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  • Barney Frank says Obama's gay marriage endorsement won't sway voters

    05/13/2012 4:38:03 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | MAY 12, 2012 | FOX NEWS/NEWSCORE
    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the first openly gay member of Congress, said Sunday that he does not think President Barack Obama's gay marriage endorsement will sway anybody's vote. Though Washington is abuzz with speculation about how the president's historic statement in support of same-sex marriage will affect his re-election prospects, the Massachusetts Democrat said the announcement leaves the race more or less the same. "If you were going to cast your vote based on a candidate's position regarding same-sex marriage, you were already going to vote for Obama-Romney based on that," he told ABC's "This Week." "I literally don't think...
  • Dinesh D'Souza - Obama & 2016

    05/13/2012 4:30:58 PM PDT · by Randy Erickson · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 11, 2012 | Dinesh D'Souza
    This movie is coming this summer...a must see! Check out this video on Youtube.
  • Violent criminal on federal payroll as informant

    05/13/2012 4:18:18 PM PDT · by TheMole · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 12, 2012 | Steve Miletich and Mike Carter
    By almost anybody's standards, Joshua Allan Jackson is bad news. A felon with a lengthy history of violence against women, Jackson was sentenced to 10 years in prison April 13 for sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman and holding her against her will for days inside a cheap South Seattle motel last year. The woman told investigators Jackson forced her to audition for a porn film and at one point choked her so hard she almost lost consciousness. As part of the case, Jackson also admitted to criminal impersonation on various occasions when he told the victim and seven other people...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Didn't think Obama's view 'could get any gayer'

    05/13/2012 4:04:47 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | MAY 12, 2012 | Rene Lynch
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul remarked on President Obama's decision to publicly support same-sex marriage by saying, “Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.” The comments by the Republican lawmaker from Kentucky drew big laughs at a gathering sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. A video became public after it was posted on the website "The Iowa Republican." "It did kind of bother me though that he used the justification for it in a biblical reference," he continued to more laughter. "He said the biblical golden rule caused him to be...
  • Drug 'Devil's Breath' from Colombia can block free will, wipe memory and even kill

    05/13/2012 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Innovative · 65 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2012 | Beth Stebner
    Scopolamine often blown into faces of victims or added to drinks Within minutes, victims are like 'zombies' - coherent, but with no free will Some victims report emptying bank accounts to robbers or helping them pillage own house Drug is made from borrachero tree, which is common in Colombia ... He told Vice that Scopolamine can be blown in the face of a passer-by on the street, and within minutes, that person is under the drug's effect - scopolamine is odourless and tasteless- 'You can guide them wherever you want,' he explained. 'It's like they're a child.' Black said that...
  • Crash on eve of Mother's Day leaves four moms dead

    05/13/2012 3:31:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 13, 2012 | Becky Schlikerman and Peter Nickeas
    At least five young children lost their mothers in an automobile accident Saturday night, just minutes before Mother's Day.
  • At Harvard, Elizabeth Warren known as tough, demanding, dynamic prof; heritage claims 'ludicrous'

    05/13/2012 3:27:28 PM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    Teaching her class at Harvard Law School one day, professor Elizabeth Warren called on a student who was unprepared. The student said, “I’ll pass.” Warren’s response was, “Not likely.” That story, passed from one class to the next about Warren, exemplifies the way colleagues and former students view the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Warren is known as a tough and demanding professor. She is also dynamic, well-prepared and treats each student as an individual, past students and colleagues say. “She expects a lot,” said Adam Levitin, a professor at Georgetown Law School who was a student...
  • Across country, black pastors weigh in on Obama's same-sex marriage support

    05/13/2012 3:11:32 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    cnn ^ | 5/13/2012 | By Dan Gilgoff
    Addressing his large, mostly black congregation on Sunday morning, the Rev. Wallace Charles Smith did not mince words about where he stood on President Barack Obama's newly announced support for same-sex marriage: The church is against it, he said, prompting shouts of "Amen!" from the pews. And yet Smith hardly issued a full condemnation of the president. "We may disagree with our president on this one issue," Smith said from the pulpit of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington. "But we will keep him lifted up in prayer. ... Pray for President Barack Obama." And Smith said there were much...
  • The Average White Guy Vote [We Met a Made-Up "Julia"... Now Meet a Real "Guy"]

    05/13/2012 3:07:58 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 13, 2012 | Salena Zito
    CANTON, Ohio -- Rudy is the quintessential average white guy, right down to his last name. "It literally is Guy," he said, laughing at the irony. Born in New Eagle and raised in Charleroi in Pennsylvania's Monongahela Valley, Guy comes from a long line of Democrats. "My grandfather worked at Corning Glass, my father worked in the mines, the steel mill and finally at Corning," he recalled. "The family always had union ties, and that usually meant a tie to the Democratic Party." That's no longer true for him, however: "As my life started to improve financially, I realized that...
  • Assassin Kills High-Ranking Member of Afghanistan Peace Council

    05/13/2012 2:41:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, May 13, 2012
    An assassin on Sunday shot dead a former high-ranking Taliban official working on reconciling Afghanistan’s insurgency with the government, a fresh blow to peace efforts on the day Kabul announced it was gradually taking the lead from the U.S.-led coalition for providing security in much of the country. A gunman with a silenced pistol killed Arsala Rahmani as he was riding in his car in one of the capital’s most secure areas near Kabul University, police said. The death of Rahmani, a top member of the Afghan peace council and a senator in parliament’s upper house, dealt another setback to...
  • Junior Seau’s death should force fans to ask uncomfortable questions

