Daily Archives: March 13, 2012

NASCAR: Johnson, Knaus, Not So Sad, Not Too Bad

NASCAR penalties upheld against Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus

CONCORD, N.C. – When NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick exercises a final appeal at overturning a severe penalty to Jimmie Johnson, a familiar face will hear the plea.

After a three-member appeals panel unanimously upheld the punishment for failing a pre-Daytona 500 inspection to the five-time Sprint Cup champion’s team — the loss of 25 points for Johnson and the team and a six-race suspension and $100,000 fine to crew chief Chad Knaus — Hendrick said he would take the case to National Stock Car Racing chief appellate officer John Middlebrook, the final authority in NASCAR’s judicial system.

Read more at USA Today.

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Dick Van Dyke 86, Marries 40 Yr Old Make Up Artist

Dick Van Dyke marries make up artist
Mar 12, 2012, 9:01 GMT

Dick Van Dyke has married a 40-year-old make-up artist.
The 86-year-old actor and Arlene Silver had a ‘spur of the moment’ wedding in Malibu, California, on February 29.
In a video interview with website RumorFix, Dick revealed: ‘I’m not a loner. I have to have a life partner and I found the perfect one.
‘I got married kind of on the spur of the moment, we decided Leap Day would be the best time to do it.’

Read more at M&C via Jerry Bader at WTAQ.

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NBC Comes To Presidents Defense, No Bias Here, Move Along

NBC ‘Today’ Show Panel Rushes to Obama’s Defense After Santorum ‘Cheap Shot’
By Kyle Drennen | March 13, 2012 | 16:45

On Tuesday, following Rick Santorum’s call for politicians, like President Obama, to stop relying on Teleprompters for their public remarks, NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer allowed a liberal panel to rip into the Republican candidate for daring to criticize Obama.

Attorney Star Jones contemptuously proclaimed: “Doesn’t he have anything else to talk about?…You’re running for the presidency of the United States and you’re going to whine because he’s a better Teleprompter reader than you are? Oh, please.” Correspondent Savannah Guthrie chimed in: “It’s silly….It’s a cheap shot, it’s an easy laugh.”

Read more at News Busters.

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Ticketed and Threatened With Jail Time For Flying US Flag

Georgia Businessman Ticketed and Threatened With Jail Time For Flying US Flag

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 2:55 PM

Now they’re after the flag.
A Georgia businessman was ticketed and threatened with jail time for flying a flag outside his business.

A Georgia man was slapped with a ticket and threatened with jail time after he refused to remove an American flag that’s been flying outside his business for more than thirty years.

Read more at Gateway Pundit.

This is getting out of hand.

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President Floats Candy In Front Of College Students

Students seek to stop loan interest rate hike
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of college students could be in for a shock this summer. The interest rate on a popular federally subsidized student loan doubles in July unless Congress acts.

College students on Tuesday are delivering 130,000 letters to congressional leaders asking them to stop rates from increasing from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. The rate hike affects new subsidized Stafford loans used by low and middle income undergraduates.

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to keep rates at the lower rate. His administration has said that would help 7.4 million borrowers save on average more than a thousand dollars over the life of the loan.

Read more at WQOW 18

When will students ask their professors to freeze their salary or pay a little for their health care and retirement? Obama going for the student vote with this piece of candy.

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Russian Woman Lived With Deceased Husband

Russian woman lived with husband’s remains
Published: March. 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

KHABAROVSK, Russia, March 11 (UPI) — A woman in Russia’s Far East was found living with the mummified body of her late husband, police said Sunday.

Investigators said the bizarre discovery was made earlier this month when medical personal visited the 72-year-old woman’s apartment in Khabarovsk and called police.

Read more at UPI

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President Keeping Wine List Secret, Eat Some More Cake

Obama Transparency Scaled Back When It Comes to Dinner Wine List
By Margaret Talev – Mar 12, 2012 11:00 PM CT

When British Prime Minister David Cameron visits President Barack Obama this week, one detail may stay bottled up: the labels on the wines the White House pours at the state dinner tomorrow night.

