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  • John Kerry: Taliban Qatar office may close if Afghan peace talks fail

    06/23/2013 12:35:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    global post ^ | 6/23/13 | Daniel DeFraia
    US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Saturday that if peace talks with the Taliban don't get "back on track" the group's new office in Qatar could be closed. Negotiations with the militant group that had been set for Thursday in the Gulf were considered the best chance to bring all parties to the table, but the peace process stalled after Kabul voiced its opposition, saying it thought the Taliban office could be used as a government in exile. "We need to see if we can get back on track ... I don't know whether that's possible or not,"...
  • Meet the 'poodle cat': Freak genetics means this feline is classified as a separate breed

    06/23/2013 12:34:18 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 23 June 2013 | Helen Lawson
    Their thick, curly coats have earned them the nickname 'cats in sheep's clothing'. Now the Selkirk Rex has been declared as a breed of its own by scientists, nine generations after it first appeared. And every Selkirk Rex in the world can be traced back to one mother - Miss DePesto.
  • Will the Golden State Go Brown? The fracking revolution might finally be coming to California.

    06/23/2013 12:30:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    City Journal ^ | 06/22/2013 | Chris Reed
    Perhaps more than in any other state, aggressive environmentalism is accepted as the norm in California. To outsiders, it may seem stunning that the late Peter Douglas, the self-described “radical” who guided the California Coastal Commission for 25 years, wanted to amend the U.S. Constitution to limit property rights. To those who live outside the Golden State, hearing that the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s new regulations require watersheds to be as pristine as they were before civilization arrived in California sounds like a story straight out of The Onion. But skeptical state residents shrug off such...
  • Immigration Reform: Not Easy, But it is Simple

    06/23/2013 12:24:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/23/2013 | C. Edmund Wright
    By enacting just two basic -- albeit politically difficult measures -- neither of which are possible with the current president and Senate, our massive and emotionally charged illegal immigration problem would largely take care of itself within a few years. Not only that, but a laser focus on these two steps could codify the conservative/Republican position around principles we all agree on, and would leave the messier areas of our disagreements to a more appropriate time. The low hanging fruit -- the crux of this matter -- is truly far simpler than we are making it, while some other hypotheticals...
  • IRS sent tens of millions in refunds to illegal aliens in Atlanta

    06/23/2013 12:21:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/23/2013 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    This is one of those stories that you have to read and check twice to make sure it's not some delayed April Fools Day joke. Guess what government agency needs a little "mail room quality control"? or what agency doesn't seem to care just how much they spend on postage? The answer is the IRS, the "Star Trek" or "line dancing IRS"! Here is the story: The IRS mailed 23,994 refund checks to the same address in Atlanta. Wonder what the neighborhood mail man said about that? Did he notice a heavier bag or a stuffed mail box? Did...
  • Tuesday's big announcement [via email from nobama]

    06/23/2013 12:14:25 PM PDT · by upchuck · 25 replies
    email | Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Jon Carson (nobama lackey)
    Now, this is huge news: President Obama is set to announce his plan this week to address the growing threat of climate change. We'll know more specifics on Tuesday, but it's expected he'll offer a bold, national approach to reducing carbon pollution -- and lay out a vision to lead global efforts to fight climate change. The powerful, well-financed forces who still deny the science behind climate change aren't going to like this -- and they'll be fighting this progress every step of the way. In fact, before he's even seen the plan, House Speaker John Boehner is calling it...
  • Rand Paul Defends: 'Mr. Snowden Told the Truth in the Name of Privacy'

    06/23/2013 12:09:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/23/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    "They're going to contrast the behavior of James Clapper, our national intelligence director, with Edward Snowden," said Paul. "Mr. Clapper lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security. Mr. Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy." Paul continued: "So I think there will be a judgment because both of them broke the law, and history will have to determine." But the senator suggested his opinion of Snowden could change. "I do think for Mr. Snowden, if he cozies up to the Russian government, it will be nothing but bad for his name in...
  • CASINO CRONY KICKBACK: Reid, Heller Slip Las Vegas Tourism Handout into Immigration Bill

