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  • Scientism: Athanor 2.0: The Hydrotron

    07/30/2012 10:10:56 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 18 replies
    Ecat World ^ | July 28, 2012 | Frank Acland
    Athanor 2.0: The Hydrotron ECat World ^ | July 28, 2012 | Frank Acland Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 11:11:01 AM by Kevmo Athanor 2.0: The Hydrotron High School kids who have replicated a cold fusion cell. [Update: Video Posted] July 28, 2012 It has not been very easy to find out what has been happening with the Pirelli High School’s cold fusion reactor (named the Athanor) which was introduced earlier this year — at least English language sources discussing it have been hard to find. A comment today from Ugo Abundo, the professor who leads the research,...
  • Markey, Schumer Call on Temporary Block for CNOOC-Nexen Deal

    07/30/2012 8:47:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    RigZone ^ | Monday, July 30, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in calling for the United States to issue a conditional block CNOOC's proposed acquisition of Canada-based Nexen, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Markey said that Nexen has drilled for oil in the U.S. without paying royalties and that, if the merger proceeded, would result in a "massive transfer of wealth" to China at the expense of the American taxpayer, the Wall Street Journal reported. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to block CNOOC's proposed acquisition of Canada-based energy company Nexen until the...
  • Newsflash. Chick-fil-A run by businessmen, not 7 year old children

    07/28/2012 6:25:45 PM PDT · by bigLusr · 29 replies ^ | 7/27/2012 | Cheryl Phillips
    Thanks for the info. I have added this statement to my post: "Please note: I have reached out to Chick-fil-A via email and on their Facebook page for a statement about this situation and they have not responded. This article will be updated when I receive an official statement from Chick-fil-A."
  • US House Rejects Obama Offshore Drilling Plan

    07/25/2012 9:19:47 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Rigzone ^ | July 25, 2012 | Karen Boman
    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected the Obama administration's proposed five-year offshore drilling plan... Under the president's plan, (the next) a lease sale is scheduled for offshore Virginia in 2017 House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), "President Obama's rewritten offshore plan represents a giant step backwards for American offshore energy production and a giant lost opportunity to create over a million new American jobs,"...
  • EPA Scientists Receive Presidential Honor

    07/24/2012 11:38:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    yosemite.epa ^ | 07/23/2012 | News Releases from Headquarters
    Two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientists were named as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award, is being given to EPA’s Dr. Mehdi Hazai and Mr. Adam Eisele, (and 96 others) as the highest (0nly) honor in the early stages of "independent" research. "Early" EPA Career Mr. Eisele developed and used air sampling to identify and characterize local sources of air pollution in (1 to 2 mile high community elevations). His research is being used to identify community health risks due to... oil and gas production sources. "Early" Career Dr. (EPA...
  • Our rights in crowded theaters (Please don't read while eating)

    07/22/2012 9:00:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | July 22, 2012 | James Rowen
    Every American student who's taken a civic class has heard Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s admonition that free speech under the US Constitution doesn't give you the right to shout "fire" in a crowded theater. So the right to bear arms under the 2nd amendment - - written at a time when citizen militias might be needed to fend off the British or a foreign power intent on undermining the new Republic - - shouldn't mean someone has the right to barge into a crowded theater, open fire and slaughter people with powerful guns and ammunition obtained legally. Yet we...
  • Why aren't 'Booty Pop' boy's parents in jail?

    07/22/2012 5:15:11 PM PDT · by redreno · 24 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Published July 11, 2012 | By Dr. Keith Ablow
    Carla and K Roundtree, parents of a 6-year-old rapper and Tyler Council, producer of the boy's “Booty Pop” music video should be legally charged with child sexual abuse, convicted and made to register as sexual offenders. The parental rights of his parents should be suspended, pending an investigation by child protective services. Why?
  • N.Korean Army Chief 'Refused to Go Quietly

    07/21/2012 11:58:14 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    chosun ilbo ^ | July 22, 2012 | un-named
    A gunbattle broke out when the North Korean regime removed army chief Ri Yong-ho from office, leaving 20 to 30 dead. Some intelligence analysts believe Ri, who has not been seen since his abrupt sacking earlier this week, was injured or killed in the confrontation.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the NAACP

