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  • Trump No Longer Even Pretends To Be a Republican

    07/27/2015 3:54:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 112 replies
    Powerline ^ | 26 Jul 15 | John Hinderaker
    Scott Walker’s budget reforms in Wisconsin are one of modern conservatism’s greatest success stories. So why would Donald Trump attack them? Because 1) he is not a Republican, and 2) he is not a conservative. Trump went after Walker yesterday: “Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said were all “a disaster.” This is the kind of smear the Democrats perpetrate against Walker, but why would any Republican join them? This, too, is straight out of the left-wing playbook: “A guy like...
  • Scott Walker hits the road on Iowa campaign sweep

    07/17/2015 9:01:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 17, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Davenport— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is wrapping up his first week as a presidential candidate in a three-day swing across Iowa, driving from the eastern bluffs above the Mississippi River to the western ones above the Missouri. The GOP governor will make at least 10 stops in this all-essential early state in the presidential nomination process, which will be key to his candidacy. Without a win or at least a very strong finish in this neighboring state where he spent part of his childhood, Walker is unlikely to sustain for long the campaign that he began Monday in Waukesha. To...
  • Fox Passes On Comedy ‘Cabot College’, Produced By Tina Fey & Robert Carlock

    08/20/2014 6:10:01 AM PDT · by Night Hides Not · 30 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 8/18/14 | Nellie Andreeva
    It looks like no Fox pilots from this past season will make it to series after all. Back in May, then-Fox chairman Kevin Reilly didn’t pick up any of the five produced comedy pilots to series, instead upping the order of previously ordered Mulaney from 6 to 16 episodes. At the time, Reilly entered talks with Universal TV for a six-episode order to Matt Hubbard’s Cabot College, executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, considered the front-runner of the bunch.
  • Eve of Disaster - Why 2013 eerily looks like the world of 1913, on the cusp of the Great War.

    01/06/2013 8:44:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Foreign Policy via Indian Strategic Studies ^ | January 4, 2013 | CHARLES EMMERSON
    <p>The leading power of the age is in relative decline, beset by political crisis at home and by steadily eroding economic prowess. Rising powers are jostling for position in the four corners of the world, some seeking a new place for themselves within the current global order, others questioning its very legitimacy. Democracy and despotism are locked in uneasy competition. A world economy is interconnected as never before by flows of money, trade, and people, and by the unprecedented spread of new, distance-destroying technologies. A global society, perhaps even a global moral consciousness, is emerging as a result. Small-town America rails at the excessive power of Wall Street. Asia is rising once again. And, yes, there's trouble in the Middle East.</p>
  • Giffords Recovering, But Civil Discourse Hasn't (NPR blames GOP)

    01/08/2012 3:19:02 PM PST · by Drango · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | Linton Weeks
    January 8, 2012 When a gunman opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others at a shopping center near Tucson exactly a year ago — killing six people and injuring Giffords and many others — some people were quick to blame the episode on the overheated political climate. At the time of the attack, there was a high tide of political rhetoric across America and a low ebb of social civility. The New York Times reported that the shootings "raised questions about potential political motives" and that the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff was blaming the tragedies on "the toxic...
  • Priest-in-training arrested in NJ on luring charge [what are the Priests like in Poland???]

    10/27/2011 11:59:49 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies ^ | October 27, 2011 | Associated Press
    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - October 27, 2011 (WPVI) -- Police arrested a man training for priesthood in central New Jersey this week after they say he tried to lure young women aged 13 to 19 for sex by offering them alcohol and cash. Perth Amboy police say 27-year-old Marcin Burek, who is from Poland, faces charges of luring, prostitution, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct....Burek was driving down streets and asking girls out walking to "go for a ride to buy alcohol."
  • Obama To Propose $1.5 Trillion In Tax Increases Tomorrow

