- U.S. Navy to start giving gay couples marriage benefits in Japan
- Sen. Harry Reid goes to hospital as a precaution
- Fla.’s Trey Radel exits rehab, ‘excited’ to resume congressional role
- U.S. nuclear general boozed it up, chased ‘hot women’ in Russia: report
- 45 Calif. students at one school test positive for tuberculosis exposure
- Rob Ford on women: Give them cash ‘and they are happy’
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A civil complaint against members of New Black Panther Party accused of intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place in November 2008 was dismissed by the Justice Department in a cloud of controversy. Career Justice lawyers were prepared to file sanctions against the men and the court had already entered a default judgement against them. However, the lawyers were overruled by superiors and the case was dropped for two of the three men. The third was penalized with an order to not display a “weapon within 100 feet of any open polling location on any election day in the city of Philadelphia” until Nov. 15, 2012. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has subpoenaed the Justice department demanding records showing how the case was handled. The initial incident was partially caught on video with a camera phone. Washington Times Editorials A Black Panther sings – Dec. 11 “The last thing ...
After Senator Al Franken (D-MN) became official among his ninety-nine other colleagues, political observers and fans alike are still waiting for the former Saturday Night Live comedian to be the outrageous guy he was known for prior to coming to Washington. Strangely enough, Congressman Alan Grayson (D –FL) is saying everything people would expect Mr. Franken would have blurted out by now. Mr. Franken has offered up bills, amendments, and chaired Senate floor debates without any wild fanfare. So what’s up? Recently, while covering the ongoing health care debate in the Senate, I caught up with Mr. Franken and asked him about his opinion on Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) amendment, which would enroll the President, members of Congress, their political advisors, and staff in the public option. I had previously asked Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) the same question minutes before, to which the northeastern Senator said that he had not ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Dems cancel their Copenhagen trip, Harry Reid and slavery, and why "Merry Christmas" matters to America. National Review: Dems Cancel Copenhagen Trip Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, told colleagues on Saturday that Democrats could not send a delegation to the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen. Town Hall: Harry Reid and Slavery Reid is obviously confused. Republicans have no power to block passage of the senate healthcare reform bill. Town Hall: Why "Merry Christmas" Matters to America The New York Times recently revealed that, before abandoning the idea, Barack and Michelle Obama had considered eliminating The White House’s traditional nativity scene as part of an effort to celebrate a “non-religious” Christmas.
Back in November, I discovered a 2001 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing transcript where Senator Chuck Schumer (D - NY) said it would be "ludicrous" to try Osama bin Laden in New York City's downtown federal court. However, today, Mr. Schumer is welcoming the trial of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York's southern district within downtown Manhattan. TRANSCRIPT of 2001 segment: SENATOR SCHUMER: There are also those prisoners of war who we have captured and will capture in Afghanistan and other countries who will receive a trial of some sort. It is clear we need to try those suspects in a forum that achieves two primary goals—two goals, I might add, that may not conflict. First, the Government must have the power to use even the most sensitive classified evidence against these suspects without compromising national security in any way, shape, or form. In addition, those who commit acts of war against the United States, particularly ...
Off the beaten path online: Journalist bullied by UN cops over climategate question at Copenhagen...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Journalist bullied by UN cops for asking climategate question at Copenhagen press conference, a Rasmussen poll says 49% of Nevadans have a very unfavorable view of Harry Reid, and special Democratic voting counties would get protected Medicare benefits Yid With Lid: Journalist bullied by UN cops for asking climategate question at Copenhagen press conference Phelim McAleer is an investigative journalist who spends much of his time debunking the Global Warming hoax. Hot Air Pundit: Rasmussen: 49% of Nevadans have very unfavorable view of Harry Reid Harry Reid's falling numbers in the State of Nevada, he is one Senator who deserves every bit of it... Breitbart.TV: Special Democratic Voting Counties Would Get Protected Medicare Benefits "If they reduced or change the benefits...these three counties in Florida were going to be exempt."
The transformation is complete in Boulder, Colo. The University of Colorado has turned its entire student body into zombies. And not the fun kind that the game Humans vs. Zombies employs.Last week university officials enforced a policy banning plastic, multi-colored Nerf guns on campus after a game of Humans vs. Zombies erupted Dec. 1. The game is a glorified version of Nerf tag that can last for days.Let me make this clear, the zombies in this game don't actually try to bite people and most definitely have never been known to eat brains since the games inception in 2005 at Goucher College in Towson, Md. In fact, popular zombie lore has little to do with this game. Human tags zombie with a Nerf ball to stun it useless for 15 minutes. Zombie shoots human to transform it into a zombie teammate. Zombies that don't shoot a human within 48 hours, ...
Satirical sports blogging site, eTrueSports.com, posted this about Tiger Woods Thursday: "In possibly the best news that the beleaguered Tiger Woods has had in days, Irma Brominski, an accountant from Toledo, Ohio, has told eTrueSports that she has never slept with the world's greatest golfer."'I think by now a lot of people believe that he has bedded every woman in America who is not his wife, but that's not true,' Irma says. "'In fact, I don't think he's slept with anybody on my whole block.'"
