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Poll: 52% of U.S. Voters Have Better Understanding Of Issues Than Congress

Via Rasmussen Reports:
In official Washington, some consider the Tea Party movement a fringe element in society, but voters across the nation feel closer to the Tea Party movement than they do to Congress. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress. Only 30% believe that those in Congress have a better understanding of the key issues facing the nation
Get ready for MSM spin that "we're a nation of racists." - Greg Pollowitz

Polls: Is The Obama Bounce From HCR Gone?

Via Rasmussen Reports:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16 (see trends). The President enjoyed a modest bounce in the polls following the passage of health care legislation last week. However, his Approval Index rating is now back to where it was last Sunday, just before the House voted in favor of his health care plan.
It's called a dead-cat bounce, which is in no way a call to start throwing cats out of windows. - Greg Pollowitz
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Andrew Breitbart: Upping the Stakes For N-Word Evidence

Via Andrew Breitbart/Twitter:
UPPING THE STAKES: $100K to UnitedNegroScholarshipFund if Rep Lewis shows evidence N-Word yelled at CBC at last weeks Capitol #HCR protest.
$100,000 is a lot of money. No evidence for the win? - Greg Pollowitz

Scientists: Women From Healthier Populations Want Feminine Looking Men

Via Wall Street Journal:
Sometime within the past year, nearly 4,800 women participated in an experiment at Faceresearch.org, the online psychology laboratory of the Face Research Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. They were young women, mostly in their early- to mid-twenties, and all identified their ethnicity as white. Later, researchers at the lab would confirm from IP address data that the participants came from 30 countries including Argentina, Sweden, Russia, Australia and the United States. The women’s country of origin was an important part of the experiment. [...] After crunching the data—including the women’s [...] preferences, their country of origin and that country’s national health index—the Face Lab researchers proved something remarkable. They could predict how masculine a woman likes her men based on her nation’s World Health Organization statistics for mortality rates, life expectancy and the impact of communicable disease. In countries where poor health is particularly a threat to survival, women leaned toward “manlier” men. That is, they preferred their males to have shorter, broader faces and stronger eyebrows, cheekbones and jaw lines. The researchers went on to publish the study in this month’s issue of the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences.
It's science so it must be true. - Greg Pollowitz

Update: Obama’s 15 Recess Appointments

Via White House:
WASHINGTON –After facing months of Republican obstruction to administration nominees, President Obama announced his intent to recess appoint fifteen nominees to fill critical administration posts that have been left vacant, including key positions on the economic team and on boards that have been left with vacancies for months.
Becker, I imagine, will generate the most commentary. - Greg Pollowitz
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Tea Party In Searchlight, NV: Woodstock Without The LSD

Via Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“Welcome to the real America,” said Norman Halfpenny, retired Marine Corps master gunnery sergeant, as he and other volunteer Tea Party valets greeted hundreds of overnight campers who staked out prime real estate to get a front-row view of today’s “Showdown in Searchlight.” A steady stream of RVs, motor homes, trucks, vans, jeeps and cars of every sort arrived a day early for the red, white and blue, U.S. flag-festooned festival where Republican rock star Sarah Palin will rally conservatives at noon in Sen. Harry Reid’s hometown to call for his and the Democratic Party’s defeat. Up to 10,000 people are expected at the event, where former GOP vice presidential candidate Palin is the big draw. But organizers weren’t sure exactly how many supporters would join the Tea Party Express rally that kicks off a 20-day, 44-city tour to Washington, D.C.
Searchlight being the hometown of Sen. Harry Reid. - Greg Pollowitz

Breaking: Craig Becker Appointed To NLRB

Via Marc Ambinder/Twitter:
BULLETIN: Obama announces more than a dozen recess appointments, including NRLB nominee Craig Becker.
Updates to follow. - Greg Pollowitz

