February 20th, 2012
CNet / By Steven Musil
In the wake of reports that Google had sidestepped privacy settings in Safari, Microsoft announced today it had discovered the Web giant had done the same with Internet Explorer.
"When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: Is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too?" IE executive Dean Hachamovitch wrote in a blog post this morning. "We've discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies."
The blog post, which details Microsoft's findings and offers privacy protection tips, said it has contacted Google about its concerns and asked it to "commit to honoring P3P privacy settings for users of all browsers".
February 20th, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Rick Santorum's rapid rise to the top of the Republican presidential field is prompting Democrats to focus increasing campaign fire on a candidate whose social conservatism, they claim, puts him outside the political mainstream.
But the charges don't seem to be compelling any change of course by Mr. Santorum, who appears to relish the debate and vigorously defended his positions while campaigning Monday.
Nor do they seem to be crimping his rise. Indeed, it is precisely Mr. Santorum's plainspoken defense of traditional values that is pulling many conservatives into his camp, and helping to propel the former senator from Pennsylvania to the top of the GOP primary field.
In the latest Gallup tracking poll, Mr. Santorum leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by eight percentage points among Republican voters nationally, 36% to 28%. Newt Gingrich gets the support of 13%, and Rep. Ron Paul 11%.
Statewide polls in recent days have him slightly ahead of Mr. Romney in Michigan and slightly behind Mr. Romney in Arizona. Both states hold primaries Feb. 28. A debate Wednesday night in Mesa, Ariz., is shaping up as Mr. Santorum's biggest test yet.
Mr. Santorum spent much more time in the last year emphasizing his foreign policy expertise, blue-collar background and proposals to spur manufacturing. But his latest burst in the polls coincides with a renewed focus on social issues, particularly an Obama administration decision to force religious organizations to offer health insurance that covers contraception.
In the latest indication of how social issues are rising in step with Mr. Santorum, the former senator sparked a debate with Democrats over the weekend when he said some of President Barack Obama's views are based on "some phony theology…not a theology based on the Bible."
The remarks came as Mr. Santorum argued how the administration's energy policy fit in with a wrongheaded agenda. Asked later by reporters to clarify, he said he wasn't questioning Mr. Obama's Christianity but rather referring to his policies. "I'm just saying he's imposing his values on the church, and I think that's wrong," he told reporters.
Mr. Obama's political advisers seized on the comment to accuse Republican White House hopefuls in general of attacking the president's character. "This is just the latest low in a Republican primary campaign that has been fueled by distortions, ugliness and searing pessimism and negativity," said Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.
Mr. Santorum defended his "theology" remarks again during a campaign stop Monday in Stuebenville, Ohio, telling a crowd of roughly 500 people that the Obama administration's "radical" environmental policies value the Earth more than people.
He also renewed a long-dormant fight over medical-review panels that will make cost assessments under the new health-care law, telling the crowd that doctors may be more inclined to recommend abortions when they discover birth defects in the womb because they will be under increased pressure not to treat high-cost patients.
Mr. Santorum's remarks are resonating with large blocs of Republican primary voters, particularly Christian conservatives. Many mistrust Mr. Romney on such issues, and have been looking for a viable candidate who could articulate their concerns.
Liz Bartling, a 49-year-old events coordinator in Cumming, Ga., said she likes Mr. Santorum because he is "not afraid to tell the truth" on social issues.
"A lot of Americans aren't used to hearing that all the time," said Ms. Bartling, who was one of the thousands of Georgians who flocked to a megachurch on Sunday to see the newest front-runner. "It's a breath of fresh air."
But his style has left some Republican leaders worrying that he might suffer with centrist voters in a general election. Some of his own supporters have concerns about that, too.
"You cannot be so black and white that you turn off a lot of people," said Patricia Schwarber, a consultant in Akron, Ohio, who nonetheless plans to support Mr. Santorum in Ohio's primary on March 6 because she appreciates that he doesn't "waver at all."
In his two decades in politics, Mr. Santorum has displayed a penchant for provocation, both for what he says and how he says it. He often portrays himself as the victim of a media conspiracy to marginalize the views of religious conservatives.
In Congress, Mr. Santorum carved out a national reputation for his outspoken opposition to abortion and gay marriage. Early in his White House bid, he told the Evangelical blog Caffeinated Thoughts that contraception is "not OK because it's license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."
—Colleen McCain Nelson contributed to this article.
February 20th, 2012
A Gastonia man told police that a Charlotte woman punched him in the lip then drove her car through his closed garage door and struck his house.
Shendell Bell, 28, of 5915 Oak Driver, Charlotte, was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of injury to property, DWI and assault.
Rut-Roh, she still looks pretty mad....
According to arrest warrants, Bell punched a Gastonia man in the lip then climbed in a 2002 Ford sports utility vehicle and crashed the car through the closed garage door. Pieces of the destroyed door struck three different vehicles causing about $400 in damage, warrants state. The Ford also slammed into an interior wall of the house. The residence, at 3708 Tranquil Court, sustained about $10,000 in damage, the warrant affidavit states.
Bell was arrested and held at Gaston County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond.
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February 20th, 2012
Picture by Kim Stallings, Conservative Refocus