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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Constitution Radio. . . Reaching Out To The College Students?

CALL IN NUMBER 888-909-1050, Radio Program begins at 2:00 pm Pacific on KCAA 1050 AM, or at KCAAradio.com.

At the end of last week's show JASmius and I promised to discuss story number one on today's program regarding Trayvon Martin, and the racism being perpetuated by the liberal left with this story. . .

But first, we will be joined by guest Henry Olsen and how he and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) are reaching out to young conservatives in a new book titled: "Values & Capitalism."  The 8-book collection was written by eleven top conservative scholars and created with the goal of providing a toolkit for young conservatives on the major issues going into November.

Then Prying1Books and Constitution Quest will bring us the question of the day, along with Prying1Books' Book of the Week.

Constitution Corner will discuss the limitation of presidential powers.

Then with JASmius on the line we will begin today's 5 Big Stories segment with Trayvon Martin. . . and then launch into the remainder of the 5 Big Stories:


5 Big Stories of the Week, March 31, 2012

Last Week's Number One. . . Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin case: Rev. Jesse Jackson says it's evidence that "Blacks are under attack" in America - Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-trayvon-martin-case-jesse-jackson-20120323,0,2131299.story

Obama Gets Personal Over Killing of Black Florida Teenager - Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/23/us-florida-shooting-obama-idUSBRE82M0QF20120323

Witness: Martin Attacked Zimmerman - My Fox Tampa Bay

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/state/witness-martin-attacked-zimmerman-03232012

Trayvon Martin shooting: White House senior adviser calls Santorum, Gingrich reaction to Obama’s ‘If I had a son’ comments ‘reprehensible’ - Yahoo News

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/trayvon-martin-shooting-white-house-senior-adviser-calls-162139957.html

Obama Speaks Out on Trayvon Martin Killing - New York Times

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/obama-makes-first-comments-on-trayvon-martin-shooting/?nl=us&emc=edit_cn_20120323

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-trayvon-martin-case-jesse-jackson-20120323,0,2131299.story

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/23/us-florida-shooting-obama-idUSBRE82M0QF20120323

5. Obama to Medvedev: After my election I have more flexibility

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/president-obama-asks-medvedev-for-space-on-missile-defense-after-my-election-i-have-more-flexibility/

4. After Rejecting Keystone Pipeline, Obama Claims Credit for Oklahoma Section of Pipe

http://cl.publicaster.com/ClickThru.aspx?pubids=7894%7c6676%7c3909%7c6423&digest=znYj9hZ5KWd7QHsc1c1PHA&sysid=1

3. Hunger Games Breaks Records at the Box Office and Music Stores, Leaves Book Fans Wanting

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2012/03/hunger-games-satire-of-reality.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/movies/hunger-games-breaks-box-office-records.html

http://news.yahoo.com/hunger-games-songs-district-12-beyond-breaks-first-232300293.html

2. Public Schools: Sex, No Hugs and Best Friends Ban

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2012/03/23/teacher-fired-after-not-noticing-third-graders-having-oral-sex-under-desk/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/jersey-middle-school-principal-announces-hugging-ban-superintendent-violators-punished-article-1.1049719#ixzz1qI5XqSu0

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4203460/Schools-ban-children-making-best-friends.html


1. Supreme Court Takes Oral Arguments over Obamacare

Politico: History Says John Roberts Not Likely Swing Vote

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2012/03/history-says-john-roberts-not-likely-swing-vote-118920.html

Hot Air: Chris Matthews: I’m Pretty Surprised to Learn That the Mandate Might Be Unconstitutional

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/29/chris-matthews-im-pretty-surprised-to-learn-that-the-mandate-might-be-unconstitutional/

New York Times: Divining the Supreme Court Health Care Arguments

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/divining-the-supreme-court-health-care-arguments/

AP: Justices Meet Friday to Vote on Health Care Case
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120330/D9TQLQDO0.html

CNSNews: Kagan: ‘It’s Just A Boatload Of Federal Money,’ ‘It Doesn’t Sound Coercive To Me’

http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/kagan-it-s-just-boatload-federal-money-it-doesn-t-sound-coercive-me

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Nuts and Nuggets were carried over from last week since we didn't get to them. . .


Nuts and Nuggets

Nut: Most universities will have to cover birth control in their students’ health plans, the Obama administration said two Fridays ago.

The Health and Human Services Department said student health plans will be treated like employees’ plans, meaning they will have to comply with new requirements under healthcare reform — including the requirement to provide contraception without charging a copay.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/216485-white-house-says-colleges-must-cover-birth-control-for-students

Nugget: Hunters fire back at environmental group’s effort to ban ‘toxic’ lead bullets

Hunters are up in arms over an Arizona-based conservation group latest bid to get the federal government to ban lead bullets, which the environmentalists claim contaminates the food chain.

The Center for Biological Diversity, which claims 220,000 members, has sent a petition  to the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of nearly 100 groups in 35 states asking the agency to regulate lead right out of ammunition. It's the second time the group has attempted to get the EPA to take up the cause, and the group is currently suing the federal agency for rejecting the previous bid.

The Center for Biological Diversity has sent a petition to the EPA asking for stricter regulations on the use of lead for hunting ammunition, claiming that the spent casings are a toxic hazard for wildlife.

Hunting groups scoff at the Center's claims that lead left in the carcasses of animals they shoot but don't collect harms the food chain and that spent casings can contaminate groundwater. They say the group has long sought to curb their rights to hunt and own firearms.

“They are like a woodpecker without any wood. They just keep pecking away,” Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation told FoxNews.com. “It’s clear that their motivation is to end hunting in the United States.”

The environmental group claims the EPA has jurisdiction over bullets through the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. But an EPA spokesman told FoxNews.com the agency denied the previous petition because the agency does not share the opinion it has legal authority over bullets and shotgun pellets.

Keane, who noted that the environmental group's original petition did not exempt police officers or military personnel from using lead bullets, applauded the EPA for understanding its role.

“Regulating ammunition for hunting is simply not in the EPA’s sandbox,” said Keane
Officials at the Center for Biological Diversity, a 501(c)3 organization that took in just under $8 million in 2010, declined to comment to FoxNews.com. But earlier this week, spokesman Jeff Miller released a statement outlining the group's case.

“The unnecessary poisoning of eagles, condors and other wildlife is a national tragedy that the EPA can easily put an end to," Miller said. "There are safe, available alternatives to lead ammo for all hunting and shooting sports, so there’s no reason for this poisoning to go on.

“This isn’t about hunting — it’s about switching to nontoxic materials to stop preventable lead poisoning,” Miller said.

Keane disputed the claim that lead bullets are a threat to anything other than what they are fired at.

"There's no sound science that show lead ammunition having an impact on wildlife population," said Keane, adding that the firearms industry pays a federal excise tax of 11 percent on ammunition, which goes to wildlife conservation programs.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/16/hunting-industry-fires-back-at-environmental-groups-effort-to-ban-toxic-lead/?test=latestnews#ixzz1q3SIg6Fg

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