Sometimes, a bag of Doritos can be a delightful snack for the office in the middle of day. Recently, I looked more closely at the back of a bright blue bag of Cool Ranch Doritos and saw a photo of a young man. My first reaction was Doritos was spearheading a missing persons campaign similar to what dairy companies used to do, when they would place photos of missing children on their milk cartons. In this case, Frito Lay took a turn into the political realm. This photo was of Jeremy Dias. A 24 year old Canadian who Frito Lay, Inc. describes on the back of their Dorito bag as the following: CANADA'S YOUTH DIVERSITY INITIATIVE "After being a victim of discrimination in his own school, Jeremy sought justice in the courts. Proceeds from a settlement were used to create a youth-driven charity to address discrimination and promote diversity in Canadian ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: White House's Acorn cookies surprises Republican lawmaker, coal industry already under attack before EPA 'finding', and a new tipline targets Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Fox News: White House's Acorn Cookies Surprises Republican Lawmaker But at the Obama White House, "A" may be for acorn -- as in acorn cookies served at Monday's annual Christmas party. The chocolate cookies shaped like an acorn were quite a hit with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa."I didn't expect to see such stark symbolism," King said in an e-mail. Hot Air: Coal industry already under attack before EPA 'finding' The announcement of new powers to regulate carbon dioxide will allow the EPA to hammer the energy sector, particularly coal production and coal-burning electrical plants. However, environmental activists have hardly sat silent on the sidelines before the EPA “finding” that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are a danger ...
Rep. Mike Burgess (R - TX) wrote to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today, referencing today's Washington Times editorial on Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings. The congressman requested Mr. Obama dismiss Mr. Jennings from his job as the Department's Safe School's Czar. Mr Burgess addressed his concerns on the presidential appointee. In the letter, he wrote that he and other Members had written Mr. Obama previously regarding "the type of behavior Mr. Jennings has been promoting to school age children." He continued, "However, the premise of the enclosed The Washington Times editorial heightens the complete lack of regard this Administration has followed regarding sexual relationships between adults and children." Rep. Burgess added this firmly, "Must I remind you that such behavior is never 'okay'-and is illegal. The Texas congressman also added "IT IS CRIMINAL" and that the administration is "standing by quietly" while Mr. Jennings is protected by ...
Senate Democrats looking to find a way to pass health care legislation have proposed a a Medicare "buy-in" proposal as part of the health care legislation. A major aspect of the proposal would be that individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 would be able to enroll in the medicare program. The Federation of American Hospitals opposes it as does the Mayo Clinic. Senator Lamar Alexander (R - Tenn.) told reporters Republicans were not being allowed into the discussions on the Medicare proposal, but he gave his concerns.: "Medicaid of course is a program for low income Americans where 50 percent of doctors won’t see new patients, and even that way, the proposals that we heard about would send big new costs to states causing big tax increases. Rumor this morning is they may have dropped the Medicare expansion. My question is why would they want to turn Medicare into Medicaid? ...
Powerful snow storms bludgeoned Wisconsin and Iowa Tuesday and Wednesday, with both states receiving record snow fall totals around 16 to 18 inches. Videos of the Wisconsin storm here. View local blogs from each state: IOWA Iowa Iowa Politics Insider: Capitol legislative forum featuring Gov. Culver canceled today. “A forum about the 2010 session of the Iowa Legislature planned for today at the Iowa Capitol has been canceled, due to the blizzard, aides to Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said.” Iowas Newz liter: Blizzard “I know this weather always puts someone in the mood for Christmas, so in that spirit we present Minnesotans For Global Warming and their new seasonal classic -- It's A Climategate Christmas. ”For the record, Dairy Queen is the only kind of Blizzard I enjoy, usually M&M or Oreo.” The Iowa Republican: Snow day! “As for the snow storm, I think this is the first time in ...
At least 21 partners for the Census Bureau's 2010 campaign support illegal alien amnesty or have supported similar congressional measures. ACORN already received the boot from the Census partner list after being ousted for supporting criminals. What criteria does the Census put in place to protect the count from other extremist left-wing groups? According to a Census spokesman, the agency wants partners that:-will promote the goals of the Census campaign.-are viewed as trusted voices in their community.-will reach out and motivate household individuals in hard to count areas.-have the ability to reach out to their own members, through newsletters and various means of communication.The Census Bureau does not want partners that:-distract from the Census Bureau's mission. -are not trusted or viewed negatively within the community.-make people fearful of participating in the census, such as groups advocating violence, hate crimes or those harboring extreme anti-immigrant views.-produces products that create a negative ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Revealing the real fat cat party, Salt Lake City shows interest in 2012 GOP convention, and Obama plans to spend our way out of the downturn. Townhall: The real fat cat party But many of those same industrialists saw nothing wrong with cutting deals with statist regimes. For example, the Swope Plan, put forward by Gerard Swope, president of General Electric, laid out the infrastructure for much of the early New Deal. Deseret News: Salt Lake City shows interest in 2012 GOP convention Officials are in the early stages of deciding if Salt Lake City wants to compete for the 2012 Republican National Convention — so early, in fact, that they have not yet formed a bid committee to decide. NY Post: Obama plans to 'spend our way' out of downturn Without giving a price tag, Obama proposed a package of ...
Watch out, folks! Climate change is making plant life grow at a faster rate, thanks to the uptick in the pollen count, according to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Oh the horror! Dr. Gupta seems genuinely concerned about longer and earlier allergy seasons, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease. In the end, he attributes the health concerns from pollen to climate change. Unfortunately, this can only mean that busy bodies are just waiting to levy agriculture and subsidize taxpayer ailments. Moreover, it is the environmentalists who are usually complaining about plant life being cut down. Apparently, this group has issues making up their minds. Video above and Transcript below (bolding is mine) CHETRY: Welcome back to the Most News in the Morning. As the climate change takes center stage in Copenhagen, the Environmental Protection Agency is also bringing the focus back home. EPA chief Lisa Jackson says the United States is facing a, quote, "real ...
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