrian Wyllie, chair of the Florida LP, who announced earlier this month that he would run for governor. He plans to distinguish his campaign by focusing on his plan to combat the federal government's encroachments on state sovereignty. "One of my highest priorities is going to be upholding the 10th Amendment, and rejecting any unconstitutional federal mandates or laws on the state level," Wyllie said. "I think one of our biggest problems is the assault on...
  • Massachusetts forces schools to let 'transgender' boys use girls' restrooms, lockers

    02/22/2013 4:21:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 72 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 02/19/2013 | Kirsten Andersen
    BOSTON, February 19, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to the state’s K-12 public schools requiring them to permit “transgender” boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities as long as they claim to identify with that gender. Many elementary schools in smaller Massachusetts towns include children from kindergarten through eighth grade, making it possible for boys as old as 14 to share toilet facilities with girls as young as five. Under Chester's leadership, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released an 11-page document on...
  • Retired general says National Guard could help curb Chicago violence

    02/22/2013 3:48:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/21/13 | Lolly Bowean
    To reduce the homicides and shootings plaguing Chicago streets, elected officials should consider calling on the state and federal governments for help, even the National Guard if necessary, said a retired Army lieutenant general who spearheaded the military response after Hurricane Katrina. "Just like we do with any disaster. When the tornado comes, or the floods come, the federal government comes in to help," Russel L. Honore said Thursday at a news conference in Chicago. "Let's not let this be about pride. 'We are big ol' Chicago, we are too proud, we can handle this.' Maybe you can't handle it....
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 22, 2013

    02/22/2013 3:39:14 AM PST · by sneakers · 21 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Miami-Dade teachers union elects Fedrick Ingram as president [First Black to lead, Media Swoons]

    02/22/2013 3:23:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/21/13 | David Smiley
    The United Teachers of Dade announced Thursday that its members had elected its secretary/treasurer to lead the organization. Fedrick “Fed” Ingram, a native Miamian and former Miami-Dade teacher of the year, netted just under 51 percent of some 7,000 votes cast in Tuesday’s elections and beat out four competitors to win the $134,000 job outright. Ingram, 39, will take over in May as just the third president in the last half-century when current President Karen Aronowitz steps down.
  • Is Obama overplaying sequester hand?

    02/22/2013 2:56:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    politico ^ | 2/22/13 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN
    ...Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win. He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House. ...In the last two days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called...
  • US denied direct access to Benghazi suspect held in Egypt

    02/22/2013 2:19:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    The U.S. has been denied direct access to the only publicly known suspect in custody in connection with the Benghazi terror attack, Fox News has learned, with U.S. interrogators still unable to sit in the same room as the Egypt-held prisoner to ask questions. Abu Ahmed, also known as Mohammed Jamal, is suspected of establishing Islamist training camps in Eastern Libya where militants who took part in the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack were able to train. Ahmed is not suspected of directly taking part in the attack which left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead. But this is...
  • Ending long break, White House and Republicans renew budget talks

    02/22/2013 1:36:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:04pm EST | Mark Felsenthal
    After weeks without talks on the U.S. budget crisis, President Barack Obama called Republican leaders on Thursday to discuss the harsh “sequestration” cuts to government spending due to begin in just over a week. In what might be just the start of long negotiations to prevent the $85 billion in cuts, Obama spoke to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The conversations were “good,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, but he declined to provide details. A McConnell spokesman said it was the first outreach from Obama since the New Year’s Eve “fiscal cliff”...
  • US, Chinese Plans for Rail Links with Central Asia Reducing Russia’s Influence

    02/22/2013 12:43:42 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    United States plans to link the countries of Central Asia by new rail lines with Afghanistan. At the same time, Washington opposes neither the construction of a railway corridor from Central Asia through Iran, nor Chinese extensions of its national rail system into the area. Nevertheless, according to analysts at the Moscow Strategic Culture Foundation, these overlapping transportation development projects threaten to spark a new “railroad war” in the Central Asian region—one that in the absence of counter-efforts by the Russian Federation is likely to result in a sharp reduction of Moscow’s influence over the countries there. Washington’s plan is...
  • What Free Republic, and All Americans are up against.

