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  • France's new trains too wide for old stations

    05/21/2014 10:15:43 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 2014-05-21 | staff
    France’s SNCF rail network has ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for hundreds of station platforms, entailing costly repairs, the national operator announced on Tuesday. A spokesman for the RFF national rail operator confirmed the error, first reported by satirical weekly, Le Canard Enchaîné, in its Wednesday edition. “We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score,” Christophe Piednoel told France Info radio station, adding that the new trains would “meet the demands of the public” and that only 1,300 of 8,700 platforms needed work. Construction...
  • 6 Cars Drive Over Spike Strip Left on Freeway (by California Highway Patrol) after Chase

    04/28/2014 7:38:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 28, 2014 | Fox 5 San Diego
    <p>DEER SPRINGS, Calif. — Six cars were disabled after running over a spike strip used to stop a stolen SUV during a high-speed chase early Monday, motorists said.</p> <p>The chase ended in on southbound Interstate 15 in the Deer Springs area after the California Highway Patrol deployed the spike strip to stop a stolen Toyota Highlander. After the SUV came to a stop, the four women inside refused orders to get out, so officers shot out the rear window with a bean-bag shotgun, the CHP said.</p>
  • Couple That Found $10 Million in Gold Coins Will Have to Hand Over HOW MUCH in Taxes?

    03/01/2014 5:56:10 AM PST · by rktman · 53 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/28/2014 | Becket Adams
    A California couple that discovered $10 million worth of gold coins last year will have to pay nearly half that amount in federal and state income tax, regardless of whether they sell the coins.
  • Not sure if this graphic about Homer Simpson being in congress is a joke or an explanation...

    02/24/2014 9:56:33 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-24-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Why didn't I think of this??? I vote a little bit of both, but leaning more toward "explanation."
  • Suicide Bomb Trainer in Iraq Accidentally Blows Up His Class

    02/10/2014 5:46:07 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 75 replies
    NYTimes.com ^ | Feb 10 2014 | DURAID ADNAN and TIM ARANGO
    BAGHDAD — If there were such a thing, it would probably be rule No. 1 in the teaching manual for instructors of aspiring suicide bombers: Don’t give lessons with live explosives. In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday morning for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said. snip In...
  • MyRA? Oops! CEO: Name of Obama’s New IRA Program Already Taken

    02/01/2014 9:07:55 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 1/30/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The president of a South Dakota-based financial services company says he was startled to hear President Obama call his new government-sponsored retirement program "MyRA" in Tuesday’s State of the Union address because that’s the same name as his firm’s four-year-old “keynote” investment product.
  • Retread State of the Union draws lowest ratings in 13 years

    01/31/2014 7:20:32 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1/30/2014 | Robert Laurie
    President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address drew an average of 33.3 million viewers Tuesday night, according to Nielsen. That is the lowest showing since 2000, when President Clinton’s speech averaged 31.5 million viewers. Total viewership for the address, which aired live from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. PST on 13 networks and tape delayed on Univision, was down slightly from last year’s. The 2013 State of the Union was watched by about 33.5 million people.
  • My friend and her mom just rented a car at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood airport

    01/12/2014 7:34:17 AM PST · by rktman · 79 replies
    imgur.com ^ | 1/9/2014 | Unknown
    My friend and her mom just rented a car at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood airport and found this in the back seat...
  • Duck Dynasty's $400m empire flourishes despite homophobia racism scandal as fans floc

    12/20/2013 2:43:55 PM PST · by rktman · 59 replies
    DailyMailUK ^ | 12/20/2013 | Sara Nathan and Will Payne
    MailOnline can reveal a show publicist did accompany Phil Robertson to interview - but was NOT there when made his damning homophobic comments to GQ magazine Robertson family are sticking by patriach Phil - and are refusing to film TV hit without him
  • UN Ambassador Samantha Power Praises Jane Fonda

    11/09/2013 9:12:15 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 11/7/2013 | William Bigelow
    On Wednesday, Samantha Power, the new US ambassador to the UN, decided she had license to insult Vietnam veterans by claiming it was a “huge honor” just to share the stage with Jane Fonda. Power was speaking at the United Nations Association of the USA 2013 Global Leadership Awards in New York, at which Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for attempting to attend school, was honored.
  • Non-governmental climate scientists slam the UN's IPCC