    06/23/2013 12:07:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/22/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) have inserted a provision that amounts to little more than a handout to Las Vegas casinos into the repackaged immigration reform bill, Breitbart News has learned. This provision, a brazen example of crony capitalism, was inserted into the immigration law enforcement section of the bill despite the fact that it has nothing whatsoever to do with "immigration" or "law enforcement."
  • It's Time: The Battle Hymn of the Republic

    06/23/2013 12:04:29 PM PDT · by notaliberal · 34 replies
    WEB ^ | unknown | Julia Ward Howe
    During Mass this morning priest's homily was about religious freedom. We also prayed for religious freedom and the unborn and at the end of Mass "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was beautifully sung by a baritone.
  • Flip-flops like this: Sarah Palin calls out Sen. Rubio for supporting amnesty

    06/23/2013 12:04:00 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 170 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Sunday June 23, 2012
    Sarah Palin @SarahPalinUSA: Politicians wonder why we can't trust them? Campaign flip-flops like this and carve-out bribes in the Amnesty... Palins tweet links to a story from detailing Sen. Marco Rubios (D-Fla.) flip-flop over amnesty for illegal immigrants. During a debate with opponents Rep. Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, candidate Rubio argued that giving illegal immigrants an earned path to citizenship, which Crist, Sen. John McCain and former President George W. Bush had advocated, is basically amnesty. Rubio, who won that 2010 election, is now the leading Republican in the U.S. Congress pushing for illegal aliens to...
  • Tennessee bureaucrat: Water quality complaints could be considered act of terrorism (not satire)

    06/23/2013 11:56:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/20/2013 | Katie McHugh
    Unsatisfied with the quality of your water and eager to let the government know about it?You might be a terrorist, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously, deputy director of TDECs Division of Water ResourcesSherwin Smith told a baffled and outraged audience in Maury County, Tennessee.But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if theres no water quality issues, that can be considered under Homeland Security an act of terrorism. Audience members saw the officials answer as a means...
  • NSA Calls Encrypted Data Threat to Nations Security

    06/23/2013 11:52:33 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 June 2013 | John Semmens
    The National Security Agencys widespread warrant-less snooping was justified by Director, General Keith Alexander, as an essential component of our efforts to protect the Government from hostile adversaries. The idea that we should obtain warrants before we gather vital intelligence is absurd, Alexander asserted. Should a soldier on the battlefield obtain a warrant before he pulls the trigger on his rifle? Alexander pointed to the large volume of encrypted data flowing through domestic Internet and phone lines as proof that the threat is real and imminent. The fact that a person would send an encrypted email is, by itself, an...
  • Man Orders Tie From Gap, Gets Social Security Numbers Instead

    06/23/2013 11:52:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | June 22, 2013
    After ordering a tie and a pocket square from the Gap chain Banana Republics website for his wedding, the fianc to Emily Dreyfuss was mailed a package containing the confidential information of 20 former Gap employees says msnNOW. We totally laughed, Dreyfuss, 29, said on Friday from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts according to Fox News. Dreyfuss continued on to say that the situation stopped being funny after they realized exactly what kind of information was included in the package. The information in the package included the confidential files of about 20 former employees, including Social Security numbers and W4...
  • A Laboratory of Ecumenism: Cardinal Koch Visits Ukraine

    06/23/2013 11:50:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/21/13 | Michael J. Miller
    Ecumenical trip marked by candor and optimismThe president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, visited Ukraine from June 5 to 12, 2013. Upon his arrival the curial official was welcomed at Borispol Airport by the primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), and by Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson, apostolic nuncio for Ukraine. Since it was the first journey of the honored guest to Ukraine, his chief purpose was to meet with the Greek, Latin, and Armenian Catholic communities and their respective leaders in a country that Bl. John Paul II...
  • China Signals No Relief on Cash Squeeze

