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  • U.S. will train 50,000 veterans to install solar panels

    09/20/2014 3:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    CTV News / The Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2014 | Josh Lederman, The Associated Press
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans....
  • 5 Reasons Senate Control May Not Be Decided on Election Day

    09/20/2014 3:01:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | September 19, 2014 | Kyle Kondik
    Think the Senate will be decided on Election Day, Nov. 4? There are all sorts of reasons why you shouldn't, unless in the next seven weeks one side or the other — probably the Republicans — starts opening up a clear lead in enough races to give them a clear majority. If neither side does, control of the Senate could remain up in the air — for a while. At the very least, political watchers are going to be in for a longer night than usual because one of the key races that is likely to determine control, Sen. Mark...
  • It's Time To Wake Up And Move On From Sarah Palin

    09/20/2014 2:37:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | September 17, 2014 | Chrysler Summer
    Talk about stretching your 15 minutes of fame into an hour. I cannot understand for the life of me why Sarah Palin is still talked about, listened to, reported on, or even thought about. The former Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate resigned from office back in 2009 and suffered one of the most crushing losses in a national election when she and Senator John McCain took on Barack Obama back in 2008, six years ago. Yet, with no public office, no real platform, no official position with the Party and no real legacy nationally or in Alaska, she still...
  • The survey that proves the republic is unsalvageable

    09/20/2014 1:04:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 19, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)One in three Americans can’t name a single branch of the U.S. government, according to a poll from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The survey, which was conducted from July 8 to 14, and published Sept. 17, found that only 36 percent of respondents could name all three branches of government, while an alarming 35 percent of survey respondents couldn’t name a single branch. The poll, which contains a margin of error of plus or minus 3.06 percent, surveyed 1,416 U.S. adults aged 18 and older. The report also found that only 27 percent of...
  • Wendy Davis Melts Down, Talks Over Moderator During Debate

    09/20/2014 12:06:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 19, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas -- On Friday Texas' Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Senator Wendy Davis -- both gubernatorial candidates -- debated in the state's Rio Grande Valley. During the course of the debate, the issue of education came up. After hearing what Abbott had to say, a defensive Davis spoke when she was not supposed to and even interrupted a moderator multiple times--despite being told that it was not her turn to speak. The incident began after Davis asked Abbott a question that began, "Judge Dates has recently ruled against you and in favor of the school children of Texas,...
  • Atlantic Reporter Compares Palin to Burqa-Wearing Taliban Supporter

    09/19/2014 11:47:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | September 19, 2014 | John Nolte
    Unfortunately I don't possess the intellectual nuance required to grasp why an elite leftwing journalist would think it was okay to compare a female governor and mother of five to a burqa-wearing Taliban supporter brandishing a pistol. Apparently, Jeffrey Goldberg's intellectual superiority is so superior only dogs can hear it:Goldberg deleted the tweet. He didn't apologize. Because that would be an admission that comparing a conservative woman to a terrorist supporter is wrong. Instead... Goldberg chose to assume the one role the elite media enjoy more than demeaning conservative women - that of The Victim....
  • Law School course: “historical trajectory of Trayvon Martin case”

    09/19/2014 11:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 19, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Taught by attorney for the Martin family.A JD student at the University of Miami School of Law–and a long-time fan of “The Law of Self Defense”–contacted me recently to share a notice he’d received from the school. It seems for the Fall 2014 semester they will be offering a “short course” (good for one credit) with a focus on the Trayvon Martin case, entitled “Legal Advocacy, Media and the Pursuit of Social Justice.” The first note of interest is that the course is being “taught” by none other than Jasmine Rand, an attorney with the firm of Crump & Park....
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz On Obamacare: ‘Come 2017, A Republican President’ Will Repeal ‘Every Word’

    09/19/2014 2:11:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KYW-TV ^ | September 18, 2014 | Chris Stigall
    Chris Stigall hosted Texas Senator Ted Cruz at the National Constitution Center to discuss the upcoming elections and President Obama’s plan to combat ISIL in Iraq and Syria.(AUDIO-AT-LINK)Cruz said the government shutdown that Republicans forced last fall has led to the American public’s collective rejection of the Affordable Care Act. “As a result of that fight, we elevated the national debate and millions of Americans across this country focused on all the incredible harms, the disaster that is Obamacare, and as a direct consequence of that fight, today President Obama’s approval ratings are at the lowest they’ve ever been…We have...
  • Grand Jury Process Raises Questions About a Ferguson Indictment

