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  • Obama, Senate May Stymie 60-Vote GOP Filibuster Efforts

    03/03/2009 7:06:54 AM PST · by curth · 41 replies · 1,025+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | Tuesday, March 03, 2009 | Joe Murray
    The Obama administration announced Sunday it would keep all options on the table as it prepares to battle Republican lawmakers over a massive budget that stands to usher in historic changes in energy and health-care reform. Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, refused to rule out the possibility the Obama administration would press for the use of a questionable Senate tactic in which just 50 senators would be needed to pass the controversial changes. The comment was a clear indication the White House is expecting a bruising battle over the legislation. By using the budget...
  • Obama may use 50-vote tactic on energy, healthcare (UNPRECEDENTED POWER GRAB!)

    03/03/2009 5:09:59 PM PST · by pleasenoobama · 159 replies · 7,543+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2009 | Jim Snyder
    President Obama’s budget director said the White House would consider using a Senate procedural tactic so that only 50 votes would be rquired to pass major healthcare and energy reforms. Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the administration would prefer not to use the budget reconciliation process to push through its package. But he added: "We have to keep everything on the table. We want to get these.... important things done this year." Orszag called healthcare in particular "the key to our fiscal future." Orszag made the comments on ABC’s "This Week with George...
  • 41 Senate Republicans Send Letter To President Obama Urging Consultation On Judicial Nominees

    41 Senate Republicans Send Letter To President Obama Urging Consultation On Judicial Nominees March 2, 2009 President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.  20500 Dear Mr. President: We look forward to working with you as you consider nominees for the federal judiciary.  Unfortunately, the judicial appointments process has become needlessly acrimonious.  We would very much like to improve this process, and we know you would as well.  It is in that spirit that we write early on to suggest two steps your Administration can take to achieve that shared goal.   First, in the beginning...
  • Obama may use 50-vote tactic on energy, healthcare

    03/01/2009 4:30:38 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 74 replies · 4,876+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3-1-09 | Jim Snyder
    President Obama’s budget director said the White House would consider using a Senate procedural tactic so that only 50 votes would be rquired to pass major healthcare and energy reforms. Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the administration would prefer not to use the budget reconciliation process to push through its package. But he added: "We have to keep everything on the table. We want to get these.... important things done this year." Orszag called healthcare in particular "the key to our fiscal future." Orszag made the comments on ABC’s "This Week with George...
  • Is Hillary preparing the "nuclear option" in Democratic race?

    05/31/2008 8:26:50 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 99 replies · 631+ views ^ | May 31, 3008 | Sheldon Alberts
    Excerpt - Bill and Hillary Clinton no longer control the Democratic primary. There's simply no other conclusion to draw after the party's Rules and Bylaw committee reached a decision Saturday that helps Barack Obama and hurts Hillary Clinton's chances of somehow winning the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton, in the words of Florida State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, wanted "it all" at Saturday's meeting. She wanted full delegations seated from Florida and Michigan, with a full vote. She wanted Obama to get zero delegates from Michigan, since he followed the rules, ignored the outlaw primary and went so far as to take...
  • Casey, Webb, Ford & Tester Agree To Schumer Filibuster Pact As Rumors Swarm About Justice Stevens

    11/04/2006 7:32:09 PM PST · by Jay777 · 192 replies · 8,052+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 4-Nov-06 | Oak Leaf
    For those involved in GOP-GOTV, it is very important to know the rumors on John Paul Stevens: For the past several weeks, there has been a rumor circulating among high-level officials in Washington, D.C., that a member of the U.S. Supreme Court has received grave medical news and will announce his or her retirement by year’s end. Then the GOP-GOTV dynamite needs to get to work. And just what would these "moderate democrat" Senator wannabes do if elected: Schumer is reported to have assured Democrats that Bob Casey Jr. -- despite running as a moderate Senate candidate -- would be...
  • We should nuke Iran

    09/02/2006 8:31:20 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 80 replies · 2,510+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Saturday, September 2, 2006 | MICHAEL COREN
    We should nuke Iran Toronto Sun Saturday, September 2, 2006 By MICHAEL COREN It is surely obvious now to anybody with even a basic understanding of history, politics and the nature of fascism that something revolutionary has to be done within months -- if not weeks -- if we are to preserve world peace. Put boldly and simply, we have to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. Not, of course, the unleashing of full-scale thermo-nuclear war on the Persian people, but a limited and tactical use of nuclear weapons to destroy Iran's military facilities and its potential nuclear arsenal....
  • The Next Filibuster?

