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  • Gag Baby Gag: The Clinton Police State Cometh

    08/01/2014 3:20:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon's Editor's Blog ^ | July 31, 2014 | Andrew Stiles, digital managing editor
    Critics 'should neither be allowed nor enabled' to speak ill of Hillary. Political journalists are going to love the Hillary Clinton presidency. Judging by the way Team Clinton has responded to a series of books that are critical of the elderly homeowner and her philandering husband, it will be a real treat to cover them in the White House (again). According to Politico, for example, public relations representatives for the Clinton family have issued a joint statement condemning the recent publication of “trashy” books by Ed Klein, Daniel Halper, and Ronald Kessler, all of which reflect less than favorably...
  • Tucker Carlson: Church's Action in Border Crisis 'Appalling'

    08/01/2014 2:38:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 31, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Thursday’s “Outnumbered” on the Fox News Channel, panelists Tucker Carlson and Kirsten Powers had a heated exchange over the ongoing border crisis and whether or not it was this country’s so-called Christian duty to grant those unaccompanied minors entering the United States asylum. Carlson questioned Powers’ suggestion as it being the Christian obligation of the country to accept these minors into the United States. He argued that it wasn’t “Christian” to shirk those cost onto the American people through the use of their tax dollars and called out church groups encouraging those fleeing Central American countries to seek government...
  • Warsaw Uprising 1 Aug 1944 - 2 Oct 1944

    08/01/2014 2:27:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    World War II Database ^ | August 22, 2010 | John Radzilowski
    In 1944, Poland’s political situation grew increasingly precarious as Soviet forces moved into eastern Poland. In the West, unbeknownst to the Poles, the Allies had agreed to give Joseph Stalin a free hand in eastern Europe after the war. In Poland itself, the brutality of the German occupation continued unabated, with thousands dying every day in camps, summary executions and street round ups. Polish resistance forces were unified under the aegis of the Armia Krajowa, or Home Army (AK, pronounced “Ahh-Kah”). (The only exceptions were the miniscule Communist movement and a small group on the right, the ONR.) This underground...
  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is a rising Republican power in House, as well as a whip

    08/01/2014 1:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2014 | Robert Costa
    First-term senator wielding such influence in House is sign of ongoing tumult in Republican Party.The beginning of the collapse of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s border bill came Wednesday evening, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gathered more than a dozen House Republicans at his office in the Dirksen building on Capitol Hill. It was there, as Boehner (R-Ohio) held his own meetings on the other side of Constitution Avenue, that Cruz heard that the speaker didn’t have enough votes — and realized that if his House allies held firm, he could rupture the fragile coalition supporting the measure. Around the...
  • The Most Dangerous Moment in Gaza: What happens if this conflict comes off the rails?

    08/01/2014 11:29:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    It is too early to say anything definitive about the Hamas decision to apparently break the ceasefire and attack an Israeli position, except that if it is true, as reports indicate, that Hamas militants came through a tunnel and carried underground and back into Gaza a live Israeli captive, then this moment could represent not another terrible, dispiriting incident in a terrible, dispiriting mini-war, but a fairly decisive turning point in which all swords are unsheathed. This is assuming—as seems probable, but not 100 percent certain—that this raid is even what the Hamas leadership wanted (for what it's worth, its...
  • Catholic Bishops Say Amnesty for Illegal Immigrant Children Is 'Pro-Life'

    08/01/2014 9:47:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Some Catholic bishops have recently suggested that granting amnesty to illegal immigrant children from Central America is consistent with “pro-life” Catholic teachings. As reported in National Catholic Register, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said that providing for the needs of the young illegal immigrants is one facet of a truly pro-life philosophy. “The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” Zubik said in a statement on July 19th. “Being pro-life requires we protect and care for vulnerable persons from conception to natural death.” “Whether they are traveling because of...
  • Illegal immigrant kids exposed fed agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis & chicken pox, report says

    08/01/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jana Winter
    Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents’ exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities. The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona...
  • Ready to rumble: Activists to raid congressional town hall meetings to fight immigration

