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  • Iranian Christian to Have Lips Burnt for Eating During Ramadan

    07/23/2014 7:03:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 4:43 AM | Elad Benari
    An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, The Daily Mail reported. The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah. Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city’s deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said. […] At least 49 Christians were among 307 religious minorities being held in Iranian jails as of January 2014, noted the UN, which also criticized the regime for...

    11/02/2015 5:53:59 AM PST · by onyx · 186 replies
    FREE REPUBLIC | Monday, November 2, 2015 | onyx
    Click Here to Pledge Your Support via Secure Server! Dear FRiends: We need your help to keep the lights on!! [FReepathon thread XXXI]Posted on 11/2/2014, 12:21:56 PM by Jim Robinson I thought it might be fun and enlightening to look back exactly one year at 2014's 4th Quarter's FReepathon on this very same date and compare it to today's 2015 FReepathon to check our progress, or not. 2014's November 2, thread was XXXI. 2015's November 2, thread is XXXIII. ON NOVEMBER 2, 2014, JIM WROTE: Make it a monthly if you can. We have some very generous FReeper sponsors...
  • Supreme Court Rules Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law

    10/21/2015 12:22:24 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 79 replies
    texas tribune ^ | 12:45 p.m. EDT October 18, 2014 | Richard Wolf, USA
    The U.S. Supreme Court early Saturday denied a last-ditch effort to block the enforcement of Texas' controversial voter ID law in the upcoming elections. The ruling comes two days before the start of early voting. Election Day is Nov. 4. Six of the nine justices agreed to deny a request to vacate Tuesday’s judgment from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state could enforce the law. The opinion removes the last traces of uncertainty over whether the law — which supporters say prevents voter fraud — would be in effect for the start of early voting.
  • Official: Charter plane carrying Americans takes off from Iran, lands in Dubai

    09/06/2014 4:00:40 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri September 5, 2014 | mon Prokupecz, Elise Labott and Barbara Starr
    A plane carrying Americans was forced to land in Iran by the Iranian Air Force. It was allowed to leave early Saturday. It isn't known if all are still aboard. Link only.(Excerpt) "A charter airplane carrying military contractors, including Americans, took off early Saturday from Iran, hours after its pilots were ordered to land because the flight plan was out of date, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said."
  • LI woman claims cops couldn’t believe she owned BMW — so they threw her in psych ward

    09/15/2015 11:30:56 AM PDT · by Theoria · 52 replies
    PIX11 ^ | 10 Sept 2015 | Nicole Johnson
    A Long Island woman’s insistence that she owns a BMW landed her in a psych ward at Harlem Hospital. The doctors believed she was delusional and suffering from bipolar disorder — but she was actually telling the truth, a lawsuit claims. Kam Brock’s frightening eight-day “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” ordeal at the mental facility included forced injections of powerful sedatives and demands she down doses of lithium, according to medical records obtained by PIX11 from her attorney. Brock said it all started at a traffic light in Harlem after she was pulled over by an officer for allegedly...
  • Overnight Cybersecurity: US power grid getting hammered

    09/10/2015 3:26:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/9/15 | Cory Bennett and Katie Bo Williams
    Critical infrastructure operators in the U.S. continue to face a hailstorm of hacks. Federal documents obtained by USA Today through a FOIA request revealed that hackers infiltrated the Department of Energy's computer system over 150 times between 2010 and 2014. As the department overseeing the country's power grid and nuclear weapons stockpile, the Energy Department is an attractive target for overseas cyber spies seeking to uncover vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is warning critical infrastructure providers of a malicious spear-phishing campaign in which hackers use bogus emails to infiltrate users' networks. The campaign has targeted government facilities and...
  • Valerie Plame on the 'Scary' State of Cybersecurity [and Scott Walker]

