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  • HILLARY CLINTON “VERY ACCESSIBLE” AT $1000-PER-PLATE DINNER

    08/31/2015 7:28:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 8.31.15 | Emily Zanotti
    Hillary Clinton is a very accessible human being, at least according to a woman who paid $1,000 for the chance to eat rubber chicken and rub elbows in the Hamptons with the Democratic Presidential candidate. Hillary, herself, is in East Hampton for a much-needed vacation away from the filthy masses, and while there, she's raising money from her rich neighbors. The fundraiser in question was held on the grounds of the Patricof estate, owned by venture capitalist Alan Patricof, chairman of Apex Partners. Guest feasted on incredibly expensive chocolate chip pancakes, as their precious little hooligans played in a private...
  • Dow posts worst August decline in 17 years

    08/31/2015 5:02:31 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 31 Aug 15 | Mark Decambre
    The month of August can be pretty rough for stock investors. But this August has earned its place in the record books, as stocks were unsettled by uncertainty over the state of affairs in the world’s second largest economy, China. As far as Augusts go, this has been the worst in nearly two decades for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.69% The Dow posted a roughly 6.4% decline in August, which marked the worst month in more than five years for the market gauge, which tracks the performance of 30 stocks. Comparing the month with other Augusts, the blue-chip...
  • Walmart Decides to Drop Sale of AR-15 Assault Rifles (Major Hurl Alert!)

    08/31/2015 2:40:46 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    A generation ago, the American gun industry came up with a devilish new campaign to bolster declining sales — militarizing the civilian firearms market with lightly adapted versions of potent battlefield weapons like the M-16 rifle. Renamed the AR-15, this semiautomatic assault rifle has come to haunt society in the hands of criminals and the deranged, who regularly kill innocent people in high-powered mass shootings.
  • New Video: Planned Parenthood Doc Caught Admitting She Can Hide Profit From Selling Aborted Babies

    08/31/2015 2:07:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt Aug 31, 2015
    The Center for Medical Progress released a supplemental video today that sheds more light on the profit Planned Parenthood makes associated with the ale of aborted babies and their body parts. Earlier this month, the pro-life organization released a video catching a Planned Parenthood official discussing how the abortion business sells “fully intact” aborted babies. The video provides evidence showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business may be selling the “fully intact” bodies of unborn babies purposefully born alive and left to die. Today’s 28-minute supplemental video provides additional proof of that and also shows how Planned Parenthood is making and...
  • The State Supreme Court Has Ruled Airport Workers Get the $15 Minimum Wage. Here’s Why.

    08/31/2015 1:52:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Seattle Weekly ^ | thu., Aug 20 2015 | Casey Jaywork
    The Washington Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that the city of SeaTac’s groundbreaking $15 minimum wage law applies to the SeaTac airport, and not just the city outside of the airport. The decision reversed a lower court’s ruling and is a major victory for labor over business. On one side stood the Port of Seattle (which owns and operates the SeaTac airport) and business interests including Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association; on the other, the city of SeaTac and the SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs, which pushed the original $15 initiative in SeaTac and is a project of...
  • China Crisis: China GDP Numbers Don’t Add Up, And That's A Problem For Anyone Doing Business There

    08/31/2015 1:44:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08/31/2015 | By Angelo Young
    China’s official government statistics often raise eyebrows, whether it’s the health of state-owned enterprises run by bureaucrats or national unemployment figures that ignore up to 300 million internal migrant workers. But as the world's second-largest economy slows and threatens to drag the rest of the world with it, Beijing’s official gross domestic product numbers are once again under scrutiny inside and outside the country. Chinese billionaire, real estate magnate and Communist Party member Wang Jianlin was the most recent critic to tell Beijing to get real about growth. Jianlin's holdings include a stake in Spanish football club Atlético Madrid and...
  • Economics 102: WalMart Cuts Worker Hours After Hiking Minimum Wages

    08/31/2015 11:42:44 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/31/15 | Tyler Druden
    But the story didn’t stop there. Late last month we highlighted an internal memo circulated at Arkansas recruiting firm Cameron Smith & Associates which looked to be an attempt to prepare the firm’s employees for layoffs at Wal-Mart’s home office. Then, not a week later, Bloomberg ran a story detailing the grievances of some senior Wal-Mart employees who suddenly realized that although they may still be making more than their subordinates, the wage hierarchy had been distorted and that distortion had nothing to do with merit. As we put it, “higher paid employees don’t understand why everyone under them in...
  • Is Government Aid of Elon Musk’s Ventures Actually a Good Call?