    08/01/2014 8:56:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | August 1, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Even if lightning strikes Friday and Congress OK's an immigration bill, activists angered with unaccompanied minors swarming over the U.S.-Mexico border plan to invade town hall meetings House members are planning during the five-week congressional recess. The immigration reduction group NumbersUSA is one of those already drawing up protest plans. They distributed details to their two million members on the lawmakers already planning to host public meetings in their district. According to the group, 99 Republicans have scheduled town halls. Just 41 Democrats have done the same. No immigration bill is expected to pass both houses and be signed by...
  • Barry Defends His Daddy's Polygamy

    07/31/2014 8:34:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 28, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: What Obama told these young African leaders was -- and I'm gonna quote this -- he said, "Female genital mutilation isn't a tradition worth hanging onto." Female genital mutilation is not a tradition worth hanging onto. Note that he didn't condemn female genital mutilation. That would have been telling Africans what to do. And he would never impose his views on 'em 'cause we're from the US and who are we. He just said, you know, this female genital mutilation, it's not worth hanging onto. But he doesn't condemn it. He just tells 'em I wouldn't hang...
  • ISIS woos Ansar al-Sharia in Libya

    07/31/2014 8:16:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Magharebia ^ | July 31, 2014 | Mawassi Lahcen in Casablanca
    After failing to attract al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now trying to gain the support of Libya's Ansar al-Sharia. An ISIS supporter recently endorsed the terror group on a global jihadist forum. On July 23rd, the militant urged ISIS followers to repost his comments on social networking websites, in order to push Ansar al-Sharia in Libya to swear allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Earlier this month, Abdelmalek Droukdel's al-Qaeda subsidiary refused to recognise the self-proclaimed caliphate and instead renewed allegiance to the parent organisation led by...
  • Karnes immigrant detention center softens its image (Illegal alien "children")

    07/31/2014 7:58:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KXAN-TV ^ | July 31, 2014 | Chris Sadeghi
    KARNES CITY, Texas (KXAN) — A 29-acre facility which previously housed male illegal immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a makeover and a new purpose. The building nearly 100 miles south of Austin in Karnes City, Texas will now be the temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border. It will also be a much more family friendly environment. “I am pretty sure you will agree this is nothing like we have seen before,” said ICE field office director Enrique Lucero during Thursday’s media tour of the facility. Previously, the people being held at...
  • Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016

    07/31/2014 7:42:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 145 replies
    The Week ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Nobody has ever rooted for that scrappy Romney kid to overcome the odds. Until, maybe, now. Perhaps it says something about us that our most interesting presidential candidates swear they won't run for president. This is true of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and it's increasingly true of Mitt Romney. As regular readers of this column know, I've never been much of a Romney booster. I've also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But let's not let "a foolish consistency" cloud our judgment. There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn't be an absurd venture. First, in...
  • CNN Anchor Bill Weir to Fox Nation: ‘You Willfully Ignorant [expletive]sticks’ (UPDATED)

    07/31/2014 6:52:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 31, 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    It’s safe to say CNN anchor Bill Weir is not a fan of climate change deniers. On Thursday, the Twitter account for Fox Nation, a blog run by Fox News, tweeted a link to a post headlined, “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.” The story, aggregated from the Washington Times, relates to a Denver visit by former Vice President Al Gore‘s “Climate Reality Project” for EPA hearings on power plant emissions. The group showed up to hand out ice cream even though it was 58 degrees. Weir retweeted the link, with his own comment:...
  • Supreme Court upholds Scott Walker Act 10 union law

    07/31/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jason Stein, Jason Silverstein and Patrick Marley
    Madison — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Gov. Scott Walker's signature labor legislation Thursday,delivering an election-year affirmation to the governor in one of the three major rulings issued by the justices on union bargaining, election law and same-sex couples. In addition to ruling Walker's labor law constitutional, the state's highest court also upheld the state's voter ID law and a 2009 law providing limited benefits to gay and lesbian couples, leaving liberals with one consolation to soften the sting of the two larger conservative victories. "Our courts have continued to give deference to our Legislature and in all three of...
  • Brent Budowsky: John Kerry is right (He's serious)

