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  • High court poised to upend civil rights policies

    03/31/2013 6:30:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Boston Globe / The Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2013 | Hope Yen
    Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind? Addressing two pivotal legal issues, one on affirmative action and a second on voting rights, a divided Supreme Court is poised to answer those questions. In one case, the issue is whether race preferences in university admissions undermine equal opportunity more than they promote the benefits of racial diversity. Just this past week, justices signaled their interest in scrutinizing affirmative action very intensely, expanding their review as well to a Michigan law passed by voters that bars ‘‘preferential treatment’’ to students based on race. Separately...
  • Chinese company’s logo conveniently absent from White House photo of Obama’s US infrastructure

    03/31/2013 6:19:48 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies ^ | march 30, 2013
    The White House launched its big push for investment in American infrastructure on Friday. But whoops! A mischievous gust of wind had its way with the all-American staging of President Obama’s big speech. White House staffers had attempted to cover the logos of Chinese crane company ZPMC with American flags, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

    03/31/2013 5:37:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Power Line ^ | March 29, 2013 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    In my Weekly Standard cover story about the fallout from the “Climategate” email scandal three years ago, I offered the following question by way of prediction: Eventually the climate modeling community is going to have to reconsider the central question: Have the models the IPCC uses for its predictions of catastrophic warming overestimated the climate’s sensitivity to greenhouse gases? The article then went on to survey emerging research (U.S. government funded!) casting doubt on high estimates of climate sensitivity, along with alternative explanations on some climate factors, such as “black carbon.” The question in my mind at the time was...
  • Chuck Todd: Is Focus On Gay Marriage, Abortion "A Sign The Economy Is Coming Back?" (video)

    03/31/2013 5:06:17 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 31, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS: You know, Peggy, what's been interesting about this week is all of the big polarizing issues of the last two generations culturally all popped up in one week, and one of it had to do with the Supreme Court with gay marriage, with abortion. This culture wars, normally when it comes back, it's something that's helpful to Republicans. Is it good this time for the conservative movement to have these issues out there? PEGGY NOONAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL: I don't know. Yeah, I think, all of these cultural issues, as I guess- we call them, have...
  • Bloomberg Backlash - Why the New York City mayor’s campaign for gun control isn’t helping.

    03/31/2013 4:35:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Slate ^ | March 29, 2013 | John Dickerson
    Is Michael Bloomberg helping or hurting his cause? When the New York mayor’s organization, Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, launched its $12 million advertising campaign to pressure lawmakers into supporting gun control legislation, the negative reaction from the NRA was predictable, but a week after the launch, the reaction from potential allies has also been cool. Senators and staffers working on bipartisan legislation say that Bloomberg’s effort to mobilize voters is less effective because it is also energizing gun control opponents. It’s pressuring lawmakers in the wrong way, too. Any legislator targeted by Bloomberg’s campaign who ultimately supports gun control legislation...
  • How ObamaCare's Individual Mandate Could Go Down

    03/31/2013 3:56:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 28, 2013 | Peter Suderman
    Over at The Atlantic, Chris Frates covers Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “secret plan to repeal ObamaCare,” which turns out to be an old plan to repeal the law’s mandate through the reconciliation process after regaining the Senate majority in the 2012 election. The plan ran into a small problem with Republicans took it in the eye at the polls. They didn’t win the presidency, and they didn’t retake the Senate either. But the push to repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate is not dead yet. Republicans in Congress already see it as vulnerable simply because it’s the least popular part of...
  • How to fight the left-wing hate machine

    03/31/2013 3:32:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 30, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    Judging from the oral arguments in the two gay marriage cases before the Supreme Court this week, it appears the federal Defense of Marriage Act will be ruled unconstitutional on federalism grounds, and that the court will punt on California's same-sex marriage law, effectively allowing every state to define marriage as it wishes.That is not good enough for the progressive movement. Progressives want marriage to be redefined in every state to include same-sex relationships. And they will not stop there, either. As the court was listening to oral arguments Wednesday, progressive blogger and former Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee member Chris...
  • Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr to run for Congress

    03/31/2013 11:23:45 AM PDT · by Impy · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-29-13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr, an outspoken conservative who lost his seat more than a decade ago, thinks the time is right for a new run at political office. He announced a campaign for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Phil Gingrey, who’s running for Senate. Roll Call reports that Mr. Barr has already established a campaign team and has reached out to Capitol Hill politicians — including House leadership — for support.
  • North Korea sends a message to Mexico (The situation right now is critical)

    03/31/2013 10:26:00 AM PDT · by South40 · 44 replies
    San Diego ^ | 3/30/2013 | Brenda Colon Navar
    This is a letter in regards to Mexico That was written by Alejandro Cao de Benos, Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. And That is a statement comes after North Korea Officially Declared "War" against South Korea and the United States. In the letter it says: "Dear friends, First I would like to send a greeting on Behalf of the Korean people, to Those who support our cause and just struggle to Maintain the Sovereignty and socialist construction in the Republic of Korea. The situation right now is critical. The United States has deployed its aircraft carriers,...
  • Kelly warns Republicans about blocking a Senate debate, vote on gun control legislation

    03/31/2013 9:56:54 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 136 replies ^ | 3/31/13 | fox/AP
    Leading gun-control advocate Mark Kelly warned Republican senators Sunday that trying to block a vote on new firearms legislation that includes universal background checks could hurt their re-election efforts. Kelly, a former astronaut and Navy captain, directed his remarks to Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, among five Republican senators who have suggested they will filibuster a debate and full floor vote. “They should listen to their constituents” and not get in the way of the debate, Kelly told “Fox News Sunday.”
  • Egypt satirist questioned for insulting Mursi, released on bail

