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VIDEO: Obama’s Message To The Iranian People

Via Telegraph:
In a fresh appeal directly to the Iranian people, President Barack Obama says in an online video that the United States wants more educational and cultural exchanges for their students and better access to the internet to give them a more hopeful future. In the video, the second of his presidency directed at Iran, Mr Obama said that the US offer of diplomatic dialogue still stands but that the Iranian government has chosen isolation.
He actually throws in a, "let me be clear." I'd love to see John Bolton deliver the conservative response to this fluff. - Greg Pollowitz

Finally! Boeing Completes Design of Shipboard Superlaser

Via Wired:
The U.S. military is bankrolling all kinds of projects to harness the power of directed energy, from laser-equipped aircraft that can shoot down ballistic missiles to smaller beam weapons mounted on Humvees that could zap mortars or artillery shells. The Navy is no exception: It wants a shipboard laser that is powerful enough to destroy anti-ship missiles.
Cool. - Greg Pollowitz
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La Raza Supports Obamacare

Via Politico:
After blindsiding many Latino lawmakers yesterday with a statement from a mid-level official on Huffington Post opposing health care legislation, the National Council of La Raza, the premier national Latino group, has reversed course and backs the legislation.
Sí, se puede. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Not Shocking: Pan Am 103 Bomber Not Dead Yet

Via New York Post:
More than six months have now passed since Libyan Lockerbie bomber Abdul Ali al-Megrahi was given a “compassionate” release from a Scottish prison — because he had less than three months to live. Not only is Megrahi — who got life for his role in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103, which killed 270 — still alive, but the cancer that allegedly had him at death’s door reportedly has stabilized. So instead of rotting behind bars, Megrahi’s apparently living a life of relative ease in Moammar Khadafy’s Libya.
A dirty deal from the beginning. - Greg Pollowitz

So Sad: ACORN On The Brink Of Bankruptcy

Via New York Times:
The community organizing group Acorn, battered politically from the right and suffering from mismanagement along with a severe loss of government and other funds, is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy, officials of the group said Friday. Acorn is holding a teleconference this weekend to discuss plans for a bankruptcy filing, two officials of the group said. They asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the news media.
They'll be back in some form I trust. - Greg Pollowitz
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It’s The Economy, Stupid: Gallup’s Unemployment Measure At 20%

Via Gallup:
Gallup’s underemployment measure hit 20.0% on March 15 — up from 19.7% two weeks earlier and 19.5% at the start of the year. Gallup Daily tracking makes it possible to monitor the underemployment rate throughout the month, rather than just once per month, making it the best and most timely way to measure the U.S. jobs situation. [...] Gallup classifies Americans as underemployed if they are unemployed or working part-time but wanting full-time work. On March 15, Gallup’s unemployment rate was 10.3% — essentially the same as the 10.4% of March 1, but down from 10.8% in mid-February. However, this decline in the percentage of unemployed Americans was more than offset over the past 30 days by an increase in the percentage of those working part-time but wanting full-time work, from 9.0% in mid-February to 9.7% in mid-March.
Stay tuned for November. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Uh-Oh: ‘The Simpsons’ Travel To Israel

Via Jerusalem Post:
After 20 years of poking fun at American culture, the Simpsons are scheduled to land at Ben-Gurion Airport to target Israel. The episode set in the Holy Land, titled “The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed,” airs on March 28 in the US, coinciding with both Pessah Eve and Palm Sunday. The plot involves Homer developing Jerusalem Syndrome and Marge interacting with an aggressive Israeli tour guide, voiced by Sasha Baron Cohen of Borat and Bruno fame. “He’s trying to get Marge to give him good grades on the comment card, and she goes, ‘You people are pushy,’ and he goes, ‘What do you mean, you people?
Prediction: Funniest episode ever? - Greg Pollowitz

Finally! Researchers Create 3-D Invisibility Cloak

Via PHYSORG.COM:
From Grimm’s fairy tales to Harry Potter, the cloak of invisibility has played a major role in fiction. Now scientists have taken a small but important new step toward making it reality. Researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology report they were able to cloak a tiny bump in a layer of gold, preventing its detection at nearly visible infrared frequencies. Their cloaking device also worked in three dimensions, while previously developed cloaks worked in two dimensions, lead researcher Tolga Ergin said.
Don't tell Pelosi or she'll use it on her Obamacare bill. - Greg Pollowitz

59% Say U.S. Should Continue To Build Fence On U.S.-Mexico Border

Via Rasmussen Reports:
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it is halting funding of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but 59% of Americans believe the United States should continue to build that fence. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% of adults disagree and think the building of the fence should be stopped. Fifteen percent (15%) more are not sure.
What part of "build the fence first" does Congress not understand? - Greg Pollowitz

Meet The Dem Drama Queen Caucus

Via Politico:
Reps. Nathan Deal and Zach Wamp did it to boost their campaigns for governor. Rep. Luis Gutierrez did it to focus attention on his pet issue, immigration. And Reps. Jason Altmire and Dennis Kucinich seem to be doing it just to enjoy the rare opportunity to bask in the national spotlight. Call it the Drama Queen Caucus — members of Congress who labor mostly in obscurity, lucky to get a daytime cable hit, let alone a Sunday talk show invitation, until the big vote nears. And then they engage in an oh-so-public exercise deliberating over how they will vote or go to extraordinary ends demonstrating how strongly they feel about the way they have already decided to vote.
Spot on. - Greg Pollowitz

Call Your Congressman, Go To Jail?