    07/24/2015 5:47:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Inc. ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Maria Aspan Senior editor, Inc.
    Cyber warfare has gone nuclear. So says Valerie Plame, the former covert CIA agent who spent her intelligence career working against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Now she’s taking on a new task: helping government agencies and companies stem the relentless flood of hacker attacks. “There’s a huge impact on national security and intelligence,” says Plame, who this spring became an adviser to cybersecurity startup Global Data Sentinel. “The new normal is going to be more and more of these hacks, whether it’s Target or Home Depot or the Office of Personnel Management or Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos.”...
  • Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove White House to Airstrikes in Iraq

    08/09/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    On Wednesday evening, moments after finishing a summit meeting with African leaders at the State Department, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered a stark message to President Obama as they rode back to the White House in Mr. Obama’s limousine. The Kurdish capital, Erbil, once an island of pro-American tranquillity, was in the path of rampaging Sunni militants, the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the president. And to the west, the militants had trapped thousands of members of Iraqi minority groups on a barren mountaintop, with dwindling supplies, raising concerns about a potential genocide. With American...
  • The secret to ISIS's success: Over 100 former Saddam Hussein-era officers run jihadi group's

    08/10/2015 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Daily Mail ^ | 08/08/2015 | TOM WYKE
    Once part of one of the most brutal dictator's army in the Middle East, over 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's military and intelligence officers are now part of ISIS. Now they make up the complex network of ISIS's leadership, helping to build the military strategies which have led the brutal jihadi group to their military gains in Syria and Iraq. The officers gave ISIS the organization and discipline it needed to weld together jihadi fighters drawn from across the globe, integrating terror tactics like suicide bombings with military operation
  • It's Surprisingly Legal to Eat Lion Meat

    07/29/2015 6:06:15 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 24 replies
    VICE News ^ | 02/19/2015 | Mark Hay
    As part of the celebrations for his 91st birthday next Saturday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be served a feast featuring five impala, two buffalo, two elephants, two sables, and one lion. According to a report in Zimbabwe's The Chronicle, the menagerie was donated by Tendai Musasa, owner of the prominent Woodlands Farm near the Elephant Hills Resort at Victoria Falls, where the 20,000-person shindig will take place. While you'd think that eating elephants and lions, icons of wildlife conservation, would be illegal, it turns out it's not—neither under Zimbabwean nor international law. As of 1997, elephant populations in Botswana,...
  • Probe into Chattanooga shooting suspect turns to Mideast travel

    07/17/2015 3:28:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 17 Jul 15 | Richard Valdmanis and Mark Hosenball
    U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old Kuwait-born U.S. citizen A little more than 24 hours after the shooting, the FBI said it continued to investigate it as an act of terrorism and that it was "premature" to speculate on the motive. Abdulazeez's travel was part of the investigation. "We do know that he has traveled outside of the United States," Ed Reinhold, FBI...
  • Major greenhouse gases hit record highs in 2014: report

    07/16/2015 2:21:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 7/16/15 | Kerry Sheridan
    Miami (AFP) - In 2014 the world's oceans swelled, major greenhouse gases that fuel global warming hit record highs and the planet's surface temperature reached its hottest point in 135 years, international researchers said Thursday. The findings are contained in the 2014 State of the Climate report, a peer-reviewed study that examines temperature, precipitation and weather events around the world. A total of 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world contributed to the report, the 25th in a series that is based on data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on land, water, ice and in space. The...
  • Terror attacks, deaths up sharply in 2014: State Department (Obama's Watch)

    06/19/2015 4:21:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/15 | Warren Strobel
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 percent in 2014, a year that also saw Islamic State eclipse al Qaeda as the leading jihadist militant group, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. In its annual report on terrorism, the department also charts an unprecedented flow of foreign fighters to Syria, often lured by Islamic State's use of social media and drawn from diverse social backgrounds. Taken together, the trends point to a sobering challenge from militant groups worldwide to the United States and its allies despite severe blows inflicted...
  • Massive Utah cyberattacks — up to 300 million per day — may be aimed at NSA facility