    09/18/2011 8:06:43 PM PDT · by blam · 80 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-18-2011 | Zeke Miller
    Obama To Propose $1.5 Trillion In Tax Increases Tomorrow Zeke Miller Sep. 18, 2011 President Barack Obama will ask the Super Committee to double its mandate and cut $3 trillion from the federal deficit, according to White House officials, with half of the savings coming from tax increases on corporations the wealthy. Republicans have already rejected a central component of the plan — the so-called "Buffett Rule," which would set a minimum tax rate for those with incomes over $1 million. This tax increase goes well above and beyond the approximately $800 billion agreed to by Speaker of the House...
  • Joseph Smith as a Sexual Predator

    08/08/2011 7:20:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 80 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Aug. 4, 2011 | Aaron Shafovaloff with clip from Sandra Tanner
    The downloadable file for this video is available here. I encourage you to repost it elsewhere on YouTube, Facebook, etc. Referenced article hereSee also: â–  WivesOfJosephSmith.orgâ–  Amorous Advances by the Mormon Prophetâ–  Joseph Smith and Polygamy
  • CNN blog reports from anti-Mormon Bizarro-Land

    07/18/2011 11:11:31 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    Times and ^ | July 8, 2011 | Kaimi Wenger
    The CNN blog just ran a lengthy interview with Tricia Erickson, who makes a variety of arguments that no believing Mormon should ever be elected President. (Link here; note that in her interview she cites language from the endowment ceremony). Erickson’s arguments...repeats the old evangelical anti-Mormon reasoning that Mormons are all basically automatons, and suggests that any Mormon politician would have a secret church-promoting agenda. It’s an argument straight out of The Manchurian Candidate (and reminiscent of the anti-Catholic arguments raised against JFK)...But what are the implications of the article’s prominent publication today — what does it say about the...
  • Teenager 'helped fiancé beat his ex-girlfriend to death with shovel'

    07/17/2011 5:57:55 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 59 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 16, 2011 | Fiona Roberts
    A Mormon teenager will stand trial for allegedly helping her lover to kill his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend, a judge has ruled. Toni Fratto, 19, and Kody Patten, 18, are accused of hitting Micaela Costanzo over the head with a shovel, cutting her throat and then burying her body in a shallow grave just outside West Wendover, Nevada. Prosecutors claim the couple, who were planning to get married, murdered Micaela because she had been texting Patten asking to get back together with him. After the killing the pair drove to a nearby swimming pool to 'clean up' - and then went to...
  • The last son of Joseph Smith understood the power of doubt [Real Mormonism]

    07/08/2011 1:44:03 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 211 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | July 6, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    ...David Hyrum Smith...youngest son of...LDS prophet, Joseph Smith...returned to a mission to Utah...Reorganized church prophet, Joseph Smith III, who the letter was addressed to, must have regretted extending the call, writes Valerie Tippetts Avery, author of “From Mission to Madness: Last Son of the Mormon Prophet...” To young David...the mission...served to convince himself...that he had spent years angrily refuting — that his father...preached and practiced polygamy. ...David...Smith took his...skepticism...further, arguing against...dogma that man can only seek important further knowledge from a selected prophet. This doubt struck at a key doctrine of both churches. He wrote: “If faith unto salvation was...
  • Woman who brought down Utah politician found murdered

    07/12/2011 11:28:41 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    ABC News 4 (Utah) ^ | July 11, 2011 | Brent Hunsaker
    WEARE, New Hampshire (ABC 4 News) - In a bizarre and tragic twist, the woman who led to the political downfall last year of one of the most powerful men in Utah state government, is now dead. Cheryl Mader was murdered in a small New Hampshire town about 30 miles northwest of Manchester. The man broke into Cheryl Maher's home in Weare, New Hampshire early Sunday morning. He shot and killed her before turned the gun on himself and committing suicide. Maher was not the killer's only target. Earlier that same morning, the same man broke into another home about...
  • Site Of Mountain Meadows Massacre Recognized [First 9/11 American terrorist attack - 1857]

