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  • Oregon Court System Braces For Additional Layoffs

    04/23/2012 8:16:32 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    ktvz.com ^ | 3:52 pm PDT April 22, 2012
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The equivalent of 95 full-time positions in the Oregon court system will be eliminated by May 1 and administrators worry about the effects on people who want swift resolution to legal problems. The Oregonian reports the layoffs will mean fewer employees to accept payments for tickets, answer questions, pull files from archives and staff courtrooms. The latest staff cutbacks will mean the loss of 296 positions since 2009, a 17 percent decrease. Multnomah County trial court administrator Doug Bray says the cutbacks are the worst he's seen since the state started funding circuit courts in 1983. He...
  • Could Newt pull off a Delaware upset?

    04/23/2012 8:08:32 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 23, 2012 | Ginger Gibson
    Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware. With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O’Donnell of the 2012 race — rallying the state’s conservatives to pull off an upset victory over the more moderate candidate who never saw it coming. While Romney has ignored it, Gingrich has spent most of his time recently in Delaware, a state with only 17 delegates that will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis in Tuesday night’s primary races, which also include Pennsylvania, Connecticut,...
  • Freshmen seek earmark type despite ban

    04/23/2012 8:08:10 PM PDT · by vmivol00 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-23-12 | Jake Sherman and Jonathan Allen
    Hypocrisy alert: House Republican freshmen are begging their leaders to bring back a certain type of earmark so that they can help companies back home in an election year. In a letter to Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, 65 House Republican freshmen — or roughly three-quarters of the class — asked that the House consider a miscellaneous tariff bill jampacked with special provisions to suspend duties on various foreign goods, even though it runs counter to the earmark ban Republicans campaigned on in 2010 and instituted when they took power. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75506.html#ixzz1svJRmu65
  • Could Newt Gingrich win the Delaware primary?

    04/23/2012 8:05:09 PM PDT · by VinL · 5 replies
    CSM ^ | 4-23-12 | Feldman
    There’s a chance Newt Gingrich could win the Republican primary Tuesday in Delaware, according to political observers in the state. Yes, the former House speaker is still running for president and has been quietly (at least to the national media) spending a lot of time in the First State, racking up endorsements while Mitt Romney all but ignores the state. And on Monday afternoon, the state’s Republican national committeewoman, Priscilla Rakestraw, switched her endorsement from Mr. Romney to Mr. Gingrich. The endorsement took place on the Rick Jensen Show on WDEL-AM, a news-talk radio station in Wilmington, Del..... And in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-12. Opt Mem. St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest, Martyr

    04/23/2012 7:59:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2012 Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 7:51-8:1a Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:"You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,you always oppose the Holy Spirit;you are just like your ancestors.Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.You received the law as transmitted by angels,but you did not observe it." When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked...
  • At CPUSA conference, delegates look to the future

    04/23/2012 7:58:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    peoplesworld.org ^ | April 23, 2012 | Blake Deppe
    "We are gathered at a truly crucial moment in today's history," said Lisa Bergmann, the National Coordinator for the Young Communist League, at the second annual Communist Party USA national conference. "Let's fight together, let's win together." Various Communists from all over the country gathered in solidarity to discuss the matters of the upcoming election and the sociopolitical implications of the current capitalist stronghold on this country. Matters such as racism, attacks on women, attacks on the LGBT community, and attacks on the environment were discussed, led by a powerful opening speech by CPUSA Chair Sam Webb. After hearing Webb...
  • Could Newt pull off a Delaware upset?