    05/04/2006 2:41:59 AM PDT · by mathprof · 5 replies · 614+ views
    It's merely taken three years, but Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to come for a vote before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Democrats are likely to oppose him in lock-step, and some on the left are urging them to use the F-word. Anything is possible, but it's hard to believe Democrats are nuts enough to launch a judicial filibuster in the middle of an election year with a GOP President so low in the polls. Talk about a get-out-the-vote gift for Republicans. Then again, no one ever got rich overestimating the intelligence of...
  • Stop the unconstitutional filibusters of judges once and for all.

    01/28/2006 12:25:19 PM PST · by factmart · 9 replies · 1,688+ views
    It is now time to stop the unconstitutional filibuster of judges once and for all. If the Republicans don't stop it now they may not have the votes in 2007 and beyond. The chances are the Republicans party will lose a few senate seats in the November elections. They may still be in the majority but with the moderate Republicans, would not vote to do the constitutional option and do away with unconstitutional filibuster of judges. That is why MaCain "7" will always be responsible in the future filibusters of judges. Here is how you stop the filibuster of judjes...
  • Pressure may drive Dems to filibuster Alito vote

    01/23/2006 12:45:09 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 128 replies · 3,576+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 01/23/2006 | Robert Novak
    Pressure may drive Dems to filibuster Alito vote January 22, 2006 BY ROBERT NOVAK SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST Pressure from liberal activists to oppose confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court has been so intense that Democratic senators may be trapped into a filibuster that they do not want to wage. Despite the consensus that Alito performed well in his confirmation hearings, leaders of liberal organizations opposing him -- Ralph Neas, Nan Aron and Wade Henderson -- demand that Democrats vote against him. Consequently, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska is the only Democrat at this writing who has announced in...
  • Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to oppose Alito

    01/20/2006 8:17:40 PM PST · by nwrep · 124 replies · 1,954+ views
    AP ^ | 1-20-2006 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said Friday he will oppose Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, saying he is not convinced that Alito will bring an impartial viewpoint to the court. Wyden, a Democrat, met with Alito on Wednesday and talked about executive power, legal precedents and abortion rights. “I cannot reconcile the seemingly moderate and amiable jurist of the past few weeks” with Alito’s two-decade record as a federal appeals court judge and official in the Reagan and Bush administrations, Wyden said Friday. “It is my conclusion that Judge Alito’s record portends a view on the power of...
  • End of Alito Questioning Prompts Democrats to Consider Filibuster (Dems Desperate)

    01/12/2006 8:32:18 PM PST · by HonduGOP · 79 replies · 1,983+ views
    US Supreme Court Monitor ^ | 01/13/06 | Tony Mauro
    End of Alito Questioning Prompts Democrats to Consider Filibuster Legal Times Tony Mauro January 13, 2006 Senate questioning of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. ended Thursday with several Democratic senators voicing deep reservations about his views. They did not rule out a filibuster to block his confirmation. "I remain very troubled," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., told Alito, depicting him as a non-mainstream judge who "almost always chooses the rightward course." But the tone of Thursday's inquiries was less confrontational than on Wednesday, when persistent questioning about ethical concerns and Alito's views on abortion and presidential power frazzled nerves and...
  • Dianne Feinstein Urges Alito Filibuster

    01/08/2006 8:55:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies · 1,451+ views
    NewMax ^ | January 8, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Sunday that she will support a Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito if it becomes clear he'll vote to overturn Roe vs Wade. Asked if she would consider it "filibuster material" if she finds out that Alito intends to vote against Roe, Feinstein told "Fox News Sunday": "If I believe that he was going to go in there and overthrow Roe, the question is, most likely, yes." The California Democrat, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that any High Court nominee who thought Roe had been "improperly decided" was outside the...
  • Michael Medved on Now Discussing "Brokeback Mountain" and the Gay War on Marriage