    07/14/2011 2:54:04 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 157 replies
    ROGERS, Ark. -- For more than 150 years, an important piece of Arkansas and American history has been relegated to obscurity. In early 1857, a wagon train left Northwest Arkansas and headed west, bound for California. The Francher-Baker train was made up of 14 large Arkansas families, about 800 cattle and around 30 wagons. "They were en route to California for a better life and little did they know that Brigham Young had declared war on the United States two weeks before they entered the Salt Lake Valley," said Phil Bolinger, with the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation. So without knowing...
  • SNL - Tina Fey As Palin" 'We Finally Vanquished One of the World's Great Villains - Katie Couric'

    05/08/2011 3:27:53 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 55 replies
    New Busted ^ | May 08, 2011 | Noel Sheppard
    NBC's Tina Fey guest-hosted "Saturday Night Live" last evening, and viewers could hardly be surprised her network took the opportunity to once again use her to bash former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. In a mock Republican presidential candidates debate, before depicting Palin as an idiot that doesn't fully understand English, Fey did manage to take a humorous swipe at the soon to be exiting CBS "Evening News" host saying, "I want to acknowledge that this week we finally vanquished one of the world's great villains, and I for one am thrilled to say good riddance to Katie Couric" (video follows...
  • Has Tina Fey’s Palin Act Worn Out Its Welcome ?

    11/10/2010 6:16:24 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 71 replies · 1+ views
    NRO ^ | NOVEMBER 10, 2010 | Greg Pollowitz
    Paul Farhi of the Washington Post reports on Tina Fey’s acceptance speech for the “Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.” In her acceptance speech, Fey touched on her best-known bit — her Palin imitation –and offered some mock hands-across-the-political-divide commentary. The rise of conservative women in politics, she said pointedly, is good for all women, “unless you don’t want to pay for your own rape kit . . . unless you’re a lesbian who wants to get married to your partner of 20 years . . . [or] unless you believe in evolution.” The lines played first to nervous laughter...
  • Hey, Walter Fauntroy, the Ku Klux Klan was the Terrorist Wing of the Democratic Party

    08/27/2010 9:51:24 AM PDT · by Michael Zak · 10 replies
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | August 27, 2010 | Michael Zak
    Tomorrow's Restoring Honor rally at the Lincoln Memorial has the Democrats in a panic. They're afraid of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin exercising their right to free speech and their freedom of assembly. At the National Press Club, Walter Fauntroy falsely accused the Tea Party of having ties to the Ku Klux Klan. In the many years Fauntroy was Delegate for the District of Columbia, he was a member of Congressional Black Caucus, an organization that excludes people on the basis of race. Blind to his hypocrisy, he has falsely accused a political movement open to all races, the Tea...
  • Glenn Beck Ratings Crash Due to Attacks Against Birthers?

    06/18/2010 10:00:24 AM PDT · by The Conservative Monster · 91 replies · 2,108+ views
    The Conservative ^ | 6/18/10 | Steve Cooper
    By Steve Cooper The Conservative Glenn Beck had over 3.7 million viewers back in Jan 2010 and since then he has lost almost 2 million viewers and I believe this is due to him undermining the Obama eligibility movement. The people see through the attacks Glenn and we sense that you are aiding Obama and John McCain hide their alleged cover up of Obama's ineligibility.
  • I Am a Lincoln Republican

    11/14/2009 9:13:31 AM PST · by radioone · 153 replies · 1,849+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11-14-09 | Yervand Kochar
    While interviewing people on the streets of L.A. and N.Y. for our documentary about the legacy of the Civil War, we came to the staggering realization of how many allegedly well-educated people assumed that Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat fighting slave-owning Republicans in the South.
  • Virgin Mary spotted in Irish tree

