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  • Kerry: Arctic climate change goals more important than containing Russia

    04/26/2015 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 26, 2015 | Rick Moran
    US Secretary of State John Kerry assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and immediately made it clear that despite worrisome Russian military moves in the Arctic, the US would not challenge them. Washington Examiner: >>>>In assuming the leadership role, Kerry laid out a robust agenda to face the threat of climate change in the Arctic, which he says is being affected by global warming more than anywhere else in the world. But when faced with questions over whether the U.S. will use its new leadership position to address threats posed by Russia, Kerry said no. Kerry said the idea...
  • In Defense of Looting

    04/26/2015 9:28:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New Inquiry ^ | August 21, 2014 | Willie Osterweil
    For most of America’s history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting. As protests in Ferguson continued unabated one week after the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., zones of Twitter and the left media predominantly sympathetic to the protesters began angrily criticizing looters. Some claimed that white protesters were the ones doing all of the looting and property destruction, while others worried about the stereotypical and damaging media representation that would emerge. It also seems that there were as many protesters (if not more) in the streets of Ferguson working to prevent looting as there...
  • An Algorithm Set To Revolutionize 3-D Protein Structure Discovery

    04/26/2015 7:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | April 23, 2015
    One of the great challenges in molecular biology is to determine the three-dimensional structure of large biomolecules such as proteins. But this is a famously difficult and time-consuming task. The standard technique is x-ray crystallography, which involves analyzing the x-ray diffraction pattern from a crystal of the molecule under investigation. That works well for molecules that form crystals easily. But many proteins, perhaps most, do not form crystals easily. And even when they do, they often take on unnatural configurations that do not resemble their natural shape. So finding another reliable way of determining the 3-D structure of large biomolecules...
  • Gay Businessman Who Hosted Cruz Event Apologizes

    04/26/2015 5:02:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | April 26, 2015 | Maggie Haberman
    Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to gay marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.” Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly OUT NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening. “I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner. The...
  • Conservatives and Christians More Inclusive, Tolerant Than Progressives?

    04/26/2015 10:21:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | April 26, 2015 | Fuzzy Slippers
    It certainly seems so. This week has been very revealing in terms of what conservatives actually think and what progressives imagine we think. The “big” question that kicked it all off was “would you attend a gay wedding?” This was, apparently, supposed to separate the knuckle-dragging haters on the right from the sophisticated and pious leftists. John Nolte writes: "Another Republican presidential hopeful, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, made all kinds of headlines when he said something that would not surprise anyone who has spent any amount of time with a conservative Christian — that he would attend a same sex...
  • LA: Neighbor Shoots Burglary Suspect, Stops Crime Spree

    04/26/2015 7:25:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 23 April, an alert neighbor stopped an ongoing crime spree by shooting a burglary suspect in the leg, allowing police to apprehend the suspect.   While the situation is still under investigation, it appears that the shooting was justified, given the facts reported.   From the Lake Charles Police Facebook page: Lake Charles Police responded to a prowler call in the 3700 block of Vanderbilt Street. While on the way to that call, Officers were advised that a shot was fired at the same location. When officers arrived, they discovered that a homeowner had encountered a subject running from a...
  • Why Are Two Wealthy Gay Men Hosting a Benefit for Ted Cruz? Israel.

    04/25/2015 9:34:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jay Michaelson
    The LGBT community is threatening boycotts and canceling benefits. The hidden reason is the GOP’s Israel strategy.If you’ve ever been to Fire Island Pines, one of the leading gay utopias on the planet, you know that there isn’t much to do. There’s only one commercial center with a couple of stores, a bar, and a hotel. And yet, in less than 24 hours, over 4,000 people have said they’re going to boycott it. The reason? It’s owned by Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, the self-described “prominent NYC hotel owners” who recently hosted a “fireside chat” with Republican presidential candidate Ted...
  • Kerry Blasts Government's Critics for Undermining Prosperity [semi-satire]