    04/23/2012 7:57:20 PM PDT · by vmivol00 · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-23-12 | Ginger Gibson
    Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware. With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O’Donnell of the 2012 race — rallying the state’s conservatives to pull off an upset victory over the more moderate candidate who never saw it coming. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75510.html#ixzz1svHPVwwt
  • California’s Shameless, Anti-Gun Political Theater Opens Again

    04/23/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 April, 2012 | CRPA
    Sacramento, CA --(Ammoland.com)- Once again the shameless attacks against your Second Amendment right continue at the political theater known as the California State Capitol. The 2012 curtain is up and the anti-gun tragedy is playing out in the form of NINE ANTI-GUN BILLS. One of the worst is AB 1527 (Portantino) which is an attempt to ban the open carry of rifles and shotguns. DON’T SIT AND WATCH THE ANTI-GUN SPECTACLE PLAY OUT! Help CRPA bring the curtain down on bad-acting politicians and the relentless attacks on your Second Amendment right. Please don’t leave it to others to take action....
  • Social Security is slipping closer to insolvency (Welcome to Greece)

    04/23/2012 7:52:01 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/23/2012 | Noam N. Levey
    The nation's Social Security and Medicare programs are sliding closer to insolvency, the federal government warned in a new report underscoring the fiscal challenges facing the two mammoth retirement programs as baby boomers begin to retire. Medicare, which will provide health insurance to more than 50 million elderly and disabled Americans this year, is expected to start operating in the red in its largest fund in 2024, according to the annual assessment by the trustees charged with overseeing the programs. That's unchanged from last year. And the Social Security trust fund, which will provide assistance to more than 45 million...
  • Not Much Suspense Likely in New York G.O.P. Primary

    04/23/2012 7:47:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Three weeks ago, Republican officials in New York imagined presidential candidates barnstorming across the state, voters turning out for the state’s primary in droves, and people across the country waiting in suspense for the results. But it was not meant to be. With Rick Santorum’s exit from the race, and Mitt Romney’s ascension to the status of presumptive nominee, New York’s presidential primary on Tuesday has been reduced to what many had always expected it would be — an electoral footnote... --snip-- New York was not without any preprimary action: Newt Gingrich attended the state party’s annual dinner in Manhattan...
  • Utah’s Love looking to be first black Republican woman in House

    04/23/2012 7:44:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 Apr 2012 | Valerie Richardson
    Sooner or later, a black Republican woman was bound to run for Congress. It’s just that nobody expected her to hail from Utah. Mia Love won the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District race Saturday at the Utah Republican Convention, scoring a major upset after wowing the crowd with a roof-raising speech at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Mrs. Love took 70.4 percent of the delegate vote, well in excess of the 60 percent required to avoid a primary runoff under Utah’s unique rules. She defeated former state legislator Carl Wimmer, who...
  • Concealed gun survey 'bought and paid for by a radical gun-control group'(MI)

    04/23/2012 7:44:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 23 April, 2012 | John Barnes
    A poll that found Michigan voters oppose allowing concealed handguns in schools and other places where they are now banned is “suspicious,” said the spokesman for a lawmaker pushing the change. “In poll after poll, Michiganders strongly support the rights of law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves wherever they have a legal right to be,” said Ryan Mitchell, communication director for state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “This particular survey was bought and paid for by a radical gun-control group and so its results are suspicious.” But the pollster who conducted the survey defended the findings and said Green’s efforts run...
  • Real Barbie girl

    04/23/2012 7:42:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Islamabad Nation ^ | April 24, 2012
    MOST little girls grow up playing with Barbie dolls. Some even want to look like them. One 21-year-old has become one, or so she says. Valeria Lukyanova has become an internet sensation in her home country of Russia, claiming on her blog to be the most famed woman on the Russian-language internet. Her doll-like features, long blonde hair and ‘perfect’ body make her look like a real life Barbie. In fact, with her tiny waist, she bears such a resemblance to the famed plastic doll that cynical web users have been speculating about whether or not she is real. In...
  • Historic wave of Mexican immigration at a standstill, report says

    04/23/2012 7:42:24 PM PDT · by South40 · 25 replies
    LATimes ^ | 4/23/2012
    The number of Mexican migrants to the United States dropped significantly while the number of those returning home increased, bringing net migration from Mexico to a statistical standstill, according to a report published Monday.
  • Gingrich hints he may drop from race this week (No, he didn't)