    02/07/2015 9:23:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    http://www.sltrib.com/news/2135491-155/massive-utah-cyber-attacks-may-be ^ | First Published Feb 03 2015 10:57AM • Last Updated Feb 03 2015 10:56 pm | LEE DAVIDSON
    Five years ago, Utah government computer systems faced 25,000 to 30,000 attempted cyberattacks every day. At the time, Utah Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires thought that was massive. "But this last year we have had spikes of over 300 million attacks against the state databases" each day: a 10,000-fold increase. Why? Squires says it is probably because Utah is home to the new, secretive National Security Agency computer center, and hackers believe they can somehow get to it through state computer systems. "I really do believe it was all the attention drawn to the NSA facility. In the cyberworld, that's...
  • Emma, Noah top list of most popular baby names in 2014

    05/08/2015 8:28:20 AM PDT · by PROCON · 38 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | My 8, 2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Emma and Noah were the most popular baby names in 2014. Among girls, Emma was followed by Olivia, Sophia, Isabella and Ava, according to the list released Friday by the Social Security Administration. For boys, Noah was followed by Liam, Mason, Jacob and William.
  • ‘Warm blob’ in Pacific Ocean linked to weird weather across the U.S.

    04/09/2015 8:48:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    washington.edu ^ | Hannah Hickey
    The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are washing up on California beaches. A long-lived patch of warm water off the West Coast, about 1 to 4 degrees Celsius (2 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal, is part of what’s wreaking much of this mayhem, according to two University of Washington papers to appear in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. “In the fall of 2013 and...
  • Anti-Defamation League: 2014 ‘a particularly violent year for Jews’ in America

    03/31/2015 6:34:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    The Washington Post ^ | March 31, 2015 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    When a 73-year-old man opened fire on two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb last year, killing three people, police called the attack a hate crime.
  • Mother Teresa, ISIS and Abortion

    09/18/2014 10:38:19 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 2 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 18, 2014 | Ryan L Gavini
    Mother Teresa died in 1997 but her view on abortion has a relevance to the infamous group known as ISIS. Let me first take you back in 1987 when I personally saw this legendary woman. She came to the Philippines to inaugurate the Home for the Dying. This is one of the many homes she was operating in more than 100 countries all across the world. I was a high school seminarian when she spoke to us in our chapel. I was one of the many who were spiritually and deeply moved by her saintly presence. What I could not...
  • Inside V15’s ground game to unseat Netanyahu

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — When he goes door to door in this city handing out campaign materials, Shai Gal doesn’t tell people to vote for Labor, Meretz or the other liberal parties vying for support ahead of Israel’s March 17 election. He just asks one question: Do you want to replace Bibi? ___Snip___ OneVoice received grants from the State Department in 2014, prior to its affiliation with V15. ____Snip____ Dweck said that while the organization has received donations from abroad, V15’s activities are legal because the law only prohibits outside groups from campaigning for a specific party, which V15 doesn’t...
  • Knock Off The Loser Talk. This Fight Hasn’t Even Begun

    03/09/2015 11:42:02 AM PDT · by fifedom · 82 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 09, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Oh my goodness, the 2014 election victories didn’t end the war! You mean the progressives are still out there dreaming of a future full of hugs and goosestepping? You mean the GOP Establishment hasn’t just given up its power and knelt before us, begging to be forgiven for its craven crony corporatism? You mean the fight’s not over? ... Kurt Schlichter was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.
  • Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014

    03/03/2015 5:44:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 11, 2015 | WatchMojo.com
    2014 brought us a number of great films…don’t expect to see any of them mentioned here. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 worst movies of 2014.
  • Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

    03/01/2015 9:36:33 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 215 replies
    Aretz Sgiva ^ | 3-1-2015 | Mark Langfan
    The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran. According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel's back. The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister...
  • Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

    03/01/2015 10:33:20 AM PST · by txgirl4Bush · 5 replies
    Israeli National News ^ | 3/1/2015 | Mark Langfan
    The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran. Following Obama's threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack. According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign...
  • Dems: This is why we lost in 2014 (Pelosi knows)