    09/19/2014 1:32:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 18, 2014 | Alex Altman
    The ongoing grand jury proceedings may suggest the prosecutor is trying to avoid backlash if Wilson isn't indicted.Officer Darren Wilson testified this week in the grand jury investigation into his shooting of Michael Brown, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The newspaper’s scoop was unusual. Unlike most criminal-justice proceedings in the U.S., grand juries are highly secretive. Leaking information about them is a criminal act. But perhaps it should no longer be surprising to see the investigation take an interesting turn. More than a month after Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., the grand jury appears to be nowhere near a...
  • Panel to discuss 'racial disparity' in Stand Your Ground law

    09/19/2014 1:15:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel ^ | September 18, 2014 | David Harris, Orlando Sentinel
    The mother of a teen slain at a Jacksonville gas station after he and his friends refused to turn down their music will be among the panelists at a seminar in Orlando about the controversial Stand Your Ground law. Jordan Davis' mother, Lucia McBath, will be among the experts examining whether there is racial disparity in the application or enforcement of Stand Your Ground laws. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting the forum, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in the grand ballroom of the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive. The forum...
  • Another avalanche of bad polls for Senate Dems

    09/18/2014 7:47:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | September 18, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    Denver Post: “A new poll by Quinnipiac University has Republican Cory Gardner ahead of Democrat Mark Udall by a striking 8 percentage points in their race for U.S. Senate — the challenger’s largest lead to-date among public polls. The survey of more than 1,200 likely Colorado voters favored Gardner 48 to 40 percent to the incumbent Udall, with independent, or unaffiliated, candidate Steve Shogan taking home 8 percent.” [A new Gallup survey released this morning finds Republicans are now viewed just as favorably as Democrats, rebounding from their low of 28 percent during last fall’s government shutdown. Respondents held equal...
  • Al Gore: Climate Skepticism Will Haunt Republicans in 2016

    09/18/2014 7:25:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ben Geman
    The former vice president believes the politics of global warming are changing.Al Gore says Republicans seeking the White House in 2016 are in a bind on climate change. Asked if it would hurt the GOP nominee to be a climate skeptic or advocate against taking action on global warming, Gore replied: "Oh, yes. Definitely." "In a general election? At the national level, where moderate voters hold the balance? It would be extremely harmful to a Republican candidate," Gore told National Journal in an interview Wednesday. But Gore doubts that a "pro-climate" Republican can get the GOP nod, because "carbon polluters...
  • PrintAlive 3D Bioprinter Creates Skin-like “Living Bandages” to Advance Burn Treatment

    09/18/2014 5:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | September 18, 2014 | Debra Thimmesch
    Health professionals who treat burn victims are acutely aware of the necessity to treat burn injuries, particularly severe ones, as rapidly as possible. As one journal article explains it, “In severe burn injuries where both the epidermal and dermal layers of skin are destroyed, prompt wound closure is critical for favourable [sic] patient outcomes and reduced mortality rates.” A team of biomedical and mechanical engineering graduate students at the University of Toronto have developed what may at the least be considered a preliminary–but certainly extremely technologically advanced–solution to the problem of critical, temporal health intervention for burn patients. For their...
  • Rubio: We Need Romney’s Foreign Policy

    09/18/2014 5:03:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 17, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    The Florida senator is warning about the threat of big powers like Russia and the need for a bigger U.S. military. If that sounds a lot like Romney to you, you're paying attention. Senator Marco Rubio has a foreign policy vision that looks a lot like what Mitt Romney put forward in his 2012 presidential campaign. It wasn’t so long ago that Obama was ridiculing Romney for calling Russian America’s number one geopolitical foe and complaining that the Navy had fewer ships any time since World War I. “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature...
  • Ferguson asked residents to comment after the Michael Brown shooting. Here’s what they had to say.