    03/31/2013 9:50:00 AM PDT · by South40 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 31, 2013
    (Reuters) - Egyptian prosecutors questioned Egypt's most prominent television satirist on Sunday over allegations he insulted the president and Islam, a case that has increased opposition fears of a crackdown on dissent. Bassem Youssef turned himself in after the prosecutor general issued an arrest warrant for him on Saturday. He was released on bail of 15,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,200), an official in the prosecutor's office said.
  • TN:Local Gun Owners Rally for 2nd Amendment Rights

    03/31/2013 9:05:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 30 March, 2013 | Lee Erwin
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The parking lot in front of Freedom Deli at 2088 Lowes Drive in Clarksville was filled Friday, March 29 with over 200 supporters of the 2nd Amendment at a Rally for the rights of gun owners. Tennessee State Senator Mark Green spoke from the back of a truck and lent his support to the cause, beginning by reading from the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be...
  • The Democrats’ cruel and unusual management

    03/31/2013 7:21:40 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2013 | Editorial
    With Democrats controlling the Legislature, California’s government has been managed since the late 1990s primarily for the financial benefit of government employees, at the expense of children’s education, vital infrastructure and public safety. This abuse of power has been destructive and fundamentally immoral. Nowhere are the consequences more acute than in our penal system. Last week, The Associated Press reported that prisoner advocates are suing local governments – including Riverside County – claiming that Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision last year to shift inmates to county jails already has caused overcrowding and health care atrocities similar to those that prompted a...
  • Why NRA says background checks lead to confiscation

    03/31/2013 5:47:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies ^ | 30 March, 2013 | Dan Freedman
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., insists his universal background check measure will reduce crime without infringing on "your ability to borrow your Uncle Willie's hunting rifle or share a gun with your friend at a shooting range." But the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates paint a dark picture of expanding background checks to private purchases, insisting the move inevitably would lead to a national firearms registry. With a registry in place, they say, the stage would be set for the NRA's worst nightmare - gun confiscations. The background check proposal, part of a post-Newtown Senate package facing...
  • SDI at 30, Part V

    03/30/2013 9:10:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 29, 2013 | Jay Nordlinger
    From the cover of Time, April 4, 1983 Editor’s Note: This week, we have run a series by Jay Nordlinger on missile defense. It has been 30 years since Reagan gave his speech announcing the project. What was his vision, and how has it fared? The last part of the series is below. Parts I through IV are at the following links: I, II, III, and IV.In that speech of his, 30 years ago, Reagan said, I know this is a formidable technical task, one that may not be accomplished before the end of this century. Yet current technology has...
  • Obama eligibility appeal in Roy Moore's court

    03/30/2013 8:06:10 PM PDT · by wesagain · 24 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Mar 30, 2013 | staff writer
    Many cases challenging Barack Obama’s presidential eligibility have come and gone, but now an appeal has been filed with a state Supreme Court led by a newly elected chief justice who has expressed doubt about Obama’s qualification for office. Roy Moore was elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court last November, a decade after he defied a federal order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building. Now, 2012 Constitution Party presidential nominee Virgil Goode and Alabama Republican Party leader Hugh McInnish are asking the state’s highest court to force Secretary of State Beth Chapman...

    03/30/2013 8:00:34 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-30-2013 | Jim Hoft
    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Democrats held a gun control rally in downtown St. Louis Saturday afternoon. Only about 150 people turned out for the event. Several gun rights supporters held their own counter protest. Dr. Robert Flood , director of pediatric emergency at SLU, gave the keynote speech at the end of the rally. The good doctor urged supporters to call congress and turn your rights and sovereignty over to United Nations by supporting the Child Rights Act. Dr. Flood said the Children’s Rights Amendment would counter balance the Second and 14th Amendments used by gun rights activists....
  • Chavez's legacy gains religious glow in Venezuela

    03/30/2013 7:29:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3-30-2013 | JACK CHANG
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Holding a Bible in her arms at the start of Holy Week, seamstress Maria Munoz waited patiently to visit the tomb of the man she considers another savior of humanity. The 64-year-old said she had already turned her humble one-bedroom house into a shrine devoted to the late President Hugo Chavez, complete with busts, photos and coffee mugs bearing his image. Now, she said, her brother-in-law was looking for a larger house to display six boxes' worth of Chavez relics that her family has collected throughout his political career. "He saved us from so many politicians...
  • Obama administration withdraws plan to use taxpayer funds for sex-change operations

    03/30/2013 5:35:10 PM PDT · by haffast · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2013 |
    The Obama administration has withdrawn a proposal to allow Medicare to pay for sex-change operations. The policy change was expected to draw criticism from Congress and perhaps taxpayers. However, the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the proposal was withdrawn until the agency’s appeals board considers a challenge to the federal government’s existing policy that such operations are experimental and should not be covered by Medicare or Medicaid, according to The Hill. snip The decision was made during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Week, in which Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will...
  • Your Tax Dollars at Work: Propping Up Commies and Socialist Youth Groups

    03/30/2013 5:11:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies ^ | March 26, 2013 | jim hoft reported: Thanks to your generous support, the New York City-based People’s Rights Fund has been able publicize the great work of Karl Marx and dictators Kim Jong-Il, Hugo Chavez and Saddam Hussein. Don’t remember writing that check? If you paid federal taxes after 1997, some of your money went to Tides, a San Francisco-based clearinghouse that collects and distributes about $251 million every year to hundreds of leftwing organizations. Much of the money flowing into Tides comes from wealthy benefactors who use Tides as a clearinghouse — a way to help finance left-liberal organizations without leaving any fingerprints. But...