    02/21/2013 8:32:43 PM PST · by jongaltsr · 20 replies
    <p>This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines the immensely wealthy charitable foundations that provide financial backing for leftist groups and causes. These foundations -- sometimes called endowments or charitable trusts -- are nongovernmental, nonprofit entities whose assets are provided by donors and managed by their (the foundations') own officials, who earmark portions of their assets each year for what they consider to be socially useful purposes. Most of these foundations can be classified under the following categories: Community Foundations, which build their endowments through contributions from many donors within a given geographic region, and typically focus on local needs Corporate Foundations, which are private foundations established by for-profit corporations but legally separate from the parent corporations 

Family Foundations, in which the original donor or the donor's family plays a significant role in governing the foundation 

Independent Foundations, which are private foundations, usually endowed by one source such as an individual's bequest

 Operating Foundations, which are private foundations that use most of their income to provide charitable services or programs of their own, rather than making grants to outside organizations 

Public Foundations, which are public charities that operate significant grantmaking programs The DiscoverTheNetworks database currently identifies and profiles more than 125 major foundations whose political and philanthropic orientations are generally leftist, and whose combined assets exceed $100 billion. Some of the foundations described in this section are so large that they have single-handedly shaped entire cultural and political movements. (See, for example, the Ford Foundation's role in underwriting The Open Borders Lobby.</p>
  • The Gun Control Movement's Dangerous Incompetence

    02/21/2013 11:20:27 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/20/13 | William A Levinson
    "Dangerous incompetence" means exactly that: ignorance, negligence, and/or dereliction of duty that endangers human life and safety. A medical quack who prescribes medications for patients he has never seen, or without going to medical school and passing a licensing examination, is a prime example. Equally dangerous incompetence, of the kind that can kill people, pervades the gun control movement. Dangerous Incompetence Regarding Armed Self-Defense Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Andrew Cuomo, like any medical quack who prescribes drugs for real or imaginary illnesses, think they know how many bullets a person might reasonably need for self-defense against one or more...
  • Jerusalem preparing Obama ice sculpture

    02/21/2013 10:55:35 PM PST · by Ezekiel · 51 replies
    Israel News (Ynetnews.com) ^ | Published: 02.20.13, 13:54 | Itamar Eichner
    >>> An initiative by Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat intends to take advantage of the wide coverage to unleash a public relations barrage and to present to them "Jerusalem's other side." According to the plan, journalists will be taken on tours around Jerusalem and will visit the main historical sites, such as City of David and the Western Wall Tunnel. They will also be taken to an Israel Museum's exhibition about King Herod and to the Ice City, where they will see a custom built ice sculptor in Obama's image. <<<
  • IRAQI SUNNIS INSPIRED BY ARAB SPRING

    02/21/2013 10:45:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 2/14/2013 | Jeff Smith & Sirena Dib
    Sunni protesters in Iraq are taking to the streets by the tens of thousands in weekly protests that have so far remained peaceful, but carry the risk of deteriorating into violence at any time. The protests began in the Sunni-dominated town of Fallujah, a hotbed of insurgency during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Protesters have demanded the resignation of Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. When the U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq over a year ago, Iraq’s Sunnis were disenchanted with what they saw as an inequitable distribution of power in Baghdad in favor of the country’s Shi’ite majority,...
  • Biden warns anti-gun control lawmakers will pay a price

    02/21/2013 10:41:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | February 21, 2013
    Just miles from the site of the Newtown school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden warned Thursday that US politicians would pay a price if they refuse to back measures to stem gun violence. Biden said in Danbury, Connecticut that there had been a change in American politics which made it less risky for lawmakers to back the kind of legislation the White House is pushing Congress to pass. "What I say to my colleagues who will watch this and listen to this, I say to you if you're concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about the survival...
  • Organizing for Action targets GOP lawmakers in first ad buy