    02/22/2015 4:04:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/21/15 | Mario Trujillo
    The Democratic Party lacks a “single narrative” and must tighten its pitch to voters in order to compete in future elections, an interim report from the Democratic National Committee found. The report released at the party’s winter meeting recommended forming a national project to bring together party leaders, activists and messaging experts to hone in on a theme. Currently, the party is “loosely understood as a long list of policy statements and not with a common set of core values,” according to the report. The review was launched last year shortly after Democrats lost control of the Senate in the...
  • Argentine Phone Calls Detail Efforts to Shield Iran

    01/22/2015 1:17:51 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 21, 2015 | JONATHAN GILBERT and SIMON ROMERO
    Intercepted conversations between representatives of the Iranian and Argentine governments point to a long pattern of secret negotiations to reach a deal in which Argentina would receive oil in exchange for shielding Iranian officials from charges that they orchestrated the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994. The transcripts were made public by an Argentine judge on Tuesday night, as part of a 289-page criminal complaint written by Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor investigating the attack. Mr. Nisman was found dead in his luxury apartment on Sunday, the night before he was to present his findings to Congress. In...
  • Report: Obama and Bill Ayers attended same 2014 wedding

    02/13/2015 2:32:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/15 | Justin Sink
    Former Weather Underground activists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn were guests at the August 2014 wedding of White House chef Sam Kass and MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner, which was also attended by President Obama and his family, according to a report Thursday in Gawker. Obama's ties to Ayers became a flashpoint during the 2008 presidential campaign, with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) memorably accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists who would target their own countries." Ayers and Dohrn spent nearly a decade on the run as fugitives for their role in carrying out bombings of federal buildings,...
  • For the first time, Russia has more deployed nuclear warheads than U.S.

    10/02/2014 10:52:26 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 74 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department. Russia now has 1,643 warheads deployed on intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers. The United States has 1,642, said the fact sheet released Wednesday.
  • Year-in-Review: Barna's Top 10 Findings from 2014

    01/03/2015 10:07:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Barna Group ^ | 01/03/2015
    December 29, 2014 - Every December, Barna Group compiles its top findings and trends from research conducted in the past year. From legalizing marijuana to increasing secularization trends to America’s complicated relationship with sports—2014 was an interesting year. 1. Bible Skepticism Is Now Tied with Bible EngagementFor the first time since Barna Group and American Bible Society’s Bible engagement tracking began, Bible skepticism is tied with Bible engagement. The number of those who are skeptical or agnostic toward the Bible—who believe the Bible is “just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice”—has nearly doubled from...
  • Five great school-choice stories for 2014

    01/02/2015 2:06:14 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/02/2015 | Jon E Dougherty
    It’s a new year, and there are all sorts of “Best of 2014″ lists of this and that posted online. So in keeping with that trend, we thought we’d put up a few lists of our own – lists aimed at inspiring free-market conservatives.
  • 2014: Year of Futility in the Fight Against Climate Change

    01/02/2015 1:02:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Heartland ^ | 12/31/14 | Steve Goreham
    **SNIP** The Obama administration continued its attack on coal-fired power plants, which provide about 40 percent of US electricity. In June, the EPA proposed new restrictions on carbon emissions that would make it vitually impossible to build a new coal-fired plant in the US. At the same time, more than 1,200 new coal-fired plants are planned across the world, with two-thirds to be built in India and China. In his 2007 Noble Prize acceptance speech, former Vice President Al Gore warned that the arctic ice could be gone in “as little as seven years.” But arctic sea ice rebounded in...
  • The Top Ten Political Fictions of 2014

    01/01/2015 10:30:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/01/2015 | By Marguerite Creel
    The challenge facing any political institution based on artifice lies in selling its delusions to the voting public. A glance at the record demonstrates that the American left has an outstanding record in bringing this off. Events of recent months show that it has not lost its touch. In 2014, a virtual avalanche of nonstop high-level governmental propaganda cascaded throughout the national media intended to snow-blind the average American voter.  Here is a compilation of the most outrageous claims of a 21st Century statist government: 1. The border is less porous than it’s been any time since the 1970s. --...
  • Best (or worst) mugshots of 2014: A year-end round-up of America's strangest, funniest and...

