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  • Officials Reveal US is Cozying Up to Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas

    10/31/2014 12:42:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-29-14 | Ari Yashar
    The same Tuesday night that a senior official in US President Barack Obama's administration was quoted calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "chickens**t," yet more officials indicated the US is warming up to cooperation with Iran - the Islamic regime seeking nuclear weapons that has repeatedly declared its desire to destroy Israel. Senior US and Arab officials were cited by the Wall Street Journal saying that in recent months, America and Iran have grown closer through cooperation against their "common enemy", the Islamic State (ISIS), as well as over a shared interest in "stability" in Iraq and Afghanistan. American officials revealed...
  • US Officials Say Obama May Replace Kerry

    10/31/2014 12:35:13 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-31-14 | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama's administration is coping with underwhelming performance on various fronts according to officials cited in the New York Times on Friday, who suggested he may replace some senior administration officials - including US Secretary of State John Kerry. "There is an inflection point in every presidency, and this certainly is a logical one, if the president feels he might be better served by some replacements on his team,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the paper. Citing the Ebola crisis in Africa that has spread to a few isolated cases...
  • Republican Candidates - If There is Fraud, DON'T CONCEDE! (Vanity/Opinion)

    10/31/2014 12:34:17 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 1 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 10-31-14 | Enterprise
    Republicans, if you determine that there is fraud in your election, DON'T CONCEDE, even AFTER a judge rules that you lost.
  • Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal (YOU get to pay for it!)

    10/30/2014 11:31:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-30-2014 | Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop
    Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors. After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new "gas war" could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June. With overnight temperatures already nudging below freezing in Ukraine, European Commission President...
  • Plurality of Republicans think Mitt Romney should run for president

    10/30/2014 11:29:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 10 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 29, 2014
    Is it relevant that his favorable rating among the general public is 36/47? Or that 58 percent think he doesn’t care about their problems versus just 42 percent who think he does? Or that 52 percent believe he’d lose again to Hillary, with a mere 24 percent confident in Romney victory? Seventy-two percent of Republicans say he’s qualified to be president while independents split 49/30 in favor of those who agree. And yet, he trails Hillary 43/32 in a hypothetical 2016 match-up, with fully 13 percent saying they wouldn’t vote if given that choice. Sounds like just the sort of...
  • Beverly Hills Woman Swaps Candy For Live Worms This Halloween

    10/30/2014 10:50:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | Andrea Fujii
    BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Trick-or-treaters may receive an unconventional treat Friday when they stop by Rainbeau Mars’ house. The Beverly Hills resident says she plans to pass out live worms for Halloween as opposed to candy in an effort to encourage composting and gardening. “I hope that we scare ourselves into waking up and taking care of the earth,” Mars told KCAL9’s Andrea Fujii. She purchased about 1,000 worms, along with soil, recycled pots and hundreds of vegetable seeds. Mars says kids will be able to pick out their own creepy crawler. “And put it in their box or their...
  • Polls show Republican gaining in overlooked NM Senate race

    10/30/2014 10:49:14 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/28/2014
    WASHINGTON – New Mexico's Senate race suddenly is on the radar screen, as new polls show the Republican candidate within single digits of incumbent Democratic Sen. Tom Udall. Most political observers had written off the contest as a slam dunk for Democrats. But a pair of new polls shows the race tightening in the final days. ADVERTISEMENT A new Vox Populi poll shows Udall up only 4 points over Republican Allen Weh. The poll puts Udall at 47 percent and Weh at 43 percent, with 11 percent of voters undecided. “The deteriorating national political environment for Democrats and President Obama...
  • Nikkei up 725 (buying panic)

    10/30/2014 10:39:35 PM PDT · by steve86 · 22 replies
    Bulb shines brightest right before it goes...poof!
  • How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility

    10/30/2014 10:30:32 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 6 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | October 30, 2014 at 11:30:00 AM | David Gluckman
    How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility October 30, 2014 at 11:30:00 AM by David Gluckman | 0 Comments   Comments 0 Share   (Photo Credit: Chris Philpot) Until recently, electric superchargers might as well have been perpetual motion machines, for sale at the same places as gasoline magnet ionizers and other snake-oil. Power for an electric compressor has to come from somewhere, and e-turbos were a kind of get-power-quick scheme that ultimately left you poorer. That’s starting to change. Step one, as it usually does, involved motorsports. The current crop of Formula 1 cars and Audi’s latest R18 use...
  • Bowie Coal Mine In Colorado Lays Off 150 Workers