    04/23/2012 7:38:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 35 replies
    NBC ^ | 4-23-12 | Moe
    Newt Gingrich hinted he may withdraw from the presidential race if he has a poor showing in the Delaware primary Tuesday – "I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing...We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results are." "This has been a good opportunity for us, we have been here seeing a lot of people,” Gingrich said. “We have got really positive responses and I would hope we would do well here – either carry it or come very, very close." ..."Romney is clearly the...
  • VP-1 Assists in Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Rescue

    04/23/2012 7:34:45 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies
    Navy.mil ^ | 4/21/2012 | Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
    USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea (NNS) -- A P-3 Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard's District 14, assisted in the rescue of 10 Taiwanese fishermen April 21, 700 miles off the west coast of Guam. At approximately 4:30 p.m., local time, Coast Guard Sector Guam received an initial alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the Hsin Man Chun, the 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel. After a request for assistance from the Coast Guard, VP-1's P-3 located 10 crew members from the fishing vessel that was reported to be on fire. VP-1...
  • Can Obama Safely Embrace Islamists? (State Dept: Obama made world safe for "legitimate Islamism")

    04/23/2012 7:34:31 PM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Monday, April 23, 2012 | Michael Hirsch
    In an article in the current National Journal called "The Post Al Qaida Era," I write that the Obama administration is taking a new view of Islamist radicalism. The president realizes he has no choice but to cultivate the Muslim Brotherhood and other relatively "moderate" Islamist groups emerging as lead political players out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere. (The Muslim Brotherhood officially renounced violence decades ago, leading then-dissident radicals such as Ayman al-Zawahiri to join al Qaida.) It is no longer the case, in other words, that every Islamist is seen as a potential accessory to...
  • Rio+20: Earth talks ‘in need of vision and direction’

    04/23/2012 7:30:37 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies
    FT.com ^ | 4/23/2012 | Pilita Clark
    There is no reason to suppose that yet another global conference will solve the world’s environmental woes. But for three days in June, the UN is to hold a meeting in Rio de Janeiro where more than 100 leaders are expected to go at least some way towards doing that. So far, the signs are not encouraging for Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development being held 20 years after the 1992 UN Rio earth summit that helped push the environmental movement into the mainstream. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link...
  • Chevy Volt a charged issue

    04/23/2012 7:25:12 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | April 22,2012 | Darren Samuelsohn
    The Chevy Volt — manufactured by bailout recipient General Motors, championed by President Barack Obama and touted as a solution to global warming. No wonder it’s become an election-year punching bag for conservatives. From Rush Limbaugh to Mitt Romney, critics on the right have tried to turn the electric-gasoline plug-in hybrid car into a synonym for Big Government overreach. Fox News business anchor Neil Cavuto recently called it a “Fred Flintstone car” and the “dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.” “It’s going to lead to a lot of divorces,” Cavuto said, theorizing that spouses will fight over who forgot to charge...
  • Missouri county jail to allow Muslim headscarves

    04/23/2012 7:22:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 23, 2012
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The St. Louis County jail has adopted a new policy that will let spare Muslim women from having religious headscarves removed in front of male inmates and staff. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the policy emerged from a meeting Monday of jail officials and members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  • The TSA's mission creep is making the US a police state

    04/23/2012 7:16:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    guardian ^ | 18 April 2012 | Jennifer Abel
    The out-of-control Transportation Security Administration is past patdowns at airports – now it's checkpoints and roadblocks. Ever since 2010, when the Transportation Security Administration started requiring that travelers in American airports submit to sexually intrusive gropings based on the apparent anti-terrorism principle that "If we can't feel your nipples, they must be a bomb", the agency's craven apologists have shouted down all constitutional or human rights objections with the mantra "If you don't like it, don't fly!" ... now TSA is invading travel by other means, too. No surprise, really: as soon as she established groping in airports, Napolitano expressed...
  • If Scott Walker Pulls Off A 55/45 Victory In Wisconsin,A Warning Shot For Obama Come November?