    04/25/2015 10:02:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 April 2015 | John Semmens
    Speaking Tuesday at the 45th Annual Washington Conference of the Council of the Americas, Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Obama Administration's critics for undermining the country's economy. "Countries are far more likely to advance economically and socially when citizens have faith in their governments and are able to rely on them for justice and equal treatment under the law," Kerry maintained. "Yet, day-after-day President Obama faces a raft of criticism of his policies from the likes of Senator Cruz, Governor Walker, and others. These criticisms are destroying people's faith in the government." Kerry cited a recent Pew Research...
  • The Death of the Left

    04/24/2015 11:37:49 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | April 18, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The left is winning, but for the left winning is indistinguishable from dying. The West didn’t defeat Communism; it held it at bay long enough for it to defeat itself. The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China crushed Communism more decisively than Goldwater could have ever dreamed of.
  • How To Spot An Undervalued Oil Company

    04/24/2015 10:58:04 AM PDT · by Opintel · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 24-04-2015 | Jump At Opportunities !
    Oil executives have been making headlines recently, due to large purchases of their own company’s stock. In fact, insider buying in the oil industry is higher than any other industry, except the machinery industry. Who’s buying? Major insider purchases for the month of March were made by Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) and Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE: DO). Diamond Offshore Drilling’s CEO, Corp Loews, purchased 685,373 shares on the open market, and Rich Kinder, CEO of Kinder Morgan, purchased 100,000 shares of Kinder Morgan. In March, Rich Kinder and Corp Loews weren’t the only executives buying company stock. The Director of...
  • Foundations. Everybody needs one!

    04/24/2015 10:00:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/24/15 | Ed Wood
    Have you established your family “foundation” yet? Everybody who is anybody seems to have one these days. There is the Ford Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Foundation . . . on and on. Why even my grandmother had a “foundation.” I knew she wore one, because every Spring she would wash the thing and hang it out on the clothesline to dry. But I digress. What is the big deal about establishing a “foundation” that it should attract so many wealthy people? Well, you guessed it. It’s a money-laundering tax...
  • The uranium deal is not about Hillary. It is about Obama!

    04/24/2015 9:55:11 AM PDT · by GilGil · 73 replies
    steynnonline.com ^ | 04/24/15 | Mark Steyn
    Everyone misses the central story here and it is not Hillary. It is Obama who approved this. This is the bigger story a scandal beyond belief. Does anyone realize that 7 out of 9 cabinet officers of Obama's cabinet sat in on the committee to approve this? Here is another question. What did the other cabinet officers get for signing off on this deal? Is it at all conceivable that Obama knew nothing of this when 80% of his cabinet was involved? Once again! Are we to believe that Obama was totally clueless that a deal to give away 20%...
  • Clinton: 'Deep-seated' beliefs block abortion access - back up and enforce laws

    04/24/2015 9:47:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said "deep-seated … religious beliefs" have to be changed before the world's women will get full access to abortion. “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” Clinton said, according to The Daily Caller. “Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” she argued about abortion. “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will." “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be...
  • NPR Gets Right-to-Work Research Wrong

    04/24/2015 8:06:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    Mr. Steve Inskeep In a March 27 on-air exchange with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution on the impact of right-to-work laws, you focused on a “single phrase that was mentioned in a news story earlier this week” (transcript here). This phrase was sourced in the NPR story to a 2013 study coauthored by Dr. Michael Hicks and myself. Unfortunately, your conversation proceeded to completely mischaracterize this study. The “single phrase” was this: “Actually, since World War II, income and job growth have increased faster in right-to-work states.” Wessel initially confirmed this observation with his own look at the data...
  • A 4D Printed Valve That Actuates According to Water Temperature

    04/23/2015 11:12:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    3DPrint ^ | April 23, 2015 | T.E. Edwards
    It may seem a touch misleading in name, but scientists at the University of Wollongong say they’re creating what they call 4D printing. The fourth dimension they refer to is time and shape shifting as the researchers have begun to develop 3D printed materials capable of morphing into new structures – post production – as those materials are influenced by the addition of external stimuli such as water or heat. The team at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science say these new materials are able to transform themselves from one shape into another, and they see applications for...
  • The $15 Question: Who The Hell Are You?

