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  • Who Killed Men's Hats?

    05/13/2012 7:42:53 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 105 replies
    NPR ^ | May 4, 2012 | Robert Krulwich
    ... So what happened? Why did guys stop wearing headgear in midcentury America? The turning point, most people say, was John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Before Kennedy, all presidents wore top hats on their first day at work. Kennedy brought one, but hardly ever put it on. Fashionistas say Kennedy, one of our most charismatic presidents, made hats un-happen. And, chronologically speaking, after JFK, guys everywhere, even balding ones like astronaut John Glenn, went topless. But I am the son of a hat designer. And my father, Allen S. Krulwich, had a different explanation. The president who de-hatted America, he thought,...
  • In the American west: An ocean of oil

    05/13/2012 7:36:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 93 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7:31 pm on May 13, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you missed it – and you very well might have, since the media was too busy talking about gay marriage to be bothered – a rather remarkable thing happened in Washington this week. An auditor from the GAO testified before the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment on the subject of energy. But instead of hearing about how horrible things are, she calmly delivered something of a bombshell. “The Green River Formation–an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming–contains the world’s largest deposits of oil shale,”Anu K....
  • Romney's passive response to Obama's change of tune on gay marriage

    05/13/2012 7:34:34 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 32 replies
    Boston Globe | May 13, 2012 | Garrett Quinn
    The most striking thing about President Obama's flip-flop evolution reversal on gay marriage was how weakly the likely Republican standard bearer, Mitt Romney, has gone after him for it. Shortly after the Obama's change of heart went public Romney addresed it at press conference in Oklahoma. Watch here as he gives a mostly tempered response when asked about his views on gay marriage. Not only did Romney answer that question with no passion but he repeatedly called his position on the issue "his preference". At first glance it seems hard to understand why his campaign would not capitalize on this...
  • Russia Testing Italian Tank

    05/13/2012 7:33:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 12/05/2012
    Russia Testing Italian Tank Italy's Centauro wheeled tank © Photo Jeffery Russell Russia is testing Italy's Centauro wheeled tank and considering building it under license, a representative of the Oto-Melara company which makes the tank said on Saturday. "The first two machines with 105-mm and 125-mm guns are on trial at a Moscow Region proving ground," he said. Two more Centauros with 120-mm and 30-mm guns will also join the trials in another six weeks. "The tanks will take part in laboratory, driving and firing trials," the Oto-Melara representative said. When the trials are complete at the end of this...
  • Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near

    05/13/2012 7:19:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Euro Weekly Online ^ | 12 May 2012 | Linda Hall
    Spanish aircraft carrier’s end could be near SPAIN’S Navy is considering mothballing the Principe de Asturias aircraft carrier as well as six Santa Maria-class frigates. The ships would remain on “restricted duties” awaiting a return to operational duties, Navy sources said. This could be the first step towards decommissioning the ships, experts believe. The medium term economic situation was unlikely to improve and ships deteriorate quickly when not in constant use, they pointed out. The vessels’ age also meant that they would require such substantial refits before returning to active service that this might not be cost-effective. By 2018 the...
  • The real news today: Obama was always for faux marriage

    05/13/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Renew America ^ | 5-12-12 | Selwyn Duke
    So another mask has dropped. Barack Obama made history Wednesday in becoming the first president to announce support for faux marriage. And on January 20th, 2009 he made history in becoming the first president who supports faux marriage.
  • Eco-warrior, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson faces charges in Germany

    05/13/2012 7:12:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 14, 2012 10:05AM | unattributed
    A FOUNDER of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, has been arrested in Germany, the group has said. Captain Watson was arrested for the alleged violation of ships traffic in Guatemalan waters in 2002, over his involvement in interrupting the activities of a shark finning operation. A statement released by the group said Captain Watson had been given orders by Guatemalan authorities to intercept the boat, Varadero, and escort the crew to port to be prosecuted. "While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew," the...
  • CO anti-fracking group hopes New York Times ad wins first lady’s support