    12/14/2005 2:10:55 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 96 replies · 3,406+ views
    Michael Medved Show KRLA 870
    Michael says Paula Zahn found a gay cowboy to interview for her show and that there's a gay rodeo league or something. He says the movie ads hide the fact that the film is anti-marriage. It breaks up two marriages with kids and yet is described as "a wonderful love story."
  • The Lord's word

    12/22/2005 10:45:30 PM PST · by balch3 · 32 replies · 948+ views
    The Economist ^ | Ded 14, 2005 | staff
    IN ITS opening pages, “Biology for Christian Schools” (Bob Jones University Press) comes straight to the point: “The people who have prepared this book have tried consistently to put the Word of God first and science second. To the best of the author's knowledge, the conclusions drawn from observable facts that are presented in this book agree with the Scriptures. If a mistake has been made (which is probable since this book was prepared by humans) and at any point God's Word is not put first, the author apologises.” And that is precisely why a high-school science course using the...
  • National Journal 2008 Insiders Poll(Allen Mccain lead republicans, Clinton Warner led democrats)

    12/17/2005 11:35:47 AM PST · by SDGOP · 77 replies · 1,054+ views
    I can't post the actual pdf, but i'll try to summarize some of the stuff. If the moderators know whether or not i can do this please let me know(i know you have to pay to get into national journal(or if your cheap like me just go to a school library to access it for free) Republicans 2008 Insiders Rank Rank Name Points Previous Points(April 30) First Place Votes Second Place Votes 1 George Allen 365 269 39 22 2 John Mccain 337 255 38 22 3(Rising in rank)(previous rank 4) Mitt Romney 168 128 4 6 4 Rudy Guiliani...
  • A writ of Habeas Corpus in Medicine [“homophobia” or “extreme bias” to be a psychiatric illness!]

    12/18/2005 3:05:55 PM PST · by sionnsar · 78 replies · 1,623+ views
    Clueless Christian ^ | 12/18/2005 | Dr. Shari deSilva
    We need a writ of Habeas Corpus in Medicine. Somebody Sue us PLEASE!Filed under: General — clueless @ 5:01 pm “Now I am going to do my level best to get these diagnoses expunged from your record, but I cannot do this without your assistance. That means that you have to stop saying stupid things for the fun of yanking everybody’s chain. You can’t afford it! Is that clear?”By the time I had finished, my face was flushed, my 14 year old patient was in tears, and my office manager had stuck her head into the examination room to find...
  • Obsessive anti-Semitism

    12/18/2005 8:14:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies · 523+ views
    Globe Editorials ^ | December 18, 2005 | Jeff Jacoby
    ONCE AGAIN, the president of Iran repeated his foul lie. On Wednesday, in a speech broadcast live on Iranian state television, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands that the Nazi destruction of European Jewry never happened. ''They have created a myth with the name of 'Holocaust' and consider it to be above God, religion, and the prophets," he said. It was the second time in a week that Ahmadinejad had dismissed the most infamous genocide of the 20th century as a fairy tale. ''Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces," he...
  • The Idea of the (Feminized) University

    12/17/2005 4:49:21 AM PST · by Tom D. · 50 replies · 2,568+ views
    National Review ^ | December 16, 2005 | George Gilder
    CULTURE WATCH The Idea of the (Feminized) University Coeds are one thing . . . GEORGE GILDER Why would any self-respecting boy want to attend one of America’s increasingly feminized universities? Most of these institutions have flounced through the last forty years fashioning a fluffy pink playpen of feminist studies and agitprop “herstory,” taught amid a green goo of eco-motherism and anti-industrial phobia. They routinely showcase such trendy trumperies as The Vagina Monologues, while sacrificing thousands of men’s athletic teams at the altar of Title IX. They happily open their arms to the recruiting efforts of gay and lesbian student...
  • Psychopolitics: Erasing Christianity through the Consensus Process

