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  • MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

    03/09/2013 5:05:58 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print. While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions.
  • (1984 - Thought Crimes) Tennessee Police Chief Using Lie Detector to Sniff Out Racists on His Force

    03/08/2013 9:38:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    NYDN ^ | Friday, March 8, 2013, | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Tennessee police chief using lie detector to sniff out racists on his force The police department in Coopertown, Tenn. has been rocked by scandals for more than a decade. Their newest police chief, Shane Sullivan, is using a polygraph test to clean up the town’s image and keep bigots off his force. COOPERTOWN, Tenn. — A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his force. Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan took over the department in November, becoming the 11th chief in as many years. He was...
  • 8 school buses stolen, shredded into 'big pile of scrap'

    03/08/2013 6:11:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 8, 2013 | Peter Nickeas. Carlos Sadovi and Rachael Levy
    Eight school buses were stolen from the Far South Side overnight and driven to a salvage yard, where they were cut apart and shredded into a two-story pile of scrap, police said. The name of the Sunrise bus company could be seen among the shards of metal at SRV Metal Scrapper, 3405 S. Lawndale Avenue, police said. Four people were taken into custody, including the owner of the company.
  • Smoking Deadlier For HIV Patients Than Virus Itself: Study

    03/08/2013 6:00:04 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | December 19, 2012
    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that HIV patients who receive good care but who smoke lose more years of life to smoking than to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The findings show the importance of including quit-smoking counseling in long-term HIV care, the Danish researchers said. They looked at nearly 3,000 HIV patients who were treated in Denmark from 1995 to 2010 and received well-organized care with free access to antiretroviral therapy. The researchers found that more than 60 percent of the deaths that occurred among the patients were associated with smoking rather than...
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving The View, Viewers Found Her "Too Extreme and Right Wing"

    03/08/2013 4:58:41 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    Us Weekly ^ | March 8, 2013 | Joyce Chen
    The people have spoken. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the five cohorts of ABC's daytime talk show The View, will not be returning to the couch next season, following hot on the footsteps of fellow cohost Joy Behar, a source tells Us Weekly. According to the source, the show's resident conservative voice is being ousted after market research revealed that she isn't popular with TV audiences.
  • ‘Help!’: 82-Year-Old Woman Falls After Being Dragged Off Miami Train for Singing Gospel Hymns

    03/08/2013 4:06:20 PM PST · by Lera · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 7, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Emma Anderson was kicked off of the Miami Metrorail train system after she was reprimanded for singing gospel music, yet refused to stop. The 82-year-old was booted off of the public transportation system by a security guard who reportedly wasn’t too gentle in his quest to remove her.
  • ‘I Just Voted for Obama Because He’s Black’

    03/08/2013 10:48:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | March 8, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    Jimmy Kimmel did some on-the-street interviews on Hollywood Blvd. with people about the “Sequester.”These aren’t low-information voters; they are no-information voters. They are clueless. They vote in terms of race, feelings, and what other people are telling them. Actually, it’s worse.The most frightening part of what you’ll see in this three-minute video is how they go on even after admitting that they don’t know anything about what the Sequester is.One day these people will have children. The gene pool is beginning to grow algae.We are witnessing a world that is depicted in the 2006 film Idiocracy where “advertising, commercialism, and...
  • Lawsuit: student says she was suspended for being quiet, wearing pro-gay shirt

    03/08/2013 12:35:19 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/08/2013 | Eric Owens
    A student from a small Florida town has sued her high school principal, the dean of students and the local school board in federal court because, she claims, she was suspended last year for participating in a popular national “Day of Silence” — a protest against anti-gay bullying. The New Times Broward-Palm Beach, an alternative weekly newspaper, first broke the story. The student, 15-year-old Amber Hatch, claims she sought permission — via a letter — to participate. Shannon Fusco, the principal of DeSoto County High School, turned down the request. “Peaceful protests are against district policy,” Fusco allegedly explained. Fusco...
  • Bill O’Reilly Apologizes for Calling Alan Colmes a ‘Liar’

    03/08/2013 11:34:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 08 Mar 2013 12:19 PM
    Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly apologized on Thursday night for calling the network’s liberal commentator Alan Colmes a liar earlier in the week for saying that President Barack Obama made specific suggestions to cut entitlement programs. “Even though I’m sorry I said Alan was lying, I should not have used that word, I’m glad the exposition occurred,” O’Reilly said during his introductory monologue on the 8 p.m. show “Talking Points.” …
  • John McCain is attacking conservatives again....

    03/08/2013 8:59:36 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 34 replies
    HotAir ^ | Allahpundit
    I'm sorry but i've had enough of John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Please check out the hashtag #PrimaryGraham on Twitter. For me, defeating Lindsey Graham is a top priority in 2014 and I'm saving now. I would like Freepers to join me in this thread to PLEDGE to support Lindsey Graham's 2014 SC GOP United This is a critical fight and Graham must become the Bob Bennett and Dick Lugar of 2014. Imagine the message we will send once McCain's butt boy is defeated. His likely opponent will be a state Senator called Lee Bright. He is fully vetted as...
  • Grumpy Cat: Pamprrrrrd At Friskies Photo Shoot

    03/08/2013 7:36:49 AM PST · by RummyChick · 23 replies
    tmz ^ | 3/8 | tmz
    1st class plane tickets ... endless filet mignon ... her own king-sized bed ... 5-figure paychecks ... and that's just a tiny glimpse into the ridiculous life of the Internet sensation known as Grumpy Cat. The cat's manager -- yes, she has one -- tells TMZ, the famous feline is in Austin, TX this week to shoot commercials for Friskies (the cat's sponsor) and to appear at the SXSW Interactive festival. Grumpy flew first class ... and she's been living it up ... with her own, full-time assistant to brush her, an endless supply of Friskies as well as other...
  • FOX News Hosts Eric Bolling and Sean Hannity Offer to Pay for a Week of White House Tours