    09/18/2014 4:48:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Nation ^ | September 18, 2014 | Sarah Larimer
    <p>After last month’s fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the city of Ferguson, Mo., postponed its August council meeting. Instead of holding the forum, it sent postage-paid comment cards to residents and asked them to mail their feedback.</p>
  • ‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America

    09/18/2014 3:51:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Media's Rule of Law ^ | September 17, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    The Democrats and the institutional left have a new political tool that allows them virtually to ignore moderates yet still win elections. This tool, the Catalist database, was employed in the 2012 election. That election defied conventional wisdom: Mitt Romney sought and won independent voters overwhelmingly, but still lost. If you wondered why the conventional wisdom about independents and moderates didn’t seem so wise in 2012, the answer is Catalist. Beyond winning elections, Catalist also allows the Democrats to turn the policy narrative upside down and suffer no political consequence for implementing radical policies which appeal to their base. The...
  • Michelle Obama Exalted For Matrimonial Achievement With School Named In Her Honor

    09/18/2014 3:36:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 17, 2014 | Eric Owens, education editor
    A school district in the suburbs of Chicago has announced plans to rename two schools in honor of first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama. The suburb is Park Forest, Ill., according to The SouthtownStar. The two schools, both located in Park Forest Chicago Heights School District 163, will be the Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts and the Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.) The school to be named after Michelle Obama is currently called Forest Trail Middle School. The school named after President Obama is currently...
  • Could Bitcoin Become Scotland’s Official Currency?

    09/18/2014 2:31:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | September 16, 2014 | Josh Harkinson
    A reliable medium of exchange is the biggest obstacle to Scottish independence. Enter the world's leading crypto-coinage.With Thursday's Scottish independence referendum too close to call, opponents of an independent Scotland have been stressing the would-be country's lack of a reliable currency. An independent Scotland could either keep using the British pound and lose control of its monetary policy, join the eurozone's well-known squabbles, or create a new national currency that's almost certain to be weak. But there's an intriguing fourth option: adopting an online crypto-currency such as Bitcoin. Scotland actually has some historical experience with this sort of thing: Instead...
  • Maryland County Proposes Lowering Voting Age To 16, Allowing Noncitizens To Vote

    09/18/2014 1:57:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller's DC Trawler ^ | September 18, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Montgomery County, Maryland, is one of the wealthiest and most liberal counties in America. If there’s a dumb progressive idea that didn’t start there, it will get there sooner or later. Along those lines, the powers that be in Montgomery County are very concerned about low voter turnout. So concerned, in fact, the all Democrat County Council formed a “Right to Vote” Task Force to come up with ways to encourage more people to vote. The task force produced a 76-page report with more than a few suggestions that could raise a few eyebrows. Recommendations 1-3 are: 1. The Task...
  • Brent Budowsky: GOP peaked too soon

    09/18/2014 1:26:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 17, 2014 | Brent Budowsky, former Democratic aide
    The danger to a political party when pundits almost unanimously predict a nation-shaking victory for that party is that, quietly and thoughtfully, voters concerned about the future of their families and country ask themselves: Will we be better off if this party wins complete control of Congress? For many days, the bastions of Republican power in Washington have gloated with triumphalism about a coming GOP wave. Pundit race-callers and statistical prognosticators have told voters the election is over. The Drudge Report has regaled its readers with echo-chamber links to tales of demonic Democrats; GOP columnists have written about what Republicans...
  • John McCain Touts Jeb Bush’s 2016 Potential

    09/18/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | September 18, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) touted former governor Jeb Bush (R., Fla.) as a potential contender in the 2016 presidential elections while discussing the merits of nominating a governor as opposed to a senator. “I think that governors who are successful obviously have a cachet that is probably helpful to them, particularly, since the Congress is held in low esteem,” McCain tells National Review Online. “I think there will be some who are very competitive, including Jeb Bush if he decides to run.” McCain says he hadn’t decided to back Bush. “I keep hearing that he may be considering a...
  • +++ SCOTTISH REFERENDUM LIVE BLOG +++

    09/18/2014 12:34:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Follow Breitbart London's LIVE coverage of the Scottish Independence Referendum on our live blog below: James Chapman (Mail) @jameschappers Kids at Yes rally outside Scottish Parliament. Pipes playing. Feels like a vigil #indyref 2:06 PM - 18 Sep 2014 5 Retweets 3 favorites 09/18 14:06 by Donna Edmunds Back in October last year Russell Brand made waves by urging people to incite revolution by not voting. He admitted in an interview with Jeremy Paxman that he had never voted, and never intended to, but went on to exhort people not to vote, claiming that democracy needed to be swept away....
  • It's Time for a Prepper Reality Check!