    07/13/2012 10:34:07 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    DoJ ^ | July 10, 2012 | witheld
    – nationwide – homicide is the leading cause of death for black men between the ages of 15 and 24... nationally, only 8% of white voting age citizens, while (according to some recent studies) 25% of African-American voting age citizens, lack a government-issued photo ID it’s why the leadership of organizations like the NAACP ... remains as vital as ever. It’s also why, today’s Justice Department has made an unprecedented commitment to protecting the safety – and potential – of our children
  • Am I Not Supposed To Support Trayvon Cause I'm White? (Worse than it sounds)

    07/10/2012 3:26:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Global Grind ^ | July 10, 2012 | Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief & political dir. for Russell Simmons
    It was Thanksgiving. A very cold November afternoon. I must have been 19 or 20 years old...home for the holiday from UCLA, where I was studying theater. My bube (grandmother) was still alive. My entire family sat around the dinner table, doing what the Skolniks love to politics. Of course we ate turkey. cranberry sauce. mashed potatoes. the usual. a little tofurkey for the vegetarians in the crew. The tone was light. Soft jabs. No heavy punching, since we all come from the same political cloth. But when the conversation turned to race, the tone got a little bit...
  • Bank On Yourself - ???

    07/08/2012 6:45:55 AM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 19 replies
    I've searched and found only one mention, a joke, about bank on yourself here on FR. I listen to talk radio and one station WDTK - The Patriot, advertises so I thought I'd check it out. It has to do with a concept of over-funding a whole life insurance policy that you can earn interest on at a much higher rate than a savings account, and of course you can borrow money from it as well. Recently my business changed mortgage lenders and switched from paying an escrow for the property tax to maintaining my own in a credit...
  • Ted Nugent: ‘Best’ if South had won Civil War

    07/07/2012 4:51:17 AM PDT · by raulgomez05 · 272 replies
    Seattle Post intelligencer ^ | July 6, 2012 | N/A
    Aging rocker and reality TV personality Ted Nugent is emerging, even ahead of Donald Trump, as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s most embarrassing public supporter. Nugent is at it again, reacting to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act by writing in the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Washington Times that America would have been better off had the South won the Civil War. A full Nugent rant, which might be subtitled “Robe Rage”: “The bottom line is that Chief Justice Roberts’ traitor vote will ensure more monumental spending and wasted taxes and put almost 15 percent of the...
  • Mexican Standoffish (Above average rant)

    07/01/2012 9:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Six Meat Buffet ^ | June 15, 2012 | Brian McMurphy
    Testy tyrant President Oblameless got to give a dress rehearsal of his The American President speech this afternoon in the Rose Garden. It’s not the first time we’ve seen it. After wiping his @$$ on the Constitution in front of the White House Stenography Pool, one brave reporter had the temerity to ask him a question in a stunning breach of lickspittle subservience etiquette that was adopted and strictly enforced immediately following the Peeved Prez’s Immaculation. Apparently asking a question is now considered “heckling”. It’s also very unpatriotic to yell out a question to the President before he can make...
  • Why I’d Trade My Timid Black President for a White Guy With No Fear (Wants Fr. Pfleger instead!)

    06/29/2012 12:47:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | June 26, 2012 | Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse Univ.
    I woke up this morning asking God if I could make a trade. Similar to the NBA, when you have one player on the team who isn’t performing at the level you’d hoped, you try to get someone else who fits the criteria necessary to help the team find victory. In this case, we are playing for Team Black America. Of course I know that America is not the kind of country that would elect someone like Father Michael Pfleger as its president. Father Pfleger is the kind of pastor that becomes the nightmare of anyone who chooses to live...
  • "Secession withdraws the State out of the reach of the usurped powers" - Abel P. Upshur

    06/28/2012 8:13:14 PM PDT · by Idabilly · 63 replies
    The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription ^ | July 4, 1776 | Honest People in search of Freedom
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
  • Dubya's Legacies