    01/01/2015 7:44:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/31/14
    Best (or worst) mugshots of 2014: A year-end round-up of America's strangest, funniest and most humiliating booking photos of the past year **SNIP** They are cautionary tales of what not to do when you're planning on breaking a law--like wearing an 'I love meth' t-shirt while using the drug, wearing a 'Drunk as s***' shirt while driving under the influence or selling marijuana while proclaiming 'All my friends are baked' on your person. Perhaps what these photos are trying to tells us is to just steer clear of novelty t-shirts. Other ways to avoid having your mug shot make it...
  • The Year of the Breach: 10 Federal Agency Data Breaches in 2014

    01/01/2015 7:02:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 12/30/14 | Jack Moore, Nextgov Staff
    **SNIP** Over the past few years, the number of security incidents at federal agencies involving the potential exposure of personal information has skyrocketed -- from about 10,400 in 2009 to more than 25,500 in 2013, according to the Government Accountability Office. There’s no data yet this year on the total number of breaches at agencies in 2014. But with the year almost in the rearview mirror, Nextgov takes a look back at the 10 most impactful, high-profile or otherwise eyebrow-raising federal agency breaches. 1. White House Hacked The Obama administration has made cybersecurity a key priority, so it must have...
  • A Toast To 2014’s Top California Political Stories (shoulder fired missiles)

    01/01/2015 5:38:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    KQED ^ | 12/31/14 | John Myers
    **SNIP** The San Francisco Democrat was a fairly high-profile member of the California Legislature, but not a flamboyant one or one who was the subject of gossip and rumor. And that’s probably why the news in March landed with such a bombshell, when the 66-year old former psychologist was arrested and charged with not only corruption, but also with allegedly participating in a scheme to smuggle illegal weapons into the United States. The irony was impossible to miss: gun trafficking charges against a Democrat who made a name for himself as a fierce advocate of gun control, a politician who...
  • What we learned about the American voter in 2014

    12/31/2014 1:06:42 PM PST · by PROCON · 3 replies
    politico ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Have Republicans disrupted Democrats’ demographic advantage?Working-class white voters continued their decadeslong defection from the Democratic Party. The president was a major drag on his party, particularly given a challenging Senate map. Turnout was historically low, even for a midterm election. The 2014 Republican landslide has both parties poring over the data, hoping to glean insights about the current state of the electorate before the 2016 elections. But it might take until the next presidential cycle to answer the most pressing question: Is Republicans’ 2014 success the result of significant changes in how voters view the two parties, or is the...
  • American Achiever of 2014: Sarah Palin

    12/27/2014 9:44:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 27, 2014 | M. Joseph Sheppard
    It would be the height of churlishness for even the most inveterate leftist to deny the import of someone who made Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list, and then the Smithsonian Institution's "100 Most Significant Americans Of All Time" list. Both affirmations were earned by former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. To then accept Governor Palin as "American Achiever of the Year 2014" would be for most, if not all on the left (and to be fair, many in the GOP) no doubt a bridge too far. However, such partisanship should not stand in the way of...
  • WILLIAMS: Midterm Election Lessons; Conventional wisdom about the November 2014 election is wrong

    12/25/2014 7:37:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Memphis Flyer ^ | December 25, 2014 | Juan Williams
    A trouncing! A tsunami! A shellacking! That's the conventional wisdom about last month's midterm elections. But it's wrong. Yes, the GOP picked up 12 seats in the House and gained at least seven seats in the Senate, but calling that a shellacking requires closing your eyes to some really big numbers. First, the average pickup for the opposition party in midterm elections that take place in the sixth year of a presidency is 29 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate. Second, 60 percent of voters told exit polls they were either "dissatisfied" with Republican leaders in...

