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Time to Spring forward

Good evening sunshine, America says hello, you light up our evenings, we light charcoal below. That right folks, it’s time to fire up the old grill, Daylight-saving time is returning with that extra hour of sunshine after work. The official moment is 2 a.m. local time Sunday, though most people will set their clocks ahead by one hour before they hit the sack on Saturday night. A few will forget — they’re the ones you’ll see arriving at church when everybody else is leaving. Daylight-saving time ends Nov. 7. Related articles by Zemanta Kari Henley: Time To Spring Ahead! Daylight
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Utah GOP leader admits hot tub romp with minor

Utah’s House majority leader said late Thursday he paid a woman $150,000 to keep silent about going nude “hot-tubbing” with her when she was minor a quarter century ago. In a shocking statement on the House floor, Kevin Garn, 55, of Layton said he paid her to keep quiet about the incident during his unsuccessful U.S. congressional bid in 2002, but did not have sexual contact with her. Garn said the woman, who he didn’t identify on the floor, has been calling news outlets and that he wanted to be open about the incident that occurred when he was 28
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Keith Olbermann: ‘Pious, unlikable blowhard’

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons is giving liberal loudmouth Keith Olbermann some of his own medicine, labeling the MSNBC firebrand a “a pious, unlikable blowhard who lives alone.” After thinking about that statement, Simmons backed off…a little, tweeting: “I feel bad about saying Olbermann lives alone. I forgot about his cats.” This latest war of words involving the always opinionated Olbermann erupted when the faux MSNBC “news’ anchor attacked Simmons for comparing the comeback attempt of Tiger Woods with another sports legend: Muhammad Ali, discussing Ali’s comeback from exile over his fight against being drafted into the military. Wrote Simmons: When
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Liz Cheney under fire from her own

Liz Cheney, the ever-controversial daughter of equally controversial Vice President Dick Cheney, is taking heat from Republicans and conservatives for her group’s attacks on Justice Department lawyers who once represented defendants accused of terrorism. A group of right-wing lawyers and foreign policy professionals — including former special prosecutor Ken Starr — say Cheney’s “Keep America Safe” attacks, which include calling the lawyers the “Al Qaeda Seven, is over the top. “We consider these attacks both unjust to the individuals in question and destructive of any attempt to build lasting mechanisms for counterterrorism adjudications,” said a letter from 19 lawyers, including
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Virginia AG turns back clock on gay rights

Virginia’s attorney general has advised the state’s public colleges that they don’t have the authority to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, saying only the General Assembly has that power. The letter sent by Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli to state college presidents and other officials Thursday drew swift criticism from Democrats and gay rights activists. Cuccinelli said the legislature has repeatedly refused to exercise its authority. As recently as Tuesday, a subcommittee killed legislation that would have banned job discrimination against gay state employees. “It is my advice that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit
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Right wing on Pentagon shooter: ‘He ain’t one of us’

The rabid-right is rushing to distance itself from Pentagon shooter John Patrick Bedell, the latest nutcase with a grudge, guns and gripes against the government. Bedell, declares conservative blogger Sistah Toljah, is “a far left nutcase.” Another blog of right-wing ramblings tags Bedell an “Anti-Bush nut case and 9/11 truther.” The same “he ain’t one of us” frenzy emerged when Joe Stack crashed his plane into an Austin, Texas building because of a grudge against the IRS. The conservative blogosphere erupted into self-righteous anger over a Christian Science Monitor story that asked “did right-wing extremism lead to shooting?” When it
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When discontent turns into hate

The river of discontent running through America turned toxic in the fevered mind of the Pentagon shooter and others of his ilk. In a culture awash in conspiracy theories and raw anger at government, they are lone wolves who find a sense of community for their hate — yet act alone. They are, in some ways, more unsettling than organized and trained terrorists because they come from us. Their diatribes and smoldering grievances are familiar and homegrown. For the Texan who steered a small plane into IRS offices last month, it was taxes. For the Nevadan who shot at a
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Ship-racing Navy captain demoted

One of the Navy’s few female ship captains lost her command after investigations into abuse of her crew and using her guided missile destroyer to “drag race” another warship in the Pacific. The Navy recently demoted Capt. Holly Graf, captain of the USS Cowpens, following a Navy inspector generals report found she used her ship to race the USS John S. McCain destroyer off the coast of Okinawa in February 2009. The report, filed in December, could not prove any dangers from the race, but also found numerous incidents of “cruelty and maltreatment” of the crew of the Cowpens by
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Karl Rove’s memoir based on fantasy?

Karl Rove, shifting from strategist to apologist for the failed administration of his former boss, George W. Bush, claims in a new book that the White House did not lie about that non-existent weapons of mass destruction that served as the centerpiece for the rationale for invading Iraq in 2003. The man who was called “Bush’s brain” admits the failure to find any such weapons damaged the credibility of the administration but claims Democrats made the same claims and then acted like they didn’t when they turned on the President with what he calls “a poison-tipped dagger aimed at the
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Supreme Court leaning to extension of gun owner rights

The Supreme Court Tuesday sent out signals that it would strike down laws that ban hand guns outright but suggested some limits could remain — a partial move that will keep alive the furious debate over the “right to bear arms.” Justices indicated a desire to extend its 2008 ruling revoking Washington, DC’s ban of handgun ownership to cover other cities. The Washington decision only covered federal law but a new ruling would extend the right to cities that have laws banning handguns. The District of Columbia is governed by federal law. The current case involves a Chicago law banning
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