    02/21/2013 10:29:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    latimes.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matea Gold
    WASHINGTON -- Four California Republican House members are among 16 GOP legislators being targeted by a pro-Obama advocacy group in a new online ad campaign urging them to back a more robust background check system for gun sales. Reps. Jeff Denham, Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Gary G. Miller and David Valadao are among those featured in the banner ads, which begin running Friday on the websites of local news outlets such as the Modesto Bee and Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The ads, tailored with the photos and Twitter handle of each member of Congress, call on them to support universal...
  • Russia: Corruption’s staggering cost

    02/21/2013 10:21:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/18/2013 | Amanda Pitrof, ed.
    Corruption cost Russia an estimated $211.5 billion between 1994 and 2011, according to a report released by Global Financial Integrity, a U.S.-based research and advocacy organization. Even more staggering is the $552.9 billion that flowed illegally into the Russian economy in the same 18-year span. The report goes on to estimate the size of the country’s underground economy at nearly 46% of GDP annually over the same period. According to World Bank experts, this statistic makes Russia’s underground economy 3.5 times larger than corresponding G-7 economies like the U.S., France, and Canada. For every 1% increase in the size of...
  • 57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester

    02/21/2013 10:20:31 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    Go.com ^ | Chris Good
    57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good) February 21, 2013 If the heads of 20 federal agencies are to be believed, disastrous consequences await if President Obama and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, triggering the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration." Those cuts are slated to begin March 1, and earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee asked agency heads to explain what would happen in such a scenario. In separate letters to Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., they warned of terrible things: Greater risk of wildfires, fewer OSHA inspections and a risk of more...
  • Cutting The Iran-China Connection

    02/21/2013 10:11:37 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/14/2013 | Ilan Berman
    Cutting The Iran-China ConnectionBy Ilan BermanThe American February 14, 2013 Just what will it take to bring Iran’s nuclear ambitions to heel? The past year has seen a dramatic expansion of economic pressure against the Iranian regime by the United States and Europe, all with a single-minded purpose: to ratchet up the costs to Iran of its stubborn atomic endeavor.Yet Iran’s economy, though undeniably ailing, remains afloat. True, Iranian officials have admitted that their country’s energy trade has constricted by nearly half as a result of U.S. and European sanctions, costing the Islamic Republic around $100 million daily. But...
  • GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert: Guns Are Necessary To Protect Against Sharia Law

    02/21/2013 10:02:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told a conservative radio host this afternoon that he believes Americans must be allowed to own firearms to protect against the growing threat of “sharia law.” Appearing on web-radio show The Voice of Freedom, Gohmert argued that Congress ought to vote down any restrictive new gun regulations because American gun-owners need their firearms as a defense against Muslims who want to subvert the United States Constitution with the Islamic moral/political code. “[The Second Amendment] is for our protection and the Founders’ quotes make that very, very clear. Including against a government that would run amuck,” he...
  • Gun-Hating Martin Bashir Praises Man Who Defends Obama Murals With An AR-15

    02/21/2013 9:56:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    Marcus Davis, a Houston, Texas-based restaurant owner, defends murals of Barack Obama painted on the exterior of his establishment with an AR-15. Even though he is aware of this, Martin Bashir - one of MSNBC's most vocal gun control advocates - praised the proprietor of The Breakfast Klub during a lengthy interview Thursday (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): As Bashir predictably praised his guest - even comparing the defacement of these murals to Obama's struggles with his political detractors! - he eventually said, "But thinking of your willingness to protect this mural, Mr. Davis, we also know that...
  • High school teacher 'refused to mark students' assignments because they mentioned guns (Texas)

    02/21/2013 9:42:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | february 21, 2013
    A high school English teacher has refused to grade two students' papers because they mentioned guns. Marshall Williams and Alex Wright, seniors at Denton High School in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, said the teacher, Dewey Christian, set an assignment to write a report about anything they wanted. Williams referenced a trip he had taken to the Fort Worth gun show, while Wright recounted a hunting trip, but both said the papers did not describe shooting guns. 'I said, "Me and my mum went to buy a gun" and as soon as he heard the word gun he told me to sit...
  • ACU ANNOUNCES 2012 RATINGS OF CONGRESS