    09/18/2014 4:01:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Organic Prepper ^ | August 16, 2014 | Daisy Luther
    You may have enough weapons and ammo stashed away to fight the next World War all by yourself… You may have fortified your home and have 3 different routes mapped out to get to your bug-out retreat… You may have a food stockpile that will see you, your family, heck, the whole darned neighborhood, through until the Second Coming… You may tirelessly watch militant YouTube videos that show you how to take down your opponent in 3 easy maneuvers… But.. If you aren’t realistic about your skills and your physical abilities, you are likely to be just as dead as...
  • Enterovirus D68 in 17 states, Canada

    09/18/2014 2:45:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN Health ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacque Wilson, Matthew Stucker and Teri Genova
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Enterovirus D68 is likely coming -- if it hasn't already -- to a state near you. Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia. New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health. And "in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection," the CDC said in a statement...
  • President Obama has a huge gas problem

    09/18/2014 1:44:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    al-Jazeera ^ | September 15, 2014 | Peter Moskowitz
    Ahead of the People’s Climate March, activists say Obama must address fracking if he wants to leave a meaningful legacy.Later this month, hundreds of delegates will gather inside the U.N. to talk about climate change. President Barack Obama plans to attend the climate summit and reportedly wants work on a deal with other world leaders to “name and shame” countries that aren’t actively pursuing serious climate action. But outside the U.N., thousands of activists will be protesting with one message: Whatever Obama accomplishes at the U.N., it won’t be enough to save his climate legacy. The Obama administration has been...
  • The View From Hell: Nicole Wallace And Hostility To Conservative Women

    09/18/2014 1:12:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 17, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    For a long time before I became a reporter, I never paid attention to bylines — the announcement of who wrote a given article. That all changed for me one day when I was sitting at Jimmy T’s Diner in Washington, D.C., reading a hate-filled “fashion” column that was nothing more than the projection of angry liberal political views. It was so awful that I wanted to know who wrote it. The author, Robin Givhan, of course went on to win a Pulitzer. I’m part of a profession that rewards liberal political views above most all else. Along similar...
  • CyPhy Works to test new pocket-sized drones for U.S. Air Force

    09/18/2014 12:24:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Boston Business Journal's Startups and Venture Capital Blog ^ | September 17, 2014 | David Harris, Tech Editor
    Danvers-based CyPhy Works, a maker of flying robots led by iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, said today that it was awarded a contract by the U. S. Air Force for a new miniature drone that could help improve search-and-rescue operations. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Funded under the Department of Defense's Rapid Innovation Fund, CyPhy Works' Extreme Access Pocket Flyer — which can fit into the cargo pants of a military member and weighs 2.3 ounces — will focus on the remote inspection of small passageways and tunnels that are often blocked by debris and rubble. The drone...
  • Baltimore Sheriff Candidate: “White People Should Just Shut the [expletive] Up” (Video)

    09/18/2014 12:09:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Baltimore County Sheriff candidate says “white people should just shut the [expletive] up” and “Jews can get away with anything.” Defund.com reported, via Moonbattery: A man running for Baltimore County sheriff on an “anti-police brutality platform” raised some eyebrows with his recent comments, saying, “white people should just shut the [expletive] up” because they’re “the most violent people on the planet.” The comments were made while he ranted about the Ray Rice case, arguing that the running back’s wife was the one at fault. “Women want equality, she got some of it,” Wiggins wrote. “There are only white Jew women...
  • As Poll Numbers Worsen for Wendy Davis, Democrats Forced to Hire Canvassers