    09/21/2009 8:56:50 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 27 replies · 1,237+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 09 Jul 2009
    The supposed vision surprised locals who have come in their hundreds to pray and light candles in the grounds of Holy Mary Parish church. While some believe the willow should be preserved and covered in glass, others think the believers are just barking up the wrong tree. Noel White, Rathkeale Community Council Graveyard Committee chairman, said workmen sprucing up the church land saw the image when they cut the tree. "One of the lads said look, our Blessed Lady in the tree," Mr White said. "One of the other lads looked over and actually knelt down and blessed himself, he...
  • IL 2010: John McCain to endorse, fund-raise for Mark Kirk Illinois Senate bid [RINO Party]

    08/28/2009 3:10:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies · 2,455+ views
    Below, release from Kirk.... McCain to Endorse Kirk at Veterans Gathering in Glenview McCain: "The people of Illinois deserve a Senator who will restore honest government, strengthen our national security, fight for veterans and bring fiscal discipline to Washington. Mark Kirk has my strongest endorsement." Who: Congressman Mark Kirk Senator John McCain When: 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 Where: Glenview Park Center, Lakeview A Room 2400 Chestnut Ave. Glenview, IL What: Senator John McCain will endorse Congressman Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate at a veterans gathering in Glenview on Sunday afternoon. Kirk, an early supporter of McCain's presidential bid during...
  • Reagan staffer already gaming Paul 2012 run

    12/18/2008 9:00:00 AM PST · by Dada Orwell · 33 replies · 1,076+ views
    Paul's Reaganite cheerleader Doug Wead continues his early bird crusade to get "Dr. No" in front of the nation's voters one more time.
  • Ann Coulter: JOE BIDEN: HAIR WE CAN BELIEVE IN (Ann Plugs for Biden? Hairy!)

    08/27/2008 2:34:35 PM PDT · by Syncro · 24 replies · 3,309+ views
    JOE BIDEN: HAIR WE CAN BELIEVE INAugust 27, 2008 Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention was great. As I write, he hasn't given it yet, but these are my favorite parts: "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all...
  • The Cosmic Keyes Campaign

    12/13/2007 6:03:46 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 51 replies · 71+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 13 Dec 2007 | Byron York
    After the Des Moines Register Republican presidential debate ended here Wednesday afternoon, Susan Patterson Plank, the paper’s vice president of marketing, was a little defensive. Reporters wanted to know how Alan Keyes, the former ambassador running a nearly nonexistent campaign, qualified for the debate. Standing beside the established Republican candidates on the stage at the Iowa Public Television headquarters, Keyes used his considerable rhetorical skills to wander all over the lot, deliver sermons, avoid questions, grow increasingly irritable, and in general lead viewers to ask what in the h*** he was doing on stage.
  • Pope's views on economics expected to please liberals

    11/11/2007 8:26:12 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies · 69+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | November 8, 2007
    VATICAN CITY — With his conservative pronouncements on issues of sexuality, liturgy and interfaith dialogue, Pope Benedict XVI has frustrated many Roman Catholics in the church’s progressive wing. Benedict’s views on economics, as expounded in an expected papal document, should be a lot more to liberals’ liking. Benedict’s encyclical — anticipated in the next several months, along with one on the theological virtues of “hope” — promises to be a provocative contribution to the debate on globalization and its social consequences. Though he adamantly rejects attempts to associate Catholic teaching with Marxism, the pope has signaled that he supports intervention...
  • Cardholders Caught In Credit 'Trap': Report

    08/11/2007 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 218 replies · 3,326+ views
    WASHINGTON — A "dangerous cycle of debt" is trapping too many credit-card holders, making it increasingly difficult to protect their financial security, according to a report. About one-third of cardholders pay interest rates in excess of 20 percent, according to a report from New York-based think tank Demos. Also, borrowers with one slip-up can incur a "cascade" of penalties and end up in a "trap" of high-cost debt, the report said. "The excuse of risk-based pricing is used to justify everything. These prices go far beyond pricing for risk. Some of these interest rates and payment fees seem to not...
  • Tancredo: Americans are not just members of a region, but citizens of a country.