    11/03/2013 8:29:06 AM PST · by rktman · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/3/2013 | Fred Singer
    Two weeks before the UN-IPCC released its report, an alternative report was released by the Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). Unlike the UN-IPCC, NIPCC's charter is to investigate causes and consequences of climate change from all perspectives rather than just to search for a human impact on climate change. This NIPCC report, titled "Climate Change Reconsidered - II: Physical Science" contradicts many of the IPCC's findings. It is available online at www.climatechangereconsidered.org
  • Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Firm Takes Millions, Goes Bankrupt and Leaves Toxic Mess Behind

    11/01/2013 7:34:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/31/2013 | Becket Adams
    A taxpayer-funded “green” energy company that went bankrupt in July 2012 didn’t just leave behind a legal mess for its creditors – it left behind a mess of contaminated water and toxic carcinogens. Taxpayer Backed Green Energy Firm Takes Millions, Goes Bankrupt and Leaves Behind Toxic Mess Image Source: Associated Press. And its up to the owners of Abound Solar’s deserted 37,000 square foot facility to clean up the broken glass and hazardous wastes.
  • Christie on Obamacare: 'We weren't told the truth'

    10/29/2013 5:26:24 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 45 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/29713
    On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy Gov. Chris Christie slamemd Obama “The real problem is that people weren’t told the truth" “The White House needs to square that with what was told to the American people and told to the Congress beforehand, It doesn’t seem to square at the moment.”
  • Coburn: Harry Reid is an ‘absolute *******’

    10/29/2013 7:51:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/29/2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an “asshole” on Monday, speaking at a gala in New York. The New York Daily News first reported the comments, which Coburn made at a gala for the New York Young Republican Club.
  • Surprise: Obamacare's 1-800 Number Doesn't Work Either

    10/24/2013 8:19:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10/24/2013 | Guy Benson
    The website's super-busted, and is likely to remain that way for some time. But you know that already, and so does President Obama -- which is why he channeled the ShamWow guy during his surreal Obamacare pep rally earlier this week, pumping an 800-number as an alternative to the online exchanges. Operators are standing by, and all that. At least it's something, right? Well, the Washington Post's liberal Wonk Blog notices a small problem with Obama's old-fashioned Plan B. It doesn't work either:
  • Study: Global warming could yield $11.6 trillion in increased crop production

    10/19/2013 9:35:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/2013 | Unknown
    Could global warming be a boon to farmers? A recent study found that rising carbon dioxide concentrations bestow an additional $11.6 trillion in benefits from crop production between now and 2050. The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change found that while many studies focus on the costs of rising carbon emissions, few studies focused on whether or not more carbon in the atmosphere could be beneficial to society. In fact, the Obama administration recently raised its social-cost-of-carbon estimate from $21 per metric ton to $35 per metric ton to the ire of global warming skeptics and...
  • Bonnie Doon Ice Cream blames Obamacare for shutdown

    10/16/2013 10:12:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    FOX28 ^ | 10/14/2013 | Amanda Johnson
    An iconic Michiana company is closing. Tuesday, FOX28 talked with owners of the Bonnie Doon plant and downtown Mishawaka location. They tell us there are many reasons for the shutdown such as the declining economy and the rise in production costs. But the number one factor? The anticipated cost of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Feds Removed Handles From 40 Public Water Pumps Along C&O Canal

    10/15/2013 8:25:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 61 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 10/14/2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.” “It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they don’t care.”
  • Homeland Security Documents Found in Target Parking lot

    09/28/2013 8:38:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/28/2013 | M. Catherine Evans
    After a raid on a lumber business near Richmond, Virginia, an anonymous passerby found the Homeland Security staging documents in the parking lot of a Target store.
  • Affordable Care Act experts will not be allowed in Fla. Department of Health

    09/18/2013 3:53:31 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    WFTV ^ | 9-17-13 | WFTV
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you're confused about the Affordable Care Act, you won't get any answers from central Florida health departments. That's because people who are hired to answer your questions won't be allowed to work there. Critics told Channel 9's Mark Joyella it's just another way Gov. Rick Scott is blocking the president's plan for national health care. Change is confusing, and the government wants the Affordable Care Act to come with plenty of help. When the online health care marketplace opens in October, you'll be able to go to a CVS drugstore and find a trained expert who...
  • U.S. History Textbook Guts the Second Amendment