    05/13/2012 6:40:22 PM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 28 replies
    FOX 31 ^ | May 13, 2012 | Richard J. Ortner
    In a full-page advertisement in Saturday’s New York Times, Mrs. Obama was asked to help hit the pause button on the controversial oil and gas drilling procedure. The ad, sponsored by the group “The Mother’s Project,” was co-signed by several Colorado groups, including ones in Green Valley Ranch and Aurora. Janet Damon of “Green Valley Ranch Families Against Fracking” said she hopes national leaders “from our First Lady Obama to our President to the wives of other congressmen would look and say this is something no mother should have to worry about.” Damon and Sonia Skakich-Scrima of “What the Frack?!...
  • Young Migrants risk their lives to reach the Texas border

    05/13/2012 6:31:39 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    KHOU ^ | May 13, 2012 | Angela Kocherga
    MONTERREY, Mexico—Federal authorities in Mexico are investigating a mass murder after 49 mutilated bodies were dumped on highway leading to the Texas border. Investigators say identifying the victims will be difficult since the bodies were missing their heads, hands and feet.These days the risky road north to the Texas border is more dangerous than ever but young immigrants still make the trip.Texas Governor Rick Perry sent a letter to President Obama complaining the state is coping with a surge in illegal immigrants who are minors and traveling alone.At a migrant shelter in Monterrey, men share tips and horror stories about...
  • SNAP reform an urgent need

    05/13/2012 6:22:31 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 24 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 13, 2012 | Editorial
    Last month, House Republicans unveiled a plan to cut the federal budget by $261 billion over the next decade. One of the cornerstones of the proposal is a substantial cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the food-stamp program. Democrats have resorted to their usual demagoguery in the face of spending-cut proposals by the GOP. "We're literally going to take it out of the mouths of babes. It's outrageous," said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. Around the same time, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) weighed in on the future of SNAP, which is administered by...
  • Agony aunts for criminals - and scorn for the rest of us (UK Prison Guard Recruitment)

    05/13/2012 6:18:10 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2012 | Peter Hitchens
    The British State treats us, the good, kind and law-abiding, with officious scorn. We have learned, when we are the victims of crime or disorder, that the police don’t need us, and they expect the same in return. If we dare to travel abroad, we are terrorist suspects on the way out, to be poked and humiliated, and serfs on the way back in, herded, hectored and corralled. If we try to pay our taxes honestly and on time, we are held on the phone for half an hour. Happy families are torn apart in secret courts, where guilt is...

    05/13/2012 6:11:10 PM PDT · by xzins · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12 | Fox
    A day after Mitt Romney said he was “fine” with gay adoption, he took it back. Suddenly, it’s not “fine.” He said on Thursday: “And if two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child — in my state, individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view, that’s something that people have a right to do. But to call that ‘marriage’ is something that, in my view, is a departure from the real meaning of that word.” On Friday,he was asked, in...
  • Attack of the Tea Party Zombies

    05/13/2012 5:44:23 PM PDT · by tentmaker · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/13/2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Readers who heed what the media says would have thought the tea party bitter clingers were dead, so this week's election results must have seemed to them like the attack of the zombies. The zombies made their appearance known in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Utah. Less than a year ago a Washington Post blogger contended the tea party was running out of steam, that Senators Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar and Orrin Hatch looked to easily win re-election against tepid tea party opposition.
  • Gay marriage shows how social issues pay for Dems

    05/13/2012 5:43:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/13/12 | Timothy P. Carney
    "Gays are the next Jews of fundraising," declared Rahm Emanuel, who is now an Obama confidant, while hustling for donors for Bill Clinton back in 1992. In that light, Obama's endorsement of gay marriage was at least the equivalent of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel -- a symbolic and controversial action that excites a donor base. Jon Cooper, a gay Long Island legislator and an Obama fundraiser, told the Capital, a New York news site, that Obama's "expressing his personal support for same-sex marriage is going to make my life immeasurably easier raising money from LGBT donors and...
  • Newsweek names Obama 'The First Gay President'