    06/28/2012 1:25:12 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 64 replies
  • 20% of New ObamaCare Waivers in Pelosi's District..5/17/11

    06/28/2012 1:04:29 PM PDT · by tflabo · 6 replies
    Daily Paul ^ | 5.17.2011 | stl4rp
    Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance of waivers nationwide, and the companies that won them didn’t have much in common with companies throughout the rest of the country that have received Obamacare waivers.
  • Obama Campaign Recruiting Volunteers At Gay Pride Parades

    06/25/2012 11:02:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 25, 2012 | Pema Levy
    This month, the Obama campaign sent out hundreds of staffers and volunteers to gay pride events around the country in order to sign up more volunteers, reports the New York Times. “Pride is probably the best opportunity to engage the community in large, concentrated numbers,” Jamie Citron, the national L.G.B.T. vote director for the Obama campaign, said to the Times. About six weeks ago, President Obama became a supporter of legal gay marriage. From the Times: [H]undreds of Obama field staff members and volunteers…fanned out at a dozen gay pride celebrations across the country over the weekend with a meticulous...
  • Letter: Why we need Obamacare (Typical Democrat!)

    06/25/2012 10:43:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 25, 2012 | Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.),
    As we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, some insurance companies are already telling consumers which of its many protections they will agree to “honor” if this historic law is thrown out [“Insurers ready for Supreme Court ruling on health care, June 20]. Allowing for-profit insurance companies to decide for themselves is no answer at all. One insurer is willing to keep dependents up to age 26 on their parents’ policy but won’t agree to eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions. Another may be willing to provide free preventive services but won’t stop charging women higher premiums. This week, we...
  • To All You Hunters Who Kill Animals for Food

    06/24/2012 10:55:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    DudeLOL ^ | January 15, 2012 | Ramirex
  • Jose Vargas: Obama's immigration policy has created 'a new normal' (He's an illegal!)

    06/19/2012 7:24:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    MSNBC's The Ed Show ^ | June 19, 2012 | Jordan Michael Smith
    Just days after President Obama inaugurated his new immigration policy, "there is a new normal when it comes to talking about immigration," said Jose Antonio Vargas. "There is a notable shift in the way our country and our politicians are talking about it," he said on Tuesday's episode of The Ed Show. "And I welcome that." A whole generation "now thinks the Republican Party is synonymous with being the anti-immigrant party," said Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an illegal immigrant last year...
  • President McCain 2008- What if McCain won the presidential election in 2008?

    06/16/2012 1:03:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    AllVoices ^ | June 15, 2012 | Amee Ellsworth
    The Presidential election of 2008 was one of the most important in the history of the United States. The economy was on the verge of complete collapse, and decisions had to be made to ensure the economy did not fail. Let’s imagine, if we can, how things would have been different if McCain had beat Obama. The McCain-Palin ticket offered something that could have made history. A female vice president of the United States would have been a huge step toward equality for women- especially in positions of power. Aside from that one historical marker that would have been positive...
  • Feds approve larger crowd for Burning Man

    06/16/2012 8:07:28 AM PDT · by redreno · 14 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | 10 a.m. | The Associated Press
    Ten thousand more people are expected to be on hand in the Nevada desert for this year's Burning Man festival after federal officials increased the event's attendance cap. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a special recreation permit to the nonprofit behind Burning Man, San Francisco-based Black Rock City LLC, that allows 60,900 people to attend the arts festival, up from 50,000 last year. Officials announced the increase on Tuesday.
  • Preston's Politicals: Obama cuts to the chase, swooping in Hispanics and Gays by the millions

    06/15/2012 7:46:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Mobile Tribune ^ | June 15, 2012 | Preston Brady III
    Today Barack Obama came out the gate looking like the horse that wants to win the double crown. It's only June but the man is nasty and mean! I don't remember the name of the man who is running against him, but he's got his you know what cut out for him. Obama, according to most ultra-conservatives slapped legislative and judicial in the face today and announced immigration amnesty to some who are in the U.S. and considered illegal. Although the conservative airwaves are screaming Constitution and how can he, the fact is he can. Almost all executive officers of...
  • Exposed: The Convicted Bomber Harassing Conservative Bloggers (SWAT-ing)