    09/17/2013 8:20:32 PM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/17/2013 | Bryan Preston
    Author John J. Newman has some explaining to do. His textbook, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, literally rewrites the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. On page 102 of Newman’s book (page 134 of the PDF version), the author cuts the Second Amendment in half and leaves out several key words.
  • Seizures of illegal pot from Colorado up 400 percent

    08/05/2013 8:55:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/2/2013 | Greg Campbell
    Marijuana is being smuggled out of Colorado in record amounts, according to a new report by a multi-agency drug task force, citing a 400 percent increase in pot seizures since 2005 from the state that has become something of an American Amsterdam.
  • Report: Tobacco tax hikes don’t pay

    08/05/2013 8:48:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/4/2013 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Cigarette taxes turn a frowned-upon habit into a popular revenue source. But a recent study found that cigarette taxes often lead to other tax hikes later. The National Taxpayers Union found a 70 percent chance that the so-called sin taxes will not produce the expected revenue, as people buy fewer packs. The taxpayer advocate organization reported that from 2007 to 2011, 25 of 37 cigarette tax increases were joined by other new tax hikes within two years.
  • The Daily Caller presents: The first annual High School Stupidity Awards

    07/07/2013 6:59:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/6/2013 | Eric Owens
    The dog days of summer are upon us. High school students across the country are enjoying their time off, which means that The Daily Caller can offer far fewer stories about stupid and otherwise outrageous occurrences on campus. The time is right, then, to celebrate the academic year that was. Here are the stupidest, most outrageous and most cringe-worthy high school moments of 2012-13.
  • "Shotgun Joe" ... Shooter Takes VP Joe Biden’s Advice — and Lands in Trouble with Cops

    03/02/2013 1:09:40 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Shooter takes VP Joe Biden’s advice — and lands in trouble with cops Vice President Joseph R. Biden told a Field & Stream reporter in a published report on Monday that if “you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” That same day, a 22-year-old man in Virginia Beach, Va., did just that — and was charged with reckless handling of a firearm. WAVY 10 reported that the man was in his bedroom when two armed masked men leaned through the window and warned him to close the bedroom door. The 22-year-old...
  • Gun prosecutions under Obama down more than 45 percent

    12/18/2012 8:47:53 AM PST · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/17/2012 | Paul Bedard
    Despite his calls for greater gun control, including a new assault weapons ban that extends to handguns, President Obama's administration has turned away from enforcing gun laws, cutting weapons prosecutions some 40 percent since a high of about 11,000 under former President Bush.
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God • God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • Victim accidentally falls onto MBTA tracks at Red Line station

    11/14/2012 5:59:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    WCVB-TV Boston ^ | November 13, 2012
    BOSTON — A 44-year-old woman has become the latest person to walk off the platform of an MBTA station. The incident happened at Andrew Station on the Red line. According to T officials, the woman did not make contact with the third rail when she landed in the pit. There was no train in the area.
  • Man ID'd After Being Crushed to Death in Dumpster (Local Reno Man Darwin Award Finalist!)

    06/14/2012 8:49:35 PM PDT · by Crapgame · 22 replies
    KOLOTV ^ | June 14, 2012 | KOLO Staff
    RENO, NV - Reno police have released the name of a man crushed to death after a chase downtown. Wednesday morning about 11, police were helping Municipal Court marshals, who were trying to stop a man with a warrant out for his arrest. The man was on a bicycle, but then dropped the bike and ran. Officers and marshals stopped the search when they couldn't find the man, but then a resident at the Truckee River Terrace Apartments reported finding a man in a trash compactor there. That's where police found 37-year-old Rodney Wright, the man marshals had been looking...
  • D'oh, it's Homer McSimpson! Stunned Scottish couple unearth '800-year-old' stone head