    08/31/2015 7:59:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/31/2015 | Roger Kimball
    A week ago, City Journal published “Crazy Like a Visionary,” [1] a review essay I had written about Ashlee Vance’s new biography of Elon Musk [2], the man behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX, SolarCity, and sundry other starry-eyed, high-tech enterprises.As I explained in the essay, my interest in “Green energy” and interplanetary space travel is minimal at best — or, to be more accurate, I am indifferent to space travel. I like it here on terra firma, thanks very much, and I am positively hostile to the Green Lobby, which is full of cynical opportunists like Al Gore, who have...
  • Illinois Lottery winners receive IOU amid lack of budget

    08/31/2015 7:34:39 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 55 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/31/2015 | Fred Imbert
    Danny Chasteen and his girlfriend, Susan Rick, thought they had gotten their big break last month when Chasteen won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery. Instead, they got an IOU. The Chicago Tribune reported that disbursements of Illinois Lottery winnings of more than $25,000 have been halted because the state doesn't have a budget. "For the first time, we were finally gonna get a break," Rick said. "And now the Illinois Lottery has kind of messed everything up." Under state law, checks for such winnings must be cut by the state comptroller's office and, since lawmakers have yet to approve a...
  • New 'supergiant' natural gas discovery may be the largest ever.

    08/31/2015 7:30:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/31/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember “peak oil”? We were solemnly lectured that the world was running out of hydrocarbon energy sources, so we must immediately lower our standard of living and reduce energy consumption. But as with all Malthusian predictions of shortage, that forecast failed to reckon with human ingenuity and the wonder of the price system stimulating new supply. The sky-is-falling faction turned to equally fallacious predictions of global warming as a means to bludgeon others into reducing their standard of living (while the warriors like Robert Kennedy and President Obama keep their private jets). Meanwhile, in the real world, energy supplies, in...
  • Annual $36,500 tax per worker for noncompliance with Obamacare

    08/31/2015 7:19:00 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 43 replies
    IRS drops a bomb on small employers » Annual tax would be $36,500 per worker for noncompliance with Obamacare Employers with fewer than 50 employees were promised a break by not having to provide group health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But now the IRS has served notice that under the rule that has been in effect since July 1 such employers are subject to $100 per worker per day excise tax if they help their employees with their health-care costs. That could amount to a staggering $36,500 per worker annual tax. “We were told over and over during...
  • Rubio: Our National Security Depends on Sugar Subsidies

    08/31/2015 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Windsor Mann
    You may not know this, but Brazilian sugar is a threat to U.S. national security. At least, that is the view of Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.). Asked this month about his support for sugar subsidies, Rubio said he would eliminate them if “the countries that export sugar into the U.S. get rid of theirs as well, and here’s why: Otherwise, Brazil will wipe out our agriculture and it’s not just sugar.” If we eliminate our sugar subsidies first, Rubio warned, “other countries will capture the market share, our agricultural capacity will be developed into real estate, you know, housing...
  • “YOU’RE A BUTCHER AND HELL WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU!”

    08/31/2015 6:12:54 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | Aug 26, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    Kimberly Guilfoyle is livid over the latest Planned Parenthood video that features StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer and she tells Dyer what she thinks of her in this awesome mini-rant: ***VIDEO ON LINK***
  • Deconstructing Planned Parenthood’s Failed “Forensic Analysis” Report

    08/31/2015 6:07:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    The Center for Medical Progress ^ | August 31, 2015 | The Center for Medical Progress
    On August 27, Planned Parenthood released what they claimed was a “forensic analysis” report on CMP’s published investigative footage. In reality, the report is a pseudoscientific production by Fusion GPS, a political opposition-research company that has no forensic certifications. While the report, which contains multiple errors, set out to delegitimize CMP’s video evidence, it only provides evidence of the opposite: the report admits that “This analysis did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation” and that it “shows no evidence of audio manipulation.” Planned Parenthood’s review of the undercover meetings with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Dr. Mary Gatter, Dr. Savita...
  • Rattled investors brace for big week as Federal Reserve considers rate increase