    10/30/2014 10:29:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    KVNF ^ | October 30, 2014
    Bowie Resource Partners says it has eliminated 150 jobs at the Bowie #2 coal mine near Paonia. ... Last year the shutdown of another mine in the region caused nearly 300 people to lose their jobs. That coal mine is in Somerset. In the release, Bowie says it will provide the 150 laid off workers with 60 days of wages and benefits.
  • 9 Ways to Restore All Things in Christ

    10/30/2014 9:46:31 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.catholicgentleman.net ^ | October 24, 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    The world looks pretty frightening for the Church these days. Christians are being martyred around the world, whether it be by Communists in China or by Islamic radicals in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Western society is becoming ever more anti-religious, and the Church is facing increasing threats by secularists in many countries, including in the United States. As big as these external threats are, yet larger ones exist within the Church. Bad priests and religious educators have led, and continue to lead, untold numbers of Catholics astray; partially as a result, there are large numbers of Catholics who have either...
  • Beshear's transportation announcement tour continues in competitive House districts

    10/30/2014 9:40:23 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/29/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    Gov. Steve Beshear has expanded his positive economic development tour through three competitive House districts, adding stops in Dawson Springs, Glasgow and Hodgenville Thursday. Beshear appeared alongside state Reps. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, and Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, for various transportation announcements Wednesday. His office sent advisories for similar announcements Thursday with, among others, state Reps. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, and Terry Mills, D-Lebanon. Beshear is scheduled to kick off the day in Dawson Springs with Gooch and three others at 9:30 a.m. to present funding for a project further linking the city with...
  • Author: Fracking Reaffirms American Exceptionalism

    10/30/2014 9:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 29, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The energy boom unleashed by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling couldn’t have happened anywhere but America, says author and journalist Gregory Zuckerman. Zuckerman say America’s entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge and property rights make fracking a uniquely American story. “This reaffirms the concept of American exceptionalism,” Zuckerman told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’ve got advantages the rest of the world doesn’t have and it’s going to lead to America’s economic dominance for the next few years.” Zuckerman’s new book “The Frackers” is the story of how a few desperate entrepreneurs and wild cat drillers risked everything to extract oil and natural...
  • Report: Troops, vets to get checked for chemical exposure in Iraq

    10/30/2014 9:32:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to servicemembers and veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with chemical munitions during the American occupation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. An Oct. 15 Times story found that while the United States had gone to war looking for an active weapons of mass destruction program, troops instead quietly found and suffered from the remnants of the long abandoned arsenal. Since that article, which detailed instances of exposure that the military kept secret in some cases for...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (10/31/2014) [Prayer]

    10/30/2014 9:23:28 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 5 replies
    31 October 2014 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) ----
  • Lena Dunham goes topless in Instagram campaign for Planned Parenthood....

    10/30/2014 9:11:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 30 October 2014 | Shyam Dodge for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: That's one way to get attention! Lena Dunham goes topless in Instagram campaign for Planned Parenthood Lena Dunham has taken over the internet - at least when it comes to some of her fellow celebrities. The 28-year-old posted a topless photo of herself to Instagram on Thursday, tying in both her new book Not That Kind Of Girl and a campaign to get people to vote for women's rights. The Girls creator's naked selfie followed a series of pictures posted by some of Hollywood's biggest leading ladies, who all proudly wore a shirt advertising the dual campaign with...
  • Obama Has Destroyed Dems on the Hill

    10/30/2014 9:04:41 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 55 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    Whatever happens next Tuesday, President Obama’s time in office will have cost his party more seats in Congress than any president in at least half a century. The numbers are stark. President Obama took office after the 2008 elections with 257 Democrats in the House of Representatives. At the moment, there are only 199 members of his party left — a net loss of 58 seats. And, virtually all analysts expect the number of Democrats to decline even more next Tuesday. The only question is by how much. To put that number in perspective, the 58 seats already lost by...
  • Mitch McConnell widens lead over Alison Lundergan Grimes in final Bluegrass Poll