    12/25/2011 10:51:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/25/11 | Charles Walford
    Whoever carved the statue would not have had TV's favourite cartoon anti-hero in mind - but there is no doubting the resemblance of this stone head to Homer Simpson It was found by Rosalind and Donald McIntyre when they were clearing the bottom of their garden at their home in Fife, Scotland, earlier this year. The couple were working in their garden when Mrs McIntyre picked up the head. She took it to St Andrews Museum, and the discovery has been referred to the National Committee for Carved Stones of Scotland.
  • Arpaio Unjustly In Justice Department Crosshairs

    12/19/2011 5:27:53 PM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Inestor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2011 | IND staff
    Equity: The administration that refused to enforce voting rights law in the New Black Panther case is going after America's best-known sheriff for what it calls discriminatory policing practices involving Hispanics. Coming soon after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Arizona's immigration and border enforcement law, the Justice Department's release of a scathing report Thursday accusing Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio of violating federal law and the Constitution in his department's handling of Hispanics smacks of retaliation. With a thoroughness not seen in Justice's handling of the "Fast and Furious" federal gun-running debacle that resulted...
  • Too Much Alcohol Linked to Unsafe Sex, Study Confirms

    12/12/2011 8:18:32 AM PST · by Enosh · 75 replies
    HealthDay News via OO ^ | HealthDay News
    MONDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) — Drinking too much alcohol can lead to unsafe sex, a new study confirms. Unsafe sex is the most common cause of HIV infection and finding ways to prevent unsafe sex is a major goal of public health efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS. Alcohol use has long been associated with HIV incidence. However, it hasn’t been clear whether unsafe sex associated with alcohol use actually led to HIV infection, or whether certain personality traits, such as sensation-seeking or risky behavior, led to both alcohol use and unsafe sex. In this study, researchers led by Jurgen Rehm,...
  • Rick Perry gets U.S. voting age wrong in New Hampshire

    11/29/2011 12:46:49 PM PST · by perfect_rovian_storm · 73 replies · 2+ views
    WaPo ^ | 11/29/11 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    At a town hall meeting at the Institute of Politics at New Hampshire’s Saint Anselm’s College Tuesday, Rick Perry asked that all of the college students in the crowd who will be 21 by Nov. 12 support his bid for the presidency. Say what? The voting age in the United States is, of course, 18. And the 2012 election will be held on Nov. 6, 2012. (The New Hampshire Republican primary, which brought Perry to the state, will take place on Jan. 10). “Those who are going to be over 21 on November 12th, I ask for your support,” Perry...
  • Man shoots self accidently after hearing fireworks

    06/26/2011 5:09:33 PM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 24 june 2011 | Staff
    A shooting call in Roanoke Rapids Thursday night turned out to be accidentally self-inflicted, authorities said. Capt. Andy Jackson, head of investigations for the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, said at 10:43 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference to a victim who had been shot. “When officers arrived, the victim said he was shot walking down the back alley between Madison and Monroe Street by an unknown subject he hadn’t seen,” Jackson said. Det. Corey Dixon was called to the scene to investigate, Jackson said, and after looking into the shooting, Dixon was able...
  • Iraq vs. Libya: Obama Takes a Swipe at Bush for… What Exactly?

    03/23/2011 5:35:59 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 45 replies
    michelle Malkin ^ | 3/22/2011 | doug Powers
    President Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner, launched an attack on another country while in another country, without the congressional approval that George W. Bush had and with only about half as many other countries on board. Obama seemed to feel this constituted enough of a moral high ground from which to take a jab at the former president. *snip* As the folks at Fox quickly pointed out, Bush actually had twice as many international allies for the invasion of Iraq as Obama has put together for his adventure in Libya.
  • Did CNN Sabotage Rep. Bachmann’s SOTU Response?

    01/29/2011 9:46:32 PM PST · by GVnana · 72 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 1/28/2011
    So, what was really up with the televised feed of Rep. Bachmann's State of the Union response? Our sources tell us that CNN had originally agreed to use the live feed set up by Tea Party Express, which had a teleprompter running on the lens in which Rep. Bachmann was delivering her speech. But, when Rep. Bachmann left the camera set-up and sat in the House chamber to hear Pres. Obama's speech, CNN set up a camera of their own, just off to the side of the main, tele-prompter/camera. Thus, when CNN provided their network feed it ended up skewed...
  • Gulfarium gator eats boy's turtle: 'Oh no alligator, let it go'