    05/13/2012 5:42:01 PM PDT · by aruanan · 53 replies
    MAILOnline ^ | 13 May 2012 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    In a gutsy move, Newsweek has released the cover of their next issue, on the cover of which they depict President Obama with a rainbow halo and the title of 'The First Gay President'. The news-magazine, which hits stands Monday, is using the shock factor of labeling the straight, married, father-of-two President to draw attention to itself. Tina Brown, who heads the magazine and it's sister website The Daily Beast, is known for her appreciation of controversial covers to help boost public interest and sales. Read more:
  • Patriot's History TV/video now in development

    05/13/2012 5:21:33 PM PDT · by LS · 15 replies
    We have begun development of a TV series based on my "Patriot's History of the United States." Here is the "vision trailer" that gives a taste of the entire series. password: rockin Long way to go, lots of funding to raise, and so far, I have to say, we have not received anything but good wishes from ANY of the conservative organizations (who shall remain nameless :) If you're interested in helping, please Freepmail me.
  • The Left’s Seven Tragic Terror Lies

    05/13/2012 5:12:25 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 2 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | May 11, 2012 | Ralph Peters
    If they did not put our troops, our citizens and our country at risk, the Left's fantastic lies about terror and terrorists would be hilarious. The Left's self-righteous nonsense in this sphere has no grounding in empirical or historical reality, but, then, reality has long been a greater threat to the Left than Islamist fanatics (the last thing any Leftie wants to do is to face the vast human wastage generated by the addictive, enervating and morally debilitating hook-the-poor social programs of the last five decades).
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: LCpl Christopher Blake Rodgers ~ May 14, 2012

    05/13/2012 5:00:31 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 81 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
    For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces. Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today! ~ Hall of Heroes ~ LCpl. Christopher Blake Rodgers Info from here.             Today is a special Hall of the Heroes.  On May 11, as I was perusing the world of Twitter, I ran across a story I want to share with you.  The gentleman I "met" is a Gold Star Dad, and his son is today's hero.  I am sending a link to this thread to...
  • Gun Talk Radio 5/13/12

    05/13/2012 4:59:45 PM PDT · by mylife · 54 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 5/13/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 5/13/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Student banned from prom following incident (You have to read to believe)

    05/13/2012 4:54:24 PM PDT · by mnehring · 58 replies
    CENTER, TX (KSLA) - An East Texas student was told he could not attend prom because of an incident involving a drama department prop. Center High School juniors and seniors will go to prom Saturday night, but Center High School Student Avery Tindol will not be among them because of an incident involving a toy gun. Tindol says he and other students were cleaning out the drama room's prop closet when he was handed a toy gun before the bell rang dismissing class. "I realized I had it in my pocket and as soon as a did I took it...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Navy Commandos in Largest Drill in Decade

    05/13/2012 2:00:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/12 | Gil Ronen
    Israel Navy commando forces carried out their largest drill in a decade last week. Soldiers of the elite Shayetet 13 and the 916 Detachment, together with the Snapir port security unit and the Israel Air Force, practiced "operational scenarios that could arise at any moment," reported Yohanan Levin in the Israel Navy Website. The senior leadership of the Detachment attended the exercise, in which soldiers simulated a number of scenarios. These included neutralization of an enemy force at sea, ship malfunctions, and evacuation of an injured soldier by helicopter – all carried out within severe time restraints. The exercise was...
  • Voter files FEC complaint against Mourdock campaign (GOP-E and John McCane)

    05/13/2012 1:53:01 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    WISH ^ | April 23rd | Jim Shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Richard Mourdock's Senate campaign is now the subject of a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission. It has to do with the accusation that the Mourdock campaign improperly downloaded information from a GOP database. The state Republican Party last week cut off the campaign's access to the database known as Salesforce. The complaint was filed by John McCane, a former mayor of Rushville, who alleges that Mourdock used a state campaign committee to pay the $125 fee to access Salesforce and then illegally transferred information including email addresses to his federal campaign.
  • Newsweek finally goes where none have gone before

    05/13/2012 1:49:16 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 49 replies
    Hot Air ^ | MAY 12, 2012 | JAZZ SHAW
    Are you kidding me? I get that Andrew Sullivan is a man with an agenda and I completely support his right to make his opinions heard. I also understand that Newsweek – like any other publication – is in business to make a profit and that frequently involves pushing the envelope in terms of catching the public’s attention. But at what point is too much simply too much? When is the shark definitively jumped and the daily bread burned past any reasonable definition of being toast? Ladies and gentlemen, this would be that point. Politico “explains.” “‘Let the games begin,”...
  • For Tea Party, Focus Turns to Senate and Shake-Up