    05/14/2007 3:49:37 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 21 replies · 728+ views
    newsmax. ^ | May 14, 2007 | Staff
    Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., said during a presidential campaign stop Sunday that he isn't against immigration. However, Tancredo is against illegal immigration - and its cost to taxpayers. "Amnesty is coming down the pike," Tancredo said a group of about 20 people at a home in Davenport. "But its a slap in the face to all the people who did it the right way, and to those who are patiently waiting in line to legally get in." Tancredo, who announced that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination on a Des Moines-area radio show in April, has gained prominence in...
  • Tom Tancredo to 'Officially' Announce 2008 Bid

    03/30/2007 3:32:19 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 29 replies · 248+ views
    newsmax ^ | March 30, 2007 | Staff
    Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, will announce his bid for president on Monday.
  • Tancredo to Announce Presidential Bid

    03/30/2007 9:09:25 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 220 replies · 1,081+ views
    AP via ^ | Mar 30 2007 | JENNIFER TALHELM
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, will announce his bid for president on Monday. Tancredo will kick off campaign with an announcement in Iowa, where political caucuses start whose the presidential nominating season, an official close to the congressman said. Tancredo has flirted with a presidential bid for more than a year and began raising money for the effort in January. After taking in more than $1 million in two months, he has decided to make his run official, said the official, who asked not to be named ahead of Tancredo's official...
  • Tancredo: Attorney General Should Step Down

    03/21/2007 6:25:37 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 199 replies · 2,365+ views
    Denver Post (AP) ^ | March 20, '07 | Jennifer Talhelm
    Tancredo, a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, said in a statement Tuesday that he doesn't believe that Gonzales' handling of the prosecutors' firings alone warrants his dismissal. But "his total mishandling of the affair is simply the latest latest in a series of leadership failures at the Justice Department," chiefly his handling of illegal immigration prosecutions, Tancredo said. "Gonzales' legacy at the DOJ has been one of misplaced priorities, political miscalculation, and a failure to enforce the laws which he's sworn to uphold." Tancredo faulted several Justice Department decisions dealing with border crimes, including the prosecution of two Border...
  • Tom Tancredo Set To Form Exploratory Committee

    01/16/2007 5:19:47 AM PST · by jern · 157 replies · 1,979+ views
    Tom Tancredo Set To Form Exploratory Committee. Just on Fox News
  • Tancredo to return to Miami to speak on 'need for assimilation'

    12/11/2006 9:49:51 PM PST · by NapkinUser · 33 replies · 671+ views
    The Bradenton Herald ^ | 12/11/2006 | Jennifer Talhelm (AP)
    WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom Tancredo is headed back to Miami a month after sparking a tense exchange with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by likening the city to a "Third World country." The Colorado Republican, who vocally opposes illegal immigration - and who has never shied away from a chance to talk about it - plans a speech next week to the Miami Rotary Club titled, "Renewing America: The Need for Assimilation." The speech will include more details about his thoughts on how to address "problems" in Miami, his spokesman Carlos Espinosa said. Alia Faraj, Bush's communications director, said Tancredo is...
  • Darwin on the Right: Why Christians and conservatives should accept evolution

    09/18/2006 1:51:27 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 2,014 replies · 21,827+ views
    Scientific American ^ | October 2006 issue | Michael Shermer
    According to a 2005 Pew Research Center poll, 70 percent of evangelical Christians believe that living beings have always existed in their present form, compared with 32 percent of Protestants and 31 percent of Catholics. Politically, 60 percent of Republicans are creationists, whereas only 11 percent accept evolution, compared with 29 percent of Democrats who are creationists and 44 percent who accept evolution. A 2005 Harris Poll found that 63 percent of liberals but only 37 percent of conservatives believe that humans and apes have a common ancestry. What these figures confirm for us is that there are religious and...
  • Jim Webb fundraiser in Charlottesville, Sept. 24