    08/31/2015 3:55:28 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 30 August 2015 | Rupert Neate
    After a tumultuous week on the world’s stock markets, investors will be focused on Wall Street Monday ahead of another set of economic reports likely to steer the Federal Reserve’s decision on whether to raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade. The markets open Monday as investors digest news that the Fed is still actively considering a September rate hike. In a speech on Saturday, Stanley Fischer, the vice-chair of the Fed’s Board of Governors, suggested inflationary pressures could soon lead to an increase. His comments are likely to add to the volatility of already skittish...
  • Hundreds arrested as Beijing launches stock market crackdown

    08/31/2015 3:04:01 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 31 Aug 15 | CNN staff
    Chinese authorities have arrested nearly 200 people for alleged online rumor-mongering about China's stock market turmoil and a recent, deadly chemical factory explosion in Tianjin. Among the arrested is Wang Xiaolu, a journalist for financial publication Caijing Magazine, "who has been placed under 'criminal compulsory measures' for suspected violations of colluding with others and fabricating and spreading fake information on securities and futures market," according to Chinese state media. Government officials have also been placed under arrest, including Liu Shufan, an official with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, who has been accused of bribery, fraud and completing under-the-table deals. At...
  • It looks like China is through propping up its stock market

    08/31/2015 1:40:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 31, 2015 | David Scutt
    It looks like China is through propping up its stock market David Scutt, Business Insider Australia China’s government, through financial intermediaries, was actively supporting the nation’s stock market through large-scale purchases late last week, but it’s unlikely to last. According to the Financial Times, the government has apparently abandoned plans to boost stocks through continued widespread buying, instead focusing its attention on punishing those suspected of destabilizing stocks in order to boost flagging investor confidence. “China’s leaders feel they mishandled the stock market rescue efforts by allowing too much information to become public” stated the FT, citing a leaked document...
  • The Weekend Is Over, And We're Tumbling Again

    08/30/2015 9:00:45 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    businessinsider.com BI ^ | 8-30-2015 | Sam Ro
    Sam RoAugust 30,2015US futures are trading in the red, signaling more volatility for the US stock markets when they open on Monday Dow futures are down 177 points, S&P futures are down 22 points, and Nasdaq futures are down 46 points. This follows what's being interpreted as hawkish comments from Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve. "Given the apparent stability of inflation expectations, there is good reason to believe that inflation will move higher as the forces holding down inflation dissipate further," Fischer said on Saturday during a panel at the Kansas City Fed's Economic Symposium in Jackson...
  • Ex-HP board member who voted to fire Fiorina endorses her [Tom Perkins]

    08/30/2015 9:04:22 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2015 August 27 | Jesse Byrnes
    A former board member of Hewlett-Packard who voted to fire Carly Fiorina as CEO is now endorsing the businesswoman's 2016 Republican presidential campaign. "Carly did what she was brought in to do: turn the company around and make it successful again. Not only did she save the company from the dire straits it was in, she laid the foundation for HP's future growth," Tom Perkins wrote for a full-page New York Times ad. The comments, in an advertisement placed in the newspaper's business section Thursday by a pro-Fiorina super-PAC, were framed as a response to an Aug. 18 Times column...
  • Killer Needs Dh2.7M to Avert Execution (US$720,000)

    08/30/2015 7:17:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, 29 August 2015
    Victim’s relatives demand Dh5m diyaA 23-year-old Saudi on the death row for killing another man during a fight needs to pay SR2.7 million (Dh2.7 million) to escape execution after the victim’s relatives agreed to pardon him in exchange for diya (blood money). Mohammed Al Shareef was sentenced to death a few years after he was convicted of killing another Saudi during a scuffle in the northwestern town of Tabuk. The victim’s family then demanded SR5 million diya to pardon the defendant, prompting the judge to give the killer’s relatives one year to raise the funds. Shareef’s father, quoted by Sabq...
  • How China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th Century

    08/30/2015 7:11:45 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 24 March 2015 ??? | Ana Swanson
    How China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th Century China used more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the U.S. used in the entire 20th Century. It’s a statistic so mind-blowing that it stunned Bill Gates and inspired haiku. But can it be true, and, if so, how? Yes, China’s economy has grown at an extraordinary rate, and it has more than four times as many people as the United States. But the 1900s were America’s great period of expansion, the century in which the U.S. built almost all of its roads...
  • Planned Parenthood Sues Alabama: State Has No Choice But to Fund Us