    06/23/2013 11:42:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 23, 2013, 12:09 p.m. ET
    China's government signaled little respite from the cash crunch that has afflicted its financial system since the beginning of June, suggesting tight conditions could continue to strain markets in the week ahead. A commentary published Sunday by the official Xinhua news agency said there was no shortage of funds in China's financial system. Rather, it said, a combination of speculation and nonbank forms of lending often called shadow finance were contributing to the surge in short-term lending rates. "It's not that there's no money, it's that the money is not in the right places," the commentary said.
  • NBCs Gregory asks Greenwald if he should be charged for aiding Snowden

    06/23/2013 11:30:24 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2013 | Jennifer Martinez
    The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald slammed NBC's "Meet the Press" host David Gregory on Sunday for asking whether he should be charged with a crime for "aiding and abetting" former government contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information to him about the National Security Agency's surveillance operations. "To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?" Gregory asked on the news show. Greenwald immediately rejected the premise of the question, calling it an "pretty extraordinary" question for a journalist to ask another peer. "I think...
  • Congress Not Bound to Fund Future Border Security Promises

    06/23/2013 11:21:47 AM PDT · by paltz · 19 replies ^ | 6/23/13 | Kerry Picket
    Members of Congress who promise that money will be spent on efforts to secure the border conveniently withhold the fact that one Congress cannot bind a future Congress to appropriate funds mandated by already established laws. Such a practice is known as legislative entrenchment and courts have long upheld this position. If a future Congress does not want to appropriate funds to hire more border agents or build 700 miles of fencing, those lawmakers can opt not to appropriate funds for the effort. measures.
  • Text of the lawsuit filed against Paula Deen, her Brother Bubba Hiers and their oyster restaurant

    06/23/2013 11:21:42 AM PDT · by dennisw · 28 replies
    www.atlawblog ^ | FILED--- March 2011 PDF format Filed by Lisa Jackson who is white and claims she also suffered from racial discrimination while working there In my book this lawsuit was and is an attempt at legalized extortion. To get paid off so you can go home with a million dollar. Deen and her brother did not pay off this money grubber and now it has seriously impacted her as she gets fired from the Food NetworkAs you read or skim through it you will see that 99% of the accusation are made against the brother Bubba who seesm to be part owner with...
  • El Monte Police Fatally Shoot Family Dog Inside Fenced Yard (video)

    06/23/2013 11:20:43 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 100 replies
    KTLA ^ | 6/20/2013 | KTLA
    EL MONTE, Calif. (KTLA) Police were investigating the fatal officer-involved shooting of a two-year-old German shepherd inside the fenced-in yard of a family in El Monte. Officers came to the home on Maxson Road on Wednesday to follow-up on a report of a runaway teenager. The encounter with the dog, named Kiki, was recorded by a home security camera. It showed two police officers arriving at the home of Cathy Luu and her husband Chi Nguyen around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the officers shook the gate and otherwise took care to check if there were dogs present in...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Samson and Delilah"(1949)

    06/23/2013 11:19:04 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1949 | Cecil B. DeMille
  • On Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Website, No Sign of Goodwill Ahead of Talks With U.S.

    06/23/2013 11:18:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 21, 2013 | 4:36 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    As the Obama administration tries to salvage its Taliban talks initiative, the group continues to boast ofand exaggeratethe battlefield exploits of the Islamic emirates holy warriors as they face the invading terrorist forces of the U.S.-led coalition and their Afghan puppets. Talks between U.S. and Taliban officials, initially scheduled to have begun in Doha on Thursday, were delayed after Afghan President Hamid Karzai reacted angrily to the way the Taliban presented itself at the opening of its office in the Qatari capital earlier this week. Karzai was unhappy that the Taliban declared the office to represent the Islamic Emirate Of...
  • 10 fashion tips from Don Cherry [with pics]

    06/23/2013 11:08:40 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    Maclean's ^ | June 21, 2013
    French cuffs, suit-appropriate ties and no coloured shirts in the evening. Its a safe, understated dress codebut maybe not the one youd expect from hockey commentator Don Cherry. Cherry agreed to share the following sartorial wisdom for our Book of Lists, so long as it was reproduced verbatim. What follows are his top 10 fashion tips, in his own words: When people think of me and my clothes, they think of the wild jackets that I wear on Coachs Corner, and they are very disappointed when they see me in a sensible suit. I have one set of clothes for...
  • Incredible Photos and Video of Massive Louisiana Waterspout