    10/30/2014 8:57:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 25 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 10/30/2014 | Sam Youngman
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes and appears well positioned to win a sixth term, according to the final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday's election. McConnell leads Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulling 3 percent. In a Bluegrass Poll released early last week, McConnell was clinging to a one-point lead, with 44 percent backing him and 43 percent choosing Grimes. The latest poll of 597 likely voters in Kentucky was conducted by SurveyUSA between Oct. 25 and Oct....
  • Anti-Israel Group Advocates Illegal Disruption Of 'Zionist Normalization' Assemblies

    10/30/2014 8:57:35 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 5 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10.30.2014
    Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) are taking their disdain for the Jewish State to the next level. Having conducted anti-Israel demonstrations on college campuses across North America; intimidating Jewish students as well as sponsoring some of the most vehement anti-Semitic voices in America, SJP is now adding breaking the law to their resume. The education watchdog group AMCHA initiative uncovered an internal SJP document revealing a plan to disrupt all pro-Israel events, behavior that is illegal under all U.S. states’ laws. The document, approved by the membership of Binghamton University (SUNY)’s SJP group, states that if over six SJP...
  • Spanish Intelligence Intercepts Plot to Weaponise Ebola

    10/30/2014 8:57:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 30, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Spanish intelligence has intercepted messages passed between jihadists online discussing the weaponisation of the deadly Ebola virus for use against the West, while a blackmailer in Prague has threatened to unleash the virus unless the Czech Republic pay him one million bitcoin, a volume of online currency worth over Ł200 million. The national secretary of state for security in giving evidence to the Spanish Senate revealed online jihad propagandists had issued an edict to followers to kill Westerners by any means possible. Some of the methods suggested included “deadly chemical products from laboratories”, “poisonous injections” and “Ebola as a poisonous...
  • Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

    10/30/2014 8:53:59 PM PDT · by oohebo · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 28, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.” Moore, who serves as president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, spoke to a group of journalists Tuesday (Oct. 28) covering the group’s national conference. “The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you’re going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you’re struggling with, I don’t think that’s a Christian idea,” Moore told journalists. “Faithfulness to...
  • Judge Approves California City’s Bankruptcy-Exit Plan [Sacred Pension Cows Go Untouched!]

    10/30/2014 8:52:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Wall St . J ^ | October 30, 2014 | KATY STECH and DAN FITZPATRICK
    Judge Approves California City’s Bankruptcy-Exit Plan Stockton to Slash Payments to Bondholders and Raise Taxes While Not Further Cutting City Pensions By KATY STECH and DAN FITZPATRICK The federal judge overseeing the two-year-long bankruptcy of Stockton, Calif., ruled Thursday that the distressed city can exit court protection without deeper cuts to its pension obligations. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein called the city’s reorganization plan, which raises taxes and slashes payments to bondholders, “the best that can be done” during a hearing in Sacramento. The decision is a victory for...
  • Video: Michael Jordan calls Barack Obama a sh---- golfer

    10/30/2014 8:50:22 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 9 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 30, 2014 | Kyle Porter
    Michael Jordan was interviewed by Ahmad Rashad recently. Rashad asked Jordan who his dream foursome would include, and Jordan said President Barack Obama isn't getting an invite. "I've never played with Obama but I would," said Jordan. "But no, that's okay, I'd take him out. He's a hack, it would be all day playing with him."
  • Two boys, 13 and 14, 'raped two sixth-grade girls for hours in the auditorium....

    10/30/2014 8:45:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 49 replies
    MailOnline ^ | EST, 30 October 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Two boys, 13 and 14, 'raped two sixth-grade girls for hours in the auditorium of their Bronx middle school' A 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy have been arrested for raping two sixth-grade girls for nearly two hours in the auditorium of their middle school, police have said. The two young girls, who are just 12 and 13, were lured into the area at the Urban Science Academy in the Bronx on October 16 and attacked for at least two class periods, officials said. Although the students were missing from class for hours, no teacher or security officer...
  • Russia's Jet Incursions Buzz An Alarm For Europe

    10/30/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    IBD ^ | October 30,2014 | IBD
    This should be a wake-up call to Europe, long accustomed to living under the U.S. defense umbrella, to take more responsibility for its own defense. So far this year, NATO jets have had to scramble 100 times to intercept these airspace intruders just to show that the West's perimeters are still protected. That's three times as many as intercepted in 2013. It also coincides with a strange submarine incursion in Swedish waters, believed to have been Russian. There's no doubt about it, Russia wants its Cold War empire back, and a complacent, "Finlandized" Europe. Vladimir Putin continues in his quest...
  • Dallas nurse who survived Ebola to get dog back