    04/23/2015 8:27:06 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 20 replies
    Self | 4/23/15 | Me
    Do Americans, excluding the Marxist in the White House, actually believe private enterprise is obligated to share or "redistribute" their profits with the general public; albeit paid employees, the unemployed or complete strangers? If I have a job and my neighbor doesn’t, or God forbid I make more money, am I obligated to give this person a percentage of my income? Is “Bob” going to give me his money if I lose my job and become homeless? Hell no! People open businesses to make money…period! It’s not rocket science or a Right-Wing conspiracy. It’s called risk, work, reward! If a...
  • How The Majors Are Playing The Oil Price Slump

    04/23/2015 10:01:42 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-04-2015 | strategy or die
    The largest oil and gas companies are employing different strategies to weather the downturn and plan for the future. Each strategy has its risks, and not all may work out. Which companies will emerge stronger after an oil price rebound and which will fall further behind because of bad decisions? There are different ways to play a down cycle. With oil prices half of what they were in 2014, revenues are significantly lower for everyone across the board. As a result, the oil industry has collectively implemented an estimated $114 billion in spending cuts. But oil executives are also trying...
  • Obama Winning War on Suburbs- US Apartment Construction Soars, Home Ownership Tanks to 20-Yr Low

    04/23/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 23 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Covert scheme to cram us all into socialist cities and  'compact' America along Euro lines moving along briskly... Our disingenuous, hyper-left president's myriad hidden agendas are hard to keep track of sometimes, but one that caught my eye a couple years back was betrayed in a 2012 book by Stanley Kurtz: Obama aims to destroy the famed American suburban lifestyle, cram us all into tight city neighborhoods, spike the price of gas/taxes, put us in 30-mi-range electric cars, etc. The idea is to end urban sprawl while mixing cities and suburbs into one tighter, mediocre mix. Like court-ordered bussing destroyed schools...
  • OK: Armed Citizen tells Story to Media at Request of Sheriff

    04/23/2015 7:06:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In rural Pottawotamie county in Oklahoma, the Sheriff appreciates the efforts of armed citizens.  I was able to get in touch with the elder Alvin Cleere.   His son had captured a burglar by being observant.   The son, also named Alvin, had noticed a pickup truck at an property were it did not belong.  He checked things out and found that the truck was loaded with stolen goods.   From kfor.com: He discovered the truck was loaded with stolen property, matresses, fixtures- even a kitchen sink. This fed up crime fighter pulled the 45 from his pickup. “That...
  • Ross Douthat: Scott Walker vs. the World

    04/23/2015 4:25:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | Ross Douthat
    "...Scott Walker...delivered some definitely not-Koch-approved remarks on immigration. Given the reaction,they’re worth quoting in full:“In terms of legal immigration,how we need to approach that going forward is saying,we will make adjustments,”Walker said. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost,on protecting American workers and American wages.“Because the more I’ve talked to folks—I’ve talked to Senator Sessions and others out there,but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today—is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs,what is this doing to...
  • An Earth Day call to ban fracking across this land

    04/22/2015 10:54:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 22, 2015 | Mark Ruffalo, actor and director
    Just say no, Obama. Flaming water, poisoned air and destroyed lives — that’s what I found when I traveled to Dimock, Pa., in 2009 to see the impacts of fracking firsthand. Six years later, this tragic story is one shared by countless Americans, too many of them with no choice in the matter. Ten years after the Bush-Cheney administration exempted fracking from key parts of some of our nation’s most important environmental and public health laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, the science is finally catching up to the process — and...
  • Interesting University discussion about 0bama with me