    09/11/2006 2:19:10 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 14 replies · 638+ views
    You are invited to An Evening with Best-Selling Authors Stephen King John Grisham Jim Webb To support Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Webb Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 7 pm The Paramount Theatre, The Downtown Mall Charlottesville, Virginia Please respond by the attached card Inquiries to Bert Colley at 434-245-5900 $2100 Includes wine and cheese reception with the authors and priority seating $500 Includes preferred seating $ 100 General admission ticket
  • Genetic Surprise Confirms Neglected 70-Year-Old Evolutionary Theory

    09/07/2006 2:20:41 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 49 replies · 1,368+ views
    University of Rochester ^ | 08 September 2006 | Staff (press release)
    Mobile Genes Found to Pressure Species Formation. Biologists at the University of Rochester have discovered that an old and relatively unpopular theory about how a single species can split in two turns out to be accurate after all, and acting in nature.The finding, reported in today's issue of Science, reveals that scientists must reassess the processes involved in the origin of species. The beginnings of speciation, suggests the paper, can be triggered by genes that change their locations in a genome. "In the 1930s there was speculation that parts of chromosomes that switch from one location to another might cause...
  • Austrian cardinal says Darwinism should be studied as science

    08/24/2006 8:37:24 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 89 replies · 1,183+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 24 August 2006 | Staff
    Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna said he thought Darwin's theories on evolution deserve to be studied in schools, along with the scientific question marks that remain. It is right to teach "the science of Darwin, not ideological Darwinism," Cardinal Schonborn said Aug. 23. He spoke at a meeting in Rimini sponsored by the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, and his remarks were reported by Italian newspapers. In 2005, Cardinal Schonborn helped fuel the debate over evolution and intelligent design when he wrote in The New York Times that science offers "overwhelming evidence for design in biology." He later...
  • Advocates for legalizing marijuana tout the benefits at Hempfest

    08/21/2006 5:54:00 PM PDT · by Know your rights · 158 replies · 833+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) ^ | August 21, 2006 | MIKE LEWIS
    Former Seattle police Chief Norm Stamper doesn't have dreadlocks, a Zig-Zag T-shirt or a single Phish album. He just sounds like it. "It's laughable when people say we are winning the drug war," said Stamper, who had just finished a main-stage speech to the crowd gathered Sunday at the Seattle Hempfest in Myrtle Edwards Park. "The people who are prosecuting the drug war are invested psychically and financially. It's a holy war for them. "We should legalize all drugs." While the comments might be unusual for most law enforcement careerists, they are nothing new for Stamper, who was Seattle's top...
  • Defaults rise in California

    08/22/2006 8:16:02 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 100 replies · 2,927+ views
    Central Valley Business Times ^ | 8/21/2006 | Staff Writers
    • Q2 jumps by 67 percent year over year • Buyers done in by ‘creative mortgages’ according to figures released Monday by, a Central Valley-based real estate investment advisory firm and publisher of foreclosure property information. "Year over year at the end of the second quarter of 2006, foreclosure activity in California has increased more than 67 percent," says Alexis McGee, president of Fair Oaks-based The once hot housing markets in Las Vegas and Phoenix are cooling off rapidly and defaults there are on the rise as well, she says. "Both Las Vegas and Phoenix were impacted by...
  • Darwin's allies rally for a Kansas election

    08/01/2006 10:50:45 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 127 replies · 1,706+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 01 August 2006 | Ralph Blumenthal
    God and Charles Darwin were not on the primary ballot in Kansas on Tuesday, but once again a contentious schools election has religion and science at odds in a state that has restaged a three- quarter-century-old battle over the teaching of evolution. Less than a year after a conservative Republican majority on the State Board of Education adopted the most far- reaching standards in the United States defining science education in ways that challenge Darwin's theory of evolution, moderate Republicans and Democrats are mounting a fierce counterattack to retake power and switch the standards back to what they call conventional...
  • Evolution issue tips board’s balance [Kansas school board election]