    10/30/2014 8:26:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 30 2014 | Associated Press
    DALLAS — A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola will soon be reunited with her dog, which has been sequestered since his owner became ill. The King Charles Cavalier spaniel named Bentley is in quarantine at an abandoned Navy base in Dallas. His owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola earlier this month. She contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8. City spokeswoman Sana Syed said Thursday that the dog has tested negative for Ebola and that his 21-day quarantine — the Ebola incubation period — ends Saturday.
  • Skewedenfreude: Why Democrats Can’t Face the Midterm 2014 Polls

    10/30/2014 8:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 29, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Republicans hold the lead in key states, but this unanimous agreement among election forecasters conceals an Achilles heel: We all rely on the same poll data. What if that data is off?… Even in the week before the election, polls are not perfect….When errors occur, the outcome tends to be more favorable to the Democrat. So a Republican Senate is not guaranteed because “Democrats tend to perform better than the polls predict.” Yes, that’s right, folks. The polls are skewed. This argument has become common enough that Nate Silver has felt the need, in what must seem like a flashback,...
  • UNRWA schoolbooks in Gaza stress jihad, martyrdom, denial of Israel, and return of “refugees” by

    10/30/2014 8:20:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/30/14 | Robert Spencer
    And the schoolbooks are just one small part of the UNRWA/Hamas symbiosis in Gaza. “As usual, the question is – is anyone listening?” Apparently not Malala Yousafzai. “UNRWA-Hamas Symbiosis Detailed in New Film,” Arutz Sheva, October 29, 2014 (thanks to Inexion): In a new documentary video entitled UNRWA Goes to War, journalist David Bedein builds a seemingly incontestable case against UNRWA, showing the close symbiotic relations between it and the terror group Hamas. The video shows that not only did UNRWA schools serve as repositories for rockets in the last Gaza war, and not only were rockets launched from places...
  • Louisiana tells anyone who's been exposed to Ebola: Stay away

    10/30/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    Louisiana is set to host one of the year’s biggest gatherings of infectious disease experts next week, but anyone's who's recently been to West Africa won’t be welcome.A pair of top state officials wrote a letter to the more than 3,500 members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene who planned to attend the conference this week, warning them to stay away if they’ve had potential Ebola exposure.“In Louisiana, we love to welcome visitors, but we must balance that hospitality with the protection of Louisiana residents and other visitors,” wrote Kathy Klieber, Louisiana’s secretary of Health and Hospitals,...
  • San Francisco Erupts In Violence Following World Series Win Includes 2 people shot

    10/30/2014 8:03:57 PM PDT · by This Just In · 51 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | October 30, 2014 | Yehuda Remer
    In the aftermath of the World Series, in which the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals, pure pandemonium ensued in San Francisco.
  • Obama’s Midterm Loss Record Could Make History

    10/30/2014 8:02:08 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies
    rothenblog ^ | Oct 30, 2014 | By Stuart Rothenberg
    President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row. In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman. Truman lost a total of 83 House seats during his two midterms (55 seats in 1946 and 28 seats in 1950), while Republican Dwight Eisenhower lost a combined 66 House seats in the 1954 and 1958 midterms. Obama had one midterm where his party lost 63 House seats, and Democrats are...
  • Man’s Estranged Partner Accused Of Sending Nude Photo Of Teacher To Hundreds Of His Students

    10/30/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 30, 2014 6:16 PM
    PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — The estranged partner of a Pasadena high school science teacher is accused of unlawfully accessing the man’s account and sending hundreds of nude photos to students and adults on his email list. The emails contained a nude photo of John Muir High School teacher Richard Rosa. After an investigation, it was determined that Rosa was out of the country at the time the emails were generated. Authorities determined Rosa’s estranged partner, David A. Galvan, 38, accessed Rosa’s account and sent the emails because he was angry over their relationship ending. In addition to sending the email to...
  • Majority of Israeli Jews believe Obama is pro-'Palestinian

    10/30/2014 7:53:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 10/30/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    A new Smith poll taken for the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday night shows that a majority of Israeli Jews believe that the American President is pro-'Palestinian.' Only 16 percent of Israelis believe US President Barack Obama’s administration is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, according to a Smith Research poll taken Wednesday night, exclusively for The Jerusalem Post. The poll of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult Israeli Jewish population was taken following a report in The Atlantic in which officials close to Obama were quoted sharply criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calling him “chickenshit.” The report...
  • D.C. will Appeal Second Amendment Court Decision