    08/30/2015 6:06:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | 08/29/15 | KIM CHANDLER
    Planned Parenthood Southeast on Friday filed a federal lawsuit over Gov. Robert Bentley’s effort to cut off Medicaid payments to the organization’s Alabama clinics. The organization said Bentley’s effort penalizes low-income women who seek contraceptive and preventative health care services at the clinics. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Montgomery. It accuses Bentley of violating a federal law that they said requires Medicaid patients to have their choice of provider to receive family planning care. “We’re in court today because each and every patient, and her ability to make her own deeply personal and private health care decisions,...
  • 11 dead, over 200 hurt in Saudi Aramco's housing complex fire

    08/30/2015 12:03:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    hindustantimes.com ^ | Aug 30, 2015 22:42 IST
    The fire started in the basement of a tower in the eastern city of Khobar, the kingdom's civil defence said on Twitter. It added that several of the injured were in a "critical condition" and that the casualties were from "various nationalities," without giving details. Photographs published on the civil defence website showed plumes of black smoke rising from the windows of one of the buildings. Authorities said that residents of nearby towers were evacuated as helicopters took part in the firefighting operations
  • (Flashback): Sweet deal for Donald Trumps gold course (backs of taxpayers)

    08/30/2015 11:45:24 AM PDT · by GeronL · 256 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Juan Gonzalez
    In 2012, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave Donald Trump control of a $236 million public golf course at Ferry Point and threw in a slew of giveaways that include a low revenue-sharing plan with the city and free water. No other city golf course enjoys these perks. ... How many ways do you spell sweetheart deal? Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently wasn’t satisfied with simply handing Donald Trump control over one of the most expensive public golf courses ever built in this country – the new $236 million, 18-hole Parks Department course scheduled to open next spring at Ferry Point Park...
  • China Falters, and the Global Economy Is Forced to Adapt

    08/30/2015 10:08:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | 26 August 2015 | Keith Bradsher
    The commodities giant BHP Billiton spent heavily for years, mining iron ore across Australia, digging for copper in Chile, and pumping oil off the coast of Trinidad. The company could be confident in its direction as commodities orders surged from its biggest and best customer, China. Now, BHP is pulling back, faced with a slowing Chinese economy that will no longer be the same dominant force in commodities. Profit is falling and the company is cutting its investment spending budget by more than two-thirds. China’s rapid growth over the last decade reshaped the world economy, creating a powerful driver of...
  • Central banks can’t save the markets from a crash. They shouldn’t even try

    08/30/2015 10:06:32 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 30 August 2015
    Like children clinging to their parents, stock market traders turned to their central banks last week as they sought protection from the frightening economic figures coming out of China. Surely, they asked, the central banks would ward off the approaching bogeymen, as they had so many times since the 2008 crash. The US Federal Reserve came up with the goods. William Dudley, president of the bank’s New York branch, hinted that the interest rate rise many had expected next month was likely to be delayed. A signal that borrowing costs would remain at rock bottom was all it took. After...
  • In 2008, Fewer Than 30 Million Used Food Stamps. Now 46 Million Do

    08/30/2015 9:35:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 08/30/15 | Ed Feulner
    Unemployment has dropped in recent years, yet still—far too many people are participating. One out of every seven Americans received SNAP benefits in 2014, and the program cost $74.1 billion, making it one of the largest means-tested welfare program. You’d think the improving jobs situation would translate to the number of SNAP beneficiaries declining by a much larger margin. But that hasn’t been the case. Another reason for saying that food stamp numbers aren’t really going in the right direction? Look at how the SNAP demographic has changed. Before the 2008 recession, 55 percent of SNAP households consisted of children...
  • GE rules out relocation to Dallas because of Texas politicians’ views, report says

    08/30/2015 8:07:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | August 29 2015 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    Neither Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings nor officials from General Electric would confirm on Friday reports that General Electric Co. had decided against relocating its global headquarters to the city because of Texas politicians’ opposition to the Export-Import Bank. Republicans Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Sen. Ted Cruz have each been outspoken in their opposition to the Ex-Im Bank, a federal agency that offers loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to help U.S. firms sell their products overseas. Hensarling’s opposition to the bank has grown from a small movement two years ago to a full-scale rebellion, dismaying the bank’s supporters among major...
  • How farmers from rural China bet on the stock market and lost