    08/02/2006 3:46:10 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 176 replies · 2,889+ views
    Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) ^ | 02 August 2006 | Sophia Maines
    Darwin won. Moderate Kansas State Board of Education candidates pulled off a victory Tuesday, gathering enough might to topple the board’s 6-4 conservative majority. A victory by incumbent Janet Waugh, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Lawrence, and wins by Republican moderates in two districts previously represented by conservatives left the tables turned heading into the Nov. 7 general election. “If we change the board around, we’ll be able to make decisions that we think are right for our students,” Lawrence school board member Craig Grant said. Grant had worked to defeat the conservatives who attracted international attention and...
  • Scientists Strengthen Case for Life on Earth More Than 3.8 Billion Years Ago

    07/21/2006 8:08:04 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 235 replies · 2,851+ views
    UCLA News ^ | 20 July 2006 | Staff (press release)
    Ten years ago, an international team of scientists reported evidence, in a controversial cover story in the journal Nature, that life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago—400 million years earlier than previously thought. A UCLA professor who was not part of that team and two of the original authors will report in late July that the evidence is stronger than ever. Craig E. Manning, lead author of the new study and a professor of geology and geochemistry in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences, painstakingly mapped an area on Akilia Island in West Greenland where...
  • Darwinian Conservatism: How Darwinian science refutes the Left’s most sacred beliefs.

    07/23/2006 8:49:26 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 677 replies · 9,356+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 23 July 2006 | Jamie Glazov and Larry Arnhart
    An interview by Jamie Glazov with Larry Arnhart, a professor of political science at Northern Illinois University, about his new book Darwinian Conservatism. Glazov: Larry Arnhart, thanks for taking the time out to talk about your new book. Arnhart: It’s a pleasure. Thank you for inviting me. Glazov: Tell us briefly what your book is about and your main argument. Arnhart: I am trying to persuade conservatives that they need Charles Darwin. Conservatives need to see that a Darwinian science of human nature supports their realist view of human imperfectability, and it refutes the utopian view of the Left that...
  • Seeing the Serpent [Human Evolution]

    07/20/2006 6:58:11 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 166 replies · 2,118+ views
    University of California, Davis ^ | 19 July 2006 | Staff (press release)
    The ability to spot venomous snakes may have played a major role in the evolution of monkeys, apes and humans, according to a new hypothesis by Lynne Isbell, professor of anthropology at UC Davis. The work is published in the July issue of the Journal of Human Evolution. Primates have good vision, enlarged brains, and grasping hands and feet, and use their vision to guide reaching and grasping. Scientists have thought that these characteristics evolved together as early primates used their hands and eyes to grab insects and other small prey, or to handle and examine fruit and other foods....
  • Darwin's Beagle ship replica plan [for his 200th birthday]

    07/19/2006 3:55:15 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 463 replies · 45,628+ views
    BBC News ^ | 19 July 2006 | Staff
    Plans are being drawn up to build a £3.3m working replica of the boat that took Charles Darwin around the world at Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire. Fundraising for the project, which would mark the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth in 2009, is under way. The aim is to built a seaworthy vessel identical to the HMS Beagle on the outside, but with a modern interior. Darwin, who showed how natural selection could explain evolution, sailed on the Beagle between 1831-36. Sitting opposite him on the expedition was mate and surveyor John Lort Stokes. One of Stokes' descendents, Pembrokeshire farmer David...
  • Nashville Judge: Crack Tax Unconstitutional

    07/16/2006 7:58:12 PM PDT · by Know your rights · 37 replies · 1,124+ views
    WVLT-TV (TN) ^ | Jul 12, 2006
    A Nashville judge is calling the state's tax on illegal drugs "unconstitutional". The levy took effect in 2005 and applies to substances like cocaine, crack, methamphetamine and marijuana. Chancellor Richard Dinkins says the tax violates the defendants' right against self incrimination and to due process and is levied long before the accused stands trial. The ruling stopped the state from collecting more than one million dollars from Jeremy Robbins, who is one of at least eight people accused of moving two tons of marijuana from Arizona to East Tennessee. The ruling applies only to the Robbins case; legal experts say...
  • Intelligent design advocates to campaign in Kansas