    02/21/2013 9:29:12 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 12 replies
    American Conservative Union ^ | 2-21-2013 | Press Release
    ACU Announces 2012 Ratings of Congress Published: February 21, 2013Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas today announced the 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress, the 42nd edition of the conservative ratings guide. Since 1971, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded Members of Congress based on their votes on key conservative issues. The full 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress guide is now available online at conservative.org.“For the past 42 years, through the Congressional and now the State Ratings, the American Conservative Union has set the standard...
  • Obama Says 75% of the American People Agree With Him

    02/21/2013 9:17:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/21/13 | Debra Heine
    In response to Obama: Cuts that Hurt the Economy are GOP's Raison D'etre: Several outlets are noting Obama's comments on Al Sharpton's radio show, but the Free Beacon was kind enough to put it on You Tube... (Trying to wrap my head around the fact that the President of the United States went on that ridiculous race hustler's radio show...ugh...so mortifying.) But just listen to Obama. He says 75% of the American people agree with him, that the way to reduce our deficit sensibly is through his combination of spending cuts and tax revenue (but mostly tax revenue), as if...
  • 3D Printing Revolution: the Complex Reality

    02/21/2013 8:45:17 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 39 replies
    Make ^ | February 14, 2013 | Michal Zalewski
    This miniature, high-precision assembly started with a CAD model and not much more. It cost about $10 to make it at home – with no 3D printer required.In the past couple of years, the concept of low-cost 3D printing has captured the hearts and minds of millions of geeks. The allure of an upcoming manufacturing revolution has seeped into the mainstream, too: take The Economist, which ran about two dozen articles about this technology within the last year alone. Something must be in the air! The charm of 3D printing is easy to understand, especially as it coincides with the...
  • AP Caves Into Gay PC: 'His Husband' and 'Her Wife' Are Now Accepted Stylebook Terms

    02/21/2013 8:44:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/21/13 | Tim Graham
    After overwrought pressure from the usual gay "anti-defamation" lobbyists, the Associated Press has caved in and made another new statement approving the use of "his husband" and "her wife" in news stories. as if they've taken a stand for neutrality, instead of rewriting the gender dictionary. "Victory!" was the headline on several gay websites as AP issued a new entry in its AP Stylebook Online, and is scheduled to appear in the 2013 print and mobile additions: husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or...
  • MSNBC boldly moves to plug its one remaining hole--hiring Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod

    02/21/2013 8:39:27 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 19 February 2013 15.12 EST | Glenn Greenwald
    A Pew poll found that in the week leading up to the 2012 election, MSNBC did not air a single story critical of the President or a single positive story about Romney - not a single one - even as Fox aired a few negative ones about Romney and a few positive ones about Obama. Meanwhile, Obama campaign aides who appeared on MSNBC were typically treated with greater deference than that shown to the British Queen when one of her most adoring subjects is in her presence for the first time. Surveying this assembled data, one does not need to...
  • In sensitivity training, USDA employees recite 'If we work for a federal agency, we've

    02/21/2013 8:27:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/21/13 | Caroline May
    Additional clips of a United States Department of Agriculture sensitivity training class feature USDA employees being told to recite, “If we work for a federal agency, we’ve discriminated in the past.” The clips, released by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch Thursday evening, are the second installation of revealing footage obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) request the organization made last May. According to Judicial Watch, the documents reveal the sensitivity training was delivered to USDA employees at least 16 times last year in an attempt to boost employees’ “emotional intelligence.”
  • On a hunch, fishermen find crash site, 2 sisters