    03/07/2013 10:49:58 PM PST · by grundle · 4 replies ^ | March 7, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Earlier Thursday on The Five Eric Bolling offered to pay for a week of White House tours. “Make you a deal. Jay Carney, grab a pencil. Let the families take the White House tours next week and I’ll cover the added expenses. The word is it’ll cost around $74,000. If I can get the White House doors open, I will pick up the tab. Mr. Carney, you know this is an offer you can’t refuse. Give me a call.”Tonight Sean Hannity joined him and offered to pay for a second week of White House tours. Newt Gingrich added that if...
  • The Watermelon Hunter: Bloomberg-Backed Anti-Gun Lobbyist Enjoys ‘Assault Weapons,’ photo shows

    03/07/2013 9:57:17 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies ^ | March 7, 2013 | CJ Ciaramella
    One of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top gun-control lobbyists in Colorado appears to enjoy firing the very guns he is working to restrict. Denver-based Headwaters Strategies lobbyist Adam Eichberg participated at a “watermelon shoot” in September 2012 at the farm of Colorado state Sen. Greg Brophy (R.) where he fired a semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity magazine. A picture obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows Eichberg smiling broadly as he shoulders a DPMS .308 rifle with a 20-round magazine. “I really hate watermelons,” Eichberg said via email when asked for comment. Bloomberg’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns,...
  • Rising from the ashes; looking to the future (UPDATE Animal Shelter fire 1 year later)

    03/07/2013 9:23:33 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 12 replies
    Hot Springs (South Dakota) Star ^ | March 05, 2013 | Curt Nettinga
    Eleven months ago, the old Battle Mountain Humane Society building north of Hot Springs on Highway 385, was consumed by fire. A faulty fluorescent light fixture was the cause of the catastrophe that killed 11 dogs and rendered Wagoner, who had an apartment in the building, homeless. Volunteers sprang into action, donations poured in from the area, state, nation and even from international donors. Celebrities such as NASCAR driver Ryan Newman stepped up through his foundation to lend a hand. Immediately next to the cement pad where the original building - a converted riding stable - stood last year, a...
  • Evacuation lifted at NORAD headquarters in Colo.

    03/07/2013 7:11:28 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3-7-2013 | By DAN ELLIOTT
    DENVER (AP) — NORAD headquarters in Colorado were evacuated for about 4 1/2 hours Thursday after employees found five suspicious packages, but the command's control room team was working at a backup location about eight miles away at the time and no essential missions were disrupted, officials said. Employees became suspicious because something about the packages looked "out of place," said Jeff Bohn, a spokesman at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, where the North American Aerospace Command is based.
  • Ahmadinejad: Chavez Will Return With Jesus and 12th Imam

    03/06/2013 8:57:08 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | March 6, 2013 | The Algemeiner
    Ahmadinejad: Chavez Will Return With Jesus and 12th Imam A day after his death, Hugo Chavez is already being touted as a martyr and a messiah by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who equated the now deceased Venezuelan leader to Jesus and Shiite Islam’s 12th imam Wednesday, saying, “I have no doubt that he will return, along with the righteous Jesus and the perfect human.” Ahmadinejad also reiterated claims made by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro that Chavez died of a “suspect illness” but didn’t go as far as Maduro had in equating Chavez’s death to that of late Palestinian Liberation...
  • (EU) Parliament chief criticizes ‘Frankenstein Europe’

    03/06/2013 7:59:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 05.03.13 @ 18:32 (March 5) | Valentina Pop
    The EU’s current institutional set-up resembles a “Frankenstein” monster because there is no democratic separation of powers, European Parliament chief Martin Schulz said Monday (4 March) during a debate in Hamburg on sovereignty transfers to Brussels. “National sovereignty in Europe is based on a model of separation of powers: we have a government that can be voted down by a parliament and an independent judiciary overseeing that rules are respected,” Schulz said. He added: “What we are doing now is that we are taking bits and pieces of this framework and transferring them to the EU level, but without also...
  • Rand Paul - The first Senator ever to work "HONEST" 8 hour day. STAND WITH RAND!

    03/06/2013 7:25:42 PM PST · by Orange1998 · 161 replies
    Ted Cruz backing him up all the way. This could change everything.
  • Even Democrats Say Obama ‘Overhyped’ Sequester

    03/06/2013 4:44:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013 04:08 PM | Dan Weil
    Just like Republicans, Democrats say President Barack Obama has overhyped the effects of the automatic spending cuts and offered a confusing message about it. Initially the White House was full of doom and gloom, warning of interminable lines at airports, widespread firings of teachers, and quick, huge job losses in the private sector as government contracts were canceled. That was going overboard, says former Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. … A top Democratic congressional aide scolded Obama for strategic incompetence. … Even Michigan Rep. Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, who basically agrees with Obama...
  • Hill hearing on global warming cancelled by D.C. snowstorm

    03/06/2013 2:27:17 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    An unusually chilly March day and the snowstorm it spawned have shut down much of official Washington on Wednesday — including a hearing House Republicans had called to examine global warming. “Postponed due to weather,” read the notice from the House Science, Space and Technology Committee sent in the morning. The hearing was scheduled to give House lawmakers a comprehensive briefing on how well scientists understand the climate and humans’ effects on it as a means “to inform decision-making on potential mitigation options.” While the federal government reports that U.S. temperatures have been ticking up in recent years, freak cold...