    07/07/2006 2:39:21 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 309 replies · 2,758+ views
    Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) ^ | 07 July 2006 | Scott Rothschild
    A Seattle-based research group that advocates intelligent design said today it will campaign to educate Kansans that the science standards approved by the State Board of Education are sound. “Kansas citizens need to have accurate information about what the science standards do,” said John West, associate director of the Center for Science & Culture for Discovery Institute. West said the group will start an information campaign over the Internet immediately and possibly start a radio campaign. He declined to say how much the center would spend. The decision puts the Discovery Institute in the center of hotly-contested State Board of...
  • Addressing the public about science and religion

    06/30/2006 6:48:31 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 563 replies · 4,076+ views
    Physics Today ^ | July 2006 | Murray Peshkin
    I have been speaking to diverse small groups about science and religion in the context of the ongoing national debate about the teaching of evolution in our public schools. The response to my talks has been almost uniformly positive. It would be useful for other physicists to do as I have been doing. My audiences have been service clubs such as Rotary, high-school and college students of science and science journalism, a school-based community event, a League of Women Voters chapter, a Unitarian church, and a microscopy club. They have ranged from a dozen to some 60 or 70 people....
  • County OKs pot plan: Board passes ordinance for marijuana citation

    06/17/2006 6:22:00 PM PDT · by Know your rights · 19 replies · 565+ views
    La Crosse Tribune (WI) ^ | June 16, 2006 | DAN SIMMONS
    A new La Crosse County ordinance would send criminal charges up in smoke for low-risk offenders busted with under 25 grams — a little less than an ounce — of marijuana. At a Thursday meeting, the county board voted 15-12 to pass the ordinance, which would send first-time offenders away with a citation and fine instead of a misdemeanor charge. The vote followed nearly two hours of debate that included testimony from the district attorney, a judge and the county sheriff — and a few moments of levity that would please Cheech and Chong. District Attorney Scott Horne argued against...
  • President Tancredo? Just Maybe, If You Believe This Poll

    04/27/2006 3:17:35 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 209 replies · 3,179+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 04/27/06 | Robert B. Bluey
    A new poll from Rasmussen Reports has some bad news for Republicans—well, almost all Republicans. If you’re Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.), the news couldn’t be better. While a generic Republican candidate trails a generic Democrat by 12 percentage points, according to the poll, a third-party candidate who runs on a get-tough-on-immigration platform not only beats the Republican, but also actually runs even with the Democrat. Here’s an excerpt: The survey also asked respondents how they would vote if "a third party candidate ran in 2008 and promised to build a barrier along the Mexican border and make enforcement of immigration...
  • Group: Time to legalize marijuana

    04/27/2006 1:52:03 PM PDT · by Know your rights · 66 replies · 1,732+ views
    The Joplin Globe (MO) ^ | April 20, 2006 | Max McCoy
    Does Kelly Maddy have a point, or is it just a case of reefer madness? Maddy, a local advocate for reforming marijuana laws, believes pot should be decriminalized. The drug is harmless, he says, and prohibition destroys the lives of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens. Nuts, says Joplin police Chief Kevin Lindsey. Marijuana is a gateway drug, he said, and compared the consequences to those of a much harder substance, methamphetamine: Those who indulge aren't just harming themselves; they're hurting their families and the community. Also, Lindsey noted, marijuana is illegal. Possession of single joint is punishable by up to...
  • Jeb Bush Wants In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants' Kids

    04/24/2006 5:38:40 PM PDT · by HEMICRASHBOX · 198 replies · 2,548+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/24/2006 | None
    Gov. Jeb Bush said it's not fair to punish the children of illegal immigrants if they're trying to build a better life through education. The governor supports a controversial bill that would let illegal immigrants' children pay in-state college tuition rates, but the bill still faces an uphill battle in the current political climate, WESH 2 News reported. Florida requires children of illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition rates at colleges and universities. That means a college education would cost at least $60,000 more for the son or daughter of an undocumented worker. Bush said that's not fair to teens...