Rubio Endorses Romney For GOP Nomination

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination and urged the GOP to “come together” to support Romney.

Rubio’s endorsement came in an interview on Fox News Wednesday, CNN reported.

“It’s evidently and increasingly clear that Mitt Romney is going to become the Republican nominee,” Rubio said. “We have to come together behind who I think has earned the nomination, and that’s Mitt Romney.”

Rubio, who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, told MSNBC Wednesday he won’t be the nominee for the post.

“I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee but I’m always flattered when people bring it up,” he said. “I think they mean it as a compliment.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has endorsed Romney, is among those who said he hopes Rubio is picked as the vice presidential nominee.

On Fox, Rubio said a floor fight over the nomination at the Republican National Convention would hurt the GOP.

“There is no way that a floor fight at the convention in Tampa in August is a recipe for a win in November,” Rubio said. “On the contrary, I think it’s a recipe for disaster.”

Gingrich At ‘End Of His Line,’ Donor Says

LAS VEGAS (UPI) — Newt Gingrich is “at the end of his line” in his presidential campaign quest, a wealthy supporter of Gingrich’s super PAC said Wednesday.

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and main source of funding for the Winning Our Future super PAC, made the comment Wednesday at a Jewish leadership conference in Las Vegas, The Hill said, citing a report in the Jewish Journal.

“It appears as though he’s at the end of his, at the end of his line ’cause, I mean, mathematically, he can’t get anywhere near the numbers, and there’s not — unlikely there’ll be a brokered convention,” Adelson said.

Federal Election Commission documents show Adelson and his family have donated more than $16 million to the Gingrich Super PAC, including the most recent contribution of $5.5 million in late February, The Hill said.

The newspaper said other comments by Adelson make it appear unlikely he’ll offer immediate financial support to other candidates.

He said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is “not the bold decision-maker like Newt Gingrich is” and said of former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, “I don’t want him running my country.”

Gingrich lags well behind Romney and Santorum in polls and the former House speaker’s campaign told The Hill it would lay off a third of its staff and reduce its campaign schedule to try to make it to the GOP convention in Tampa in August.

 

Zimmerman’s Father Defends Him

SANFORD, Fla. (UPI) — George Zimmerman of Sanford, Fla., shot Trayvon Martin after the black teenager threatened to kill him,, Zimmerman’s father said in an interview Thursday.

Robert Zimmerman told WOFL-TV, Orlando, his son suffered serious injuries in a fight with Martin, 17, including a broken nose and cuts on the back of his head, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

Sanford police reports also describe Zimmerman as injured after the shooting Feb. 26, but a surveillance video aired by ABC News Wednesday shows no signs of injuries as the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer arrived at the police station. No bruises or cuts were visible on his face or the back of his head, and his shirt didn’t appear to have blood anywhere on it.

The initial police report said Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided he was OK to go to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning, ABC said.

Zimmerman’s lawyer later said his client’s nose was broken when he scuffled with Martin, 17, who was black.

Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot the unarmed Martin in self-defense under Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law.

Robert Zimmerman of Lake Mary said he and his family are afraid for their lives and are now in hiding. He said he was shocked by the hatred and anger the shooting has inspired.

“It’s just amazing. Some people are being so hateful, and the people who are being so hateful know nothing about what happened,” he told WOFL.

In the video an officer is seen looking at the back of Zimmerman’s head. However, no abrasions or blood could be picked up by the surveillance footage.

Zimmerman did not check into the emergency room following police questioning, ABC News said.

Also apparently missing on the video were grass or grass stains on Zimmerman’s jacket, which was noted in the police report.

Martin’s family, along with prominent civil rights leaders and members of Congress, have said Zimmerman’s story doesn’t add up and demanded Zimmerman’s arrest. Thousands of supporters have turned out at rallies across the country.

Senate Keeps Oil Company Tax Breaks

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Senate ignored a last-minute push Thursday from President Obama and voted down a plan to repeal tax breaks for large oil companies.

The measure failed 51-47 in a vote that largely followed party lines, The Hill reported. Two Republicans, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, voted for the bill, while four Democrats, Mark Begich of Alaska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, both from major oil-producing states, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jim Webb of Virginia opposed it.

Obama, in an appearance in the White House Rose Garden, said the tax breaks amount to subsidies at a time of high oil and gas prices.

“Today, members of Congress have a simple choice to make: They can stand with the big oil companies, or they can stand with the American people,” the president said.

“Right now, the biggest oil companies are raking in record profits — profits that go up every time folks pull up into a gas station. But on top of these record profits, oil companies are also getting billions a year — billions a year in taxpayer subsidies — a subsidy that they’ve enjoyed year after year for the last century.”

A Message To Kim Kardashian

“California is a bankrupt, insolvent, dysfunctional mess, just like so many actors and actresses is Hollywood: broke with no future,” says Wayne Allyn Root in a commentary for Personal Liberty Digest™. The State’s tax rates for the rich are exorbitant, and millionaires are fleeing the State. Root suggests millionaire Kim Kardashian leave California for Nevada, since the Silver State won’t take her money.

 

Trayvon Activists Force Elderly Couple Out Of Home

Thanks to a tweet by Spike Lee, an elderly Florida couple is now residing in a hotel. Lee tweeted the couple’s address as that of the home of George Zimmerman, the man who pulled the trigger in the Trayvon Martin case, to his 250,000 followers.