    05/13/2012 2:37:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2012 | Jason Reid
    With each bone-breaking, head-injuring hit, NFL players are killing themselves slowly. It’s not a possibility. It’s a fact, no less certain than the league’s immense profitability. Football injuries can kill in a variety of ways. One particularly tragic way might be by making life unbearable for the afflicted. And autopsies have revealed that several former players who committed suicide suffered from brain trauma caused by repeated blows to the head.
  • Obama To Deliver Barnard Commencement Address (1st gay president brings gay week to NYC)

    05/13/2012 2:32:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    NY 1 News ^ | 5/13/12 | NY1 News
    After the presidential campaign has been focusing on female reproductive rights and other women's issues, President Barack Obama is coming to the city Monday to deliver the commencement address at all-female Barnard College and attend two high-profile fundraisers. -snip- After the commencement, Obama is heading to the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea for a $5,000-a-ticket fundraiser co-hosted by the LGBT Leadership Council and openly gay singer Ricky Martin. The president will also attend a private, $35,800-a-plate fundraising dinner featuring the cooking of Manhattan chef Vikas Khanna before heading back to the White House. While in the city, Obama will...
  • Follow the Money: One in Six Top Obama Bundlers Identify as Gay

    05/13/2012 2:26:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/13/12 | Wynton Hall
    Heading the journalistic adage to "follow the money," the Washington Post has found that every one out of six of President Obama's top fundraising "bundlers" who have hauled in $500,000 or more publicly identify themselves as gay. The implications are clear: as Obama's campaign continued to struggle to haul in large donations, his team needed to fire up his fundraising base by announcing this week's "evolution" on gay marriage. Indeed, as the Washington Post notes, "some liberal gay donors had threatened to withhold contributions over Obama’s stance on gay marriage as well as his administration’s decision to shelve an executive...
  • Barack Obama's father: Bigamist, drunk and wife-beater, The Other Barack Obama

    05/13/2012 2:21:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/12/2011 | Ian Birrell
    Shortly after being elected first black president of Harvard Law Review, Barack Obama signed a deal to write a memoir of his life. Remarkably literate, given it was written so young, the book revolves around his quest for identity as the child of a white teenage mother and an African father who walked out when he was just two. Despite titling it Dreams From My Father, the absent parent was little more than a shadow. ‘After a week of my father in the flesh, I had decided that I preferred his more distant image,’ reflected Barack Obama on the short...
  • Bloomberg Defends Same-Sex Marriage in State That Rejected It ("Gay Week" continues...)

    05/13/2012 2:20:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/13/12 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in a commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sunday, delivered a spirited defense of the right of gays and lesbians to marry, just days after North Carolina passed an amendment that banned the practice. “Each and every generation has removed some barrier to full participation in the American dream,” the mayor said. “I would argue last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people.”
  • Illegal Entry: No Need to Sneak In, Just Take the Bus

    05/13/2012 2:16:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Soldiers, Border Police, and other security forces work around the clock to fight illegal Palestinian Authority entry to Israel. At the same time, however, PA Arabs are able to travel to the heart of central Israel without the need to go through any security checks, simply by boarding a bus. Malkiel Feder of Har Bracha in Samaria was traveling to the city of Ramat Gan on a bus run by the Afikim company when he noticed that PA Arabs were getting on and off freely. At first he assumed they were Israeli Arabs from Kfar Kassem, but as the bus...
  • For the Gipper: Ronald Reagan may soon have a highway in N.J.

    05/13/2012 2:10:48 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    NJ.com ^ | May 13, 2012 | By Joe Moszczynski/The Star-Ledger
    ...But under a bill introduced earlier this year by Republican legislators in the Democratic-controlled Assembly, President Ronald Reagan, the nation’s 40th president, would be the second. "President Reagan is honored in many other ways in other states. He did a fine job, whether you like everything he did or not," said Assemblyman Gary Chiusano (R-Sussex), a co-sponsor of a bill that would designate Route 15, a 19.5-mile state highway in northwest New Jersey, as the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway.
  • John Edwards' mistress led a tabloid-grade life (Rielle Hunter)

    05/13/2012 2:07:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | May 13, 2012 | Jeffrey Collins and Michael Biesecker
    Rielle Hunter's life had a lurid, supermarket-tabloid quality to it — full of deception, betrayal, reckless behavior and broken dreams — well before she became a party to one of the biggest lies in recent American political history.
  • Mother’s Day idea from Kirsten Gillibrand: Why not donate to a pro-choice group? (NY U.S. senator)

    05/13/2012 2:03:29 PM PDT · by Sun · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 11, 2012 | Allahpundit
    This Mother’s Day, thank mom for the gift of life by helping to ensure that other kids don’t receive it. snip “This Mother’s Day, I can’t think of a better way to honor all the mothers in the country — past and present — than with a contribution to EMILY’s List,” Gillibrand writes. “They’re the ones working tirelessly to elect the pro-choice Democratic women who are making sure that our freedoms are protected for generations to come.”
  • Angela Merkel dealt further blow by German voters in key state election

    05/13/2012 2:02:51 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 13, 2012 | Kate Connolly
    Voters in Germany's most populous state handed a resounding victory to the centre-lefton Sunday, dealing a heavy blow to Angela Merkel's conservatives in what was interpreted as a backlash against the chancellor's European austerity campaign. Exit polls on Sunday night in the North Rhine-Westphalia election showed Hannelore Kraft, who had led the state's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in a coalition with the Greens, had soundly beaten her Christian Democrat (CDU) rival Norbert Röttgen, Merkel's environment minister. The SPD secured 39% of the vote to the CDU's 26% in what amounted to the worst result in the state for the conservatives...