Korea Update: 40 Sailors Still Missing

Via AP:
SEOUL, South Korea – Word that a South Korean naval ship sank in the tense waters around the disputed maritime border with communist North Korea set off panic: The president convened an emergency meeting and the military dispatched a fleet of ships. Five hours later, 58 sailors had been pulled to safety but some 40 others were missing, reports said. There was no indication early Saturday that North Korea was to blame for the ship’s demise, but troops kept a vigilant watch.
Praying... - Greg Pollowitz

Korea Update: 40 Sailors Still Missing

Via AP:
SEOUL, South Korea – Word that a South Korean naval ship sank in the tense waters around the disputed maritime border with communist North Korea set off panic: The president convened an emergency meeting and the military dispatched a fleet of ships. Five hours later, 58 sailors had been pulled to safety but some 40 others were missing, reports said. There was no indication early Saturday that North Korea was to blame for the ship’s demise, but troops kept a vigilant watch.
Praying. - Greg Pollowitz

NBC: O’Keefe To Plead Guilty To Misdemeanor

Via MSDNC First Read:
The four men arrested in January for their stunt to embarrass staffers in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) are prepared to plead guilty, legal sources say, in return for reduced charges. Federal prosecutors today filed misdemeanor charges against the four. James O’Keefe, who became a media sensation last year for his videos involving ACORN employees, and three others were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses. Two of them went to her office pretending to be telephone repairmen. The charges said all four were in on the plan. Because the charge is a misdemeanor — and not a felony — the maximum sentence is six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. The government dropped its earlier, more serious, charges of tampering with government phone lines.
So much for the greatest crime since Watergate. - Greg Pollowitz

Korea Update: NORK Military Not In The Area At The Time Of The Sinking

Via Reuters:
A defense ministry official later said that the unidentified object the vessel had fired at on Friday night near the western sea border that divides the two Koreas may well have been a flock of birds. Initial fears that North Korea might be to blame caused ripples on Wall Street, where share prices dipped partly on geopolitical concerns, and the South Korean won dropped against the dollar. “It is premature to discuss the cause of this sinking,” presidential Blue House spokeswoman Kim Eun-hye told Reuters early on Saturday. “It is not clear whether North Korea was involved.” The Joint Chiefs of Staff also said it could not conclude that the reclusive North was behind the attack. Yonhap news agency quoted a presidential official as saying satellite pictures and other information showed no sign of the North Korean military in the area at the time of the sinking. The defense ministry said 58 of the 104 on board had been rescued and Yonhap quoted navy officials as saying several had died. “An unidentified reason caused a hole in the ship, which led to its sinking. Currently 58 have been rescued out of the total 104 on board. Rescue efforts are under way,” the ministry said.
Updates as they come in. - Greg Pollowitz

Korean War II Over: South Korea Says North Not Involved

Via Bret Baier/Twitter:
south korea telling media now that north korea was NOT invoved in sinking of SK ship.. said it was an explosion onboard. following
Good news. - Greg Pollowitz

DOJ Releases Their Terrorist Conviction Stats

Via The Hill:
The Justice Department has responded to GOP demands for details about terrorism cases brought in civilian court and the number of convicted terrorists held in U.S. prisons. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ronald Weich on Friday gave the top Democrat and Republican on the Judiciary and Intelligence committees copies of an updated National Security Division report and chart containing statistics about convictions that have occurred since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The release of the information is the latest volley in the ongoing dispute over closing Guantanamo Bay and the Obama administration’s plans to try some terrorism suspects in civilian courts instead of military commissions.
Friday news dump? - Greg Pollowitz

NORKs Threatens To Go Nuclear

Via Courier Post:
North Korea’s military threatened South Korea and the United States on Friday with “unprecedented nuclear strikes” as it expressed anger over a report the two countries plan to prepare for possible instability in the totalitarian country, a scenario it dismissed as a “pipe dream.” The North routinely issues such warnings. Diplomats in South Korea and the U.S. have repeatedly called on Pyongyang to return to international negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear programs. “Those who seek to bring down the system in the (North), whether they play a main role or a passive role, will fall victim to the unprecedented nuclear strikes of the invincible army,” North Korea’s military said in comments carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
Background on the U.S., South Korea contingency plans that seem to have miffed the NORKs here. - Greg Pollowitz

Did A Flock Of Birds Spark The Korean Naval Incident?