For Obama’s first three state dinners, honoring the leaders of India, Mexico and China, the White House released the name, year and appellation of wines — all-American — paired with each course.

Part of a tradition observed by previous presidents, including George W. Bush, that disclosure stopped after Obama’s dinner last year for Chinese President Hu Jintao. One of the wines served on Jan. 19, 2011, was a top-rated 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington state that originally sold for $115 a bottle and went for as much as $399 by the time of the dinner. The price the White House paid per bottle was not made public.

“They’re probably sensitive to displays of wealth at a time when the economy is not firing on all cylinders,” said Colman, whose blog had noted the absence of wines on the German state dinner menu the White House released.

No ‘Picnic’

Still, keeping the wine list under wraps undercuts promotion of U.S. winemakers at a time when markets in developing nations such as China have potential to be “really hot” for U.S. labels because of the rising middle- and upper- income classes, he said.

Read more at Bloomberg

Seems the president doesn’t want everyone to know that they are serving $5500 a bottle wine when the rest of us are drinking Kool aid and Diet Pepsi. As they said in France, Eat Cake!

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Utah Republican Orin Hatch On The Run

FreedomWorks bets big against Orrin Hatch
By MANU RAJU | 3/12/12 11:30 PM EDT

Forget about Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama.

FreedomWorks, the influential Washington-based tea party group, is now waging an all-out war on a member of its own party: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), whose defeat would send a major statement to establishment Republicans that the tea party has staying power.

Federal records show that the group has virtually ignored incumbent Senate Democrats in its quest to take down the 35-year Senate veteran ahead of crucial statewide caucuses Thursday.
According to campaign finance filings, FreedomWorks has spent more than $615,000 to defeat Hatch — dumping cash to recruit volunteers, elect prospective convention delegates, send direct mail and launch TV and radio spots

Read more at Politico.

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Feds Look Into 2005, 2006 Ford Taurus, Stuck Throttles

MARCH 11, 2012 AT 4:27 PM
Feds investigate 360,000 Ford Taurus vehicles

Washington- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Sunday said it’s opening a preliminary investigation into 360,000 2005-2006 Ford Taurus sedans over complaints of stuck throttles because of cruise control cable detachment.

NHTSA said it is has received 14 complaints from Taurus owners that said the engine revved as high as 4,000 RPMs after shifting into park or neutral.

Some complaints said owners had trouble stopping the vehicles – and one owner said the vehicle had traveled partially through a red light before it stopped. Some drivers had to shift into neutral or shut off the car to stop the vehicle.

Ford didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking comment. NHTSA didn’t identify any crashes or injuries related to the issue in its statement.

Read more atDetroit News.

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How Did 11 Yr Old Do Interview, Michelle Obama Get’s Grilled

Michelle Obama Grilled By 11-Year-Old Reporter On ‘Let’s Move!’ Campaign
5:00 pm, March 12th | by Laura Donovan

Snagging an interview with the first lady is an accomplishment in itself, but asking tough questions is particularly impressive for a young, novice journalist. Especially when she hasn’t even taken her SATs yet.

Topanga Sena, an 11-year-old reporter for Scholastic News in Florida, can knock both of the above off her bucket list. As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the middle school aged girl recently had the opportunity to speak with first lady Michelle Obama about her Let’s Move! campaign and whether it oversteps its boundaries.

“How do you respond to critics who say the government should not be telling people how to eat or to stay active?” Sena asked, reading from a sheet of paper.

Read more at Jane Dough via News Watcher

How did this happen? Somebody didn’t do the vetting process.

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Michigan Taxpayers Get More Control Of Their State

Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation that bars unionization of grad assistants
10:23 AM, March 13, 2012

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder signed this morning legislation that bars the unionization of graduate assistants at Michigan’s public universities, a move prompted by an attempt to form a union by grad assistants at the University of Michigan.