    09/17/2014 11:37:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 17, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Democratic nominee for Governor Wendy Davis has come a long way since the heights of her pink-sneakered glory days back in June 2013, when she captured the national attention of abortion advocates for her eleven hour filibuster against Texas’ abortion bill. Today, less than two months before the general election, it seems that her party is reduced to hiring roles that should be filled by basic volunteers to keep operations going. Davis’ attempts to rebrand herself as a defender of second amendment rights flopped, her book is not exactly tearing up the charts but did get her...
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Why history needs a Latino president

    09/17/2014 10:45:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Voxxi ^ | September 17, 2014 | Tony Castro
    What would Hispanic Heritage Month be like if there were a Latino in the White House? Would the president don a white guayabera and ride in an open limousine at the head of a parade celebrating Latino heritage? Would one of his first accomplishment have been to use his presidential authority of executive action for sweeping immigration reform? Or to expect that from the nation’s first Latino president belittle the significance of what would be his — or her — place in history? So often, too, the symbolism of presidential politics overshadows the reality of the post. If John F....
  • White House Dossier GOP Presidential Poll (FReep a poll!)

    09/17/2014 10:32:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | September 17, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    It’s early, of course, and this is not scientific, but I thought it would be interesting and fun to see what you are thinking at this point in the process. You will only be allowed to vote once. Please note that there are two polls, one asking for your choice and another about your politics. Voting will close at noon on Thursday, and I will reveal the results then. All votes are anonymous, even to me. (POLL-AT-LINK)
  • Ferguson was our 9-11

    09/17/2014 10:18:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The St. Louis American ^ | September 17, 2014 | Umar Lee
    Ferguson. West Florissant. The street I grew up traveling up and down, riding the 74 Florissant bus, going to Charlie Chicken with my father, attending the funerals of dead family members at Bellefontaine and Calvary cemeteries, shopping at the old Northland Mall and the other shops up and down West Florissant. All of these memories came to me as I walked through smoke and teargas on West Florissant, as I took cover at a Ponderosa I used to binge on wings at, as I watched military vehicles usher in men dressed for war, as I watched the mall of my...
  • The People Who Organized Occupy Wall Street Are Now Suing Each Other

    09/17/2014 6:48:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Rosie Gray
    The movement descends into litigation. “We can either go and beat him up or we can go to court.” WASHINGTON — Activists who organized the dormant Occupy Wall Street movement are suing another activist for control of the main Twitter account, and one of the plaintiffs says there was no other option but to turn to litigation to solve the dispute. The conflict centers around @OccupyWallStNYC, one of the main Twitter feeds that distributed information during the movement’s heyday in 2011. The OWS Media Group filed a lawsuit against organizer Justin Wedes on Wednesday, which is also the third anniversary...
  • The dream of a Jon Huntsman independent run in 2016 is alive and well, my friends

    09/17/2014 6:40:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    After trolling my own readers yesterday with rumors of Huckabee and Romney running again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t troll them with a rumor about a guy they dislike more than either of them. No half-measures when trolling. That’s my motto. Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid — this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman… Other friends and former aides, however, suggested that the 2016 conversations were primarily a function of Huntsman’s willingness to hear out his supporters — not...
  • Big Labor Steps Up Around Ferguson and Race

    09/17/2014 6:26:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Color Lines ^ | September 17, 2014 | Carla Murphy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The head of the largest confederation of labor unions this week acknowledged that Big Labor, representing more than 12 million workers in the U.S., has not always supported men and women of color. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, addressing the Missouri AFL-CIO convention this Monday focused heavily on race in America and on racism within union ranks. “How can we not be involved?” he asked of the killing of Michael Brown and its aftermath. One recent survey has exposed deep racial division over officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old. Trumka threaded a fine line indicative of a central...
  • Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown (Darren Wilson)

    09/17/2014 5:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 17, 2014 | Kim Bell and Robert Patrick
    Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified here for almost four hours Tuesday in front of the St. Louis County grand jury investigating his Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday. Wilson was not obligated to appear, and also has spoken with St. Louis County investigators twice and federal investigators once, the source said. The source said Wilson was “cooperative.” A spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch’s office, Ed Magee, refused to comment Wednesday on who has testified. The shooting of Brown, 18, who was black and unarmed, by Wilson, who is...
  • Rapper Waka Flocka to Hire 'Blunt Roller' for $50,000 a Year

