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Man Stabbing Man With Scissors During Haircut

Police say a man was getting a haircut at an apartment in Stamford, Conn., when he grabbed scissors and slashed another man in the back. The Stamford Advocate reports that 21-year-old David Davis was arrested soon afterward when officers with a police dog found him in a nearby apartment. A police mug shot shows Davis with thick hair sticking up from only one side of his head. Authorities say the victim approached Davis during his haircut Tuesday in what he called “an aggressive manner.” Davis told investigators he picked up the scissors in self-defense.   Read more CompleteMan Stabbing Man With Scissors During Haircut … Read entire article »

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Union Goons Caught Harassing Conservatives Kids at Rally

The union protesters didn’t like the cameras. A group of conservative college kids from Freedomworks attended the rally yesterday outside the Ohio State House. The union protesters were out in force and did not like that their buddies were being taped harassing the young conservatives.   Read more CompleteUnion Goons Caught Harassing Conservatives Kids at Rally … Read entire article »

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Rabid Leftists Storm Wisconsin Capitol After Vote

By Lee Bergquist Demonstrators crowded the Capitol in a wild scene after senators passed a budget-repair bill in a hastily called meeting Wednesday night that outraged protesters and Democratic legislators. Protesters yelled slogans and blew whistles as the Capitol took on the intensity and passion that marked the early days of the protests. Protesters demanded to be let inside, and in one scene at the southeastern entrance of the Capitol, scores of protesters pressed against the door as two-dozen police pushed them back. One protester got partly inside the door and was dragged in by the State Patrol. Outside, protesters chanted “Let us in,” banged drums and blew horns in protest and threw snowballs at windows of the Capitol. Inside, they yelled “You lied to Wisconsin,” and “Kill the Bill.” Matt Gallo, 50, of Madison, a private … Read entire article »

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Senate Dems Reject Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

by Kathleen Gilbert In a 44-56 vote, the U.S. Senate has voted against a budget bill crafted by House Republicans that would have eliminated federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The Democrat-led Senate also failed to pass its own budget bill, which contained much fewer spending cuts and maintained the abortion giant’s funding.   Read more CompleteSenate Dems Reject Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood … Read entire article »

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Juan Williams: NPR 'All White Organization,' Exhibited 'Worst of White Condescension' in Firing Me

Juan Williams says NPR is an “all-white organization” that exhibited the “worst of white condescension” in its handling of his firing last year. In an interview with The Huffington Post, conducted before the most recent controversy surrounding an NPR executive’s comments about the tea party (and CEO Vivian Schiller’s ousting), Williams blasted the organization for its treatment of him. “I think when it comes to NPR’s decision to, without any reason, throw me out the door, I think that for them, especially for some of the people who created NPR, it’s an all-white operation,” Williams said. He added that he thought NPR “felt they had never had much success” with black or Hispanic journalists, and that they had had “more success with white women.”   Read more CompleteJuan Williams: NPR 'All White Organization,' Exhibited … Read entire article »

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Six-Figure Bus Drivers & Other Working-Class Heroes

By Ann Coulter Can we stop acting as if people who work for the government are the heroes of working people? Fine, we understand that Wisconsin public sector employees like the system that pays them an average of $76,500 per year, with splendiferous benefits, and are fighting like wildcats against any proposed reforms to that system. But it’s madness to keep treating people who are promoting their own self-interest as if they are James Meredith walking into the University of Mississippi. This isn’t how we usually view people fighting for their own economic interests. When Wall Street opposes financial reforms or a tobacco company opposes new cigarette taxes, no one hails them as “working men and women” who “deserve a decent pay and decent retirement.” We’re not told Wall Street has a “fundamental right” … Read entire article »

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Hey, Teens, Who Wants to Listen to the President?

From Tuesday's Morning Jolt: The Kids Are All Right It sounds like high schoolers are tired of listening to the president’s speeches, too: “The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.  An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline. The competition was extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline. CBS News has learned a White House Communications Office internal memo dated February 22 noted "a major issue with the Commencement Challenge."  "As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday," the memo said. The memo also urged … Read entire article »

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Obama, in 1995: 'My grandmother, while she loves me, still has a fear of strange black men.'