    06/13/2012 3:19:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 13, 2012 | Doug Book
    Liar, killer, and convicted 1978 “Speedway Bomber” Brett Kimberlin is engaged in a part-time career of using police to harass, intimidate, and even facilitate the death of conservative bloggers across the nation. In what has come to be called “SWAT-ing,” Kimberlin and a number of suspected associates make bogus calls to 911 in order to report a serious domestic crime–in one instance, masquerading as a husband who admits to the brutal murder of his wife. Police respond with the dispatch of a SWAT team to the address provided in the call only to find, after breaking down the door and...
  • The Choomer in Chief: Obama's Early Years on Marijuana

    06/10/2012 8:22:16 AM PDT · by YankeeReb · 15 replies
    CelebStoner ^ | Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Staff
    Pres. Obama was a pothead growing up in Hawaii. When he and his smoking buddies got high, they called it "chooming." According to a new biography about the president, Davis Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story, Barry Obama was the head of the Choom Gang. Barack Obama 1980The young Obama was known for his rules of marijuana engagement, such as "total absorption," which penalized premature exhaling. "Your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around," Maraniss writes. "Roof hits" are described as, "When they were chooming in a car, all the windows had to be rolled up so no...
  • The McCain-Palin administration: a 4-year trip to the paler side of purgatory (In their heads 24/7)

    06/09/2012 7:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    AllVoices ^ | June 9, 2012 | Veronica Roberts
    What would the U.S. look like if McCain/Palin had won the presidency in '08? Christianity 101, drilled into me through 10 years of Catholic schools from elementary to high school: Heaven and Hell, respectively, are places to work towards entering joyously and avoiding at all costs. Purgatory was that ambiguous place where souls not quite pure as the driven snow yet not as dark as the devil's--went to "dry out." Think of it as rehab for the slightly sinful before they could be rehabilitated into Heaven. Purgatory comes to mind envisioning a John McCainJohn McCain and Sarah PalinSarah Palin victory....
  • [P]rofessor, 65, 'moonlighted as a transsexual prostitute called Sasha...offering services for $60'

    06/09/2012 1:20:23 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 59 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 8 June 2012 | Rachel Quigley
    A cross-dressing University of Georgia professor was arrested after he offered his 'services' to an undercover officer in a hotel room while he was dressed as a woman called Sasha. German professor Max Reinhart, 65, was arrested on Thursday in Gwinnett County, Atlanta, on charges of prostitution and keeping a house of prostitution. He was dressed in drag and offered 30 minutes of his 'services' for just $60. -snip- He teaches German literature and history at the unviersity, and in particular focuses on the work of 18th-century writer, poet and artist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. His primary areas of research...
  • Is there a Ron Paul putsch under way?

    06/06/2012 8:21:57 AM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 102 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 06/05/12 | Pam Gellar
    Is a Paulian putsch being planned for the Republican National Convention? Newt Gingrich has warned that Republican leaders have not thought through “how they’re going to handle the convention in Tampa, and how they’re going to handle the Ron Paul forces.” The New York Sun reported that “what Mr. Gingrich seems to be worried about is the delegates that Congressman Paul is winning through his strategy of dealing with state conventions. The former speaker had just come from the convention at Georgia, where … the ‘Ron Paul people’ were out in force.” I have been receiving alarming emails concerning an...
  • Schools Boss Is Sacked Over Explicit E-Mails

    06/05/2012 10:46:06 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 4, 2012 | staff
    A series of sexually explicit e-mails sent by the superintendent of the Des Moines, Iowa public schools triggered her abrupt resignation last month, and subsequently cost the 57-year-old educator her new post atop the Omaha, Nebraska school system. The correspondence exchanged by Nancy Sebring and a man with whom she was having an extramarital affair were sent via her school e-mail account, a violation of the system's Internet-use guidelines. Many of Sebring’s racy e-mails were sent during the workday (and were sent/received on devices owned by the Des Moines school district).
  • "Stand Your Ground" Cases: Defendants More Likely To Walk Free If Victims Are Black: Report