Via USA Today:
. . .The Herald, quoting the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, also reports that a South Korean vessel around the same time had fired warning shots toward the North at a suspicious object on radar that turned out to be a flock of birds. The Herald says North Korean forces had conducted artillery firing drills in the area earlier.
Still nothing conclusive and an accident on board the Korean ship cannot be ruled out. Thanks to reader J.B. - Greg Pollowitz

Show Me The Money! Stupak Wants $527 Million In Pork

Via Washington Times:
From the Sunlight Foundation, further suggestions of ObamaCare’s additional “off-book” costs — the pork it took to secure votes for passage: A day after Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and ten other House members compromised on their pro-life position to deliver the necessary yes-votes to pass health care reform, the “Stupak 11″ released their fiscal year 2011 earmark requests, which total more than $4.7 billion–an average of $429 million worth of earmark requests for each lawmaker.
Shocking. - Greg Pollowitz

Korea Update: The ‘Cheonan’ Has Sunk

Via Yonhap News:
SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) — A South Korean navy ship sank off the west coast near its maritime border with North Korea, officials said Saturday, prompting President Lee Myung-bak to convene a late-night meeting of security-related ministers. The 1,500-ton ship “Cheonan” went down around 9:45 p.m. near a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea, and 58 of the 104 crew members on board have been rescued so far, navy officials said.
Korea War II? - Greg Pollowitz

How To Save Detroit: Bulldozers?

Via ABC News:
On the edges of Detroit, there are neat bungalows, tidy lawns and thriving shops. In the middle, miles of vacant lots and broken-down homes — so empty that pheasants are moving in. Basic services are too costly to keep up. Detroit is dying. So, Tuesday night, the new mayor, former NBA star Dave Bing, delivered some tough love for this struggling city. “I am unveiling a plan to demolish 3,000 dangerous residential structures this year,” he said.
I'd have to know more, but on the surface I think the idea makes sense, no? - Greg Pollowitz

Answering Census Question No. 9: Confed Southern Am.

Via Washington Post:
Happy Friday! With roughly one week until census forms are due, a group of Confederate rights activists is urging southerners with Confederate ancestors to declare themselves “Confederate Southern Americans” on census forms in order to qualify for national origin protection under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate because of a person’s birthplace, ancestry, culture or language. The South Carolina-based Southern Legal Resource Center believes that people with ancestors who were citizens of the Confederate States of America should be entitled to ethnic identity and protection since the country no longer exists. Question 9 of the census form asks respondents to identify their race and lists White, Black/African American/Negro, American Indian, Native Alaskan, Japanese and Korean as options, among others. But it also leaves a box with 19 blank spaces for anyone who wants to write in another race not listed.
I'm sure there will be many other made-up ones once all is said and done. - Greg Pollowitz

Breaking: South Korean Naval Ship Maybe Attacked By North Korea

Via AP:
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military scrambled naval vessels to the western waters near the disputed maritime border with North Korea late Friday after an explosion ripped a hole in the bottom of a military ship, officials and news reports said. The ship — reported to have 104 crew on board — began sinking off the coast of South Korean-controlled Baengnyeong Island close to North Korea around 10:45 p.m. (1345 GMT, 9:45 a.m. EDT), an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy. He said the exact cause was not immediately clear. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported an explosion in the rear of the 1,200-ton ship, but the official said he could not confirm the report. Minutes later, Yonhap reported that another South Korean ship fired shots toward an unidentified target in the direction of North Korea. The Joint Chiefs official said he could not confirm the shooting but said the military was strengthening its vigilance in the area.
Updates to follow. - Greg Pollowitz

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