    04/23/2012 7:14:14 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 28 replies
    Two upcoming elections may be a pre-curser of things to come. Tomorrow we have the Pennsylvania Primary, We can only hope a massive turnout for all the candidates, hopefully over 50% of registered voters. In June we have the Wisconsin Recall. If Scott Walker wins decisively,we can only hope it's a sign that Romney will take the state. Romney doesn't have to win the tri-fector states to beat Obama, he will likely flip a number of other states Obama won in 2008. And this is assuming we have No Voter Fraud this time around.
  • 'Loophole' Closing Eyed to Fund Student Loan Policy [More Taxes For Subchapter S Corp Owners]

    04/23/2012 7:09:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 23, 2012 | CAROL E. LEE AND JOHN D. MCKINNON
    'Loophole' Closing Eyed to Fund Student Loan Policy BY CAROL E. LEE AND JOHN D. MCKINNON [Subscriber Content Preview] The White House and Senate Democrats are looking at ending a tax provision benefiting some small business owners to pay for a year-long extension of a freeze in student loan interest rates, which are scheduled to double from 3.4% to 6.8% this summer, people familiar with the discussions said. The measure would change a feature of tax law that critics say has allowed many owners of small businesses—particularly those known as Subchapter S corporations—to escape employment taxes on much of their...
  • Obama Tweets: Meet Me and Clooney, Make Your Life Complete

    04/23/2012 7:03:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | April 23, 2012 | William Bigelow
    Excitement! Thrills! Hobnobbing with the crème de la crème of American society! All of these can be yours if you toss Barack Obama some cash. That, at least, is the message of President Obama’s latest campaign to raise money: he’s emailed his supporters asking for donations, which enter them into a lottery to attend a fundraiser at George Clooney’s home.
  • Dog Saves Family Before Dying in House Fire

    04/23/2012 7:02:26 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/23/2012 | Unattributed
    A Hillsborough, New Hampshire family lost everything in a fire, including the dog that saved their lives. “I’m not crying for the mess. I’m crying for the dogs,” said Paul Sousa, Sr. as he looked at the charred heap that used to be his trailer home. When fire tore through the home Thursday night, he and his son escaped with just minutes to spare thanks to their five year old beagle, Dupa.
  • The Medicalization of Rebellion - The long, shameful history of using science to stigmatize dissent

    04/23/2012 7:02:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Reason ^ | April 21, 2012 | Sheldon Richman
    In 1861 Samuel A. Cartwright, an American physician, described a mental illness he called “drapetomania.” As Wikipedia points out, the term derived from drapetes, Greek for “runaway [slave],” and mania for madness or frenzy. Thus Cartwright defined drapetomania as “the disease causing negroes to run away [from captivity].” “[I]ts diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers,” Cartwright wrote in a much-distributed paper delivered before the Medical Association of Louisiana. Yet this disorder was “unknown to our medical authorities.” Cartwright thought slave owners caused the illness by making “themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating...
  • The World-Changing Year of Faith [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2012 7:02:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 23rd, 2012 | John Harden
    The World-Changing Year of Faith FaithApril 23rd, 2012 John Harden  This year is poised to be one of the most exciting years in modern history. A major event will take place that could change the direction of our country — indeed, of the entire world. I’m not talking about the upcoming election, or even the fabled Mayan Apocalypse. I’m talking about 2012 as the Year of Faith! …Queue cricket sounds…OK, I know at first glance the “Year of Faith” doesn’t seem all that exciting or noteworthy. And I know as Catholics we’re supposed to be excited about it, even though we might...
  • Romney Backs Student Loan Proposal Obama Supports [Undercuts Many House Republicans]

    04/23/2012 7:01:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 23, 2012
    Romney Backs Student Loan Proposal Obama Supports By KASIE HUNT ASTON, Pa. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday embraced a student loan proposal that President Barack Obama is selling on the campaign trail and refused to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio's conservative immigration plan aimed at helping young illegal immigrants. The two policy positions signaled an effort by Romney to move to the political center as he works to court critical general election swing voters — including young voters and Hispanic voters — after a brutal primary fight. "I think young voters in this country have to vote...
  • Commentary: Ann Coulter Says Blacks Need More Guns