    07/31/2014 5:45:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014 | Brent Budowsky
    Robert Kennedy, speaking of John Kennedy, using words they would both probably use to praise John Kerry, said that JFK’s favorite quote was this: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.” This quote from Dante, derived from his Inferno, describes the way Kerry performs his role as secretary of State. Kerry clearly envisioned and passionately warned that the people of Israel and Palestine must choose between two alternative futures. The first future is the negotiated creation of a two-state solution that would leave Israel and a new state of...
  • Exclusive-Polling Shows GOP Voters Think Republicans Standing Tough On Immigration Most Important

    07/31/2014 5:31:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Polling data compiled by Tea Party Patriots and provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows that a majority of Republican voters think Republicans standing strong on immigration is more important than repealing Obamacare, getting to the bottom of the Benghazi or IRS scandals—or anything else for that matter. When asked by TPP’s pollster which issue they think is the important for Republicans in Congress to deal with, 34.6 percent of GOP voters said stopping the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border. Stopping Obama’s “illegal overreach” with executive power came in a distant second with 24 percent of GOP voters...
  • The Left Hate Israel Because It Is Everything They Despise: Capitalist, Conservative and Patriotic

    07/31/2014 5:26:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | July 31, 2014 | Russell Taylor
    Everyone from liberal journalists to a member of the English cricket team is gunning for Israel at the moment. The Independent describes it as ‘rogue state’. The Guardian considers the Israeli 'occupation' of Gaza as a 'shameful injustice'. Meanwhile, cricketer Moeen Ali has pledged his support for the Palestinians by sporting 'Free Gaza' wristbands. Respectable opinion knows which side wears the black hats in this conflict. What is it about Israel that arouses so much anger? Is it because it's a theocratic state, committed to destroying its neighbour, which uses civilians as human shields, tortures and kills its political opponents,...
  • One thought on the war in Gaza

    07/31/2014 5:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Perhaps I’m missing something in all of the outcry over the Israeli action in Gaza, but what, really, is Israel supposed to do? What’s the right response to having a country on your border that sponsors – openly – rocket attacks on your territory, and has built a network of tunnels under the border and a whole terror infrastructure from which its operatives can enter the territory and attack your citizens? How would we respond if Mexico did this – not just some rogue band of Mexican “drug lords,” but the Mexican people, acting through their elected representatives? Or to...
  • Jezebel Falls for Fake Sarah Palin ‘N****r Hitler’ Interview Story

    07/31/2014 4:32:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    The National Report, a parody website that typically does a very good job hiding the fact that its stories are fake, put one over on Gawker’s Jezebel site on Thursday. Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan posted an article under the headline “Sarah Palin Interviews Guy Who Calls the President ‘Nigger Hitler’” that was based entirely on the fake story. According to the fake National Report account: Less than five hours after the launch of The Sarah Palin Channel, the fledgling online subscription-based network has landed itself in a major controversy, after a person being interviewed by Palin herself repeatedly referred to...
  • Report: Massive Palestinian Sneak Attack Against Jewish State Planned For 12 Years

    07/31/2014 4:43:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 30, 2014 | Andrew Marcus
    Reports are beginning to surface that tell a horrifying story of a near miss for the state of Israel. The Palestinians have been using billions in aid money to build their terror tunnel network for a massive attack they started planning 12 years ago! The JTA reported: Hamas planned to use the tunnels it dug from Gaza to Israel to execute a massive attack on southern Israel, an Israeli newspaper reported, citing unnamed Israeli security sources. Under the plan detailed Friday by the Hebrew-language Maariv daily, Hamas planned to send terrorists through the more than 30 tunnels uncovered by Israeli...
  • Ann Coulter: The Loophole is Obama