    10/30/2014 7:52:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Legal Carry in D.C., for a Brief Period In July, Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.  ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on the carry of weapons outside the home for self defense was unconstitutional under the second amendment.  For a brief few days, the second amendment was respected in the District of Columbia.   The judge granted a stay until 22 October, for the  D.C. government to pass a new law that would meet constitutional requirements. The D.C. government passed a new law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, that Alan Gura, counsel for the plaintiff's, characterized...
  • Michelle Obama Inspires Federal Office to Ban Halloween Candy…From Kids’ Halloween Parade

    10/30/2014 7:47:13 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | october 29, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Philadelphia Veterans Affairs office announced Wednesday that it would hold a Halloween parade on Friday for children of VA employees, but warned employees not to hand out any candy or sweets to the kids. Instead, the VA said the day care center in the office has “joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Program,” which means the kids should be given things other than candy. “Please help us teach our children to make healthy food choices!!” the VA said in an email to employees. “If you would like to hand out treats during the parade, please give healthy snacks...
  • Bennett to Sky News: Don't Sit in London and Call Us Apartheid

    10/30/2014 7:41:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 10/30/14 | Ben Ariel
    Referring to Israel as an “apartheid state” is a “blatant lie”, Economy Minister and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said on Thursday. Bennett gave a series of interviews to international media outlets and, in one of these interviews, was asked by a Sky News interviewer whether he is “worried” that the term “apartheid” is being used by some British parliamentarians in reference to Israel.
  • Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight (Nausea notice)

    10/30/2014 7:28:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 29, 2014 | David A. Graham
    Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting. In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon Johnson famously shot back, "What the hell's the presidency for?" Ted Olson had a similar question for the Supreme Court Wednesday, pondering why the justices had opted not to take a single case on same-sex marriage this term. "I agonize over the court not making a decision," said Olson, an...
  • BILL CLINTON: Republicans Are Trying To 'Cash In On The Misery Of The American People'

    10/30/2014 7:21:34 PM PDT · by blam · 70 replies
    BI ^ | 10-30-2014 | Colin Campbell
    Colin Campbell Oct0ber 30, 2014Former President Bill Clinton claimed on Thursday that one of the main reasons Republicans are expected to perform so strongly in the upcoming midterm elections is their willingness to capitalize on the lingering effects of the 2008 economic recession. "Here's the important thing. As a nation we're back to ground zero, we're back to where we were. We got all of our jobs back," Clinton declared at an endorsement event for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). However, after ticking off quarterly growth statistics, Clinton said, "People don't feel it yet." Clinton said the Republican Party...
  • ‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We're sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense

    10/30/2014 7:21:13 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to...
  • Brookings study reveals Minnesota’s individual insurance market is not faring well under ACA

    10/30/2014 7:11:37 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Center of the American Experiment ^ | 10-30-14 | Peter Nelson
    Printer-friendly version A new study published by the Brookings Institution reveals the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is imposing far more volatility and harm on people in Minnesota’s individual market than elsewhere. The study, by Yale economist Amanda Kowalski, takes “an early look at the impact of the ACA on the individual health insurance market.” It compares state-by-state coverage levels, insurance premiums and insurance costs in the first two quarters of 2014 to estimates of what they would have been if the ACA had not been implemented this year. These estimates are created by extending pre-ACA trends going...
  • Jeb Bush Promises GOP Immigration Reform To Spanish-Speaking Media

    10/30/2014 7:10:51 PM PDT · by This Just In · 42 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 30, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    A great many Republican House and Senate candidates may be staying away from talking immigration, or immigration reform this cycle, but not Jeb Bush. A funny thing happened on Jeb's recent visit to Colorado to stump for Republican Cory Gardner in his race against Democrat Mark Udall.
  • The College Football Czar: Week 10

    10/30/2014 7:09:43 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 7 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | October 30, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar: Week 10 Week nine in review: The College Football Playoff Selection Committee released its first rankings of the season, and its members seem to have been determined to avoid controversy, by (a) ranking the two remaining undefeated major-conference teams first and second, and (b) buying into the SEC hype by awarding that conference three of the top four spots. Mississippi State deservedly received this week’s #1 ranking, but nobody who has watched Florida State this season can possibly believe they’re the second-best team in the nation. Ranking the Seminoles second because of their 7-0 record was...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-31-14