Via Big Government:
. . .I called back. This time, I asked to speak to her supervisor in order to report her repeated hanging up as well as the threat she made. I was placed on hold. Thinking I was holding for her supervisor, I was shocked when a Federal Agent with the Capital Police picked-up the telephone. At first, the Agent was curt with me. He claimed I was harassing Mr. Garamendi’s staff by continually calling after being told to stop calling. I asked him when it became a federal crime to lobby a congressman. He said that it wasn’t but it was a crime to “harass” congressional members and staff pursuant to 47 U.S.C. 223. I told him I was an attorney (which I am) and that I would research the statute he had cited.
As the author pointed out to the Capitol Police, it is not a crime to call your representative. - Greg Pollowitz

Once A Cop, Always A Cop

Via NY Daily News:
He had worked the St. Patrick’s Day parade as a cop and now Raymond Kelly was the police commissioner, heading down Fifth Ave. where he soon would be marching as this year’s grand marshal. Kelly was first expected at the preparade Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He was reaching E. 84th St. comfortably on schedule when a bicyclist struck a woman directly ahead. “Hit her very hard,” he later said. Suddenly, Kelly was a cop again. He jumped out of the black commissioner’s SUV in a formal morning coat and grand marshal’s sash with the same impulse to help that had propelled him from a radio car countless times.
I love this answer to what sounds like a moronic question from the reporter: "What else are you going to do? She's lying right in the middle of Fifth Ave., bleeding from the head..." - Greg Pollowitz

Panic In Florida Part II: Rubio 44%, Meek 39%

Via Politico:
Public Policy Polling is out with a rare bit of good polling news for Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek, showing the congressman within striking distance of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio in a general election match-up. In PPP’s poll, Rubio led Meek by five points, 44 percent to 39 percent, just outside the 3.4 percent margin of error. Despite a party ID split that favors the Republican, Meek has an edge among independents, making a Meek-Rubio contest the most favorable general election scenario for Democrats.
Crist's ads are working on independents I think. - Greg Pollowitz

Panic In Florida Part I: Rubio 41%, Meek 40%

Via Real Clear Politics:
A new DailyKos/Research 2000 survey finds Rubio once again crushing Crist in Florida’s Republican primary for Senate. However, Rubio faces a far closer general election race in which he currently holds just a 1-point lead over Meek, the likely Democratic nominee. GOP Primary Rubio 58 – Crist 30 General Election Crist 45 – Meek 36 – Und 19 Rubio 41 – Meek 40 – Und 19
Uh-oh. - Greg Pollowitz

Death Penalty Offense: Man Charged For Selling Wife For Sex On Craigslist

Via WCCO CBS:
A Minnesota man is charged with selling his wife for sex on Craigslist. And police say Clinton Danner allegedly drove his wife around the country to do it. Police near Chicago picked Danner up this weekend. The Danner’s moved into a Minneapolis duplex on Colfax Avenue South about a year ago. At least some of their neighbors knew their line of work took them out of town quite a bit.
Animal. - Greg Pollowitz

American Who Aided Mumbai Terror Attack Pleads Guilty

Via CNN:
A Chicago man charged in two international terror plots, including the 2008 Mumbai, India, attacks, pleaded guilty Thursday to a dozen counts against him, and now will not face a trial. David Headley, 49, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Chicago to a dozen federal terrorism charges. Authorities said he scouted out targets for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 that killed more than 160 people, and planned an attack on a Danish newspaper that published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Headley has agreed to cooperate with the government and testify before a grand jury.
Another irony. The Justice Dept. can threaten to execute a suspect unless he cooperates, but blindfold the guy and keep him from sleeping and it's a war crime? - Greg Pollowitz

Fired R. I. Teacher Hung An Obama Effigy In His Classroom?

Via AP:
A teacher at a failing Rhode Island school where he and all his colleagues were fired hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in his classroom, apparently in reaction to Obama’s support of extreme measures to ensure accountability in schools. The teachers union on Thursday condemned the effigy, discovered Monday in the teacher’s third-floor classroom at Central Falls High School, saying it was wrong and cannot be condoned under any circumstances. The effigy was found in the unidentified teacher’s classroom by Superintendent Frances Gallo, Nicole Shaffer of the Rhode Island Department of Education told The Associated Press. Shaffer said the department would not have any further comment.
Can a foot-tall Obama action figure hung by his feet count as an effigy? For a Republican, not doubt hate-crimes charges would have already been drawn up. For a member of the teacher-union, it's no doubt an expression of the highest form of patriotism. - Greg Pollowitz

Karl Rove: Health Care Reform Unpopular In Swing House Districts

Via Karl Rove:
As congressional Democrats push to pass health care reform, new polls have found reform is widely unpopular in key swing House districts. Three series of surveys—by the Tarrance Group, Ayres McHenry, and the polling company—all show health care reform as being deeply unpopular in the districts of House Democrats who will face competitive re-election campaigns this fall.
Not really shocking, but some good analysis her by Rove. - Greg Pollowitz

Why Student Loan Reform Is In The HCR Bill? Dems Need The Extra $

Via Ezra Klein:
. . .Why does this matter? Well, that proposal saves a lot of money. Up to $80 billion, at least in a past iteration. Most of that money will go back into Pell grants. But some of it will be used to offset health-care reform spending, which gives the Democrats a bit more cash to play with while still hitting their deficit-reduction targets.
Magic! - Greg Pollowitz

Oh Snap! Tea Enthusiasts Upset With Tea Party Movement For Adopting Their Beverage Of Choice

Via Mediaite:
The Tea Party movement has prompted its share of outrage and confusion with Americans from all walks of life, but now it’s their namesakes that are complaining their reputation has been tarnished by tea parties of the political variety. Somewhere along the road paved with falsified birth certificates and hand-written signs, people apparently never considered how adopting the beverage would affect the tea industry and those who subscribe to tea party culture — “the kind where you mind your manners and consider proper brewing temperatures.” It’s not good.
Real tea-partiers don't drink tea. - Greg Pollowitz

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