    12/16/2005 5:43:52 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 74 replies · 1,790+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 12/16/2005 | Linda Kimball
    "Not too many years ago, Americans had never heard of sensitivity training, and if a facilitator of it had tried to convince them that they needed to be conditioned by it, he would have been told, very quickly and in no uncertain terms, to take a hike. However, step by careful step, sensitivity training began to be stealthily inserted into our society. Today, Americans simply submit to it without much thought, let alone any protest." ("Psychopolitics: Joe Six-Pack and the Crocodile" Linda Kimball) Sensitivity training, hate-crime laws, political correctness, multiculturalism, and the group dynamics and/or 'facilitated consensus process'---all of these...
  • California Superior Court Judge Nailed for Kiddie Porn

    12/16/2005 6:01:25 AM PST · by RepublicNewbie · 143 replies · 2,876+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 12/16/05 | Jim Kouri
    An Orange County, California Superior Court judge pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four felony charges of possession of child pornography. He admitted that he had at least 100 images of minor boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Judge Ronald Kline, a 65-year-old resident of Irvine, pleaded guilty in Los Angeles before United States District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall. Pleading guilty to four of seven counts contained in a grand jury indictment, Kline admitted that the images of child pornography were on his home computer, two computer floppy disks and one Zip drive disk. Kline was initially indicted by a federal...
  • Justice Breyer on "Active Liberty"

    12/14/2005 7:42:48 PM PST · by Otho · 18 replies · 942+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Dec. 14, 2005 | Representative Tom Feeney
    Give Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer his due. With the publication of his new book "Active Liberty," he enthusiastically embraces a mea culpa approach to allegations that Supreme Court justices invent, recreate, and expand constitutional principles as they please. Viewed as a response to Justice Antonin Scalia's "A Matter of Interpretation," Breyer’s book, openly advocates for the notion that U.S. constitutional law is whatever a majority of Supreme Court justices wishes...
  • Child Killer Was a Pothead

    12/14/2005 9:27:54 PM PST · by Mojave · 469 replies · 4,452+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 15, 2005 | Cliff Kincaid
    The George Soros-funded campaign to legalize marijuana has run into a problem. Joseph Smith, convicted and sentenced to death for the abduction, rape and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, has been exposed as a pothead. In an unsuccessful ploy to spare his life, his attorneys argued that he was a drug addict, used drugs on the occasion of the Brucia murder, and began his involvement with drugs by smoking marijuana. It looks like marijuana didn't have many "medical benefits" in this case.
  • The United States Not A Christian State.

    12/14/2005 6:19:00 PM PST · by SJackson · 40 replies · 1,274+ views
    The Occident ^ | February, 1850
    We have often maintained, both in private conversation and in our writings, that no one can claim for the United States the name of a Christian state, in the legal sense of the words; which does not say that the whole people of the country might not, for all that, be Christians, or sectarians of an especial branch of Christianity. All the words mean to convey, is, that Christianity does, as such, not enter into the polity of the government; and that the constitution, the fundamen­tal law, has no necessary connexion with either the dogmas or precepts of Christianity. The...
  • Group files lawsuit in Iowa seeking gay marriage

    12/13/2005 5:17:32 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 600+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2005 | AMY LORENTZEN
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A gay rights organization filed a lawsuit on behalf of six gay and lesbian couples in Polk County District Court on Tuesday, asking for the right to marry for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal, the organization that spearheaded the same-sex marriage drive across the country, said it wants full recognition of the civil rights of gay couples. "There are thousands of couples in Iowa who are eager for the protections and security that come with marriage," Camilla Taylor, a staff attorney with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, said during a telephone interview with The Associated...
  • Byrd Warns Frist Against 'Nuclear Option'

    12/13/2005 6:21:26 AM PST · by jaredt112 · 38 replies · 1,452+ views
    Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia said Monday he doesn't expect Democrats to filibuster the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, but he still chastised Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for threatening to stop any such effort through a drastic parliamentary effort that has been dubbed the "nuclear option." "If he ever tries to exercise that, he's going to see a real filibuster if I'm living and able to stand on my feet or sit in my seat," Byrd said in a Senate debate with Frist, R-Tenn. "If the senator wants a fight, let him try it," said Byrd,...
  • Armed Gangs on Rampage