    06/23/2013 11:07:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    gcaptain ^ | June 20, 2013 | Mike Schuler
    A massive waterspout roared just offshore Grand Isle, Louisiana on Wednesday and the photos and video are incredible. Local news indicates nobody was injured and there was only minor damage once the storm came ashore.
  • Atlanta Protest against Mayor Bloomberg's Mayor's Against Illegal Guns Monday June 24, 2013

    06/23/2013 11:02:46 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 21 replies (email - not on their web site. | 6/22/2013
    June 22, 2013 Dear GCO Member, This email is being resent to correct errors in the previous email. Apologies to all. We reported yesterday that Mayor Bloomberg's Mayor's Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) bus will visit Atlanta, Monday, June 24 at 11:30 AM at the Georgia State Capitol. We also reported that the web site for Demand Action is stating the No More Names stop for Atlanta will be at 11:30 AM at the Georgia State Capitol as well. However, after checking the Georgia State Capitol's Event Calendar, the rally, according to their calendar, is scheduled for 9:00 AM Monday...
  • N-word user Paula Deen is an Obama supporter

    06/23/2013 10:59:31 AM PDT · by South40 · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/21/2013 | Patrick Howley
    Television chef Paula Deen, who lost her gig Friday with the Food Network after admitting and apologizing for having used racial epithets, including the N-word, is a supporter of President Barack Obama and campaigned on his behalf in 2008. The Southern-bred television personality also invited Michelle Obama onto one of her television programs and praised the first ladys healthy eating agenda.
  • Justice, SchmusticeDont Let Green Progressives Steal a Good Term

    06/23/2013 10:59:18 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Cornwall Alliance ^ | June 19, 2013 | E. Calvin Beisner
    Last month, the EPA released for public comment an 81-page Draft Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis, reports Cornwall Alliance Senior Fellow Dr. Steven F. Hayward. The technical guidance lays out a detailed framework for assessing the demographic and racial impact of regulations, such as how to identify minority populations at higher health risk. Minority, low-income, and indigenous populations experience greater exposure and disease burdens that can increase their risk of adverse health effects from environmental stressors, the guidance states.
  • The female libido and the two-year itch

    06/23/2013 10:56:25 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 139 replies
    Maclean's ^ | June 22, 2013 | Anne Kingston
    Isabel, a New York City lawyer, has a fianc who appears a perfect catch. Eric is sensitive, smart, kind and handsome. Hes an attentive lover, the sort of man who, on Valentines Day, draws her a bath surrounded by candles and arranges rose petals into a heart shape on the bed. Isabel loves Eric, even though her passion for him dwindled months after they became involved. She misses her erotically charged relationship with her ex-boyfriend who, though not marriage material, made her feel desired, his possession. Still, Isabel tries to rev up her low libido for sex with Eric, buying...
  • In Sweden, six scumbags convicted of gang raping a 15-year-old girl get zero time in prison

    06/23/2013 10:55:31 AM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    wordpress ^ | June 23, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog In Sweden, six scumbags convicted of gang raping a 15-year-old girl will not receive any time in prison The Local reports:Six teenage boys aged 15 to 17 were convicted on Friday after raping a 15-year-old girl in a north-western suburb of Stockholm in March.Five of the boys have been sentenced to over 100 hours of community service each, and have been ordered to pay 55,000 kronor ($8,500) each in damages to the victim.This is despicable.For all practical purposes, rape is now legal in Sweden.For a country that has a reputation of being one of the best...
  • Bloomberg gun group website registered on NYC government servers(CBS News)

    06/23/2013 10:50:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 22 June, 2013 | Jake Miller
    The website for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group formed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to push stronger gun safety laws, is registered to NYC government servers and administered by NYC government staffers, according to Politico, raising questions about whether Bloomberg has blurred the line between his dual roles as mayor and advocate. The domain names for the gun group - and - are both registered under the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, which was first reported by Ace of Spades blogger John Ekdahl. Bloomberg has poured millions of dollars into an...
  • Calgary's flooded downtown may be closed for weeks