    07/31/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 30, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    It's been reported everywhere --The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News -- that the William Wilberforce Sex Trafficking Act requires that any non-Mexican children who show up on our border be admitted and given a hearing. (New York Times, July 7, 2014: "Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking.") The problem, we've been told, is that a loophole in the sex trafficking law mandates these hearings -- or "removal proceedings." But there is no such loophole. The fact that people on both sides of the aisle are telling the same lie about this law is worrisome....
  • Why Ted Cruz Matters in the House of Representatives: Cruz finds more traction in House than Senate

    07/31/2014 4:01:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 30, 2014 | Lauren Fox
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has a challenger vying to lead the House — and he's coming from the opposite side of the Capitol Building. Though Ted Cruz is most often seen as a rabble rousing troublemaker in the Senate, when it comes to key decisions he has emerged as the leading vote-wrangler in the House. With his Tortilla Coast strategy session on Capitol Hill last year, the Texas Republican proved he has real influence in the House of Representatives. It was Cruz, after all, who concocted the "defund Obamacare" strategy that marched Republicans straight into a government shutdown last...
  • We Never Tried to Impeach Bush, Says Dumbest Democrat in Congress Who Tried to Impeach Bush

    07/31/2014 3:30:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Instead of tossing out a lot of comments about how dumb Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is, I’ll just link to this. Sheila Jackson-Lee might be the dumbest person in congress. She might even be the dumbest person outside congress. If there were ever a global championship for idiots, the country could send her there. And leave her there; because unlike Lassie, she wouldn’t be able find her way back on her own. In February, Congress was debating federal spending. And Sheila Jackson-Lee got up to make her contribution denouncing a Pepsi commercial as racist. Other things that Jackson-Lee has denounced...
  • Arab leaders, viewing Hamas as worse than Israel, stay silent

    07/31/2014 2:49:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Times of India ^ | July 31, 2014 | David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times News Service
    CAIRO: Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time. After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated ceasefire even after more than...
  • Dissenting judge raises polygamy question

    07/31/2014 2:24:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Greensboro News-Record ^ | July 29, 2014 | Doug Clark
    Yesterday's majority opinion in the Virginia same-sex marriage case obviously is getting all the press, but Judge Paul Niemeyer raised an interesting issue in his dissent. "The plaintiffs also largely ignore the problem with their position that if the fundamental right to marriage is based on 'the constitutional liberty to select the partner of one’s choice,' as they contend, then that liberty would also extend to individuals seeking state recognition of other types of relationships that States currently restrict, such as polygamous or incestuous relationships," he wrote. Ridiculous? Yes, it's easy to dismiss this reasoning as preposterous. But, of course,...
  • Man Suing Pizza Restaurant For $260,000 Because the Employees Beat Him Up When He Tried To Rob Them

    07/31/2014 2:13:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Black News ^ | July 24, 2014
    Newport, DE — Back in 2010, a man named Nigel Sykes recently tried to rob Seasons Pizza restaurant in Newport, Delaware, but employees tackled him, took his gun, and beat him up. Now he is suing the restaurant for his injuries, and he’s doing it from jail. Now 23-years old, Sykes has just filed a federal civil complaint claiming that the rough treatment was “unnecessary”. He also says that because of his incurred injuries during the attempted robbery, he wants to be compensated. He also claims in his suit that after employees subdued him, two local police officers improperly...
  • To the women of America: 4 reasons to hate 50 Shades of Grey

    07/31/2014 12:31:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | July 25, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    To the women of America: Please do not underestimate the significance of this. Here, now, you have been given the opportunity to grab ahold of our society and drag it back from the precipice. You cannot cure all of our ills, but, if you answer the call, you can at least help us take one small step toward peace and prosperity. This is truly a seminal moment in our history. The weight of our future, our children’s future, our children’s children’s future, partially rests on the decision you are facing. Your task, ladies, is simple. All you must do is...
  • Paul Ryan: Obama's Exec Amnesty Not 'High Crimes'

    07/30/2014 11:32:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 30, 2014 | Tony Lee
    At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said President Barack Obama's lawless executive actions are not high crimes and misdemeanors worthy of impeachment. "I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money, and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way," Ryan said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "[Obama's executive actions do] not rise to the high crime and misdemeanor level." However, as Andrew McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor and...
  • Colonizing America in the 21st Century: Illegal Immigration from Mexico, The "Reconquista"