    08/30/2015 7:02:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 29 Aug 15 | Emily Rauhala
    Nobody has seen the village chief. Just months ago, his courtyard home at the edge of the orchard was a makeshift trading floor where local farmers gathered to share tips and track the Shanghai Composite. Now, the gates are closed, a security camera stands watch, and nobody wants to talk about the stock-trading local party secretary. “Out for the whole day,” ventured a neighbor. “Who?” said another. “Maybe he flew away in a plane,” joked a third. It is a scene playing out across China. This spring, the country was gripped by stock fever, a frenzy of borrowing and...
  • The Chinese super-rich are about to flood the US real-estate market

    08/30/2015 6:58:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2015 | Lucinda Shen
    After yet another drop in the Shanghai stock market and Hang Seng index on August 6, Daniel Chang heard his cell phone ping. The real-estate agent was on a business trip in Shanghai, and he was mid-bite during a dinner when he saw his phone light up from a message on his app, WeChat. It was a Chinese client concerned over a $6 million property she was about to buy in New York City. She was visiting New York at the time. "I don't know if I can do this," she told him over voicemail. "I might have to back...
  • Mutiny at the Hugo Awards

    08/30/2015 6:55:55 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies
    realcleafpolitics ^ | 8/30/15 | Young
    The latest pitched battle in science fiction is not between space pirates and alien monsters but between fandom factions, with the Hugo Awards as the battlefield. Depending on where you stand, this fight pits either forces of progress against reactionary barbarians or the elitist establishment against anti-authoritarian rebels. The progressive elites have decisively won this round; but was it a pyrrhic victory? One thing is certain: this culture war is here to stay. The Hugos are science fiction’s Oscars, selected by fans—anyone who pays the $40 World Science Fiction Convention membership fee is eligible to nominate and vote—and presented at...
  • Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama

    08/29/2015 11:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become a lightning rod for controversy under President Obama, with its aggressive actions fueling sustained warfare between business and labor. From the labor board’s bitter fight with Boeing, to the creation of new union election rules, the NLRB has repeatedly moved to the forefront of political debate, drawing in Congress, the White House and even the Supreme Court. The NLRB’s latest bombshell was dropped on Thursday, when the board determined the waste management agency Browning-Ferris should be considered a “joint employer” of temporary workers. The decision expands the definition of what it means...
  • The Democratic Party Adopts $15/hour Minimum Wage into National Platform

    08/29/2015 10:09:00 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    The Democratic Party on Friday adopted a call to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr as part of their established party platform heading into the 2016 election season. The move further polarizes the progressive wing of the party by moving them further to the left of both the Republican Party, and corporate centrist Democrats such as Hillary Clinton. In response to the Democratic Party’s vote, Terrence Wise, a Kansas City, Mo. McDonald’s and Burger King Worker and member of the National Organizing Committee of the Fight for $15, issued the following statement.
  • Woman, 80, trampled to death in Venezuelan supermarket stampede

    08/29/2015 9:12:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and media said on Friday. The melee at the store in Sabaneta, the birthplace of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was the latest such incident in the South American nation where economic hardship and food shortages are creating long queues and scuffles.
  • Immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico (AP context abuse)

    08/29/2015 6:55:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2015 6:03 PM EDT | Jamie Stengle
    Siddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master’s degree at Texas’ Southern Methodist University. Instead, he built a new life in the U.S. over a decade, becoming a manager at a communications technology company and starting a family in the Dallas suburb of Plano. “You start growing your roots and eventually end up staying here,” the 37-year-old said. His path is an increasingly common one: Immigrants from China and India, many with student or work visas, have overtaken Mexicans as the largest groups coming into the U.S., according to U.S. Census Bureau research released in May. The...
  • Black Lives Matter Protesters Chant: ‘Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon’ [VIDEO]

    08/29/2015 6:14:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 73 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/29/15 | Chuck Ross
    Black Lives Matter protesters marching on the Minnesota state fair on Saturday spewed violent anti-cop rheotric just hours after a Harris County, Tex. sheriff’s deputy was ambushed and executed at a Houston-area gas station.“Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” activists with the St. Paul, Minn. branch of Black Lives Matter chanted while marching behind a group of police officers down a highway just south of the state fair grounds.WATCH:https://twitter.com/AFRICANAMERICA1/status/637712512947896320 Carrying signs reading “End White Supremacy” and “Black Lives Matter,” the protesters railed against racial inequality, the criminal justice system and policing. Besides issuing the chant calling cops by...
  • 662 Babies Saved From Abortions in Wisconsin After Planned Parenthood Funding Cut, Pro-Life Laws