    02/21/2013 8:20:13 PM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 4:32 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013 | By STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As their mother lay dead in the middle of the night, a 4-year-old Oregon girl dragged her seriously injured younger sister from a crashed car and the two huddled under a blanket — and waited. [...] The girls finally got help after two commercial fishermen spotted what appeared from a distance to be a basketball-sized gash in an alder tree along State Highway 401 between Astoria, Ore., and Naselle, Wash. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/On-a-hunch-fishermen-find-crash-site-2-sisters-4298227.php#ixzz2Lay8rQ3U
  • New NRA ad: Politicians 'don't rule' Americans or 'give us rights' (This is a great ad)

    02/21/2013 8:13:17 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | February 20, 2013 | NRA
    A new NRA ad that highlights comments made by President Obama and former President Bill Clinton reminds politicians that they do not "rule" Americans, nor "give" Americans rights, The Blaze reported Wednesday. "In a recent closed-door speech to donors, politicians and media, Bill Clinton spoke about American gun owners: 'A lot of these people … all they’ve got is their hunting and their fishing,'" the ad says. "And we all remember Barack Obama’s 2008 comments to a room of San Francisco elites: 'It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion,'" the ad continues. "The arrogance...
  • Gowdy Devastates White House NLRB Appointees Talking Points & Big Labor Witness

    02/21/2013 8:11:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/21/13 | Right2WorkCommittee
    It wasn't surprising that Big Labor Democrats would choose a labor union lawyer to present the White House talking points to justify his unconstitutional appointments of National Labor Relations Board members. However, when the labor concluded her opening remarks saying that congress having hearing regarding unconstitutional appointments made them shills for the 1%, she lost a lot of credibility. If she any credibility left after her opening statements, it was soon to be destroyed as were the White House talking points that she was shilling. Elizabeth Reynolds the lawyer from Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy was questioned by South Carolina Congressman...
  • Howie Carr: Clueless fops (at the Boston Globe) wonder why they’re tanking

    02/21/2013 8:09:33 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 21, 2013 | Howie Carr
    Who in his right mind would ever buy The Boston Globe? Maybe the physical plant of the “newspaper” on Morrissey Boulevard, but the actual product? Let me put it another way: When was the last time you bought an actual copy of The Boston Globe? Why would you, it only encourages them. Has ever a publication fallen so far, so fast? It’s the Carnival Triumph of the newspaper business. It’s the Patriots in the second half against the Ravens. It’s Tim Murray in his jammies, flooring his state Crown Vic as the stone wall looms up ahead. [Snip] Everybody at...
  • Iran move to speed up nuclear program troubles West

    02/21/2013 8:00:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:48pm EST | Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun installing advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday, a defiant step that will worry Western powers ahead of a resumption of talks with Tehran next week. In a confidential report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said 180 so-called IR-2m centrifuges and empty centrifuge casings had been put in place at the facility near the central town of Natanz. They were not yet operating. If launched successfully, such machines could enable Iran to speed up significantly its accumulation of material that the West fears could be used to devise...
  • Christiane Amanpour: Happy birthday, President Mugabe!

    02/21/2013 7:59:29 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    I’m trying to imagine Amanpour giving an equally non-judgmental and upbeat birthday tribute to, say, John Boehner. Amanpour tweeted birthday wishes for the 89-year-old Zimbabwe leader along with this online video, which is one dash news report but mostly sounds like a toast at someone’s 33 Years of Brutal Power-Mongering Party. Amanpour’s intro encompasses the tone pretty well: “Imagine a world leader four years older than the Pope who’s been in power for 33 years and shows no sign of calling it quits,” Amanpour said. “Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, is 89 today, and celebrated modestly by his standards — with...
  • White House refuses to hand over secret documents on drone killings to 'ensure the confirmation

    02/21/2013 7:57:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/21/13 | Daniel Bates
    The Obama administration is refusing to hand over full details of its targeted killing programme in order to ensure John Brennan takes up his post as head of the CIA, according to a report. The White House is said to be considering handing over details of the Benghazi scandal to Republicans rather than give up the secrets of its drone strikes. The move is infuriating Democrats who have long called for full disclosure of classified legal memos in relation to targeted killings. nstead President Obama seems content to risk their wrath to win more support for Mr Brennan.