    12/13/2005 10:47:51 AM PST · by o_zarkman44 · 208 replies · 6,556+ views
    The Sidney World Herald ^ | Dec 13, 2005 | By Malcolm Brown, Les Kennedy, Jared Wormald and Robert Wainwright
    SYDNEY erupted in a second night of racial violence last night as Middle Eastern mobs fired shots into the air, attacked women and smashed shops around Cronulla, while up to 600 young men - armed with guns and crowbars - prepared for a battle. In a terrifying escalation of the conflict, up to 70 cars from Hurstville and possibly Lakemba invaded Cronulla and Brighton-le-Sands to launch revenge attacks, following the vicious attacks by Cronulla locals on people of Middle Eastern appearance on Sunday. Twenty carloads of men arrived at Cronulla by about 10.30pm, smashing shops, and cars in Elouera Road,...
  • SF Chronicle on Tookie Execution: Candle-Holding Hymn Singers vs. "Hang the Bastard" Types

    12/13/2005 4:05:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 74 replies · 2,236+ views
    SF Chronicle/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein December 13, 2005 - 06:31. Judging from this article by SF Chronicle staff writer's Leslie Fulbright, which Drudge posted, perhaps Tookie should have been canonized and supporters of the death penalty punished in his stead. The headline set the tone: "Tears, anger, silence at protesters' candlelight vigil; Speakers read from Williams' anti-gang children's books." The article depicted candle-holding Tookie supporters bravely fighting the cold and singing hymns along with Joan Baez. On the other side? A couple of shock jocks screaming 'kill Tookie', a professional pro-death penalty demonstrator, and a guy with a "Hang the Bastard" sign....
  • Anti-death penalty protests grow as [Tookie] Williams' execution nears

    12/12/2005 11:33:36 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 363 replies · 8,576+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/12/05 | Paul Chavez
    Anti-death penalty protests swelled Monday after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips co-founder convicted of four murders. Only a dozen protesters rallied outside Northern California's San Quentin State Prison shortly after Schwarzenegger's afternoon decision was announced, but the crowd grew to more than 1,000 late into the night. In contrast, the streets of South Los Angeles, where Williams' Crips gang and their deadly rivals, the Bloods, came to prominence in the 1980s, were quiet. Williams was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Rallies and vigils were held throughout the state in the hours...
  • Fight looms if Republicans change Senate rules [KKK Byrd makes threats]

    12/12/2005 6:07:29 PM PST · by Brilliant · 54 replies · 1,778+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | December 12, 2005 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd warned on Monday that he would bring the U.S. Senate to a virtual standstill if Republicans carry out a threat to change its rules by outlawing filibusters on judicial nominations. Byrd of West Virginia, a staunch defender of the Senate's often arcane rules and procedures, was responding to a comment by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who said Sunday he might move to restrict filibusters if Democrats try to block the nomination of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Minutes after the Senate returned from a three-week vacation Byrd challenged Frist, a...
  • PFLAG Unites with LGBT Rights Groups to Oppose Alito Nomination(homosexual opposition to Alito)

    12/12/2005 5:07:55 PM PST · by Dane · 15 replies · 530+ views
    US Newswire ^ | 12/12/05
    PFLAG Unites with LGBT Rights Groups to Oppose Alito Nomination 12/12/2005 1:00:00 PM To: National Desk, Supreme Court Reporter Contact: Jean-Marie Navetta of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 202-467-8194 ext. 213 or WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and National Center for Lesbian Rights today announced their opposition to the nomination of Samuel A. Alito to the Supreme Court of the United States, contending that Alito would roll back protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...
  • Byrd Warns Frist Against 'Nuclear Option'

    12/12/2005 2:46:53 PM PST · by SmithL · 59 replies · 1,534+ views
    AP ^ | 12/12/5 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia said Monday he doesn't expect Democrats to filibuster the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, but he still chastised Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for threatening to stop any such effort through a drastic parliamentary effort that has been dubbed the "nuclear option." "If he ever tries to exercise that, he's going to see a real filibuster if I'm living and able to stand on my feet or sit in my seat," Byrd said in a Senate debate with Frist, R-Tenn. "If the senator wants a fight, let him try it,"...
  • Jamaica: Ganja and crime (shocking new suggestion that pot may be related to crime in some way)