    10/30/2014 7:03:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 31, 2014Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Phil 1:1-11 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus,to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,with the bishops and deacons:grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you,praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you,because of your partnership for the Gospelfrom the first day until now.I am confident of this,that the one who began a good work in youwill continue to complete...
  • Israel to Reopen Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem

    10/30/2014 7:03:32 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | JODI RUDOREN and ISABEL KERSHNER
    <p>Israel barred all access to a contested sacred site in the Old City for the first time in many years on Thursday, a step that a Palestinian spokesman denounced as “a declaration of war” and one that strained Israel’s crucial alliance with neighboring Jordan.</p>
  • Milwaukee schools head to newspaper: Give us a union-friendly reporter – or else

    10/30/2014 6:45:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-30-14 | Adam Tobias
    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds doesn’t like what he calls “biased” coverage by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel education reporter Erin Richards. So he’s asking the state’s largest newspaper to take Richards off the beat and assign a different journalist to write about Milwaukee Public Schools — or else. “I just requested that we have somebody who’s objective, who’s going to give the readers the truth and everything about what’s going on … we want a new reporter or else we’re going to cut off all ties with the Journal in terms of communication with them,”...
  • Archbishop Blase Cupich removes retired Catholic priest Dan Wetzler from ministry

    10/30/2014 6:40:35 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | 10/30/2014 | John Stucke
    Archbishop Blase Cupich has removed a retired Spokane Catholic priest from ministry following accusations that he sexually abused a child decades ago. It is the second time in 12 years that the Rev. Dan Wetzler has fallen under scrutiny and been removed. The decision last month by Cupich was published by the Inland Register, the newspaper of the Spokane Catholic Diocese. Wetzler last served at St. Paschal Parish in Spokane from 1992 to 2002.
  • Controversy…”In” Double Jeopardy

    10/30/2014 6:35:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | October 30, 2014 | Aubrey Bruce
    We experience it in the “hood” on a daily basis. Signs signifying that the “death angel” has signed a 500 year long lease where we live. Once again, R.I.P. Dayquan, a fellow thug or just another innocent bystander has forfeited their life for an unexplainable reason. There are times that perpetrators cant discern one day from the next waking up to and falling asleep on; “BET blaxploitation,” video games, real housewives of Atlanta, real husbands of Hollywood, immorality inspired lives. Far too often many young Blacks view all of the aforementioned as “Gospel.” These warriors of destruction soak these lies...
  • Congress utilizes myth of "human shields" to justify war crimes

    10/30/2014 6:33:42 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 9 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 10/30/2014 | Stephen Zunes
    The international community, led by the United Nations and human rights groups, has expressed its outrage at attacks on civilians by both Hamas and Israel during this summer's fighting. Israeli forces killed nearly 1,500 civilians, including 500 children, during its seven-week bombardment of the crowded enclave known as the Gaza Strip. However, the right-wing Israeli government has repeatedly claimed the civilians killed by their forces during the war were a result of Hamas using "human shields," defined under international law as "Utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune...
  • Squirrel Tries to Steal A Carved Pumpkin From A Photographer's Backyard

    10/30/2014 6:32:55 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    British photographer Max Ellis (whom we wrote about previously here) is a pro at capturing brilliantly staged shots of wild squirrels. When he noticed that the suspended Jack O’ Lantern in his backyard was attracting the attention of a squirrel, he got to work snapping these delightful photos. Ellis gets the squirrels to post for photos like these by leaving them treats in places that will force them to interact with his props. In his previous interview with Bored Panda, he stressed that the squirrels were never harmed in his photos and that they were probably “much better fed than...
  • IRS Docs, Interviews Suggest More Burke Resume Problems (WI)

    10/30/2014 6:25:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 10-30-14 | Nathan Schacht
    According to her resume, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke spent 1994 and some of 1995 working as the “Administrator” of the non-profit trade group Bicycle Industry Organization (BIO). However, an IRS document shows an address for the trade group that also happens to be a home formerly owned by Burke – a home that was purchased at least seven months after Burke claims she left BIO. According to Burke’s resume, Burke left BIO in 1995 and that same year returned to Trek Bicycle – her family’s business – as Director of Forecasting and Strategic Planning. According to a Dan Bice...