"We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of (economic) growth," Jindal said. "We have fallen into a trap of believing the world revolves around Washington."
Barack Obama will become the first serving US president to receive Israel's presidential medal, from his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres on a visit to the Jewish state nextmonth, Peres's office said on Monday.
"President Obama has made a unique and meaningful contribution to strengthening the state of Israel and the security of its people," it said in a statement.
"Barack Obama is a true friend of the state of Israel and has been since the beginning of his public life. As president of the United States he has stood beside Israel in times of crisis," it added.
Israel's presidential medal of distinction is awarded to individuals or organisations who have contributed to Israeli society and Israel's image in the world.
That sound you're hearing is the sound of thousands of wingnuts' heads exploding, all over the nation. One of their most cherished fearmongering lies — that President Obama is actively trying to destroy Israel — has just died.
This does not make me happy one bit. I'd have preferred he got a medal for being Palestine's friend.
The Virginia Senate Education Committee has narrowly rejected a bill that would allow home-schooled students to play sports at public schools. The proposed change was dubbed the "Tim Tebow Bill" because he was allowed to play football at a Florida public school while being taught at home.
The perennial proposal from Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle County, would achieve that by prohibiting public schools from joining an interscholastic governing body, such as the Virginia High School League, that bars home schoolers from public school sports. Bell's HB 1442 passed the House of Delegates this year, as did a similar measure he sponsored last year before its defeat in the Senate. It was tackled again in a Senate committee, failing on an 8-7 vote when Republican Sen. Harry Blevins of Chesapeake, a retired high school principal, joined with the Democratic minority on the panel in opposition to the bill. Before the vote, a procession of home school students and advocates urged the panel to approve the bill.When one home-school advocate complained about not having access to public school sports paid for by his taxes, Sen. Richard Saslaw retorted, "You pay taxes that also go to purchase an F-22 fighter, that doesn't mean you get to fly it."
"Whether the homosexual activists like it or not, and I know this isn't politically correct to say this, but not everybody wants to see that. I know that that's offensive to the activist crowd, they want us all to see it, they want us all to approve of it, they want us all to call it blessed and okay and rejoice and have parties and throw confetti in the air over this whole thing. But the fact of the matter is it's a moral issue. You will always have Christians who will disagree with this and why should the rights of the activists trump the rights of Christians?" - Christian radio host Janet Mefferd, who doesn't want to be forced to look at gay people.
One day you're a Tea Party darling with the ass-kickingest political ads of the 2010 cycle.Next you're getting clipped for shoplifting beer from the local Wal-Mart in