    11/27/2005 7:24:36 PM PST · by Stoat · 278 replies · 3,676+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | November 27, 2005
    Ganja and crime published: Sunday | November 27, 2005 The scientific debate in Jamaica about the dangers of marijuana use is often obfuscated by a subtle cultural bias based in part on a support of Rastafarians who claim that the herb is a sacramental part of their religious practice, but also by years of its use in folk medicine. Now comes Dr. Winston De La Haye, director of the detoxification unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies and president of the Psychiatry Association of Jamaica, who believes that the use of ganja may well be a major...
  • Cocaine in Jacko's pants

    11/29/2005 10:19:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 103 replies · 4,426+ views
    The Sun ^ | November 29, 2005 | EMILY SMITH
    TRACES of cocaine were found on Michael Jackson’s underwear during a police raid, it was revealed yesterday. The discovery emerged as the troubled singer faced shock new claims that he is abusing and trafficking drugs. Cops are secretly investigating allegations by former aides that Jacko, 47, is hooked on anti-depressants and painkillers. They say he pops up to 40 pills a day — and was seen falling flat on his face after injecting himself with a mystery drug. He is suspected of transporting drugs from California to Bahrain, where he currently lives, and obtaining them with fake prescriptions. Claims ......
  • Imaging Shows Similarities in Brains of Marijuana Smokers, Schizophrenics

    11/30/2005 8:22:07 PM PST · by Moonman62 · 199 replies · 2,050+ views
    Radiological Society of North America ^ | 11/30/05 | Radiological Society of North America
    CHICAGO – Heavy use of marijuana may put adolescents who are genetically predisposed to schizophrenia at greater risk of developing the brain disorder, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Using a sophisticated brain imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), researchers at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York, studied the brains of groups of adolescents: healthy, non-drug users; heavy marijuana smokers (daily use for at least one year); and schizophrenic patients. Unlike magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which provides a static picture of brain structures, DTI detects and...
  • This Christmas, wish everyone merry and ignore those grinches

    12/02/2005 10:01:40 PM PST · by freedom44 · 21 replies · 754+ views
    Fort Wayne Sentinel ^ | 12/03/05 | Robert Rinearson
    There’s no reason to be embarrassed about it and no reason to hold your tongue when the temptation arises to say “Merry Christmas” to your son or your daughter’s teacher or the mayor or the head of the Democratic Party or even Leonard Goldstein. Christmas is as much of an American tradition as Davy Crockett, the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Louis Armstrong. After all, it’s been a national holiday since June 26, 1870. However, some wish it otherwise. In fact, there are those who make such a fuss that it’s as if the word “Christmas” were a vulgarity...
  • Now, there's proof: Men, women different

    12/02/2005 12:29:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 199 replies · 3,318+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 2, 2005 | Jennifer Harper
    The Washington Now, there's proof: Men, women differentBy Jennifer HarperTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished December 2, 2005 Attention, Dr. Frankenstein, and maybe Gloria Steinem: There are girl brains, then there are boy brains. But there's not one generic human brain, no matter what hand-wringing feminists may insist in their quest for sexual equality.     Some stark new clinical evidence shows that men and women are just not the same upstairs.     "The comedians are right. The science proves it. A man's brain and a woman's brain really do work differently," a research team from the University of Alberta in Canada announced yesterday....
  • Lawmakers: Same-sex 'marriage' not a civil right (New Hampshire commission)

    12/03/2005 1:36:52 PM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 787+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/3/05 | WorldNetDaily
    A New Hampshire legislative commission released a report yesterday finding same-sex "marriage" is not a civil rights issue. Glen Lavy, who provided expert testimony for the commission, said the panel got to the heart of the issue. "By focusing on the long-standing legal aspects of marriage, rather than the divisive political aspects of marriage, the commission's report reaffirmed that the real reason for marriage is for the protection of children," said Lavy, senior vice president of the Alliance Defense Fund's Marriage Litigation Center. The commission concluded marriage "across essentially all societies and history has been defined as the union...