    09/17/2014 5:01:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | September 17, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    Rapper Waka Flocka, also known as Juaquin Malphurs, announced on social media that he is accepting job applications for an experienced "blunt roller" and is willing to pay an annual salary of $50,000. He encouraged all applicants to apply using the hashtag "#icanroll"(continued)
  • 'Security Moms' Are Back—and That's Bad News for Democrats

    09/17/2014 4:54:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 17, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    In a time of national anxiety, women voters are again turning to Republicans to protect the country. Suddenly, it feels like 2002. Democrats got creamed in midterm elections that year because the women voters they had relied on throughout the Clinton years deserted them. In 2000, women favored Democratic congressional candidates by nine points. In 2002, that advantage disappeared entirely. The biggest reason: 9/11. In polls that year, according to Gallup, women consistently expressed more fear of terrorism that men. And that fear pushed them toward the GOP, which they trusted far more to keep the nation safe. As then-Senator...
  • Nicolle Wallace: Palin Relationship Was ‘Irreparably Damaged’ After Couric Interview [VIDEO]

    09/17/2014 4:33:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 15, 2014 | Al Weaver
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Nicolle Wallace told her new co-hosts on “The View” Monday that her relationship with Sarah Palin was “irreparably damaged” following the infamous Katie Couric interviews during the 2008 presidential campaign. Wallace, a senior advisers and representatives of Sen. John McCain and the former Alaska governor’s campaign, revealed Monday that her relationship with Palin “erupted and exploded” in the aftermath of the interview, in which Palin claims she was set up “for failure.” “Our relationship really erupted and exploded, and was irreparably damaged after the Katie Couric interview, in which she had thought I had set her up for failure,” said...
  • Loud Ferguson protesters disrupt government meeting

    09/17/2014 12:10:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CLAYTON, Missouri -- Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government meeting Tuesday. The group renewed calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case and vowed political retaliation against an elected official tied to the prosecutor. The demand for officer Darren Wilson's arrest and the recusal of the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney began with the final utterance of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the St. Louis County Council meeting. "For all," crowd members shouted, emphasizing the second word, as the pledge...
  • Why Is Our President Thinking About What He Would Tell ISIS if He Were Advising Them?

    09/17/2014 12:01:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Review's Campaign Spot ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    From the first Morning Jolt of the week: Why Is Our President Thinking About What He Would Tell ISIS if He Were Advising Them? A strange presidential comment, revealed to the world Sunday by the New York Times: But the president said he had already been headed toward a military response before the men’s deaths. He added that ISIS had made a major strategic error by killing them because the anger it generated resulted in the American public’s quickly backing military action. If he had been “an adviser to ISIS,” Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages...
  • Point: Ted Cruz, The Queen of Summertime (The knives are coming out)

    09/17/2014 11:43:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Pocket Full of Liberty ^ | September 17, 2014 | Neal Dewing, senior editor
    Recently the FX Network hosted an event, “Every Simpsons Ever,” during which they – surprise – broadcast every episode of ‘The Simpsons,’ ever. It was a glorious idea, not least because it brought back memories of when the show was so much sharper. Some of those older Simpsons episodes have been lingering in the old brainpan for the last 20 years or so. A line from one episode in particular always stuck with me. It’s the one where Lisa gets a pool during a heat wave, and becomes popular (There’s also a spoof of Rear Window, but that’s not important...
  • Fake Holocaust Survivor Eva Steiner Moseley Gets Elizabeth Warren to Endorse Hamas

    09/17/2014 10:41:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | September 16, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Like Hedy Epstein, Eva Steiner Moseley is another fake Holocaust survivor who uses phony claims of being a Holocaust survivor to attack Israel and support terrorists. Eva Moseley is even more fake than Hedy Epstein because she and her family moved to New York in 1939. Moseley is a more honest fraud because she describes her fake Holocaust survivor routine as her ‘schtick’. In a shockingly unguarded moment, she wrote the following email to her comrades at the Peace Commission: “I can do my “I escaped from Nazi Vienna and am unhappy with what Israel does” schtick, if you think...
  • Stanford professor wins MacArthur 'genius grant' for racial awareness studies