    04/22/2015 7:07:32 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    Mountainclmbr ^ | 4/22/15 | Vanity, myself
    May be a long post to explain circumstances, but I will try to be brief in my explanation that all professors are not slobbering at zer0's every word. I graduated over 25 years ago from a major university with a degree in electrical engineering. I have worked my way up in many areas including terrestrial communications and satellite communications. Last year I got handed (at the last minute) an obligation to support a university project funded by my company.
  • Oil Prices Won’t Recover Anytime Soon Says Exxon CEO

    04/22/2015 2:17:16 PM PDT · by Opintel · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-04-2015 | Willem van Oranje
    There is mounting evidence that oil prices are poised to rebound from a historic bust. Rig counts hit new lows each week. For the week ending on April 17, Baker Hughes says the U.S. lost an additional 34 oil and gas rigs, bringing the total down to 954. Domestic crude oil production appears to have plateaued and the EIA expects a contraction in May. Nearly every driller is dramatically scaling back spending, which should increasingly cut into new output. And oil consumption is finally picking up, as drivers far and wide take advantage of cheap fuel. But what if the...
  • Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay

    04/22/2015 12:59:05 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2015 | Tom Gantert
    AFL-CIO President Karla Swift told a group in Lansing on Tuesday that belonging to unions is the way women could get equal pay. One news site headline read: “Swift: Want Pay Equity Working Women? Join A Union!” Except, that’s not accurate, according to figures compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Or at least not accurate in the literal sense that Swift and other speakers at the event have themselves used to frame the issue. When the different skill and experience levels of different workers and the jobs they do are considered it may be that Swift is...
  • Oil Price War May Benefit Both US Shale And Saudi Arabia

    04/22/2015 12:13:53 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-04-2015 | James Stafford
    Oil Price War May Benefit Both US Shale And Saudi Arabia
  • Scott Walker, the GOP's new self-deportation champion

    04/22/2015 11:21:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2015 | Fernando Espuelas, contributor
    That didn’t take long. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is now the first 2016 GOP presidential potential walking the anti-immigration plank, hoping — against history — that this time it will lead to the White House and not just to a watery political death. Since Republican nominee Mitt Romney crashed in 2012 on the shoals of his "self-deportation" strategy of harassing immigrants until they left the country, many Republican leaders and operatives have concluded that Romney's immigration policies were sure losers in a national election. How else to explain Romney's showing among American Latino voters — the worst since President Ford?...
  • If Greedy Employers Discriminate by Paying Women Less, Why Don't They Hire a Lot More of Them?

    04/22/2015 10:05:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/21/2015 | Dr. Antony Davies
    The claim that women make less than men is one of those claims that is true but not in the way that people want you to believe. The true part is that women earn less than men. The untrue part, and this is the piece union leaders would like you to believe, is that women with the same work history, the same educations, and working in the same fields as men earn less than men. The earnings data is quite clear that this is simply not true. What does all this mean? It means that the (very real) male-female wage...
  • I'm starting an H-1B ping list (unless one already exists) [vanity]

    04/22/2015 9:12:26 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 21 replies
    April 22, 2015 | self
    H-1B is big in the news, and a topic of great interest to a number of FReepers. I think a ping list would be useful, and I don't know of an existing list - so I'm starting one. Let me know if you want to be on it, or if you know of an existing list - and of course, let me know if you see a thread to which the list should be pinged.
  • Walker’s Smart Play on Immigration

    04/22/2015 8:05:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    Scott Walker’s recent comments suggesting that the United States’s policy on legal immigration should be focused on what’s good for American workers—a seemingly obvious point that nevertheless has ruffled feathers—offers further evidence of the Wisconsin governor’s political savvy. When two of one’s strongest competitors (namely, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio) share a weakness on an issue, it’s smart to draw attention to that issue by making clear there is daylight between you and them...... Nor is it merely from a political perspective that Walker is right to join Sen. Jeff Sessions in questioning the prevailing orthodoxy on this issue. Reflecting...
  • Port politics starves military, costs growers and energy producers