    06/04/2012 11:06:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | Laura Matthews
    When George Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February, he wasn't immediately arrested and charged because of the state's controversial 2005 "Stand Your Ground" law. At the time police did not have any evidence to prove Zimmerman wasn't acting in self-defense. After the case was reviewed by a prosecutor, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and is now in a Florida jail awaiting trial. But could Zimmerman beat the charge? Some killers and vicious attackers are walking free today as a result of the Stand Your Ground law, a report in the Tampa Bay Times shows. The...
  • Octomom Booked A Stripping Gig

    06/03/2012 7:49:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Gloss ^ | June 3, 2012 | Jessica Pauline Ogilvie
    Octomom, a.k.a. Nadya Suleman, has decided to forge ahead with her adult entertainment career and do a quick stint as a stripper. The mom of 14 booked a gig at T’s Lounge in West Palm Beach, and will perform from July 11 – 15. This news comes on the heels of her house almost being foreclosed on, and her decision to make a masturbation porn. And while I think it’s easy to say “poor Octomom” at this point, I feel the opposite about her recent choices — I think she’s doing what she has to do to take care of...
  • Sperm donor Trent Arsenault has fathered 16 children but is still a virgin aged 36

    06/02/2012 8:45:41 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 75 replies
    The Sun [UK] ^ | 02nd June 2012 | GRAEME CULLIFORD
    HE is only 36 but Trent Arsenault is already dad to 16 children – despite being a VIRGIN. In fact, the computer wiz has never even kissed a woman. But this hasn’t stopped him becoming one of the world’s most prolific sperm donors. He has spent years in “training” to boost his sperm count to spectacular levels and expects to father hundreds more children. American Trent describes himself as the world’s first “donorsexual” and his bizarre story is set to become a book and movie. -snip- He also insists on couples coming to his house so he can hand them...
  • President Obama Issues LGBT Pride Month Proclamation

    06/02/2012 12:46:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Towleroad ^ | June 1, 2012 | Andy Towle
    President Obama's LGBT Pride Month proclamation, just in from the White House: A PROCLAMATION From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law -- not just for some, but for all. Ours is a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, and advocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to build for themselves and their families a Nation where no one is a second-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all of us...
  • F***ing village to change its name after being bombarded by prank callers

    06/01/2012 9:44:12 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 59 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 17th April, 2012 | Joel Taylor
    Prank callers have proved the final straw for the mayor of F***ing, who will hold a vote this week about whether to change the name of the village. Callers have been ringing up families and businesses simply to ask: ‘Is that F***ing’ – before laughing and hanging up. Signs have been stolen, while the ones that remain often have seen naked couples getting frisky in front of them. -snip- The 16th-century name for the village was ‘Fugging’ and many want this reinstated. Mayor Franz Meindl added: ‘I wanted the name to stay but it’s got too much now. The only...
  • Praise God! Trayvon's Mom Reacts To Zimmerman Bond Revoked (DETAILS)

    06/01/2012 1:16:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Global Grind ^ | June 1, 2012 | The Decider
    Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump spoke on the recent news of George Zimmerman’s bond being revoked earlier today by Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester. Judge Lester ruled that Zimmerman has at least 48 hours to turn himself into police after it was revealed that Zimmerman’s wife misled the court about the funds he was receiving through PayPal donations. Upon hearing that Zimmerman’s bond had been revoked, Crump said: "This is such an important ruling today because once again George Zimmerman's credibility is the issue… he should remain in custody until there is a trial....Judge Lester’s ruling in this matter is...
  • 23 State Attorneys General Would Rather Please NRA than Enforce Law (Brady people desperate?)

    05/31/2012 6:12:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | May 31, 2012 | Dennis Henigan, the Brady Campaign
    Lining up public officials in support of legislation is standard fare for interest groups advancing their agenda on Capitol Hill. But the letter signed by 23 state Attorneys General in support of the National Rifle Association’s bill to nationalize concealed carry of handguns suggests that, for those public officials, pandering to the gun lobby is far more important than doing the job they were sworn to perform. Call me naďve, but I had always thought that a State Attorney General had a solemn duty to enforce the laws of his/her state. Apparently some Attorneys General recognize a “gun law” exception...
  • Were Trayvon Martin Witnesses Coached to Change Their Stories? (Look at the source!)