    04/23/2012 6:56:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    bet.com ^ | 23 April, 2012 | Cord Jefferson
    Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when you could make a Venn diagram for ultraconservative commentator Ann Coulter and historic Black leader Malcolm X? Well, if you’re reading this, you’ve lived to see that day. In an interview on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program last week, Coulter said that, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, African-Americans should begin arming themselves. Here’s the full context of the conversation: Coulter: We are going to have a trial, but I was just making the point that if what [MSNBC] is claiming happened — that George Zimmerman stalked...
  • MF Global Roundup: the [so-far] Great Escape of "Teflon Don" Corzine; Bankruptcy Shenanigans Expose

    04/23/2012 6:52:37 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 1 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | April 22, 2012 | Bob English
    Ahead of Tuesday's Senate Banking Committee hearing on MF Global, we present the April 20 installment of Capital Account with Lauren Lyster, featuring futures industry veteran guest, Mark Melin. Ms. Lyster pulls no punches in the opener: Has the case really gone cold? Or, are those who are in charge of the investigation, the "regulators" and the trustees, simply spraying teflon on every piece of sticky evidence that could lead to criminal prosecutions--and, ultimately--the recovery of stolen customer money? We wish that MF Global were just a one-off affair--a bad apple, if you will. Unfortunately, it seems more likely to...
  • SNL'S LOVITZ SLAMS OBAMA, TAXES, FAKE 99 PERCENT-ERS

    04/23/2012 6:50:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 64 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | April 23, 2012 | Jon Lovitz
    On the "ABC's of SNL" podcast, Jon Lovitz called Obama a "jackass" for claiming that the rich don't pay enough taxes. "
  • The War on Terror Is Over

    04/23/2012 6:47:37 PM PDT · by Drill Thrawl · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 'The War on Terror Is Over' | DANIEL HALPER
    In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Obama administration is grappling with how to handle Islamists, radical adherents to Islam. Particularly, the issue has come to the fore in regards to Egypt, which, as Reuel Marc Gerecht notes, "is now certain" to elect "an Islamist" as its leaders the next time the Egyptian people go to the polls. But some in the Obama administration are now seeing things differently. "The war on terror is over,"a senior official in the State Department official tells the National Journal. "Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have...
  • Romney Still Needs Almost 500 Delegates to Clinch GOP Nomination

    04/23/2012 6:45:02 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 37 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | /12/2012 | Jennifer DePinto
    Even though Romney's chief rival, Rick Santorum, has suspended his campaign, states continue to hold primaries. There are five contests on April 24th with 219 delegates at stake; but even if Romney won every single delegate that day he would be far short of 1,144. Wyoming and Missouri are holding conventions before April 24th where Romney may pick up some delegates but even winning all of them wouldn't bring him much closer to the magic number. Looking ahead, Romney would need to win about 80 percent of the delegates available in the April and May events to possibly clinch on...
  • The conservative Robert Downey Jr.

    04/23/2012 6:40:58 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 47 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | APRIL 23, 2012 | Rod Dreher
    Film Journalist confesses that there was always something he didn’t like about Robert Downey Jr., and now he knows what he is: the actor is a Republican. This explains why he appears in movies Film Journalist doesn’t like, says film journalist. More: In 2009 Downey conveyed his politically rightward drift to N.Y. Times reporter David Carr. “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a...
  • Democrats plan bill to undo Arizona immigration law if it is upheld by court

    04/23/2012 6:33:58 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    The Wasington Post ^ | 23 Apr 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Senate Democrats are making plans to force a floor vote on legislation that would invalidate Arizona’s controversial immigration statute if the Supreme Court upholds the law this summer. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) will announce the fallback legislation at a hearing on the Arizona law Tuesday, a day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a suit to determine whether Arizona had the authority to enact the 2010 state crackdown. The legislation would have little chance of passing in a stalemated Senate or being approved by a GOP-held House, but it would allow Democrats to push their electoral advantage...
  • 59% Favor Automatic Immigration Checks During All Traffic Stops