    06/23/2013 10:47:25 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 24 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | June 23, 2013 | KATIE SCHNEIDER
    CALGARY -- It could be days or weeks before Calgary's downtown core is open for business, says the city's emergency management chief. Bruce Burrell of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency said much of the downtown core is still without power but some residents and business owners will be let in Sunday to check on their properties. But it's unclear how long it will take crews to restore power to the city's business hub. "There's a big chunk of the downtown core still without power," Burrell said. "It may be without power for days, it may be without power for weeks."...
  • Edward Snowden asks Ecuador for asylum

    06/23/2013 10:42:54 AM PDT · by SgtBilko · 217 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 June 2013 | BBC
    Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor who leaked classified documents revealing US internet and phone surveillance, has asked Ecuador for asylum. The request was confirmed by Ecuador's foreign minister on Twitter. Mr Snowden had fled the US for Hong Kong but flew out on Sunday morning and is currently in Moscow.
  • Nuclear War Plan by I.R.S. BTI (Before The Internet)

    06/23/2013 10:38:34 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/28/1989 | NYT
    It will take something more than a nuclear attack to wipe out taxpayers' obligations to the Internal Revenue Service. An addition to the Internal Revenue Manual, which is supposed to guide the conduct of all I.R.S. employees, declares that if the bomb is dropped, ''operations will be concentrated on collecting the taxes which will produce the greater revenue yield.'' An I.R.S. spokesman, Johnell Hunter, said today that the new section -titled ''National Emergency Operations'' - had been added to the manual in response to a directive to Government departments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
  • Taliban kills foreign climbers in Pakistan

    06/23/2013 10:37:53 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 26 replies
    WaPo ^ | 2013/06/23 | Haq Nawaz Khan and Tim Craig
    Gunmen stormed a camp on Pakistans second-largest mountain Sunday, killing nine foreign climbers, including a U.S. citizen, in a brazen assault that could deal a blow to the countrys efforts to jumpstart its tourism industry. Pakistans Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it retribution for a suspected U.S. drone strike last month that killed Wali ur-Rehman, the second-highest-ranking leader of the terrorist group. Through this killing we gave a message to international community to ask U.S. to stop drone strikes, said Ehsanullah Ehsan, a Taliban spokesman. The attack in northern Pakistan at Nanga Parbat, the worlds ninth-tallest mountain, occurred...
  • U.S. Senate Will Vote on Immigration Amendment Scrawled in Illegible Handwriting

    06/23/2013 10:36:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/22/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Senate will vote Monday on a five-part amendment to the approximately 1,075-page immigration bill that would legalize illegal aliens and eventually allow them to become citizens of the United States. The text of the amendment has been posted on the website of the Senate Judiciary Committee--and part of it is presentedin illegible handwriting scrawled across the margins of a page in the draft bill.Click here to see a copy of the page and the proposed legislative language scrawled on it.In his weekly address on Saturday, President Barack Obama urged Americans to contact their senators and tell them "now is...
  • Buchanan: Hispanic influx from immigration bill could break US into two countries

    06/23/2013 10:34:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 23, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Andrea Tantaros radio show last week, conservative columnist and author Pat Buchanan warned of an unintended consequence of the immigration reform bill, a bill which doesnt place a high priority on assimilation. According to Tantaros, her previous guest, former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, said that the immigration legislation funnels money to so-called community organizing groups like La Raza with the idea of teaching immigrants American history, the Constitution and civic participation. That leaves open the possibility of activist groups teaching with a partisan slant and impedes assimilation. Buchanan, author of Suicide of a Superpower: Will America...
  • Iowa man selling coffin gets questions about bones

    06/23/2013 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 6/22/13
    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) An Iowa man's online classified ad offering an oak coffin for sale neglected to mention the full skeleton inside, so police interrupted the deal and seized the bones.
  • Fox: Kennedy signed off on Benghazi post despite substandard security

    06/23/2013 10:28:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:01 pm on June 22, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when the ironically-named Accountability Review Board assigned blame for the Benghazi debacle on low-level employees at the State Department? When challenged by Congress as to why the ARB never interviewed Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, ARB co-chair Thomas Pickering replied that they had already concluded that blame for the unprotected diplomatic facility rested below his level. Whistleblower Eric Nordstrom told Congress, however, that the decisions that left the consulate defenseless against the terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 came from Kennedys level at least. A new report from Fox vindicates Nordstrom, although it might not be quite...
  • Amnesty: Danger, Danger, Will Robinson! Calling All Tea Partiers!