    05/30/2012 5:37:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Huffington Post | May 30, 2012 | Professor Bennett L. Gershman, PACE
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  • Romney's Chief Media Pimp, Larry Sabato advises Romney to pick a RINO as VP.

    05/30/2012 12:01:22 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 101 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 | DrArbitrage
    On the May 23, 2012 addition of Fox & Friends, Larry Sabato advises Mitt Romney NOT to select a conservative running mate because "Obama has already united the base". This is the kind of disrespect the conservative majority receives from these leftist hi-jackers. It is getting worse, not better. So the choice this Fall is between worshipping The Beast or The Anti-Christ. Some choice.
  • Richard Cohen: Romney, Trump and the birtherism nonsense (It's RACIST! says Richard)

    05/30/2012 11:08:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | May 30, 2012 | Richard Cohen
    The classic definition of chutzpah is the child who kills his parents and throws himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan. The classic definition when it comes to politics is for the Obama campaign to demand that Mitt Romney disassociate himself from the loathsome Donald Trump when it took Barack Obama oh-so-long to kiss off the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Do two wrongs make a Wright? Having punned egregiously, I know I must hasten to add that Trump’s insistence that Obama’s place of birth remains an open question is both revolting and dopey. He has kept at this...
  • Gay Days expecting record attendance, economic boost (Orlando and Disneyworld)

    05/29/2012 2:15:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WFTV-TV ^ | May 28, 2012
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Beginning on Tuesday, more than 150,000 people will be in Orlando for the annual Gay Days event. Eyewitness News learned that event organizers are expecting record crowds, and hotels are already booked solid. Gay Days started 20 years ago as a celebration of gay pride at Orlando's most famous theme park, but now it is an economic powerhouse that pumps significant money into local businesses. The Parliament House Resort and Night Club has been planning for the event since November. "We couldn't do it if we didn't start that early," said Drew Sizemore with the Parliament House...
  • Bill Maher: “Obama Couldn’t Be Less Threatening if He Was Walking Home With Iced Tea and Skittles”

    05/28/2012 10:49:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | May 28, 2012 | Kirsten West Savali
    Normally, I’m a huge fan of comedian and political pundit Bill Maher. So much so, that I never miss one of his shows and I bought his book, “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer,” for my family as gifts. His straight talk about the dangers of religious indoctrination, the awkward, disingenuous idiocy of most GOP politics and timid stagnation of the Democratic Party are usually spot-on. But on his HBO show, “Real Time” Friday night, I found myself, for the first time, staring at my screen in distaste. He began his closing bit as razor-sharp as normal: “How...
  • What If Trayvon's Case Had Been About Rape?

    05/27/2012 10:01:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Root ^ | May 28, 2012 | Les Payne
    The blame-the-victim treatment isn't right in sexual assault. It's not right in killings, either. Consider this scenario: Aroused by an attractive teenager in a halter top walking through his neighborhood, a Sanford, Fla., man was instructed to stand down by police, but instead he provoked an encounter that ended tragically with the assault and rape of the 17-year-old girl. After showing authorities scratches on his face and arms that he claimed were inflicted by the rape victim, the pursuer was promptly released by the local police chief that night after discussions with the detained man's father, who is a retired...
  • Does the GOP's Demographic Death Spiral End in a Texas Graveyard?