    04/23/2012 6:33:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 23, 2012
    59% Favor Automatic Immigration Checks During All Traffic Stops in PoliticsEmail thisShareThis Monday, April 23, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on the controversial immigration law first passed in Arizona two years ago, and a majority of voters nationwide still agree with one of the law’s chief provisions. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 59% believe police should automatically check the immigration status of individuals they pull over for a traffic violation. One-in-three (32%) opposes such a rule. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Hindus In Pakistan Accuse Muslims of Kidnapping Teens As Wives

    04/23/2012 6:29:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 23, 2012
    Hindus In Pakistan Accuse Muslims of Kidnapping Teens As Wives The girls are forced to convert to Islam, rights groups say. In court, a few wives have chosen to stay with their husbands, but families say they were coerced. Maharajni Andhrabai holds a photo of Rachna Kumari, her 16-year-old granddaughter, in Jacobabad, Pakistan. “I asked her, ‘Why did you leave us?’ ” the grandmother recalled. “She said, ‘I was forced to.’ She was weeping.” By Alex Rodriguez April 22, 2012, JACOBABAD, Pakistan — Rachna Kumari, 16, was shopping for dresses in this city's dust-choked bazaar when it happened. The man...
  • In Syria, Lebanon’s Most Wanted Sunni Terrorist Blows Himself Up

    04/23/2012 6:28:30 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    Time ^ | April 23, 2012 | Aryn Baker and Rami Aysha
    When one of Lebanon’s most wanted terrorists kills himself while planting a bomb it is cause for at least some sort of grim celebration. But when the chief bomb-maker of the country’s most notorious terror group self detonates while helping rebels fight in Syria, it is cause for concern.
  • Repeal Stand Your Ground and bring back sensible gun laws (Compares Trayvon to Emmett Till!)

    04/23/2012 6:25:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | April 23, 2012 | Clarence Page
    Supporters of the protests that followed the suspicious death of Trayvon Martin are raising a good question: What next? Many have compared the shooting of the 17-year-old to the brutal 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the black Chicago teen who was murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The comparison is far from perfect. George Zimmerman, 28, the volunteer neighborhood watchman charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of the unarmed youth, claims self-defense. Till's murderers were enforcing the old South's willfully racist political and social system. But as markers of their very different eras, the two...
  • The Last Field Commander

    04/23/2012 6:23:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 23, 2012 | Bing West
    Helmand Province, Afghanistan — In late August 2011, General John R. Allen visited a base built atop the ruins of a 19th-century British fort here. Allen, an avid historian, grasped the irony of the setting. Over the previous 150 years, two British armies and one Russian army had left Afghanistan in frustration. Now Allen was in command of the fourth army to leave. He is the last NATO field commander, charged with extracting 140,000 international troops from combat while fighting a war with an uncertain outcome against an enemy with a certain sanctuary in next-door Pakistan.By this year’s end,...
  • “If I wanted America to fail” video-maker suspended from Twitter after video goes viral

    04/23/2012 6:22:59 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 45 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 4/23/12 | Michelle Malkin
    “If I wanted America to fail” video goes viral, but Twitter suspends By Michelle Malkin • April 23, 2012 08:34 PM This weekend, a video produced by Free Market America went live on YouTube — and it is racking up nationwide hits. Deservedly so. The Earth Day-timed message is compelling and extremely relevant this campaign season. As the group writes: “The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism — it’s become an economic suicide pact. And we’re here to challenge it.” For some reason still unknown, Twitter suspended the group’s account. They’ve tried to get answers about the cause of...
  • Gun club's future in hands of courts, county(Kitsap, Washington)

    04/23/2012 6:13:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    kitsapsun.com ^ | 22 April, 2012 | Christopher Dunagan
    CENTRAL KITSAP — Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club is fighting for its life, according to legal documents filed with the Washington State Court of Appeals. Under a court order, the club’s shooting range on Seabeck Highway is effectively shut down at the moment. The club now faces what it considers to be severe restrictions on any future operations — including limited hours and the type of guns to be shot. That’s why the club went to court last week pleading for a postponement of the order handed down in Pierce County Superior Court. Members should know soon whether the stay...
  • There's Something About California...