Since then, the couple, a 72-year-old man and 70-year-old lunch lady with a heart condition, have received death threats, hate mail and unwanted media publicity.

Apparently, the confusion stems from the fact that the woman has a son named William George Zimmerman who resided at the address in 1995.

William Zimmerman traced the original tweet back to Marcus Davonne Higgins, a man who lives in California. When Zimmerman contacted Higgins, Higgins responded with “Black power all day. No justice, no peace,” followed by an obscenity.

Bankster Cronies Censure Jackson

A battle over the Bank of the United States between President Andrew Jackson and Congress turned into a Constitutional issue when Congress sought to censure Jackson for not turning over classified documents he used in his decision to veto Congress’ vote to renew the bank’s charter.

The Senate, led by Jackson’s nemesis Henry Clay, passed a resolution demanding to see Jackson’s papers. When Jackson refused, Clay introduced a resolution to censure Jackson.

Clay, by the way, helped form the Whig Party, which believed in the Hamiltonian, big government, British mercantilism-style of government and was the forerunner to Abraham Lincoln’s big government Republican Party. Lincoln considered Clay a mentor.

Congress debated the censure for 10 weeks, while Jackson protested that since the Constitution did not provide for guidance regarding censure, the action was unConstitutional. Congress ignored his protests and issued its censure on March 28, 1831. It amounted to a public scolding. Congress also overrode Jackson’s veto.

The bank issue became central to Jackson’s re-election bid in 1832; and in 1836, the bank’s charter expired. In 1837, Democrats gained control of the Senate and had Jackson’s censure expunged from the record.

After his Presidency ended, Jackson was asked what things he thought he had left undone. He replied: “I didn’t shoot Henry Clay and I didn’t hang John Calhoun.”

In NYC Second Amendment Rights Sell For $340

New York City residents who challenged a policy that requires handgun owners in the city to pay a $340 residential licensing fee as unConstitutional were shot down by a Federal judge on Monday.

Federal Judge John Koeltl ruled that the lawsuit brought by citizens and gun rights advocates, including the New York Rifle & Pistol Association and the Second Amendment Foundation, was void because he believes there is no evidence that the hefty fee has stopped anyone from exercising his rights. The fee must be paid every three years, according to The Associated Press.

“The city defendants contend that the $340 fee is permissible under this standard because it is designed to defray, and does not exceed, the costs of administering New York’s handgun licensing scheme,” Koeltl wrote in his 38-page Opinion and Order. “However, the plaintiffs argue that, to be permissible, a fee must not only be designed to defray administrative costs but must also be a ‘nominal’ amount. According to the plaintiffs, the $340 fee is too high to be nominal.”

The judge cited several appellate court rulings that determined such a fee is considered nominal, according to Courthouse News Service.

“While it is possible to conceive of fees that are impermissible because they are so exorbitant as to deter the exercise of the protected activity … there is no showing that the $340 handgun licensing fee qualifies as such a fee,” Koeltl wrote. “The plaintiffs merely assert that the $340 fee is excessive, which is not sufficient to raise a genuine issue of material fact regarding the permissibility of the fee.”

The residential license affords holders the right to have a handgun in their homes; it is not a carry permit.

Paul Campaign Has Organizational Muscle

The political establishment has done everything in its power to negate Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, but he is still the first of the GOP candidates to have his name on the ballot in all 50 States.

Paul’s campaign filed to appear on the ballot in New Jersey on Tuesday after attaining double the 1,000 signatures required to appear on that State’s ballot. Paul is now the first candidate to have full ballot access throughout the Nation. Mitt Romney is expected to file in New Jersey in the coming days, making his 50-State ballot access likely.

The Paul campaign contends that the candidate’s success in being included in all States before any of the other candidates is a testament to organization and devotion among the supporters.

“Success in accessing ballots no matter a state’s requirements is a barometer for the strength of a campaign organization. Being first to appear on the ballot in all fifty states proves that Ron Paul is the only candidate with the organizational muscle, resources, and stamina to challenge Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Manager John Tate. “In concert with our delegate-attainment strategy, which is working well in states like Iowa, Nevada, Washington, and Missouri, we’re prepared and eager to continue on the long road to Tampa.”

Though Romney is not far behind Paul in having his name listed on every State ballot, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have both failed to meet filing requirements to be on some ballots throughout the primary. Gingrich and Santorum both failed to be listed on Virginia’s ballot for the March 6 vote, and Santorum is not on the ballot for Washington, D.C., where the primary will be held on April 3.

Jane Fonda To Play Nancy Reagan

The first lady who once wanted to replace the fine china in the White House will be portrayed by one of Hollywood’s oldest actresses in an upcoming movie that has caused quite a stir among Republican moviegoers.

Many conservatives are baffled that Nancy Reagan will be played by liberal activist Jane Fonda in director Lee Daniels’ upcoming film “The Butler.” Well-known for her liberal activism as well as her opposition to the Vietnam War, Fonda is often referred to as “Hanoi Jane” because of the visits she made to the country during the conflict.

Daniels’ choice of Fonda to portray the wife of conservative icon President Ronald Reagan has caused uproar throughout conservative media. It has been noted by some people that Fonda was likely chosen in spite of her personal beliefs because her appearance is similar to that of the former first lady; others are calling the film a liberal attempt at mockery.

The movie is based on the life of Eugene Allen — the head butler of the White House who served eight Presidents. Fonda will not be the only star in the film. The flick, which is tentatively set for a summer start, may also feature Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Liam Neeson and John Cusack.