    07/30/2014 10:53:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Less Gov is the Best Gov.com ^ | February 2011 | Scott Rohter
    In the 1930’s and 1940’s the German Nazi Party coined the phrase “Lebensraum” to describe their doctrine that the German people needed more room to expand and grow. They needed more room in which to work and live. In the German language they needed more "raum tzu arbeit und leben". Hence the term "Lebensraum" came to be used to describe their yearnings for world-wide domination. They believed it was their eventual destiny to re-populate the lands of other countries around them, especially those in eastern Europe and Russia. In practice however they really weren’t too picky about whose country they...
  • Jesse Ventura: Don’t feel sorry for Chris Kyle’s widow, I’m the victim here

    07/30/2014 10:29:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 30, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Jesse Ventura, Minnesota’s former governor, won his lawsuit against the late Navy SEAL and American Sniper author Chris Kyle on Tuesday. He claimed he was defamed in that book and, while a jury agreed, the vainglorious former wrestler-turned-politician-turned-conspiracy-buff has not exactly comported himself in a fashion that elicits much sympathy. After having been awarded nearly $2 million to be paid by the late serviceman’s widow, one might assume that Ventura would simply slip away and enjoy his victory. It seems, however, Ventura’s narcissism prevented him from taking the tasteful approach here. In an appearance on CBS News’ This Morning on...
  • Amnesty: the audaciousness of Obama

    07/30/2014 10:14:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Neo-Neocon ^ | July 29, 2014 | Neo-Neocon
    How long has Congress been mulling over some sort of amnesty plan for illegal immigrants? A long time, certainly under several presidents, whether it’s called “amnesty” or whether euphemisms are used to substitute for the word. But there’s a reason Congress hasn’t done much about it in a long time, and that’s because the American people don’t want it and Congress is at least somewhat responsive to the people, despite the fact that many politicians and those who give them money are more interested in amnesty than the general public is. Presidents have understand that, too, and have also understood...
  • Blacks Continue to Fight for Justice a Year after Zimmerman Verdict

    07/30/2014 10:17:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Los Angeles Sentinel ^ | July 24, 2014 | D. Kevin McNeir Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
    The word stunned might best describe how U.S. citizens, particularly blacks, felt after hearing that a six-member jury, following two days of deliberation in a Florida courthouse last July, found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. One year later, with increased cases in which defendants have used the “stand your ground” law to avoid prosecution, civil rights leaders and activists have ramped up efforts to challenge a criminal justice system that often treats blacks and women as second-class citizens. “Blacks seeking justice must continue with protests, pressure and patience,” said Benjamin Crump, the civil...
  • What Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative means for black America

    07/30/2014 9:51:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 30, 2014 | Noah Remnick, Intern, Class of '15, Yale University
    A great paradox of Obama’s America is that racism has been so thoroughly condemned that it only rarely receives public /*0attention. To some extent, the election of a black president relaxed what remained of our national focus on race matters, it triggered a prolonged self-congratulation and a deceptive notion that we had reached an ending, a resolution. Obama himself is, of course, a sophisticated, and very particular, thinker about race on a number of levels -- as a child of a mixed marriage, he saw race from the inside out and the outside in; as a local politician, he ran...
  • Smarter than Thou: Neil deGrasse Tyson and America’s nerd problem

    07/30/2014 8:24:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 30, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    ‘My great fear,” Neil deGrasse Tyson told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in early June, “is that we’ve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens but they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth.” In response to this rather standard little saw, Hayes laughed as if he had been trying marijuana for the first time. All told, one suspects that Tyson was not including either himself or a fellow traveler such as Hayes as inhabitants of Earth, but was instead referring to everybody who is not in their coterie. That, alas, is...
  • Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law (An NGO/Union/MSM Journ-o-list?)