    10/15/2010 6:04:50 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 40 replies · 1+ views
    TheDestinLog ^ | October 11, 2010 | Angel McCurdy
    OKALOOSA ISLAND — A local family remains upset four days after giving their pet turtle to the Gulfarium and watching it get eaten by an alligator. Brenda Guthrie and her 8-year-old son Colton witnessed Tomalina’s death as the red-eared slider disappeared into the alligator’s jaws. When the two looked away from the sight, she said they could hear the crunching of the turtle’s shell. “He was jumping up and down screaming,” Guthrie said of her son’s reaction. “He was shouting, ‘Oh no alligator, let it go.’ ” Guthrie said that they decided to donate Tomalina after the turtle outgrew its...
  • Coates: Obama appointee told me to stop pursuing race-neutral enforcement of Voting Rights Act

    09/24/2010 8:14:29 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 | Ed MORRISSEY
    PJTV is broadcasting the testimony of Christopher Coates to the Civil Rights Commission live this morning, but they already have his opening statement available in PDF format at Pajamas Media. It contains at least one bombshell, which is that Obama appointee Loretta King ordered Coates to stop asking applicants whether they supported race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The question became necessary because of resistance in the Civil Rights division from career attorneys to enforce the law when it resulted in African-American defendants rather than victims, an attitude that Coates first encountered in the Bush era:
  • Democratic National Committee gets new logo, slogan [ “Change That Matters.” ........]

    09/15/2010 1:27:01 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 123 replies
    Democratic National Committee gets new logo, slogan By: James Hohmann September 15, 2010 03:27 PM EDT Eager to bridge a daunting enthusiasm gap, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine recited a list of President Barack Obama’s accomplishments Wednesday to an auditorium packed with George Washington University College Democrats. It came as he unveiled a new web site, a new logo and a new slogan for his party: “Change That Matters.” As he went down a longer list, Kaine spoke passionately of how Democrats delivered an economic stimulus (he would only call it “the Recovery Act”) and “the Affordable Care Act”...
  • Ore. inquiry into sex-assault claim against Al Gore dropped for lack of evidence

    07/31/2010 5:23:12 AM PDT · by standingfirm · 24 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Post (excerpt) ^ | 7/31/10 | Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker
    <p>Law enforcement authorities in Portland, Ore., have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal prosecution of former vice president Al Gore after a massage therapist accused him of sexually assaulting her in a 2006 incident.</p> <p>The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office reached its decision after reviewing a follow-up Portland police investigation into the woman's allegations. The case was reopened in June after the massage therapist publicly asserted in a National Enquirer article that Gore tried to force her to have sex with him.</p>
  • Official: Seep found near BP's blown out oil well

    07/18/2010 2:45:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 169 replies · 2+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/18/10 | Colleen Long and Harry R. Weber - ap
  • Indonesian Muslims Told to Change Prayer Direction (They Faced Toward Africa Instead of Mecca)

    07/17/2010 6:46:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 42 replies · 4+ views
    The Malaysian Insider ^ | July 16, 2010 | Reuters
    Indonesian Muslims told to change prayer direction JAKARTA, July 16 — Indonesia’s Muslims learned today they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country’s highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa. Muslims are supposed to face the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during prayer and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict in March stipulating westward was the correct direction from the world’s most populous Muslim country. “But it has been decided that actually the mosques are facing Somalia or Kenya, so we are now suggesting...
  • Asked whether she's a 'legal progressive,' Kagan says: Huh?

    06/29/2010 11:43:56 AM PDT · by traumer · 20 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Tuesday fought off Republicans who were trying hard to paint her as a liberal activist, saying she'd be a fair, open-minded justice and refusing to call herself a "legal progressive." "I honestly don't know what that label means," Kagan told Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama . Sessions, the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican, kept pressing the former Harvard Law School dean, quoting her colleagues to make the point. Kagan wouldn't take the bait, though. "My politics would be, must be, have to be completely separate from my judging," said Kagan, who was...
  • President Obama's aide failed to disclose $40K payout (shocker: from SEIU)