    05/13/2012 1:35:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 12, 2012 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    Richard E. Mourdock, who last week defeated Senator Richard G. Lugar, a six-term incumbent, promises to bring an uncompromising ideology to Capitol Hill if he prevails in November. And he is not the only Senate candidate who contends that Senate Republicans are badly in need of new blood. In Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas, Republican Senate candidates are vying for the mantle of Tea Party outsider. A number of them say that they would seek to press an agenda that is generally to the right of the minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and that they would demand a...
  • Fischer: Senate bid gaining momentum

    05/13/2012 1:13:43 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    The Norfolk Daily News ^ | May 11, 2012 | Sheryl Schmeckpeper
    Deb Fischer rode into Norfolk on Thursday on the wave of endorsements by two notable politicians — U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Lincoln and former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Fischer, a state senator from Valentine who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Ben Nelson, met with the public at an informal session at the Downtown Coffee Company. Fischer is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, along with Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg and other candidates. The nominee is expected to run against former U.S. Sen....
  • Blueprint of Iranian Nuclear Site Published

    05/13/2012 12:53:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Associated Press has obtained and published a graphic rendering of a pressure structure that may prove Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. The drawing is believed to have come from inside the Parchin military site near Tehran. It shows a cylindrical explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests. "Iran denies such testing and has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such a chamber," AP said. The news agency received the image from "an official of a country tracking Iran's nuclear program who said the drawing proves the structure exists, despite Tehran's refusal to acknowledge...
  • Ron Paul Supporters Boo Romney Son Off Stage at Ariz. GOP Convention

    05/13/2012 12:29:21 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 212 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 13, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul booed one of Mitt Romney’s adult sons off the stage Saturday at the Arizona Republican Party convention as he tried to consolidate support for his father. Josh Romney’s speech to state GOP members was cut short by jeers from Paul backers at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, the Arizona Republic reported. The state’s convention was to elect delegates for the national convention in August, where the former Massachusetts governor is expected to wrap up the nomination to take on President Barack Obama. “We cannot afford four more years of President Obama,” said Josh Romney,...
  • Phil Collins: The Alamo and Beyond

    05/13/2012 12:19:49 PM PDT · by Dysart · 31 replies ^ | 5-10-12 | Maggie Galehouse
    Phil Collins, the musician, is an avid collector of Alamo memorabilia. Texas Monthly has written about Collins and his collection. And last week, as I was watching a music documentary on Nelflix about the making of Collins’ classic “Face Value” album (this is what I do at 3:30 a.m. when I can’t sleep), I was struck by how uber-produced the album was, by how painstakingly thorough — even anal — Collins was when creating his first solo project. (I mean, he’s a drummer who uses a drum machine.) But I imagine he brings the same passion and attention to detail...
  • Jimmy Carter

    05/13/2012 12:15:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/13/12 | Mick LaSalle
    I was avoiding writing this morning, and instead of cleaning my desk or sharpening pencils, I did a little calculating and figured out that on September 6th or so of this year (give or take a day or two, because of the various leap years) Jimmy Carter will have lived longer since LEAVING office than any other president in history. Right now, Herbert Hoover holds the record at 31 years, 7 months and 16 days. . . . So it’s a great thing that he has had this opportunity, this gift of longevity, and that he has used it so...
  • Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

    05/13/2012 12:12:29 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 159 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 13th, 2012 | Jennifer Khan
    One day last summer, Anne and her husband, Miguel, took their 9-year-old son, Michael, to a Florida elementary school for the first day of what the family chose to call “summer camp.” For years, Anne and Miguel have struggled to understand their eldest son, an elegant boy with high-planed cheeks, wide eyes and curly light brown hair, whose periodic rages alternate with moments of chilly detachment. Michael’s eight-week program was, in reality, a highly structured psychological study — less summer camp than camp of last resort.