    07/30/2014 7:47:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | July 29, 2014 | Nathan Schacht
    A low-profile Google Group used by over 1,000 state and national leftwing leaders and activists has been discovered thanks to Wisconsin’s open records law. A Media Trackers inquiry into the actions of a University of Wisconsin professor turned up records and communications from “Gamechanger Salon,” an online community that provides a forum for leftwing activists and leaders to share tactics, strategies and opinions. Operating as a closed Google Group, much of what the network does is unavailable for public review. However, a document listing the network’s membership and a policy manual describing the mission and ground rules for the entity...
  • Hot Air Survey: July Results (2016 presidential poll)

    07/30/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 30, 2014 | Patrick Ishmael
    Cruz control, indeed. Taking 41% of the vote, Ted Cruz is your new primary leader, taking over from Scott Walker who finished in second at 15%. Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Mitt Romney round out the top 5.Cruz also won the second choice vote, although by a much smaller margin, edging Walker and Perry. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson round things out.Cruz, Walker, Perry, Jindal and Carson are the most “acceptable” among the candidates posed.As to the most important issue, readers believe general election voters will be most interested in the economy, followed by immigration, health care and foreign policy....
  • McDonald's Could Be Liable for Labor Practices ("Joint employer," Obama's NLRB jumps the shark)

    07/29/2014 11:13:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 29, 2014 | Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer
    McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants. The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that the world's biggest hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald's Corp. to liability for management practices in those locations. It also comes as protests for higher pay have captured national attention, with labor groups calling for pay of $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Organizers had been pushing to get McDonald's named as a joint employer at...
  • Local dad advocates for immigrant kids at the border

    07/29/2014 10:56:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WTEV-TV ^ | July 28, 2014 | Lorena Inclán
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The father of Jordan Davis is turning his attention to the crisis on the border where thousands of children who are showing up without their parents are being detained. Since his son's death, Ron Davis, has been working the U.S. Human Rights Network. Davis left Monday to attend human rights tribunals in New Mexico and Arizona along with members of this group. "We are going to cross the border and we are going to let them know what their human rights are and we are going to advocate for them," said Davis. Davis, who lost his own son to gun...
  • Former CIA spy: Putin using Soviet tactics to confuse US

    07/29/2014 10:14:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Christopher Snyder
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Russian President Vladimir Putin does a “good job” confusing the West, as evidenced most recently by the leader’s denial that his country is firing rockets into Ukraine, according to one former top CIA spy. Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to Jack Devine about U.S. strategy against Russia. Devine is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, along with being president of The Arkin Group, an international risk consulting and intelligence firm. He says so far Putin’s regional strategy is working in Russia’s favor. “Plausible denial does not mean credible denial, so he’s doing all the things...
  • Rising up, again: Occupy, 99Rise & activism’s big comeback-Sacramento to host Occupy Nat'l Gathering

    07/29/2014 10:04:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Sacramento News & Review ^ | July 24, 2014 | Nick Miller
    After the so-called death of the Occupy movement, political activism is making a comeback in Sacramento. In June and July, law enforcement arrested 47 protesters over 12 days at the state Capitol. Those hauled away were members of the newly formed 99Rise movement. They peacefully remained in the building under the rotunda after curfew, in solidarity with their goal of getting big money out of politics. That hasn’t happened yet, of course, but the protesters made headlines by lobbying a few bills—and actually getting two passed. Some of these activists marched nearly 500 miles from Los Angeles to Sacramento, and...
  • The Book that Everyone Read During World War I

    07/29/2014 9:08:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Standard Newswire ^ | July 28, 2014 | Andrea Rhodes
    SWINDON, England, July 28, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- 100 years ago, on 28 July 1914, the first shots of World War I were fired. Over the following four years, 16 million lives were lost as 65 million men from 32 countries were drawn into the conflict. The book that was read and cherished by people on both sides of the conflict was the Bible. To commemorate the First World War centenary, Bible Society in England and Wales has been looking back at its records to trace the extent and impact of its Scripture distribution during the war years. What they...
  • Statement from Pompano Pat's denies knowledge of George Zimmerman security detail in DeLand