    12/24/2014 5:30:05 PM PST · by stilloftyhenight · 27 replies
    na ^ | 12/24/14 | stillofthenight
    Merry Christmas Freepers! Merry Christmas Freepers!
  • Ted Cruz Wins the Ringside Political Championship for 2014

    12/19/2014 7:35:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Christian Post's Opinion Section ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jeff Crouere, host, Ringside Politics show
    In the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ringside Politics bestowed its first "Turkey of the Year" award to then New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for his woeful leadership, bad judgment and embarrassing statements. Since then, we have been recognizing "turkeys" from both of the major political parties. For example, in 2014, we gave the "Turkey of the Year" award to a very worthy recipient, Republican House Speaker John Boehner. After years of putting the spotlight on "turkeys" we are pleased to announce our first "Champion of the Year." For 2014, there is no one more qualified for this honor than...
  • Wendy Davis gets Texas Monthly's 2014 'Bum Steer of the Year'

    12/11/2014 1:04:23 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 12/11/2014 | Joshua Fechter
    Wendy Davis, who lost the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election to Republican Greg Abbott, has won Texas Monthly magazine's coveted "Bum Steer of the Year" award for her "train wreck" of a campaign. The annual awards take a snarky jab at Texas politicians, odd news stories and personalities. Fromer winners include Anna Nicole Smith, Gov. Rick Perry, Lance Armstrong and Tom Delay. This year's cover depicts Davis stepping in a cow patty while wearing the bright pink Mizuno "Wave Rider" sneakers she donned during her 2013 filibuster against Texas' new abortion restrictions that brought her into the national spotlight. The magazine...
  • Heritage Staff Pull an All-Nighter Reading the ‘Cromnibus’ Spending Bill

    12/10/2014 3:54:03 PM PST · by cornelis · 9 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | Dec 2014 | Nathaniel Ward
    Last night, lawmakers released the massive, 1,603-page, $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the government for the coming year. Here are a few things Heritage experts have learned about the “cromnibus." The bill: Funds most of the federal government through September 30, 2015 while extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security until February 27, 2015. Does not block funding for President Obama’s amnesty. Makes only minor tweaks to Obamacare, but leaves the big-government health program otherwise intact. Continues the education spending spree, and in fact increases spending on K-12 and higher education.
  • What Religious Movie Audiences Wanted From Hollywood In 2014

    12/09/2014 9:38:33 AM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Rebecca Cusey
    A year-end review of 2014's Bible and religious movie lineup. In the beginning…of 2014…was the promise of Bible movies. And was it good? As 2014 dawned, it looked like the year the Hollywood seas would part for Bible and religious movie offerings. Three Bible epics were in development for nationwide release by major studios: Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “Son of God,” and Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” Moreover, none other than superstar Angelina Jolie was directing a biopic of an evangelical lion and war hero Louis Zamperini. A slew of smaller films aimed at the...
  • 2014 elections: Lessons, new landscape, new challenges (Commies have a problem...)

    12/07/2014 12:40:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CPUSA ^ | 11/21/14 | John Bachtell
    There's no sugarcoating it. The November 2014 election results marked a serious setback for Democrats, the anti-ultra right alliance and the broad people's coalition led by labor. The fight for jobs at living wages, workers and immigrant rights, racial and gender equality, for climate justice and peace proceeds under more unfavorable conditions. The election resulted in a wave of victories for the Republicans and ultra right that may have surpassed 2010. However, while the GOP claims otherwise, it was not a mandate for right-wing policies. Grassroots efforts by labor and its allies mobilized millions of voters. Tens of thousands of...
  • McGrath: Razzmatazz, the last word on the mid-term elections (ALL THE MEDIA'S FAULT !!!!!)