In October 1995, then law-school lecturer and new author Barack Obama did an interview with The Crisis, the official magazine of the NAACP. The interview has now been posted to Google Books; to the best of my knowledge, Obama's comments in this interview have not yet been brought to light elsewhere in the media. Images of the magazine pages can be found here. A couple of the more notable comments: Crisis: How do you feel to hear people say mixed-race children are children in limbo? Obama: In a society as divided as we are, there are certain problems you can confront if you know your white side of the family. If I"m looking into the face of my mother, those kids of differences do arise. Take my grandmother, while she loves me, she … Read entire article »

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Candidates Don't Always Make Good Pundits, and Vice Versa

Just thought I would expand my thought mentioned in Jonah's column . . . Each candidate has strengths and weaknesses, but one common problem, as my National Review colleague Jim Geraghty notes, is the growing phenomenon of the pundit-candidate. Gingrich and Huckabee (also Sarah Palin, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and radio host Herman Cain to name a few) have created cottage industries for themselves as commentators. That helps with name ID (and book sales), but it also overexposes and diminishes them by forcing them to comment at length on subjects where silence would be golden. Huckabee's bizarre pandering to so-called birthers and to the Natalie Portman-haters' caucus is a perfect example of the problem. Ronald Reagan's columns and radio commentaries were a key way for him to stay in the public … Read entire article »

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Our Strongest Ally Is the World Leader Visiting That Day

President Obama, hosting a visit by the French president, January 10, 2011: "We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people." President Obama, hosting a visit by Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, March 7, 2011: "We have no stronger ally than Australia." UPDATE: Looking back at previous comments by the president in this vein, we find Obama saves himself from a direct contradiction by saying "one of our strongest allies" here and there: "Good morning, everybody. I want to extend the warmest possible greetings to President Komorowski and his delegation. Poland is one of our strongest and closest allies in the world and is a leader in Europe." But Australia has earned this distinction from Obama before, on November 13 of last year: "The United States … Read entire article »

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Robert Reich’s Reckless Attack on Thomas and Scalia—Part 1

In a recent blog post, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who currently chairs Common Cause, wildly attacks Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia for supposedly politicizing the Supreme Court. Reich’s primary target is the Citizens United campaign-finance ruling; Reich concludes his post with this assertion: “Citizens United is an illegitimate decision, arrived at by at least two justices who should never have participated in it.” Let’s take a sober look at Reich’s claims: 1. Reich writes: “Before the decision [in Citizens United], Thomas and Scalia also participated in a political retreat hosted by Tea Party billionaire financiers Charles and David Koch, driving forces behind loosening restrictions on big money in politics.” According to the account (at the end of this article) provided by Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg: Scalia spoke about international law at … Read entire article »

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Jonathan Turley’s Monarchical Absurdity

When I recently encountered an op-ed by Jonathan Turley, Turley was making the extravagant claim that Justice Scalia’s forthcoming speech on separation of powers at an event organized by the Tea Party Caucus of the House of Representatives and open to all members of Congress could “[a]t best … be viewed as a pep talk.” If Turley ever acknowledged that his claim turned out to be wildly wrong, I somehow missed it. In yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, Turley’s excesses get the better of him again. This time he wildly claims that Justice Thomas’s recent remarks to a Federalist Society student symposium were somehow the equivalent of Louis XIV’s “L’Etat, c’est moi” proclamation, a “notorious merging of personality with an institution.” Here’s how Turley (evidently relying on a Politico report rather than … Read entire article »

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Robert Reich’s Reckless Attack on Thomas and Scalia—Part 2

Continuing from my Part 1 post (and numbering serially from that post), I address more of Robert Reich’s claims in his blog post that wildly attacks Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia for supposedly politicizing the Supreme Court: 4. Reich claims that Thomas’s wife, Virginia Thomas, is now “lobbying for … the repeal of what she terms the ‘unconstitutional’ healthcare legislation.” Reich provides no evidence that Mrs. Thomas is “lobbying for … the repeal” of Obamacare. I’m reliably informed that the assertion is not true—that she is in fact doing nothing on Obamacare. Insofar as Reich might be relying on the insipid letter from 74 House Democrats that he treats seriously, that letter does not even actually assert, much less offer any evidence, that Mrs. Thomas is lobbying for the repeal of Obamacare. Nor … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Richard Painter: Beyond the Pale

