Ron Paul Has No Intention Of Quitting

While many people are convinced that Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul should throw in the towel, Paul still believes he can clean house come November.

“You don’t quit because you happen to be behind,” Paul said during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“It doesn’t get the attention we think it deserves,” Paul said about his campaign. “I think the campaign is going very well. A lot of people like to write us off. We’re making in-roads in the structure of the Republican Party.”

Paul was asked if his campaign was more about bringing up issues then actually winning, and he answered with his own question: “Why can’t it be both?”

Paul is fed up with the Feds — Republicans and Democrats alike. He said that Republicans want to balance the budget in 30 years, but it could be done in three. Paul believes that Mitt Romney is a part of a crowd of Republicans and Democrats who are, “much closer than people realize. There’s not that much difference when you come to policy.”

When asked if he could get enough delegates for the Republican nomination, he responded: “Theoretically I can. …You can’t ever tell. …A little over half the votes have been counted.” He was quick to point out that another third of the votes come from California and Texas, the latter being the State he represents.

The Texas Representative still likes his chances and believes that he could get enough of the Democrat and independent vote to win in November.

“When you put my name up against Obama, I can do better than Romney,” he said.

Bishop Under Fire For Comparing Obama To Hitler, Stalin

A Roman Catholic bishop from Illinois compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin during an April 14 homily, setting off a firestorm of controversy and leading one group to file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.

“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care. In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama, with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path,” said Bishop Daniel Jenky.

Jenky urged Catholics to vote in November.

“This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings — could easily be shut down.”

Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, believes the bishop overstepped his bounds. Lynn, who accuses Jenky of violating Federal law, has filed a complaint against Jenky with the Internal Revenue Service. (Because churches are considered tax-exempt institutions, they are not allowed to conduct political campaigns.)

“Outrageous, offensive and completely over the top” was how Lonnie Nasatir, the regional director of Chicago’s Anti-Defamation League, referred to the bishop’s remarks.

“Clearly, Bishop Jenky needs a history lesson. There are few, if any, parallels in history to the religious intolerance and anti-Semitism fostered in society by Stalin, and especially Hitler, who under his regime perpetuated the open persecution and ultimate genocide of Jews, Catholics and many other minorities,” Nasatir said.

Prostitute Brought Back To President’s Hotel

A new layer has been added to the Secret Service scandal. An official told CBS News that a woman was brought back to the Hilton Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, where President Barack Obama stayed during the Sixth Summit of the Americas.

Reportedly, the agent under investigation took the woman to the hotel just five days before the President was set to arrive.

“Now you’re into the hotel where the President of the United States was going to stay, and it just gets more troubling,” said Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Before news broke that the Hilton Hotel had been used, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wanted the investigation to broaden to see if any White House staff was involved.

Grassley wrote to Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan and Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards: “Did the Secret Service reserve rooms at the Hotel Caribe or other hotels in Cartagena, Colombia for representatives of the WHCA or the White House Advance Team? If so, have records for overnight guests for those entities been pulled as part of the investigation conducted by [the Office of Professional Responsibility] or [the Office of the Inspector General]? If not, why not?”

According to Grassley, the President should not be held “responsible,” but he should be held “accountable” for the actions of Secret Service personnel in the recent scandal involving Colombian prostitutes from the Pley Club.

Floridian Faces Five Years In Prison For Refusing To Pay $1 For A Cup Of Soda

A man in Naples, Fla., is facing a felony charge for filling his cup with soda after he told the cashier he was getting water.

Mark Abaire entered the McDonald’s on 14th Street North in East Naples about 10 p.m. He asked for water, but then got a soft drink and sipped it on the curb.

The manager approached Abaire and told him to pay $1, but Abaire refused.

Police came to the scene of the soda snatch. Abaire was charged with petty theft, but because he has previous petty theft charges, the charge was upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.

In Florida, a third-degree felony, the lowest felony charge, can result in up to 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Abaire also faces misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly intoxication. His bond is set at $6,500.

Global Cooling? Northeast Rocked By Snowstorm In Late April

Summer is just around the corner. June 20, the first day of summer, is not far away. Many people are getting ready for the sultry season by buying cool clothing and preparing for poolside parties. But those in the Northeast have been forced to trade in their fun-in-the-sun plans for snow shovels.

Newfield, N.Y., received 10 inches of snow by Monday morning, while Ridgebury, Penn., reported 8 inches.

Students who had just weeks ago celebrated spring break found themselves in a winter wonderland.

The snowfall is record-setting. Previously, the highest recorded snowfall in Pittsburgh for this time of year was half an inch. That happened in 1956. On Monday, Pittsburgh is likely to receive five inches. Other areas of Pennsylvania are bracing for as much as one inch every hour.

Cities in the storm’s path are making preparations. It is expected that the storm may disturb air traffic in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. The mass transit system is also expecting problems. “The MTA [Metropolitan Transportation Authority] has put together its emergency plans and preparations. The subway system, Long Island Railroad and Metro North as well as all of our bridges and tunnels are on alert with the concern of wind as well as the amount of water that we’re about to receive,” said Joseph Lhota, executive director of the MTA.

Facebook Faster Than Department Of Defense

Ariell Taylor-Brown, the wife of Staff Sergeant Christopher Brown, recently received news of her husband’s death in Afghanistan. But the news didn’t come from the Department of Defense; she got the message via Facebook.

A woman in Brown’s platoon sent Taylor-Brown a message on Facebook and told her to call immediately. When she did, the news on the other end of the line was devastating.