    06/23/2013 10:28:42 AM PDT · by Lloyd Marcus · 10 replies ^ | June 23, 2013 | Lloyd Marcus
    Brother and sister patriots, this is it. This is the big one. If we lose this battle, it is game over unless God intervenes. America as founded will be over. Democrats and socialist/progressives will rule forever. Therefore, this is the Tea Party issue of our times. I am talking about the passing of the Amnesty Bill. The reason and urgency to pass amnesty is rooted in a big fat lie. Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media have convinced Republicans that Hispanics hate them. The Democrat's and MSM's tag-team lie is if Republicans do not pass amnesty, the Republican...
  • Why Immigration Reform Is The Panama Canal Treaty Redux

    06/23/2013 10:26:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Power Line ^ | June 23, 2013 | Steven Hayward
    Im pretty sure it was my first Washington mentor, the great M. Stanton Evans, who told meand perhaps originatedthe famous story of a senior Senate aide explaining American democracy to a Russian visitor shortly after the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991. The story is probably apocryphal, but like Xenophons re-telling of Cyrus the Great, or Machiavellis subtle mis-tellings of so many stories, it contains the effectual truth of the matter: Its true, we have a two-party system in America: The Evil Party, and the Stupid Party. And every once and a while the Evil Party and the Stupid Party...
  • Greenfield: The End of the World

    06/23/2013 10:24:29 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, June 23, 2013 The End of the World Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog 0 Comments Two years ago, the media had a prolonged belly laugh at a group that predicted the end of the world. Now media outlets from The New York Times to The New Republic to The Economist are wrestling with the question of why their own ideology's doomsday predictions are not coming to pass. "If scientific models cant project the last 15 years, what does that mean for their projections of the next 100?," the New Republic asks. It means that the...
  • Obama Supports Gun Rights - For Syrian Rebels, Not American Citizens (Sucker!)

    06/23/2013 10:24:28 AM PDT · by pinochet · 1 replies
    Obama supports the second ammendment right to bear arms for foreigners (like himself), not Americans. He is supplying guns and heavy weapons to Syrian rebels. Some of these rebels were the Al Quaeda thugs, who were fighting US troops in Iraq. But Obama will not have background checks and waiting periods to determine which rebels have criminal records. As far as Obama is concerned, the right to gun ownership among Syrian rebels is absolute. But we can be thankful that Obama is determined to keep guns out of the hands of the real extremists, that is, American conservatives who are...
  • Congressman Demands More Balanced Campaign against Terrorism

    06/23/2013 10:23:43 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 June 2013 | John Semmens
    Representative Jim McDermott (D-Wash) directed pointed criticism at the FBIs focus on Islamic terrorists. His criticism was sparked by a bus ad that featured photos of 16 suspected terrorists that the agency is trying to apprehend. McDermotts beef is that all 16 of the suspects featured in the ad are Islamic. I find it highly offensive that the FBI is concentrating on Muslims to the exclusion of other racial and religious groups, McDermott said. Our anti-terror campaign needs to be more balanced. Whether an anti-terror campaign could be more balanced is problematic. All but two of the FBIs top 32...
  • Pelosi booed for saying NSA leaker Snowden violated the law

    06/23/2013 10:21:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2013 | Jennifer Martinez
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was booed onstage Saturday when she said former government contractor Edward Snowden broke the law by leaking classified documents on National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. Speaking at the NetRoots Nation conference in San Jose, Calif., Pelosi told the audience to reject comparisons between President Barack Obama and his predecessor, President George W. Bush, on their oversight of surveillance programs. The top House Democrat said Obama is poised to reveal "in another few days, a few more proceedings" of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Pelosi received the loudest boos and heckles from the...
  • Hostess says Twinkies will return to shelves July 15 with wider distribution