    07/29/2014 8:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The West Volusia Beacon ^ | July 29, 2014 | Rick Tonyan
    Police: Acquitted killer was there 'as a friend'George Zimmerman, the man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford in February 2012, was in DeLand over the weekend, providing security for Pompano Pat's on South Woodland Boulevard, the DeLand Police Department said. And reports of his presence prompted threats of violence against the business and its owner, a store employee said. Pompano Pat's, which sells guns and motorcycles, is owned by DeLand mayoral candidate Pat Johnson. Johnson is challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Apgar in the Aug. 26 election. Three hours after the story broke online, Pompano Pat's issued a press release...
  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    07/29/2014 8:33:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 27, 2014 | Dr. Afshine Emrani
    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext). The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community. The publication of an extremely biased one-sided analysis of such a complex situation is outrageous and full of lies. The authors (who deceitfully disclosed no conflict of interest) are members of biased pro-Palestinian groups who are hostile to Israel. And while individuals are definitely entitled to their opinions, hiding behind an MD degree does not entitle one to defame under the pretense of a publication in a...
  • Why Sarah Palin TV makes perfect sense ("Oprahesque")

    07/29/2014 7:58:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post's She The People ^ | July 29, 2014 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    Although it took six years for her to do it, former mayor of Wasilla/Alaska governor/GOP vice presidential nominee, and current author/Fox analyst/Tea Party favorite/social media pioneer/reality TV star and all around muckraker Sarah Palin has finally landed on her most perfect title: founder, The Sarah Palin Channel. Looking back, shouldn’t we have seen this Oprahesque turn coming all along? Palin, a communications major, always made for great TV. Even when she stumbled her way through those Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson interviews in 2008, it was cringe-worthy, but hard to turn away. Well, maybe, she hasn’t always made for great...
  • Meghan McCain: No more Sarah Palin

    07/29/2014 7:11:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 29, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Meghan McCain won’t be tuning into the Sarah Palin Channel any time soon. “I am not going to subscribe to Sarah Palin’s $9.95 per month,” McCain said on Monday during her Pivot show TakePart Live. “I got all the Sarah Palin I need for one lifetime.” Palin, the 2008 running mate of McCain’s father Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), announced Sunday that she will be starting her own Internet television news channel, the Sarah Palin Channel. “This is a news channel that really is a lot more than news,” Palin said in a video posted to Facebook on Sunday. “This is...
  • How Sarah Palin could change the media, and why she won’t

    07/29/2014 6:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Post's Act Four ^ | July 29, 2014 | Alyssa Rosenberg
    I do not care very much about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s waning influence on American political life. But I confess an ongoing fascination with Palin as a media phenomenon. As she vacillates between the Fox News stints that keep her political clout alive and the reality television gigs that seem like a more natural fit for her talents, I always wonder whether this is the moment that she will commit to a single path. The debut of the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based multimedia site that Palin and her team launched yesterday, is a disappointing combination of these muddled...
  • Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?

    07/29/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Let’s concede for a moment that most of us don’t believe the United States should be taking sides in conflicts abroad. Even so, most Americans would probably agree that at a minimum our diplomatic efforts should not cause unnecessary harm. Which brings me to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent misadventure in the Middle East. It seems like a rather big deal that Egypt, Israel, Fatah, Jordan, Saudi Arabia—ostensibly, all allies of ours—agree on anything. This development, one imagines, might be something the United States would be interested in fostering rather than destroying. Certainly, the idea that Hamas’ power should...
  • 11th Circuit: Constitutional to Bar Doctors from Asking Patients About Firearm Ownership

    07/29/2014 2:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 28, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 25 the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit "eliminated the injunction" against the enforcement of Florida's "gun gag" law, which restricts doctors from asking patients if they own a firearm unless asking is necessary to a patient's treatment. According to Law360.com, the 11th Circuit ruled that barring doctors from asking about firearms "doesn't violate the First Amendment." Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed the NRA-backed "gun gag" legislation in 2011. Suit was brought against the State of Florida over the law by "the Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of...
  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...