    04/22/2015 7:54:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/22/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Between the egotistical unions, misguided misinformed environmentalists and pushover government bureaucrats, free enterprise is under fire and our men and women at arms are underfed. Few things are more despicable It wasn’t enough that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union targeted Portland container-terminals run by ICTSI Oregon, effectually shutting down Terminal 6 by goading Hapag Lloyd into closing operations which supplied 20% of Portland’s container traffic. Hanjin, which began servicing the U.S. Army after World War II, had already abandoned the port taking 80% of T-6’s traffic with it, but the shortsighted union stranded inland farmers and backstabbed the military....
  • Government by Google

    04/22/2015 7:47:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/22/15 | Judi Mcleod
    The government is Google, and Google is the government It was a mainstream media asking no questions that inflicted a Marxist president on an unsuspecting West in 2008, but it is Google that is keeping him there, and Google which is making the election of Hillary Clinton in 2016 all but inevitable. As much as half of the U.S. population so fervently wishes otherwise, America-hating Marxists in office are there to stay, courtesy of the airtight power bestowed upon them by the most arrogant, powerful and influential company on earth: Google. In an upside-down world, fraught with government-designed false flags...
  • Operation Choke Point Strikes Again: Banks Shut Down Business Accounts of Co. Owned by Fmr Marine

    04/21/2015 6:15:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 21, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Operation Choke Point, the Obama administration’s under-the-radar project involving the Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) whose goal is to shut down industries it does not like by “choking off” their banking relationships, is taking aim at another business. Brian Lynn, CEO of a Jacksonville, Florida based payday lending company that operates 26 stores in Florida, Georgia and Alabama under the Speedy Cash and Lending Bear brands, has been in business for more than 20 years. He confirms to Breitbart News that two major banks closed his company’s accounts with...
  • An epic struggle between generations in the US

    04/21/2015 2:33:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Gulf Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | David Lightman
    The 2016 presidential race is shaping up as an epic struggle between generations. On one side are the ageing baby boomers who came of age in the 1960s and whose generation now is heading toward retirement - Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would be 69 on Election Day and the second oldest president ever, and Republican Jeb Bush, who would turn 64 soon after becoming president. On the other is a wave of younger faces who came of age in the 1980s, including Republicans Marco Rubio, 43; Ted Cruz, 44; Scott Walker, 47; Chris Christie and Rand Paul, each 52. It’s...
  • OK: Judge rules Gun Ban on Streets and Sidewalks is Unconstitutional

    04/21/2015 1:11:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Oklahoma, Judge Thad Balkman ruled in favor of second amendment supporters when he issued a tempory restraining order to prevent the City of Norman from enforcing a ban on the carry of weapons during the Norman Music Festival.   The city argued that it was not banning weapons; only that the private organization that it had given control of city streets and sidewalks was banning arms.   From newsok.com: Bateman and Assistant City Attorney Rick Knighton argued that the festival operators essentially lease a three- or four-block area from the city for the special event. By doing so, they...
  • Scott Walker to keynote voucher school summit

    04/21/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 21, 2015 | Mary Spicuzza
    Gov. Scott Walker is set to serve as the keynote speaker for a voucher school summit next month in New Orleans. The American Federation for Children announced Tuesday that Walker would speak May 18 at the opening lunch for the summit. "Gov. Scott Walker is a tremendous leader who has been a relentless advocate for educational choice," Betsy DeVos, chairwoman of the group's board of directors, said in a release..... Walker's latest two-year budget plan, which is currently being considered by the Legislature's powerful budget committee, would expand school vouchers statewide.
  • A Scott Walker shift on legal immigration?