Hours later, two soldiers arrived at Taylor-Brown’s residence, but by then it was old news.

The widow is upset that the woman contacted her first.

“She told me over the phone, right in front of my kids and I completely had a meltdown. She wasn’t supposed to but I guess she took it on her own power to do it. …After everything was all said and done, it was a horrible way for me to find out. …The military handles that situation they way they handle it for a certain reason. You know, I could have hurt myself… (Widows) need somebody there. They owe you that respect and she took that away,” said Taylor-Brown.

The woman who relayed the message could be court-marshaled for doing so.

Taylor-Brown is 11 weeks pregnant with the family’s third child.

Brown earned a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal during his stint with the military.

Women With Heart Disease Have Baby Girls

Good news for single men: The number of women in the population will likely be rising in coming years.

The occurrence of heart disease continues to increase, and researchers have found an interesting by-product.

Women with heart disease are more likely to give birth to female babies.

A study presented Friday at the World Congress of Cardiology relayed some staggering statistics. The study was the first to examine the correlation between maternal heart disease and a baby’s gender.

The researchers examined 216 babies born to women with heart disease. Of the 216, 200 were female. The study suggests there is a 75 percent chance that a woman with heart disease will give birth to a baby girl.

“This is a very interesting observation,” said Kathryn Tauber, Ph.D., chief science officer of the World Heart Federation. “The chromosomes in a man’s sperm are responsible for the sex of a baby, but this study does suggest that there may be a relationship between the health status of the mother and the sex of the babies that she is able to carry to full-term. As the number of women with heart disease is increasing around the world, this could prove to be a very interesting area for further research.”

Number Of People Receiving Food Stamps Has Risen Nearly 70 Percent Under Obama

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that 45 million people received food stamps in 2011. That’s about a 70 percent increase from 2007.

The CBO suspects that the number will only get higher.

The report showed that spending has increased by $42 billion in the past four years. In 2007, $30 billion was spent; in 2011, $72 billion was used on the program.

The increase, according to CBO, can be attributed in part to the 2009 stimulus.

The CBO forecasts that the economy will improve after 2014 and the number of people using food stamps will decrease. Yet it predicts that $73 billion will be used to fund the program in 2022.

It is estimated that one in seven U.S. citizens received food stamps in 2011.

See the full report here.

Zimmerman Granted Bond

George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., was granted a bond of $150,000 by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr.

The prosecution argued that Zimmerman is a threat to the community and asked that the judge deny the request or set the amount at $1 million. But Lester did not do so.

Zimmerman will be monitored with a GPS system and must report his whereabouts every three days. He will not allowed to be in possession of firearms.

Rocker Ted Nugent Refuses To Recant On The Eve Of Secret Service Interview

Ted Nugent is sticking to his guns and refusing to apologize for anything he said in a recent National Rifle Association speech.

Nugent started a firestorm by saying the present Administration is “wiping… with the Constitution,” “he will be dead or in jail” if Barack Obama is re-elected, and “we need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

Following his fiery discourse, Nugent appeared on two radio shows to discuss his remarks.

As always, Uncle Ted was full of one-liners.

When Dana Loesch of “The Dana Loesch Show” asked Nugent about his rumored upcoming meeting with the Secret Service, the Motor City Madman said:

“The Secret Service are my buddies … I train with the Secret Service. I conduct Federal marshal raids here in Texas. A lot of people don’t know that, but I’m very active in law enforcement. So when you say ‘Secret Service’ all I can do is get a big grin on my face.”

While trying to explain the government’s animosity toward him, The Nuge expressed, “See I’m a black Jew at a Nazi Klan rally. … I have the audacity to speak the truth.

“I will stand by my speech. It’s about we the people taking back our American dream from the corrupt monster in the federal government under this administration and the communist czars he’s appointed,”  he added.

“I’m about positive change,” he said as he explained that he would never threaten someone.

He called Debbie Wasserman Schultz a “brainless, heartless idiot.” And he referred to Nancy Pelosi as “the wicked witch” and a “subhuman scoundrel.”

Nugent believes the Obama Administration is what should be under investigation. “I’m like Mother Teresa with a guitar compared to Obama’s gang,” he said.

“If you gotta problem with Ted Nugent, you are weird, because I reek of truth. People who disagree with Ted Nugent are idiots,” he noted.

He also alluded that his song “Wango Tango” is the greatest love song in the history of the world, and concluded the interview by telling Loesch, “I will shoot a turkey for you.”

Glenn Beck also interviewed Nugent. The radio interview opened with Nugent saying: “Greetings.  A glorious all-American rhythm and blues spring turkey season celebration to you, Glenn.”

When asked whether his NRA comments should be taken as threats, he answered that everything he said ended with “in November” which should make it clear he was referencing the election.

In Beck’s interview Nugent again expressed happiness that he would get to spend time with the Secret Service. “I hear from the Secret Service all the time. They want to buy Ted Nugent ammo. …They also called and asked for the best barbecue joints.”

When the Secret Service questions Nugent, Beck has some questions he wants them to answer.

“Would you ask those Secret Service agents how much time they’re spending with Louis Farrakhan. How much time they’re spending with the Occupy Wall Street people? How much time they’re spending with the Black Panthers who are actually threatening people’s lives?”

Nugent’s meeting with the Secret Service reportedly was to take place on Thursday.

A petition has been started by those who support Nugent’s statements and is available here.