    12/07/2005 3:35:08 AM PST · by Hunden · 15 replies · 1,376+ views
    The Shadow ^ | 2000 | Manny Goldstein
    Take a close look and there is something downright suspicious about former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, now the darling of certain sectors of the radical left. His journey has taken him from the heights of federal power to outer orbits of the political fringe. In the process, he has seemingly transformed from a shill for the most corrupt elements of the US elites to a shill for any foreign despot who claims to oppose the US elites. Who is Ramsey Clark really working for? Dynasty of Mediocrity Ramsey Clark was born to power. In 1945, the Clark family made its...
  • The Jewish Grinch who stole Christmas

    12/08/2005 9:59:06 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 51 replies · 1,534+ views
    Townhall ^ | Dec 8, 2005 | Burt Prelutsky
    I never thought I’d live to see the day that Christmas would become a dirty word. You think it hasn’t? Then why is it that people are being prevented from saying it in polite society for fear that it will offend? Schools are being forced to replace “Christmas vacation” with “winter break” in their printed schedules. At Macy’s, the word is verboten even though they’ve made untold millions of dollars from their sympathetic portrayal in the Christmas classic, “Miracle on 34th Street.” Carols, even instrumental versions, are banned in certain places. A major postal delivery service has not only made...
  • The San Francisco police videotape farce

    12/10/2005 7:09:12 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies · 1,678+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2005 | Thomas Lifson
    The San Francisco police videotape farce The rest of the country is accustomed to regarding San Francisco as a nuthouse (apologies to Rick Moran), so the supposedly scandalous prank videotape produced by Officer Andrew Cohen, and the reaction thereto by the city’s Mayor and Police Chief have raised few eyebrows nationally. However, this may be one instance in which the nutjobs who run the city have outpaced the nutjobs who vote them into office. Debra Saunders, the sensible columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle has put her finger on the real issue: IF ANYONE should be suspended because of the...
  • Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be an Illness

    12/10/2005 7:00:41 AM PST · by BackInBlack · 126 replies · 2,359+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2005 | Shankar Vedantam
    The 48-year-old man turned down a job because he feared that a co-worker would be gay. He was upset that gay culture was becoming mainstream and blamed most of his personal, professional and emotional problems on the gay and lesbian movement. These fixations preoccupied him every day. Articles in magazines about gays made him agitated. He confessed that his fears had left him socially isolated and unemployed for years: A recovering alcoholic, the man even avoided 12-step meetings out of fear he might encounter a gay person. "He had a fixed delusion about the world," said Sondra E. Solomon, a...
  • Frist Cautions Senators Against Stalling Alito Vote (Threatens Nuclear Option)

    12/12/2005 5:33:27 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 1,237+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2005 | Ceci Connolly
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) threatened yesterday to strip Democrats of the power to filibuster if they block the vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. "It would be against the intent of the Founding Fathers and our Constitution to deny Sam Alito an up-or-down vote on the floor of the United States Senate," he said on "Fox News Sunday." His willingness to consider a procedural maneuver called the "nuclear option" seemed somewhat premature. Last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said that although he anticipates intense questioning of Alito during next month's hearings, he...
  • Frist Says He's Ready to Block Filibuster

    12/11/2005 10:04:44 AM PST · by frankjr · 60 replies · 1,532+ views
    AP ^ | 12/11/05 | n/a
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he is prepared to strip Democrats of their to ability to filibuster if they try to stall Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court. "The answer is yes," Frist said when asked if he would act to change Senate procedures to restrict a Democratic filibuster. "Supreme Court justice nominees deserve an up-or-down vote, and it would be absolutely wrong to deny him that." Several Democrats have said that Alito's views on issues such as voting rights and abortion could provoke a filibuster unless he allays their concerns about his commitment to civil rights....
  • Our Battle for the Soul of America

    12/11/2005 3:20:56 AM PST · by TopQuark · 49 replies · 1,173+ views
    Caucus For America ^ | December 2005 | Aryeh Spero
    Our Battle for the Soul of America By Rabbi Aryeh Spero People of faith look around our country at forms of behavior now accepted and wonder how is it possible that during their own lifetime things have so dramatically deteriorated. ----------------- The truth is the A.C.L.U. never believed in separation of church and state as much as using it as a hammer to dampen Christianity, its symbols, its values. The proof? In the last two years it has taken up the cause of defending Islamic “religious rights” – from wearing full-length burkas at community swimming pools to public school recitings...
  • Giuliani in '08 might be an uphill battle against McCain