    12/06/2014 10:11:50 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 9 replies
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | December 5, 2014 10:21PM | David McGrath mcgrathd@dupage.edu
    When Democrats rebounded after George W. Bush’s presidency, the reasons were obvious. Bush’s devastating and costly war begun under erroneous pretenses; the administration’s failures in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; the precipitous fall into the Great Recession; and a charismatic Barack Obama waiting in the wings. When Republicans rebounded with a big win last month after six years of a Democratic Senate and presidency, the reasons are not so plain to see. ******************************************************* It’s impossible to discount the role of the media in shaping the opinion of the electorate in any era. So when the media repeatedly cites anti-Obama sentiment...
  • No, the Message of the Last Election Was Not to “Get Stuff Done”

    12/05/2014 11:33:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | December 4, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    In the days since Election Day, and during the coming weeks and months, the message from the White House has been and will be put forth endlessly as accepted wisdom, the lie repeated often enough until it becomes truth: that Americans voted for Congress and the White House to “work together.” That what they want is government action to solve their problems. This assertion, which is not just wrong but disprovable, serves the White House purpose of quieting conservatives who are willing to muck up business as usual in order to scuttle or at least make a vigorous point about...
  • Three House Races Remain Undecided from November

    12/04/2014 8:23:51 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4 December 2014 | Election Bureau
    Arizona's 2nd District: Challenger Martha McSally (GOP) clings to a 179 vote lead against Ron Barber, the incumbent, who is still finding missing votes. Louisiana's 5th District: Jamie Mayo, the only Democrat candidate with 28%, faces a Saturday runoff with Ralph Abraham, who garnered 23% against a crowded GOP field of six candidates.
  • White House says it would veto Tea Party legislation defunding Obama's immigration orders

    12/02/2014 1:06:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 1, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    * MailOnline exclusively obtained a draft copy of the legislation under consideration by conservatives in the House * It says 'no part of any appropriation,' including 'funds or fees collected' can be used by 'any agency to implement' Obama's immigration directives * House Republicans will discuss the legislation at a closed-door meeting tomorrow on Capitol Hill * The language could be part of a must-pass bill that would keep the government's doors open beyond next Thursday * The White House reiterated its preference today that Congress pass a yearlong appropriations billThe White House said on Monday that it would veto...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu Counting on Stevie Wonder and Other Staunch Supporters

    12/01/2014 11:43:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News / ABC's Good Morning America ^ | December 1, 2014 | Jordyn Phelps
    Sen. Mary Landrieu is relying on a close group of staunch Democratic supporters as she makes a final push to save her Senate seat from Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy ahead of a Dec. 6 Louisiana runoff election. The momentum seems to favor Cassidy. The GOP quickly coalesced behind Cassidy after the general election in November in which Cassidy and Landrieu received the most votes, but neither won enough to avoid a runoff. Cassidy has received a fresh round of endorsements from big-name 2016 contenders, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken., and Texas Gov. Rick Perry....
  • Learning from my 2014 mistakes: A year of reckoning for Democrats (Delicious Schadenfreude Buffet)

    11/28/2014 8:32:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | November 28, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    No, red state women didn't save the party. But Ebola was a phony GOP-made crisis and Dems shouldn't have cowered. Thanksgiving is a great time for writers to reckon with whatever we got wrong over the year – and to be grateful that in this day and age we get to write every day, and put mistakes behind us quickly. So with the 2014 midterm election rapidly disappearing in the rearview mirror, I thought I’d reckon with my one big political mistake this past election cycle, as well as one big thing I got, sadly, right. In July 2013, long...
  • Get Out the Vote: So the Illusion of Democracy Will Live On-Part I (Screed of the Day)

    11/28/2014 4:52:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Political Junkies for Progressive Democracy ^ | November 9, 2014 | Mickey Walker
    By the time this piece goes to press, America, for better or worse, will have a newly elected majority of Republicans sitting in the US Senate. Or at least that’s what the smart money, the boys in the back room say about how this 2014 off-year election will go down. So how do they know? Well there are several touchstones to tell us. Litmus paper tests to tell which way the wind will blow, you know? Polls they’re called. The public will. The voters’ choice. And why not? Ain’t that what democracy’s all about? Before the election, pollsters gather information...