    08/29/2015 3:21:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | Steven Ertelt Aug 26, 2015
    The Wisconsin health department released new abortion numbers today and they provide additional evidence that cutting taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and enacting additional pro-life laws saves unborn babies from abortion. Specifically, 662 babies were saved from abortions in the latest year for which abortion data is available compared with the year before. The newly released Department of Health Services Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin report shows there were 6,462 abortions performed in 2013 and 5,800 in 2014. Those numbers come three years after pro-life Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill to cut taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood...
  • Aborted babies’ hands too disturbing? Solution: chop them off before shipping the bodies

    08/29/2015 3:07:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Aug 26, 2015 | John Jalsevac
    August 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - As if we needed more evidence that many of those in the abortion industry know perfectly well what they are doing, along comes the latest undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The video includes disturbing undercover footage of a conversation with Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, a biomedical firm that acquires the bodies of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood clinics. During that conversation Dyer infamously jokes with an undercover investigator about the need to warn lab techs ahead of time when a fully “intact” aborted baby's cadaver is being shipped to...
  • Abortions down by over 4,000 cases in Texas as a result of tough pro-life laws

    08/29/2015 2:43:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    christiantoday.com ^ | 28 August 2015 | Jonah Hicap
    Abortions in Texas decreased by more than 4,000 cases in 2013 from 2012, which officials attribute to anti-abortion laws—some of the toughest in the United States—passed in the state in 2013. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), there were 63,849 abortions in the state in 2013, down by 4,449 from 68,298 in 2012 and 72,470 in 2011. It was in 2013 when anti-abortion laws came into effect in Texas, according to LifeSiteNews. "We're now seeing the full impact of pro-life laws in Texas. The number of abortions has declined as life-saving legislation goes into effect," said...
  • EXCLUSIVE: TRUMP CALLS CLUB FOR GROWTH ‘A PACK OF THIEVES’

    08/29/2015 2:24:06 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 131 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29,2015 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, GOP front runner Donald Trump is firing back at the Club for Growth. “They’re a pack of thieves,” Trump told Breitbart News as he was leaving Nashville’s Rocketown facility. He had just finished delivering a high-energy speech to an overflow crowd of more than 1,000 people. Trump was attending the annual convention of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, which describes itself as “the grassroots Republican wing of the Republican Party.” “They [the Club for Growth] came to my office looking for money. I turned them down. That’s why they’re after me,” Trump...
  • Planned Parenthood Sues Alabama After State Yanks Taxpayer Funding Over Selling Aborted Babies

    08/29/2015 2:27:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Steven Ertelt Aug 28, 2015
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business has filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama after Governor Governor Robert Bentley made the decision to yank its taxpayer funding. The state cut Planned Parenthood’s funding after a national scandal involving the abortion company selling the body parts of aborted babies. This is the second Planned Parenthood lawsuit against a state for its decision to revoke taxpayer funding — following a suit against pro-life Louisiana Governro Bobby Jindal after his state canceled a state contract with Planned Parenthood. After Louisiana and other states yanked taxpayer funding, the Obama administration threatened them — but...
  • Planned Parenthood cuts its hours in New Hampshire after losing state funding

    08/29/2015 2:23:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    EXETER, NH, August 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire is complaining that state funding cuts mean they have had to cut their hours, prompting cheers from pro-life leaders. New Hampshire became the third state to cut funding to the nation's largest abortion business, after undercover videos revealed officials calmly and jokingly discussing the sale of aborted baby organs -- and how Planned Parenthood abortionists can modify surgical procedures so as to obtain and sell intact aborted babies. As a result of losing some New Hampshire tax funding, Planned Parenthood has announced fewer hours of operation. They say...
  • Canadian Maple Syrup ‘Rebels’ Clash With Law

    08/29/2015 1:04:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    New York Times ^ | 20 August 2015 | Ian Austen
    The scenic and narrow lane that leads to Robert Hodge’s sugar camp is surrounded by a cat’s cradle of plastic piping that draws sap from 12,000 trees. At the end of the lane, a ramshackle hut contains reverse osmosis pumps to concentrate the harvest. A stainless steel evaporator, about the size of a truck, finishes the conversion into maple syrup. Just one thing is missing: the maple syrup. For weeks, security guards, hired by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, kept watch over Mr. Hodge’s farm. Then one day, the federation seized 20,400 pounds of maple syrup, his entire...
  • Owned by Union, Amalgamated Bank Gives Lift to the Left