    12/10/2005 9:06:19 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 149 replies · 1,680+ views
    New York Newsday ^ | December 10 2005 | GLENN THRUSH
    WASHINGTON -- Rudy Giuliani and John McCain are the top-polling Republican rivals for the White House in 2008, but the two dinner buddies avoid talking about that topic when sharing tortellini and bresaola at Giuliani's favorite Manhattan bistros. Their latest get-together took place on Nov. 1 at Elio's, an Upper East Side eatery known for its $30 veal chops. They shared a table with McCain confidante Mark Salter, Giuliani's wife Judith and his aide-de-camp Tony Carbonetti. McCain and Giuliani reportedly chatted about the food, sports and Iraq -- everything but 2008. The same can't be said for the Arizona senator's...
  • Kwanzaa Threatens to Snuff Out True Meaning of Christmas (Interview with Rev. Peterson)

    12/10/2005 1:28:06 AM PST · by beaversmom · 24 replies · 1,185+ views
    CBN ^ | December 8, 2005 | Interview with Rev. Peterson – PAT ROBERTSON: Well, ladies and gentlemen, when I first heard about Kwanzaa—I’ve been to Africa many, many, many times, in a number of countries, and I had never heard of Kwanzaa. And it turns out, there’s not one African country that has ever celebrated anything called Kwanzaa. So we began to explore where it came from. Well, today we’re going to tell you. Joining me now from Los Angeles is a man who says the growing popularity of Kwanzaa threatens to snuff out the true meaning of Christmas. Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson has written a book called Scam:...
  • New York Supreme Court of Appeals says No to Homosexual Marriage

    12/09/2005 12:07:26 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 814+ views
    LifeSite ^ | December 9, 2005 | Hilary White
    NEW YORK, December 9, 2005 ( - The Supreme Court of New York State has ruled that it has no competence to re-define legal marriage, overturning a previous ruling that would have allowed homosexual partnerings the same legal status as normal marriage. Court's Appellate Division ruled 4-1 that Justice Doris Ling-Cohan erred in her presumption that the courts have the authority to create constitutional rights out of whole cloth. The ruling stated, “We find it even more troubling that the court, upon determining the statute to be unconstitutional, proceeded to rewrite it and purportedly create a new constitutional right.”The ruling...
  • The Jewish Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Burt Prelutsky Takes On The Christianophobes Alert)

    12/07/2005 4:36:31 AM PST · by goldstategop · 117 replies · 1,887+ views ^ | 12/07/05 | Burt Prelutsky
    I never thought I'd live to see the day that Christmas would become a dirty word. You think it hasn't? Then why is it that people are being prevented from saying it in polite society for fear it will offend? Schools are being forced to replace "Christmas vacation" with "winter break" in their printed schedules. At Macy's, the word is verboten even though they've made untold millions of dollars from their sympathetic portrayal in the Christmas classic, "Miracle on 34th Street." Carols, even instrumental versions, are banned in certain places. A major postal delivery service has not only made their...
  • America’s Traitors: Hang ‘Em High (Murtha, Kerry, Dean, Rosenburgs, Lonetree, Garwood)

    12/07/2005 1:42:50 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 80 replies · 4,467+ views
    Weekly column posted at his 850am KOA website ^ | Tuesday December 6, 2005 | Gunny Bob Newman
    GUNNY BOB'S COLUMN DECEMBER 06, 2005: America’s Traitors: Hang ‘Em High Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Robert Garwood. Clayton Lonetree. Four Americans with one thing in common: they betrayed their country for personal gain. In the case of the Rosenbergs, the communist spies and traitors helped their beloved Soviet Union acquire classified intelligence at America’s expense. America’s loss and the Soviet Union’s gain equated to the Rosenberg’s political gain. Robert Garwood, a Marine in the Vietnam War, was captured and then went over to the enemy’s side in exchange for favorable treatment. Clayton Lonetree, also a Marine,...