    04/21/2015 10:04:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Post reports that Walker now says, “In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying … the next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages.” He went on to cite favorably Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on the subject. The notion that legal immigration hurts the economy and native workers has been rebutted repeatedly and is widely disparaged by a host of pro-growth conservatives and scholars.....AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, tells...
  • George Soros’ son builds a PAC for Jewish voters

    04/20/2015 9:44:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tarini Parti
    The son of Democratic mega-donor George Soros is gearing up to play a more active role in the 2016 election with the launch of new political action committee focused on representing the views of Jewish Americans — beyond foreign policy. Alex Soros, 29, who has steadily increased his political and philanthropic giving in recent years, has helped establish Bend the Arc PAC, the first ever national Jewish political action committee in America focused entirely on domestic issues. Bend the Arc, a non-profit, has an advocacy arm chaired by the younger Soros but has not previously had a political action committee....
  • Rules For Traditionals: How People In Wedding Trades Can Defend Themselves

    04/20/2015 7:10:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 20, 2015 | Bruce Takawani
    The successful shutting down (or at least shutting up) of non-groupthink-compliant wedding cake and floral businesses has given gay-marriage agitators and their backers a taste of the vast power of ideological extortion in 2015 America. I’m optimistic that the law will eventually come to its senses and give wide berth to Christians in the wedding trades, or even to non-Christian libertarians who simply don’t want to be told who they have to do business with. Perhaps James O’Keefe will covertly record owners of a black-owned florist shop being asked to create an arrangement for a “KKK” event, or a Muslim-owned...
  • Roger Ailes doesn’t think much of Ted Cruz

    04/20/2015 3:06:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | April 20, 2015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Fox News president Roger Ailes thinks Ted Cruz could become the Republican nominee. But he doesn't appear to think much of him. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ailes was asked whether he thought Cruz could win the the GOP nomination. His answer: Sure, it could happen. Because just about anybody could win, right? "Listen, we elected Warren G. Harding. Anybody has a chance," Ailes said. "You don't know who you're going to be running against. If the other guy falls on his rear end, you could win." Harding -- ouch. For those of us who haven't taken an...
  • If NY towns secede, can NY businesses succeed?

    04/20/2015 12:45:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WBNG-TV ^ | April 19, 2015 | Caroline Goggin
    Two months ago, Action News brought you the story about one local organization researching into a possible secession for 15 towns in Upstate New York to Pennsylvania. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D) decision to ban hydraulic fracking in New York compelled the Upstate New York Towns Association to look into the idea. This month, the organization is releasing more information on the matter. Carolyn Price, president of the Upstate New York Towns Association, shared the group’s findings with Action News exclusively this week. Price said Upstate New York is currently in an “economic death spiral.” She attributes her statement to various...
  • Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union

    04/20/2015 6:12:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/18/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In April of 2012, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) condemned laws requiring an individual to have a photo identification to vote in local, state and federal elections. “Eleven percent, or over 21 million, of American citizens do not possess a government-issued photo ID,” an IBEW article stated when discussing the argument that photo ID laws suppress voting. The union pointed the finger at “the ultraright” for pushing for photo identification as a requirement to vote. However, the same union has no problem demanding a photo ID for something as simple as a member wanting to leave it. Ryan...
  • Beyond Re-Set Buttons: Putin and Hillary

    04/19/2015 11:22:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    April 20, 2015 | vanity
    Here we have an interesting look at similarities. What does this portend for the future - tell us about the Democratic Party? Putin and Hillary employ similar tactics, have similar temperaments, engage in soft and hard power projection, and command and control a state media. I'd like to think, that here in the United States, we still have a say in who our chief executive is. The GOP has a large and varied selection of serious (and some not so serious) contenders vying for the Republican nomination. The Democratic Party has one candidate - Hillary (very Castroesque). Which brings me...
  • Another Reason To Move Away From California: ‘Conditions Are Now Like A Third-World Country’

    04/19/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/19/2015 | Michael Snyder
    As if anyone actually needed another reason to move out of the crazy state of California, now it is being reported that conditions in some areas of the state “are like a third-world country” due to the multi-year megadrought that has hit the state. In one California county alone, more than 1,000 wells have gone dry as the groundwater has disappeared. The state is turning back into a desert, and an increasing number of homes no longer have any water coming out of their taps or showerheads. So if you weren’t scared away by the wildfires, mudslides, high taxes, crime,...
  • Homebuilders to begin 1,194-home community near Lake Lewisville (DFW area, Texas)