    05/27/2012 8:10:04 AM PDT · by Road Glide · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | May 22, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    If Democratic voters were rapidly increasing in number and Republican voters rapidly decreasing, it should be pretty big news, shouldn’t it? Not when at issue is a third rail of American social commentary: race. Recently I wrote a piece on race and voting patterns, using as a lede the story about how white births now account for less than 50 percent of the U.S. total for the first time in history. And while most respondents agreed with my analysis, some reacted predictably: Uncomfortable even hearing about race and/or frightened by what lies ahead, they rationalized away obvious facts. And here...
  • Trust me: You believe in gun control (Agitprop Alert)

    05/24/2012 2:03:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Ironton Tribune ^ | May 24, 2012 | Tina Dupuy, editor of Crooks and Liars
    If you ask the typical hyper-political gun owner (and I have … at Thanksgiving dinner), why it’s important to own a gun, they’ll bark about the Constitution. Yes, the Second Amendment: “The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed!” This of course is the slogan the National Rifle Association adopted in the 1970s. It was then that owning a gun became an absolute right endowed by God and the Constitution. A blessing passed down by our forefathers to obliterate game and protect our property. The NRA was founded in 1870 and for its first...
  • Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman: What if the Tables Were Turned? (Photoshopped)

    05/23/2012 10:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Your Black World Coalition ^ | May 23, 2012 | Yvette Carnell
    When Geralda Rivera said that Trayvon Martin was partially responsible for his own murder because he wore “thug” clothes, he was saying what only saying what most Zimmerman supporters have been thinking all along, but refuse to say aloud. It is awfully sad, and unfair, that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and white boys and men who look like him, can dawn a hoodie whenever they like, and never be considered a threat. This is not about hoodies or “thug” clothes, but the color of the men wearing the clothes. It’s about freedom. Everything else is excuse making. To the Zimmerman...
  • Targeting Right-Wing Extremism, Citizens Challenge Corporate Ties (Know-your-enemy thread)

    05/23/2012 9:43:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Inter Press Service ^ | May 23, 2012 | Matthew Cardinale
    ATLANTA, Georgia, May 23, 2012 (IPS) - A coalition of advocacy groups is targeting corporate support for the right-wing Heartland Institute after the organisation took out a controversial billboard in Chicago comparing people who believe in global warming to a serial killer and mass murderer. On Tuesday, the group protested outside the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change, a conference for climate change deniers being held at the Hilton hotel in Chicago. Heartland's billboard featured a photograph of Ted Kaczinski, the mass murderer known as the Unabomber, with text, "I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?" Heartland...
  • The Most Outrageous Aspect of the Trayvon Martin Case (Ultra Barf Alert)

    05/21/2012 6:20:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Ostroy Report ^ | May 19, 2012 | Andy Ostroy
    So now we know, through evidence released by prosecutors this past week, that George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old superhero-wannabe who shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL on February 26th, had wounds on his head and a broken nose. And as expected, ignorant racists nationwide rushed forward with disingenuous cries of "See!?...that proves the kid had attacked him!" But Zimmerman's wounds suggest one thing: that Trayvon fought like an animal to save his life. Ever since this story hit the press I've been mortified about how Trayvon has been vilified as the aggressor when all evidence points...
  • In Conservative Media, A “Race War” Rages (We're all racist for believing our own two eyes)

    05/21/2012 6:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 20, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    It was near midnight on April 14 when the Chevy Cavalier carrying Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami rolled to a stop at a red light in Norfolk, Va. As the pair waited, one of a crowd of teenagers on the sidewalk threw a rock at the passenger seat window, prompting Forster to get out of the car and confront the aggressor. That's when the beating began. Forster later said the crowd swarmed, taking turns punching and kicking him in the ribs and face. When Rostami got out to help, the attackers moved on to her, pulling her hair and dealing...
  • Justice for Trayvon Martin Also Means Joining the Int'l Struggle Against U.S. Lawlessness

    05/20/2012 12:17:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Black Agenda Report ^ | April 4, 2012 | Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
    “If the number of persons murdered by the police were included in the sum of executions, America would rank third in executions globally – just behind Iran.” The Trayvon Martin horror reminds us that U.S. foreign policy mirrors its domestic behavior towards Blacks and browns. “If leadership inside the U.S. will do this to their own citizens, what is done to others outside the U.S. should come as no surprise.” “The United States Department of Justice, according to the ACLU 2009 report, has done virtually nothing to combat the clear evidence of systemic racism the nation.” As a mother of...