    09/17/2014 10:12:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 16, 2014 | Lisa M. Krieger
    America is pushing forward in a post-racial society, blind to skin color. That's the conventional wisdom. But the research of Jennifer Eberhardt, the Bay Area's newest and only recipient of the famed MacArthur fellowship, the "genius grants," has proved otherwise. She has found that skin color prejudices the perceptions of jurors, police officers and even the ordinary student who volunteers in research at Stanford University. Black people, especially those with very dark skin and kinky hair, are more likely to be linked to crime, handed stiffer punishments or even sentenced to death than lighter-appearing individuals, according to her research. Eberhardt...
  • Luis Gutierrez: I have a duty to protect America, which is why I can’t support border security bill

    09/17/2014 9:53:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Orwellian fun via RCP. You trust a guy who openly admits his only loyalty is to the immigrant community to do what’s best for the country at large, don’t you? The fireworks come in the last minute although I’ll be candid and confess I don’t really understand what the point of disagreement is. Hannity says we should secure the border; Gutierrez replies that securing the border won’t stop ISIS operatives, who are more likely to enter the U.S. through airports than by sneaking across from Mexico. (Jihadis with British or, of course, American passports wouldn’t even need visas.) Could be,...
  • Another small sign the 2016 GOP race is insanely wide open

    09/17/2014 3:44:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | September 16, 2014 | Byron York
    Everybody knows there is no real leader in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But ask voters an open-ended question — Whom do you want to be the nominee? — and the range of answers can be breathtaking. That's what I did in an unplanned and totally unscientific way on my Twitter feed Tuesday afternoon. On Monday evening I posted a piece about Mike Huckabee's preparations for another run for the nomination in 2016. Twitter reaction to Huckabee was almost entirely negative: Nobody, or at least nobody reading my tweets on a Tuesday afternoon, seemed to like the...
  • At Lehigh University, Trayvon Martin's mother talks about race issues in America

    09/17/2014 1:33:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | September 16, 2014 | Peter Hall
    In the weeks and months after Trayvon Martin was killed, his mother saw 50 different photos painting him as a thug.. It was as if portraying the slain 17-year-old as something he wasn't — a muscle-bound, tattooed rapper, or a young man wearing his pants low and flipping middle fingers with each hand — somehow justified his death, Sybrina Fulton said. "At first, I thought I was at fault myself. I thought maybe it was the hoodie," she said. But Fulton said she soon came to realize that even in 2012, she didn't have to look to her son's sweatshirt...
  • Why Iowa’s Senate race is one of the closest in the nation

    09/17/2014 1:11:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Public Broadcasting Service ^ | September 16, 2014 | Judy Woodruff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: A quick look at the calendar reminds us that today is just seven weeks away from this year’s midterm elections, when voters across the country will be deciding ballot issues and choosing state and local officeholders and members of Congress. With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs, I headed to Iowa this past weekend, the site of one of the closest contests in the nation. If you love college football, the place to be in Iowa this past weekend was Iowa City, the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, as they hosted the Iowa...
  • The red flag flies high again on prosecution in Michael Brown slaying

    09/16/2014 9:41:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | September 16, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela “Tough on Crime” Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate. Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer. This automatically bestowed on him the shield that cops have from any charges of misconduct, especially in cases where the victims of their misconduct are...
  • VA Supervisor Made Her Employees Renovate Her House, Used Gov’t Money To Do It

    09/16/2014 9:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A former Veterans Affairs supervisor has been sentenced for stealing up to $20,000 of government property, a recent Justice Department release announced. From 2010 to 2013, 48-year-old Venita Godfrey-Scott directed her employees to use materials and supplies intended for VA medical center upkeep on her own house. These taxpayer-funded home improvement projects included “a deck in her backyard, carpet installation, and various kitchen, bathroom and basement improvements.” She also instructed employees to buy other necessary materials with her government-issued credit card, and had them work on these projects during normal work hours, when they were being paid by the VA....