    04/19/2015 5:50:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Dallas Business News ^ | April 8, 2015 | Candace Carlisle
    A group of homebuilders are beginning work on a project slated to bring about 1,194 homes to a 500-acre development along Lake Lewisville in Denton County, which is being developed by Charlotte-based Crescent Communities in partnership with Taylor Duncan Interests. The builders — K Hovnanian Homes, Highland Homes and MHI McGuyer Homebuilders — expect to soon begin construction on the model homes of the community, called Wildridge, with the first models completed by June. The homes will range in price from the $300,000s to the $500,000s. The homes will range from 1,800 square feet to 4,800 square feet of living...
  • Hillary Blames Rich for Ruining America [semi-satire]

    04/19/2015 10:18:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 April 2015 | John Semmens
    In her bid to portray herself as the champion of the average American, millionaire presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is lambasting the wealthiest 1% for the impoverishment of the other 99%. It is, she says, “outrageous that the CEO of a major corporation makes 300 times the annual salary of its lowest paid employee.” Clinton’s argument is ironic since her hourly rate for public speaking is 16,000 times the $15 hourly rate that she says ought to be the legal minimum wage. If CEOs are overpaid, former Secretary of State Clinton would appear to be obscenely overpaid. According to Mrs. Clinton,...
  • The Most Prosperous States for the Last 10 Years – They All Have One Very Important Thing in Common

    04/19/2015 8:21:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 4/10/2015 | Victoria Taft
    The most prosperous states in the past ten years were: Utah North Dakota Indiana North Carolina Arizona Idaho Georgia Wyoming South Dakota Nevada
  • Walmart suddenly closes 5 stores, lays off 2200. Why?

    04/18/2015 6:40:07 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 116 replies
    Conspiracy theorists are working overtime to explain why Walmart suddenly closed 5 stores in 3 states this week, laying off 2200 workers. The stores are expected to reopen in 6 months. The company claims the closings are releated to ongoing and pervasive plumbing problems. But the conspiracy theorists believe it has more to do with workers who took part in the Black Friday strike than with faulty sewers. Business Insider: Wal-Mart employees say they were completely blindsided by the news, having been notified only a couple hours before the stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday. "Everybody just panicked and started...
  • BOOM: Rating the GOP field on Amnesty

    04/18/2015 11:03:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | April 18, 2015
    Over at American Thinker, Pedro Gonzales offers an excellent overview of the GOP field's positions on Amnesty. Here's the executive summary: only one candidate has never changed his position on the topic. Jeb Bush "...Jeb, as we all know, supports amnesty for illegal aliens, and he's proud of it. If he were running in Honduras, I would vote for him in a minute..." Marco Rubio "...Rubio co-authored a bill that would have given amnesty to illegal aliens. He has since tried to walk back from that..." Chris Christie "...Chris has been cagey on the subject, but one thing is clear:...
  • Oh My: Some People Support A $50 Minimum Wage

    04/18/2015 9:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Dan Joseph is on a mission. Who supports a $50/hour minimum wage? What better place to put forward such a bold initiative than in the free speech zone on the sanctified grounds of George Mason University in Virginia. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Now, while Joseph was able to find a few supporters, some students on campus knew that raising the minimum wage will lead to job losses and increased pricing for some goods. One man called the law racist and he’s not the only one. The late economist Milton Freidman described minimum wage laws as the most anti-African-American law on the books, as he...
  • Obama Wants Americans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Says Fox Host

    04/18/2015 8:53:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Huffington Post's Media Blog ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jackson Connor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The city of Chicago is proposing a $5.5 million reparations package for those who suffered under the ruthless rule of police commander Jon Burge from 1972 to 1991. Backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the plan would supply victims with free college tuition, counseling for drug abuse and psychological issues, and include a formal apology from the city, according to the Chicago Tribune. While the plan appears to be an attempt to reckon with part of the city's less-than-spotless past, Thursday evening Fox Business Network's Charles Payne said he's afraid nationwide slavery reparations might be next. "The news in my...