    06/28/2010 6:30:39 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 6-28-10 | Jake Sherman
    President Barack Obama’s political director failed to disclose that he was slated to receive a nearly $40,000 payout from a large labor union while he was working in the White House. Patrick Gaspard, who served as the political director for the Service Employees International Union local 1199, received $37,071.46 in “carried over leave and vacation” from the union in 2009, but he did not disclose the agreement to receive the payment on his financial disclosure forms filed with the White House. In a section on his financial disclosure where agreements or arrangements for payment by a former employer must be...
  • Analysis: Sanctions unlikely to stop Iran

    Washington calls the latest U.N. sanctions on Iran a diplomatic victory, a show of unity by the world's big powers and a powerful way to prevent the country from making nuclear weapons. Iran says the sanctions are an unfair attempt to keep it from developing a peaceful civilian energy program. Whatever Iran's ultimate goal, it is clear that, like three previous sets of sanctions, the new measures are unlikely to crimp a nearly mature nuclear program that can be turned to both peaceful purposes and making atomic weapons. [...]
  • Hag Gagged: Helen Thomas' half-century career ends in scandal

    06/07/2010 4:18:24 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 116 replies · 403+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2010 | Editorial
    Play the end of the movie "Schindler's List" backward - the compelling scene in which refugees emerge from the hell of the Holocaust to freedom in Israel - and you will get a glimpse into the tortured mind of Helen Thomas.... Ms. Thomas expressed mild regret for her remarks, saying they do not reflect her "heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance." She should have heeded her own counsel. Ms. Thomas' comments embodied contempt and intolerance. They were a stark message of hatred from the...
  • HI AG denies having information supporting Department Health claim - original Obama vital records

    03/29/2010 7:02:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 58 replies · 2,537+ views
    The post email ^ | Mar. 28, 2010 | Sharon Rondeau
    ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK BENNETT’S OFFICE SAYS THEY HAVE “NO GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE PREPARATION OF THE PUBLIC STATEMENTS MADE BY DR. FUKINO” The Post & Email is in receipt of a letter signed by Jill T. Nagamine, Deputy Attorney General of the State of Hawaii, which affirms her email early last month to our Editor-in-Chief, Mr. John Charlton, stating that her office will not or cannot corroborate any of the Department of Health’s public statements regarding the alleged birth of Barack Hussein Obama in Hawaii. Ms. Nagamine’s March 19, 2010 formal letter was sent in response to the Hawaii...
  • Darwin: Felon Booby Traps Car With .38

    03/19/2010 7:11:57 PM PDT · by Copernicus · 12 replies · 732+ views
    JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary ^ | 03/19/10 | JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary
    Okay, so he is a felon, it is illegal for him to own a gun, but, like everyone else he would hate to have his car stolen while he is away on a JOG. So does what any normal rational human being would do: he booby traps the steering wheel with his (illegal) revolver! Stop laughing! This is a serious story! Doggoneit! Read More…
  • Coach sends Kramer on embarrassing wrong turn (Gold turned to dust)

    02/24/2010 7:19:42 AM PST · by raybbr · 6 replies · 1,467+ views
    YahooSports ^ | 2-24-2010 | Martin Rogers
    RICHMOND, British Columbia – Sven Kramer peeled off his racing glasses and hurled them onto the infield, just as he had thrown away a Winter Olympic gold medal and nearly half a million dollars a couple of minutes earlier. “What did you do?” he screamed in Dutch as he skated past coach Gerard Kemkers, who stood with his head in his hands, unable to comprehend the biggest moment of sporting stupidity that we will see at these Games. Sven Kramer of Netherlands reacts with coach Gerard Kemkers after finishing first but being disqualified in the speed skating 10,000m. (Jasper Juinen/Getty...
  • DOH indirectly confirms: Factcheck COLB date filed and certificate number impossible

    02/23/2010 8:02:16 AM PST · by butterdezillion · 3,699 replies · 35,803+ views
    Butterdezillion | Feb 23, 2010 | Butterdezillion
    I've updated my blog to include the e-mail from Janice Okubo confirming that they assign birth certificate numbers in the state registrar's office and the day they do that is the "Date filed by state registrar". The pertinent portion from Okubo's e-mail: In regards to the terms “date accepted” and “date filed” on a Hawaii birth certificate, the department has no records that define these terms. Historically, the terms “Date accepted by the State Registrar” and “Date filed by the State Registrar” referred to the date a record was received in a Department of Health office (on the island of...