    06/23/2013 10:19:22 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 74 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | June 23, 2013 | CANDICE CHOI , AP Food Industry Writer
    NEW YORK Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15. Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is expecting a blockbuster return next month for Twinkies and other sugary treats, such as CupCakes and Donettes. The company says the cakes will taste the...
  • Brooklyn Man Sues Former Employer for Weight Discrimination

    06/23/2013 10:12:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 22, 2013 6:07am | Alana Abramson
    A Brooklyn man has sued his former employer for firing him because of his weight, court documents show. A lawsuit, filed June 19 in the Kings County Supreme Court, maintains that Jerry Greenberg, the owner of the art framing store Frame it in Brooklyn Inc., withdrew an offer of employment to Seth Bogdanove because he was too overweight. Bogdanove worked at Frame it in Brooklyn from 1994 to 2008, according to court documents. He told ABC News that he did not want to discuss why he left the store, but emphasized that his decision had nothing to do with medical...
  • OH:Buying back guns is strictly business

    06/23/2013 10:09:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 17 June, 2013 | KABIR BHATIA
    he Cleveland Police Department held its annual gun buyback over the weekend, swapping gift cards for certain types of firearms. Opponents say such programs waste taxpayer dollars and destroy desirable weapons. And as WKSUs Kabir Bhatia reports, in many cases it comes down to a matter of economics. (snip) Effectiveness Gun advocates have become increasingly critical of buybacks. And in Arizona, lawmakers last month passed a law forbidding police from destroying guns obtained in such programs. Instead, they have to be sold to federally licensed dealers. Some researchers question the effectiveness of buybacks in fighting gun violence. A study from...
  • Love One Another

    06/23/2013 10:09:02 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 37 replies
    Tiber Judy ^ | 6-23-13 | Tiber Judy
    Last week in this blog I wrote about suicide, specifically I recalled my grandfathers suicide and its lingering effects on my family. I wasnt prepared for the reaction that my words encouraged. I had struggled with publishing our family story because I didnt want the legacy of my dad and grandfather to be changed in any way by my writing. But I shouldnt have worried. Instead Ive heard many stories of other families whose lives have been altered forever by suicide. Beginning in 2009, suicide surpassed car crashes as the number one cause of accidental death in the United States....
  • Dissension and fiscal woes beset the Girl Scouts (Awwwwww...)

    06/23/2013 10:02:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    AP ^ | 6/23/2013 | DAVID CRARY
    Given the friction and financial woes facing the Girl Scouts these days, perhaps it's time for a giant friendship circle. Under that long-standing tradition, a ring of Scouts clasp hands and give a little squeeze, accompanied by a silent wish of good will. Just a year after its centennial celebrations, the Girl Scouts of the USA finds itself in a different sort of squeeze. Its interconnected problems include declining membership and revenues, a dearth of volunteers, rifts between leadership and grassroots members, a pension plan with a $347 million deficit, and an uproar over efforts by many local councils to...
  • What is the proper balance between privacy and security?

    06/23/2013 9:53:57 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 77 replies
    Jim Robinson
    <p>The answer is in the constitution. The original intent of the constitution is to severely restrict the powers of government while guaranteeing our God-given, unalienable individual rights.</p> <p>The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.</p>
  • NC:Groups on both sides of gun debate rally in downtown Raleigh(barfalert)

    06/23/2013 9:45:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 22 June, 2013 | Tara Lynn
    Raleigh, N.C. As part of ongoing effort to get Congress to pass "common-sense gun laws," supporters of Mayors Against Illegal Guns rallied in downtown Raleigh's Moore Square Saturday to call for lawmakers to strengthen the country's background check system. The group, a coalition of more than 900 mayors from across the country, is conducting a 100-day bus tour that began following a June 14 ceremony that marked the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Neil Heslin, whose son Jesse Lewis was one of 20 first graders slain in the Dec. 14, 2012 rampage...