    08/29/2015 12:01:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    When Ready for Hillary, a pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton “super PAC,” wanted to take out a million-dollar loan five months before it planned to go out of business, it turned to a bank that was founded to guard the savings of New York City garment workers.When the Democracy Alliance, an influential club of liberal donors, sought to recruit members in advance of the 2016 elections, the bank’s president helped to make introductions.And when workers-rights groups wanted to embarrass Walmart and the Gap for unsafe working conditions at factories supplying their stores, Amalgamated Bank, which manages $40 billion in pension fund assets,...
  • What Drought? Some L.A. County Supervisors Have Their Cars Washed 2, 3 Times a Week

    08/29/2015 11:54:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 08/25/15 | Mike Reicher
    Despite living in one of the most car-centric and image-conscious cities in the world, many Los Angeles drivers have cut their carwashes during the crippling drought. Not so for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The majority of the supervisors wash their take-home cars two or three times a week, service records show, and actually washed them more frequently after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent cut in urban water use. As the county’s washes continue to consume tap water, some other local governments have pledged to skip washes for months or are using recirculated water. “When government...
  • Chick-Fil-A finds a beef in Westchester (homosexual agenda by LAX?)

    08/29/2015 11:06:03 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 20 replies
    Argonaut Online ^ | August 26,2015 | Gary Walker
    Westchester’s neighborhood council has been taking complaints for years about a boarded-up former Grinder restaurant on Sepulveda Boulevard near Manchester Avenue, which until recently was occupied by a group of homeless men. So when Chick-Fil-A came calling with an interest in taking over the site, it looked like a win-win. Instead, a longstanding ban on drive-thru restaurants in downtown Westchester has Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin opposed to the plan and butting heads with a neighborhood council wanting to make an exception to the rule. The stalemate between Bonin and supporters of the fast-food chain has property owner Perry...
  • The NLRB’s Power Grab: A Very Dangerous, Troublemaking Government Department

    08/29/2015 6:51:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/29/2015 | The Editors
    Why should a union representing workers who are not employees of McDonald’s be empowered to squeeze concessions out of McDonald’s? Why did Willie Sutton rob banks? In a party-line decision, the Democrat-dominated National Labor Relations Board has decided that employees of contractors can be treated as employees of other companies when . . . well, when it is convenient for Democratic constituencies that they be so treated. The underlying case involved an operator of recycling centers, Browning-Ferris Industries of California, which uses subcontractors to staff some of its facilities. Firms have many reasons for using subcontracted labor, one of which...
  • As UAW contract ends, Wisconsin workers’ rights expand

    08/29/2015 3:22:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 8-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — A worker-freedom organization is sending a special legal notice to unionized employees of the Big Three automakers in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation wants United Auto Workers members at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to know their new workplace rights now that they are residents of right-to-work states. Those new rights kick in Sept. 15, after the old UAW contracts, which included forced union dues, expire. In a statement Thursday, the Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation said that once the UAW’s “monopoly bargaining contracts” with the automakers end, all...
  • Lies You Will Hear As The Economic Collapse Progresses

    08/29/2015 3:04:20 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 57 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/27/2015 | Brandon Smith
    It is undeniable; the final collapse triggers are upon us, triggers alternative economists have been warning about since the initial implosion of 2008. In the years since the derivatives disaster, there has been no end to the absurd and ludicrous propaganda coming out of mainstream financial outlets and as the situation in markets becomes worse, the propaganda will only increase. This might seem counter-intuitive to many. You would think that the more obvious the economic collapse becomes, the more alternative analysts will be vindicated and the more awake and aware the average person will be. Not necessarilyÂ… In fact, the...
  • Scott Walker touts $4.7 billion in tax cuts. Is he right?

    08/29/2015 1:55:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Politifact ^ | August 28, 2015 | Lucas Daprile
    "..."By the end of this budget I’m in right now, taxes will have been cut $4.7 billion in my state," Walker said in the Aug. 17, 2015 interview. Last year, we checked a claim from Walker that tax cuts for his first term tallied $2 billion. We rated that True, based on numbers from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, which is considered the gold standard on state fiscal matters. Now that some time has passed, and the boasted-about number is $2.7 billion larger, we thought we’d do some updated bean counting. $4.7 billion We recently dealt with the tax-cut picture...