As Ed Whelan has so ably shown, Richard Painter's HuffPo attack on him, concerning Ed's spot-on criticisms of Goodwin Liu, is assiduously allergic to the facts about Liu.  And as John Yoo says, it would be more ethical if Painter would link to the specifics of Ed's criticisms of Liu rather than (frequently) "misdescribing" them.  But I want to highlight something truly contemptible about Painter's attack on Ed.  It's this paragraph, near the beginning of his diatribe: Liu is not the first nominee to go through a barrage of unfair attacks. Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish American to join the Supreme Court, had a nasty Senate confirmation hearing in 1916. The Clarence Thomas confirmation hearing was another debacle; Senators caricatured and attacked the nominee instead of discussing his ideas about judging. … Read entire article »

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More Waxman Hot Air

With the Inhofe-Upton bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s far-reaching  greenhouse-gas regulations gaining Democrat as well as Republican supporters and co-sponsors, Rep. Henry Waxman not surprisingly is running scared. Tomorrow, he will hold a hearing on climate science — this time to address recent snowstorms and extreme weather, what he calls “mounting scientific evidence linking strange and dangerous weather to rising carbon levels in the atmosphere.” Waxman’s smoking gun? Two reports published last month in Nature — see here and here  — that hold climate change “may be responsible for the increases in heavy precipitation that have been observed over much of the Northern Hemisphere#…#over the past several decades.” Andrew Revkin’s blog posts on the Nature studies and their media coverage are worth a read —here and here. Hardly a skeptic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Recycled Paper Causes Cancer?

It's science so it must be true. Telegraph: Breakfast cereal manufacturers are to stop using recycled cardboard in packaging after a study indicated that current boxes could pose a cancer risk. Jordans — whose brands include Country Crisp and Crunchy Oats — has already stopped using recycled cardboard, while Kellogg's and Weetabix say they are taking steps to reduce the risk to human health. The alert was sparked when researchers in Switzerland found that mineral oils in printing ink from recycled newspapers used in cardboard can get into foods — even passing through protective inner plastic bags. Brands of pasta and rice which are packaged in recycled cardboard could also pose a risk. Dr Koni Grob, of the Food Safety Laboratory in Zurich, said toxicologists had linked the oils to inflammation of internal organs and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Time To Get Secretary Chu Under Oath

New York Times: Inspector Faults Energy Dept. Over Loan Program WASHINGTON — Poor record-keeping by the Energy Department has made it difficult for managers to document how decisions were reached in its $71 billion loan guarantee program, the department’s inspector general said in an audit released on Monday. By the end of last year, the department had made eight loan guarantees totaling $3.9 billion and made conditional commitments for another $12 billion under the program, which was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, during the Bush administration. The first loan offer did not come through until March 2009, after President Obama had taken office and the program had received more money under the stimulus act. The new audit examined 18 loans or conditional loan commitments and found that for three, no information … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Bay State Green-Energy Advocates Hate Their Wind Turbines

This is hilarious, and will be repeated all across America: FALMOUTH, Mass. — Standing on his home’s porch, Neil Anderson points through the thicket of trees in his front yard and across Blacksmith Shop Road towards one of his closest neighbors: A wind turbine. “Right now we are 1,320 feet, which is one-quarter mile south of Wind One, which is Falmouth’s first wind turbine. It’s been online since April. And we’ve been trying to get it stopped since April,” Anderson says. Wind One, as the turbine is officially called, is owned by the town of Falmouth and is located at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, where it stands 262 feet tall to the turbine’s hub. That’s about 10 feet taller than the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. The blades extend just shy of 400 … Read entire article »

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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Forced Out by Board

WASHINGTON (AP) – The chairman of NPR’s board of directors says the board asked chief executive Vivian Schiller to step down after another executive called the tea party racist. NPR chairman Dave Edwards said Wednesday that accepting Schiller’s resignation was difficult. She stepped down a day after a conservative activist posted a video showing NPR executive […] … Read entire article »

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WaPo’s Ezra Klein Absolves Radical Islam, ‘Young Christians’ Perpetrate ‘School Shootings’

Journolister and Washington Post writer Ezra Klein is another one of those liberals in the elite Old Media trying to pretend that there is no Islam in terrorism these days. He’s also another one of those who, in the face of reality, hyperbolically say that Christians are somehow just as prone to terrorism as Muslims. […] … Read entire article »

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