Snyder said in a statement announcing the signing that “while graduate student research assistants provide valuable efforts for universities, they are students first and foremost. Considering them to be public employees with union representation would alter the nature of the critical relationship between students and teachers, and risk the educational mission of universities.”

The legislation was put on a fast track by Republicans in the Legislature – over the vehement opposition of Democrats and representatives of organized labor – as a state employee relations board was hearing the request by a group of pro-union grad assistants at U-M to be recognized as public employees.

Another group of grad students opposed the move.

Read more at Detroit Free Press.

Good for the people of Michigan. Why should Michigan tax payers pay for wages and benefits for union Graduate student assistants?

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Italian Town Runs Out Of Cemetery Space Residents Told To Hold Off Death

Mayor of Small Italian Town Orders Residents Not To Die
Updated: Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012, 10:16 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012, 9:39 AM EDT
By NewsCore
FALCIANO DEL MASSICO, Italy – The mayor of a small town in southern Italy has forbidden residents to die, because there is no cemetery for them to buried in.
Giulio Cesare Fava, the mayor of Falciano del Massico, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Naples, southern Italy, issued the order earlier this month stating, “it is forbidden for residents … to go beyond the boundaries of earthly life, to go into to the afterlife.”
So far only two residents have disobeyed the edict, La Stampa daily reported, with two recorded deaths since March 5.

Read more at Fox DC via Drudge.

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Wis. Dems Trying To Limit Free Speech, More Red Tape

A letter to the editor at the Lakeland Times.

3/13/2012 8:07:00 AM
A bill that will limit free speech

To the Editor:

Certainly, it’s the duty of schools to ensure student safety and a bully-free environment conducive to learning.

Our district’s anti-bullying policy already includes prohibitions on cyber-bullying for students and employees, as do most. Should an incident occur, the complaint is referred to appropriate law enforcement agencies. Senate Bill 427, is an unnecessary and unwarranted trespass by the state into the authority of local school boards.

The requirement in SB427 of schools to prepare annual bullying reports only adds another layer of bureaucracy while increasing the paperwork burden through the tracking and compiling of this data – along with increased costs – so becomes another unfunded mandate.

Clearly, it’s a back-door attempt to abridge everyone’s right to free speech on the Internet. This unconstitutional bill was introduced by Wisconsin state senators Cullen, Coggs, Carpenter, Erpenbach, Taylor, King, Schultz, Risser, Kedzie and our own Jim Holperin. Co-sponsors are representatives Knilans, C. Taylor, Pocan, Turner, Staskunas, Ringhand, Loudenbeck, Pasch and Pope-Roberts.

Read the rest at the Lakeland Times.

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Guest Op-Ed: Wisconsin Castle Doctrine To Be Tested

By Owen B. Robinson
Defending the castle
Presumption of intent must favor homeowner

There’s one thing we know for sure. Bo Morrison, a 20-year-old man from West Bend, is now dead. The circumstances of his death, however, leave many questions unanswered.

The reported account is that Mr. Morrison had been at a drinking party in Slinger last week. During the party, the police were alerted that there were people drinking at the party who were not of legal age to be drinking alcohol. The police arrived and were unable to find the alleged drinking party and went on their way.

At 2 a.m., shortly after the police were summoned to the alleged drinking party, Mr. Morrison was shot and killed by a homeowner. According to reports, Mr. Morrison was inside the enclosed porch of the homeowner. Presumably, Mr. Morrison was hiding from the police because he was drinking at the neighboring party and was not of legal age to be consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, only Mr. Morrison knows what his intentions were and he is no longer able to testify.

At the time of this writing, the Washington County district attorney is still deciding whether or not to charge the homeowner with a crime. Because the D.A. is still weighing the decision on charges, the statements taken the night of the killing and other evidence collected at the scene have not been made public. This leaves the rest of us to speculate on the events of the evening.

Read more about Castle Doctrine and how this is a test of the Wisconsin law at The West Bend Daily News Link.

Owen B. Robinson, a West Bend resident, is a blogger who publishes at Boots and Sabers. His column runs Tuesdays in the West Bend Daily News.

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