    04/23/2012 6:11:38 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 24, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state -including Maine- even comes close. When it comes to sending Left-wing dingbats to Washington... we're #1.  There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'.  The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab....
  • Our National Media Don't Deserve Their 'Mainstream' Title

    04/23/2012 6:10:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 23, 2012 | Rep. Lamar Smith
    The modern encyclopedia Wikipedia says, "the term 'mainstream' media denotes those generally reflective of the prevailing currents of thought, influence or activity." But the opinions expressed by the media are neither widespread nor accepted by the majority of Americans. To call today's national media "mainstream" is inaccurate. They are better described as the "liberal" national media. Regardless, the term "mainstream" should be dropped. According to a Gallup poll, 55% of Americans have little or no confidence in the national media to report fully, accurately and fairly. Americans are right to be skeptical about the news they receive. How can something...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Salvation Outside the Church?

    04/23/2012 6:04:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 99 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Salvation Outside the Church?by Sebastian R. FamaOne of the Catholic Church's most controversial teachings is the doctrine of "No Salvation outside the Church." The controversy stems from a misunderstanding of what the Church really means by this. The doctrine has been stated a number of times throughout Church History. One such time was in 1302 when Pope Boniface VIII wrote the following in "Unum Sanctum:" "That there is one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church we are compelled by faith to believe and hold, and we firmly believe in her and sincerely confess her, outside of whom there is neither salvation...
  • Seeking opinions about Lee Child's Reacher novels

    04/23/2012 6:01:48 PM PDT · by hampdenkid · 51 replies
    Have any of my fellow Freepers read Lee Child's Reacher novels, and if so, did you feel like he had a political agenda? The first two I read seemed to have a definite bias against mid-America, but I thought maybe it was coincidental. The one I'm reading now -- "Echo Burning" -- goes out of its way to slam white people, Protestants, and Texans. If Child is a liberal bigot, I want ditch his novels. Anyone here have a feel for the guy?
  • Connecticut Towns Collected Approx $1.5 Million From Unsuspecting Gun Permit Applicants

    04/23/2012 6:00:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 April, 2012 | Richard Burgess
    Connecticut --(Ammoland.com)- Since October 1, 2009 the Department of Public Safety (now DESPP) has been collecting an unlawful tax on the right to bear arms in Connecticut. The DESPP has utilized the local issuing authorities in towns across Connecticut as agents of the state to collect a $50 state background check fee. Local police departments are authorized by law to request and receive state background checks at no cost and do so on a regular basis. Prior to October 1, 2009 this fee exemption was exercised in the investigation into the background of permit applicants. DESPP changed the permit process...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Naval Special Warfare Command, California ~ 24 APR 2012

    04/23/2012 5:59:45 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 113 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Naval Special Warfare Command, CaliforniaThe United States Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSOC or NSWC) was commissioned on 16 April 1987, at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego, California. As the Naval component to the United States Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, Naval Special Warfare Command provides vision, leadership, doctrinal guidance, resources and oversight to ensure component maritime special operations forces are ready to meet the operational requirements of combatant commanders. Today's Naval Special Warfare operators can trace their origins to the Scouts and Raiders, Naval...
  • EDITORIAL: More fracking red tape

    04/23/2012 5:56:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | Editorial
    New EPA rules place a green thumb on energy scalesNewton’s law says for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Obama’s law says for every innovation, there is an equal and opposite regulation. Despite President Obama’s assurance he is doing everything he can to solve the nation’s energy woes, his minions are busily grinding out fresh regulations to ensure only unaffordable power options have a chance at success. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday finalized 588 pages of new restrictions on the production of natural gas and oil that take primary aim at hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,”...
  • Do voters know Romney’s views on Global Warming?

    04/23/2012 5:52:59 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    RightWingNews.com ^ | 18 Feb 2012 | Steve Baldwin
    Early on in the 2012 campaign Mitt Romney expressed support for global warming in various ways, the typical comment being this: “I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.” He holds this belief despite the growing body of evidence that global warming theory is based upon false assumptions and despite the last two winters being among the coldest in recent history. Romney has also called for the Federal government to “reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases,” which is code, of course, for creating massive new government programs despite America’s air...